Fernwalk Cottage

Come explore the wild and beautiful SOUTHERN LAUREL HIGHLANDS of Pennsylvania! Stay at the upscale 1650 sq. ft. 2-BR Fernwalk Guest Cottage located between Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, Ohiopyle State Park, Youghiogheny Lake and Deep Creek Lake, MD.

CASUAL LUXURY IN THE SOUTHERN LAUREL HIGHLANDS! Are you looking for something a bit more plush than the ordinary vacation rental? Do you crave a peaceful and romantic retreat? You have found it in Fernwalk, an upscale, 2-bedroom, 2-bath house fully renovated and outfitted with your comfort and relaxation in mind. It is a tasteful blend of 1948, mission and prairie with Zen nuances. It's fully stocked with every necessity and modern convenience one might desire. Fernwalk is designed to offer a romantic and peaceful haven for adults.

Baughman’s Rock overlook, Ohiopyle State Park


Green Might Be What’s Needed the Next Time You Are Feeling Blue

Get some green!!! Come to Fernwalk Cottage for a retreat from the craziness of the world... walk in the wilds of the Laurel Highlands, then relax in front of the fire, then catch up on that much-needed sleep. PM me if you have a question.

dcnr.pa.gov Connecting with nature has deeply restorative benefits, not only for your physical health, but your mental health as well.

If you use maps and are coming to the Laurel Highlands to play and explore... THIS IS THE MAP TO BUY!

Signed off on final proofs: another Lizard Map coming your way in a couple of weeks! Pre-orders are live on the website. Expected ETA June 10.


Wisp Mountain Coaster GoPro POV

If you are looking for a rush, but whitewater rafting seems a bit too risky, here's an option, only 25-30 minutes south of Fernwalk at Deep Creek Lake, MD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmBK7NjUr44

A POV run down the Mountain Coaster at Wisp Resort in McHenry, MD. No brakes! Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNv61VtrliAvlRYyaE5e6...

Deck dining season is almost here! Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on Cornucopia Cafe's deck with a view of the Casselman River valley. Watch the hummingbirds or sit inside by the fireplace on cold rainy days. Gluten free and vegan options!

GAP TRAIL RIDERS, or possible 335-mile trail riders... FYI. Sue Bumbaugh, Scott Burroughs, Jason Wood, Brad Michael, Jerry McAward, Robert Broadbent, Joe Borthwick, Tony Shumskas, Paula Gregorowicz, Luca Pizzullo. Please share if there is anyone you know who is interested in this multi-day bike trip!

THE GREAT RIDE explores one of America’s most treasured biking destinations. Two trails... 335 miles of uninterrupted scenery, and centuries of history between Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. SEE IT AGAIN - SUNDAY AT NOON. You can still stream it & pre-order a DVD or BLU-RAY at: https://www.wqed.org/ride

Lucky Dog Cafe in Confluence is now open for lunch and dinner Friday-Monday. Yay!!!

Purple Lizard Maps are in town!!! That is great news for Laurel Highlands visitors and residents! The best map of the area ever published is coming soon!!!

Enjoying some luxury at the beautiful Fernwalk Cottage minutes from Ohiopyle State Park. Gearing up for our final week of field work in the Laurel Highlands and Ohiopyle - this map is gonna keep you busy!

Ohiopyle State Park

On the bridge approaching the Pinkerton Tunnel, Great Allegheny Passage (GAP Trail) between Confluence and Rockwood, PA. This is a favorite section of GAP Trail for Fernwalk guests. Trailhead parking at Harnedsville is only 10 minutes from the house.


Gravel Road Maps and Biking Routes - Gravelmap

Are you a gravel road biker? If so, there is a wonderful loop near Fernwalk Cottage. Check out this gravel map! https://gravelmap.com/#@39.81874054034647,-79.2189849770541,12,hybrid

gravelmap.com Gravelmap is a tool for finding and sharing local gravel roads for biking, gravel grinding, exploration and more.

This is such an awesome bike trail!!!!! If you haven't ridden on it yet, put it on your 2019 list!

This is sort of BIG news...

"The Big Savage Tunnel is set to be open on 3/29 at 10am, conditions permitting.
I'll be relying on Somerset County folk to keep me posted on the access to the tunnel, which, barring any more significant snow, shouldn't be an issue."

...First rider normally 🚲 through the tunnel immediately following. 🙂

Somerset County Covered Bridges

Like covered bridges? Check this out!

Photos, videos, news, and stories related to Somerset County, PA covered bridges. Page created and moderated by PA landscape photographer Rusty Glessner.

Fernwalk Cottage's cover photo

Planning a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Fallingwater or Kentuck Knob in the Laurel Highlands of PA? Consider a 3-day visit and enjoy the many wonders of the area... hiking, bicycling, fishing, lake boating, whitewater rafting, waterfalls, photography, farm-to-table dining, Amish markets, golf at the 72-par Pete Dye designed course, shooting at one of the nations finest sporting clay facilities, French and Indian War historic sites, local wine and goat cheese, and so much more!

