Actors, Artists and Heroes

Southwestern Pennsylvania has a rich cultural and historical heritage full of stories that have impacted  its residents, the nation, and even the world.

Day One

Arrive in the Laurel Highlands and begin your get-away with one of the late afternoon In-Depth or Sunset Tours at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.

After the tour choose one of the areas fine restaurants for a relaxing dinner and one of the many resorts, hotels or bed-and-breakfast inns available for your night’s lodging. 

Day Two

Begin the day with a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob and a breathtaking view of the Youghieghany River gorge. After a leisurely walk through current owner Lord Peter Palumbo’s sculpture garden, travel down the hillside stopping at Cucumber Falls along the way. This peaceful spot will recharge you for the afternoon ahead.

Continue north on PA Route 381 to PA Route 31 East enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way. As you travel Route 31 toward Somerset make a stop at the Glades Pike Winery and taste some Pennsylvania wine.

When you arrive in Somerset check-in at your hotel or bed-and-breakfast to freshen up and dress for an evening at the theatre. Jennerstown, just north of Somerset, is where you will find Green Gables Inn, a Wine Spectator award winning restaurant where you can enjoy a four star dinner.

After your delicious dinner walk next door to the Mountain Playhouse and enjoy professional theater at its finest.  

Day Three

Start your day at the Flight 93 Memorial. As the National Park service prepares this site for a permanent memorial to the heroes of this flight, the temporary exhibits help to remind us of a very tragic time in our nation’s recent history.

When you leave Flight 93 you only have to travel a short distance to be a part of a more joyous experience at the Quecreek Mine Rescue site. Here the Arnold family will tell you how the lives of nine men and a community were changed forever over the course of several days.

Along the way to Quecreek make a stop at the Somerset Historical Center, part of the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission. The exhibits at the center tell the story of rural life in Pennsylvania and rebuilt cabins and covered bridges take you back to a simpler time. 

And before you leave for home, have a quick bite at the Coal Miner’s Café in Jennerstown…some of the best home-cooking and conversation in the Laurel Highlands!