Duration: 3 days 3 nights
It seems like winter was made for ski trips in the Laurel Highlands. With the highest peaks in Pennsylvania and, on average, the largest amount of natural snowfall in the state, conditions are ideal for skiing and snowboarding. It’s no surprise that the region’s ski resorts are some of the largest in the state, offering skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and cross-country skiing trails with a side of charming small towns and plenty of hot chocolate along the way. Road trippers will find plenty to keep them busy — and warm — all day.
Ligonier, a beautiful town tucked away in the foothills of the Laurel Highlands, celebrates winter each year with an annual IceFest. Watch nationally-acclaimed artisans use chainsaws to turn huge blocks of ice into masterpieces. And dozens of cozy specialty shops and eateries surround these ice sculptures. Abigail's Coffeehouse is a great pit stop for a hot drink and a sweet treat. Once you're energized, hit the shopping trail and stop at Amica on East Main Street for home accents and... Read More >
Head about 12 miles south and you'll reach the town of Donegal. A quick stop at the Old General Store & Country Pie Shoppe will set you up with home-style baked goods and nostalgic candy — you’ll need the energy later when you hit the slopes and trails. Grab a quick lunch at Out of the Fire CafÃ© with intimate indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the picturesque Laurel Highlands ridgeline. Sip on something warm as your chef prepares the restaurant’s must-have smoked salmon dish or... Read More >
After an 8-mile drive southeast, explore the Hidden Valley Ski Resort. One of the region's most popular ski locations, Hidden Valley is the ideal winter destination for families. With 26 slopes and trails, two terrain parks on 110 skiable acres and a first-class snowsports school, Hidden Valley offers a comfortable and family-friendly environment to learn to ski or snowboard. For the novice, Hidden Valley also provides thrilling rides down its snow tube chutes.... Read More >
After a busy day on the slopes, recharge your batteries with a hot and satisfying meal at the Clock Tower Restaurant. Located in the heart of Hidden Valley’s lodge, you can’t miss it — look for the big clock tower. Enjoy a birds-eye view of the action on the snow while dining on a tasty dish.Read More >
The resort offers overnight guests the option of staying at The Inn at Hidden Valley or the on-mountain townhomes and condos. Bring a supply of marshmallows and book an overnight stay at The Inn - suites include a living room area and fireplace! Ideally located, guests can easily access all of the fun and exciting surrounding attractions of the Laurel Highlands.Read More >
Just a short 15-minute drive from Hidden Valley is PA’s largest ski resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort. One of the most popular cold-weather destinations in the Mid-Atlantic, Seven Springs boasts 33 slopes and trails on 285 skiable acres, seven terrain parks, and the Laurel Highlands’ largest snow tubing park. Unique to this resort, guests can tag along with Seven Springs’ mountain crew for an unforgettable midnight trip. Ride in a snowcat groomer as it grooms the mountains in the late... Read More >
If you prefer skiing on flatter terrain, head over to the idyllic Kooser State Park located off Route 31 between Donegal and Somerset for the easy 3-mile cross-country skiing loop that meanders along a scenic creek and through a forest. The trails are groomed for a fun and easy experience and ski rentals are available at the nearby Route 31 Bike, Board & Ski shop.Read More >
Come see for yourself why The Foggy is recognized as the best bar on the East Coast! Try the Super Pipe Burger or Over-The-Top Nachos for a festive and filling meal after a day on the slopes at Seven Springs.Read More >
This mountain resort nestled peacefully atop the mountains of the Laurel Highlands has plenty of winter activities to keep you busy. Once you tire yourself out, head over to the spa for some rest and rejuvenation with the calming scent of aromatic oils and a warm stone massage. From the hotel located at the base of the slopes to ski-in/ski-out condos and town houses, Seven Springs offers its guests every type of lodging imaginable, including cozy cottages and chalets. When you get hungry, the dining options are numerous: with fine dining at Helen’s Restaurant, casual family dining at Timbers or places to eat on the run, there’s something here for every craving.Read More >
Your next stop at Nemacolin, a 50-minute drive from Seven Springs, offers you a welcomed opportunity to unwind. Rest those road-weary muscles with a rejuvenating spa treatment at Woodlands Spa. We recommend the hydrotherapy tubs, aromatherapy oils, and a facial after your exploits outdoors in dry winter weather. When you’re recharged, head outside and explore Nemacolin's 2,000 wooded acres. This time of year, there's snowshoeing and cross country skiing, but what will really make your trip... Read More >
Whether you’re a veteran cross-country skier or a first-timer, the Great Allegheny Passage offers the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy a heart-pumping trek across a portion of the 150-mile trail that spans from Pittsburgh to the Maryland state line.Read More >
It doesn't get much fresher than Nemacolin’s main lodge restaurant, Autumn. In addition to the creative recipes, inspired meals, and excellent staff, Autumn's ingredients come from local farms. And that means you'll have the freshest fruits, veggies, dairy and meats on your plate. Bon appetite!Read More >
This peaceful getaway offers 2,000 wooded acres for you to marvel from the comfort of your room. The resort also features an internationally acclaimed spa and fitness center that offers yoga classes. From a luxurious boutique hotel to the comfort of your RV, Nemacolin's six lodging options cater to everyone's personal choice with a variety of amenities.Read More >
Big Mac® Museum Restaurant
Say "two-all-beef-patties-special-sauce…" as you snap a picture with the mammoth Big Mac replica housed at this pop culture palace. Enjoy fascinating high-tech displays, run around in a state-of-the-art playground and indulge in all of your McDonald’s favorites. If you’re lucky, you might just bump into the Big Mac® inventor himself.
Christian W. Klay Winery
This family-run winery encompasses 215 acres at the base of the expansive Laurel Highlands. Take an informative tour and sample some of the award-winning wines with names inspired by historic sites situated along America's first turnpike - the National Road.
Flight 93 Memorial
The memorial has been constructed to honor those on board United Airlines Flight 93, who courageously diverted an attempt to attack the nation's capital on September 11, 2001. Head over to the Western Overlook to witness the crash site and gain knowledge from the park rangers and the Volunteer Ambassadors on staff. New in 2015 is the Memorial Visitors Complex. The stunning new concrete and glass facility features a Visitors Center, Learning Center and a Flight Path Walkway.