Duration: Two days and one night
Here among the meandering blacktop and handsome mountains, there's a bounty of art treasures just waiting to be discovered. Get ready for the Handmade Along the Highway tour, which combines old-world artisans with local materials into a dozen marketplace gift shops along the famed Route 30. This is where handmade means made by the hands in front of you, not a factory a continent and a slow-boat container away. Revel in sturdy, well-made goods for the home, for your house-sitter or for yourself. Just keep an eye out for the Handmade Along the Highway signs in shops, and you'll find so much handmade art you'll need more hands to get it home.
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,...
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.Read More >
Start your day bright and early and head up and over the mountains towards Jennerstown just a short drive away. We recommend breakfast at the Green Gables Restaurant where you will be surrounded by terraces, waterfalls, antiques and fireplaces. Be sure to ask for a table by the waterfall. After breakfast, look in the parking lot for one of the vintage reproduction gas pumps painted by professional artist Nat. An added bonus: the Mountain Playhouse, Pennsylvania's oldest...
Savor the warm hospitality within the thick fieldstone walls of this original building from the 1760s. Huge fireplaces and chestnut beams complement the expertly prepared entrees, from filet mignon sandwiches to lobster ravioli.Read More >
For deluxe accommodations, there's nothing like a room with a view at the newly renovated Bedford Springs Resort and Spa. This luxe and legendary hotel has hosted everyone from Benjamin Franklin to Nathaniel Hawthorne, and they'll give you the royal treatment too.Read More >
Legendary architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, built this masterpiece in the forests of Western Pennsylvania in the 1950’s. These days it’s an international tourist destination for admirers of art and architecture.
Bedford County Art Center
Monthly shows and exhibits take place in this graceful 18 thcentury building on Bedford’s main street. Stop by and catch a show or even join in on a workshop.