The first stop of the morning is Irwin, a community that has a vibrant historic downtown — from the unique shops and cultural opportunities, to the three-story mural that graces a building on the historic Lincoln Highway (see it at 75 Pennsylvania Avenue). Muralist Wayne Fettro captured the community's strong ties to the mining industry, the four streetcar companies that operated in Irwin, and the first stoplight.
Head north on Main Street to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, one of the most inviting galleries you'll ever pop in on. Check out their
American Marketplacefor take home gifts/souvenirs. And before you leave, spend some time strolling the Pennsylvania Avenue specialty shops.
Head east on Pittsburgh Street (the old Lincoln Highway) and watch for the beautiful mural at 112 West Pittsburgh Street. It tells the story of Greensburg being the very first community in the Commonwealth to have a PA State Police unit.
After rejoining Route 30 east, travel to the traffic light at the entrance of Saint Vincent College. Make a LEFT and follow the road to the new security building at the stop sign. (If you are visiting in late July or August, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the Pittsburgh Steelers who use the the Campus for their training camp!) Make a RIGHT to the end; followed by a LEFT. You'll see the 1854 Saint Vincent Gristmill on your right. In addition to the great Gristmill video, you'll be able to purchase fresh and delicious Monastery Bread. Also head around the back of the Gristmill for a cup of coffee that rivals anything from Seattle or a fancy shmancy espresso machine.
Head west for about 15 minutes and then turn left onto Arnold Palmer Drive off Route 981 (yes, that Arnold Palmer). You'll not only pass Arnie's home, but you'll pass his country club as well as you head into the community of Youngstown. Â Here you'll want to make your way to Main Street to experience some quaint little shopping spots.
Now onto the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Ligionier. That's where you'll discover, among many other treasures, an unbelievable selection of paperweights. This Trail is dotted with tons of outdoor murals, bistro-galleries and more, so pull over often so you can satisfy your handmade art fix.
Ligionier Tavern (Ligonier)
The first home in Ligionier with indoor plumbing, this 1895 Victorian mansion turned restaurant and inn has been lovingly renovated over the years to its present casually elegant atmosphere. Also check out the Millcreek banquet room, the large Civil War-era restored barn out back, for bigger parties and events.
Ligonier Country Inn (Ligonier)
Just the way to end a day of escaping to the country. Welcome to a place that's full of life and the charm of a by-gone era.