Laurel Ridge XC Ski Center

LAST MINUTE DEAL --- 20% OFF THIS WEEKEND if you book today! Tell us you are XC skiing to get the discount.

Cold and snowy up here! We have received 4-5" on top of our solid 5-7" base. Get ready for primo conditions this weekend!

[01/17/19]   Bring your skies! Or, some good books. Over the next week, at least 12” of fresh snow is expected!


Properties for Sale - FLWBC

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT PROPERTIES FOR SALE! https://www.savewright.org/resources/wright-on-the-market/properties-for-sale/


[01/04/19]   Thank you for this glowing review Martin!... "Outstanding! The house is lovely, tastefully decorated and well situated near parks, ski resorts and other activities. Very well-equipped kitchen stocked with top quality coffee, tea, etc . Beth is the all time best host we have encounter, arranging a few personal extras for my birthday and offering extra nights free. My highest recommendation."


America's Friendliest Long-Distance Rail-Trail - GREAT ALLEGHENY PASSAGE

Working on your 2019 plans? Add a "healthy" trip to the Laurel Highlands with your bicycle and enjoy the GAP TRAIL!!! https://gaptrail.org/ or consider working up to the MT DAVIS CHALLENGE!

gaptrail.org Spectacular 150-mile rail-trail, perfect for your next bike tour. Joins the 184.5 mile C&O Canal Towpath to connect Pittsburgh with Washington, D.C. Trail towns, cafes, overnight accommodations, scenic views, and a smooth, flat ride. Perfect for hikers, anglers, families, and runners. Nearby histori...

A last minutes New Year's Eve getaway opportunity in Garrett County, MD! And, Savage River Lodge has a fabulous restaurant for those who only want to dine there. It's a beautiful 35 minute drive from Fernwalk into Savage River State Forest. It's ideal for a romantic date or special occassion!

Due to cancellations, we have 3 rooms open for NYE! 🎊 Cozy weekend, we’re coming for you.

[12/28/18]   12/28/2018 Update: It rained all night and the snow is gone, but the waterfalls are beautiful!!! Bring your boots. You can have fun here in every kind of weather!

We have snow in the highlands! It’s going to be a white Christmas!

Seven Springs

Seven Springs is off to a good start! Skiers, Fernwalk Cottage is often open mid-winter and is super cozy to come back to after a full day of skiing! Wisp is also nearby and Nemacolin Resort has a smaller slope. There are also several exceptional cross country ski options, with many miles of groomed trails! Hope to hear from you this winter!

This is the strongest November we've had in years with 258 snowmaking hours logged as of right now! Compare that to past November totals and you'll see how good the weather has been to us:

• 2017: 84 hours
• 2016: 98 hours
• 2015: 24 hours
• 2014: 155 hours
• 2013: 116 hours

Join us on slopes for another weekend of fun this Friday, 12-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.!


Click here to support A Walk for Change organized by Bob McCormick

Walking since early August from Denver, CO... Bob is walking through the Laurel Highlands tomorrow on his way to DC. I hear the Hartzell House B&B is welcoming him for a night! What a purposeful walk! Wishing you all the best Bob!!!

gofundme.com I'm taking a walk, a rather long walk - from Denver CO to Washington DC. My hope in undertaking this journey is to draw attention to a beautiful and ever so timely new facet of justice - Intergenerational Justice. Today the well-being of our children and all future humans is threatened by current...

Get those cobwebs off your skis and snowboards! The season is about to begin!

Here's a little snowmaking update for you!

We are going to continue to make snow as long as conditions permit this week! THINK SNOW!


Fall foliage season in Pennsylvania: Will it ever get here?

we are now in PEAK COLOR SEASON!!!

pennlive.com Strange weather effects continue to delay prime leaf-peeping in Pennsylvania.

Smith House Inn

Wow! The Smith House In, in Confluence, has some great videos! Check them out.

We made a video this weekend to show you a side of Confluence that you may have not seen before.

SHARE this post and be entered to win a free one night stay at the Smith House Inn!

Who is up for the challenge?

Mark your calendar, July 28, 2019, our 8th year.

This is a fun view of Confluence, PA... 8 miles down the road from Fernwalk. Confluence is a town that is a must to visit for biking, hiking, fly fishing, lake fishing, dining, canoeing, camping, and more! The GAP trail runs right through town along the Casselman and Youghiogheny rivers, so rent a bike from Confluence Cyclery and have fun exploring! Upstream or down, either direction offers wonderful sites! Or, simply explore on foot.

On the bridge approaching the Pinkerton Tunnel, Great Allegheny Passage (GAP Trail) between Confluence and Rockwood, PA. This is a favorite section of GAP Trail for Fernwalk guests. Trailhead parking at Harnedsville is only 10 minutes from the house.

This review came in today! It finishes by saying, "Beth, Thank you for creating this exceptional respite, memorable in so many ways." Thank you Kate and Tom! It was dear of you to write this.


Cathy J.'s review of Fernwalk Vacation Cottage

It means the world to us when people write reviews after visiting Fernwalk. For some reason, we missed this one last year. Thank you Cathy!

yelp.com Absolutely beautiful accommodation; a lovely mix of updates and restored period touches in a peaceful part of the Laurel Highlands. Everything is so clean and lots of items provided above...

You can make this trail a multi-day hike along the top of the Laurel Highlands, or choose one section for a beautiful day hike!

Thanks to Bryon Powell for sharing this image! One of the many rock layrinths on the LHHT. This picture is from the Laurel Highlands Ultra - 2014.

The 2019 Laurel Highlands Ultra is slated for this Saturday, June 8. If you are out on the trail, please yield to the racers as they march north.

Our peaceful little village appreciates history!

The Slides at Meadow Run in Ohiopyle State Park. This is within walking distance of the town of Ohiopyle and the park office next to Ohiopyle Falls. Or, there is the parking lot a the lower Meadow Run trailhead. From the parking lot, walk down the steps and you are at the slides! If you park at the upper trailhead, you can hike down to the slides, then hike back up the other part of the loop trail -- but it's a trail for hikers, not walkers. Be sure to hike up along the creek! it is beautiful!!! If the water is high or if there is ice or snow, be extra careful. Enjoy!

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Craft Workshops | Farmington PA | Touchstone Center For Crafts

Nearby TOUCHSTONE CENTER FOR CRAFTS offers outstanding workshops facilitated by world class instructors -- from beginner to advanced, some for adults, some for children. If you love creating with your hands, check out this fabulous opportunity near Fernwalk! Sign up for a workshop while the family plays in the Laurel Highlands!

touchstonecrafts.org Call us at 724-329-1370 to learn more about our workshops!

FireFly Farms

Consider a paring at FIRE FLY FARMS less than 15 minutes from Fernwalk in Accident, MD. Reservations are required and so far the feedback has been 5-star! Their goat cheese is truly amazing!!! Or, you can pick up fresh bread, cheese, tapenade, artichokes, mushrooms, and some other gourmet treats for dinner to go, and enjoy it on the deck or in the dining room at Fernwalk! https://www.facebook.com/FireFlyFarms/

FireFly Farms was established in 2000 and is dedicated to the art of cheese making. FireFly's artisanal goat cheeses are made according to time-honored tradition - they are produced and ripened with handmade care.

Maryland Mountains Fly Fishing

Curious about fly fishing? Here is a 5-star local resource!

Fly fishing guide service in Maryland's Appalachian mountain region on the Savage, Casselman, Youghiogheny and North Branch of the Potomac rivers.


The Great Allegheny Passage

Do you enjoy cycling? Consider the GAP Trail from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, or you can continue all the way to Washington, DC! A parking lot is available 6 miles from Fernwalk at Harnedsville. It is also ideal for local rides or day hikes along the Casselman or Youghiogheny Rivers. Even when it's wet, the GAP Trail is good for walking or biking! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh6dbksYQiw

NOW OWN THE FULL-LENGTH DVD! Visit the Allegheny Trail Alliance here: http://www.gaptrail.org/store/proddetail.cfm?ItemID=67&CategoryID=3 Come explore the Gr...

Seven Springs

While you are staying at Fernwalk, consider a 1st class canopy tour and zip line adventure at nearby Seven Springs!

This should be on your summer bucket list.

➡️ http://www.7springs.com/adventures/canopy-tour-zipline/canopy-tour/canopy-reservations/


July 22, 2018 - The Mt. Davis Challenge! Fernwalk is booked, but the Hartzell House B&B may have some openings! https://www.visitconfluence.info/mtdavischallenge.pdf



Fernwalk Vacation Rental

If you have stayed at Fernwalk and would like to write a review, consider Google Maps! And to all who have reviewed Fernwalk at TripAdvisor, Facebook, Airbnb, or elsewhere - thank you! It is truly helpful to us and appreciated by potential guests.

google.com ★★★★★ · Alojamiento en interiores · 708 Main St


15th Annual National Road Chainsaw Carving Festival

Once a year this peaceful little village attracts some unusual artists. One can’t help but smile while wandering around this fun and fascinating event... https://www.laurelhighlands.org/event/15th-annual-national-road-chainsaw-carving-festival/22026/

laurelhighlands.org The 2018 15th Annual National Road Chainsaw Carving Festival, managed by the Confluence Lions Club, will host chainsaw carvers from all over the United States and other countries. They will be carving, displaying and selling their carved items to the public. There were 39 carvers that participated l...

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