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Recent Pittsburgh & Its Countryside reviews

  • Girls weekend

    "We had a mom/girls weekend away, and could not have been any happier with everything about this place. We had a relaxing time in the hot tub with snow falling all around us. Took some walks in the snow, rented some movies from the Redbox location two minutes away. The house has everything you need, and some. We booked this quickly at the last minute, and Kara responded very quickly and kindly. No doubt that we will be planning a Fall trip for the girls again. It would be the perfect family location if you like to bike, hike, or kayak or canoe, and fishing for sure."
    Guest: Jeri H. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 1, 2015
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  • If I could give ten stars...

    "Wow! Our group of ten women have celebrated our yearly "Girls Weekend" for 6 years now, and we've always stayed in different places ... it seems we have finally found our home away from home. From the beautiful, immaculate furnishings, to the breathtaking views, to the serene location, we just can't say enough great things about this property! We enjoyed the open layout of the living room/kitchen area, where there was plenty of comfortable seating and counter space for our wide array of snacks. The sleeping areas were comfortable as well, and were virtually sound-proof! (Perfect for the late-sleepers in our group.) We also took advantage of the fantastic theater room downstairs. We were able to take advantage of the great location even in the non-ski season. Dinner at the Slopeside's seafood buffet, shopping at the quaint shops in Donegal, and an easy 30 minute drive to Fallingwater made our weekend absolutely perfect! We certainly hope to return again and again if Diane will have us...thank you for sharing your beautiful home!"
    Guest: MJD Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 19, 2014
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  • Absolutely Perfect!!!

    "Words cannot do this place justice. Mona and Bryon were kind enough to allow us to exchange our wedding vows at their cottage...and we stayed for our honeymoon afterwards...I cannot think of a more perfect place to have started our lives together. The Fall foliage was breath taking. The numerous bird boxes and feeders scattered around the grounds brought a large variety of birds to be watched...The views are beautiful..there are mowed paths that weave around the property for taking walks...The pond was fun to fish in! There are some pretty big fish in that pond! It was a little chilly but that was fixed by building a nice fire in the fire pit. Their attention to detail is unmatched. You literally only need to bring your own food/drinks...everything else you need is there waiting for your arrival! The cottage is inviting and cozy...perfect for a couple wanting to get away and recharge. The loft bedroom is gorgeous with a VERY comfortable bed..storage for your clothes..windows that give you beautiful views of the property...the living room area is cute and they even provide a nice selection of dvd's and vhs movies to watch on the tv! Games were found tucked away in drawers or on shelves...The sun room was my favorite place...sitting at the table in the morning and watching the world wake up outside while having coffee and doing crossword puzzles was the perfect start to the day! The gas fireplace that sits across from the two incredibly comfortable arm chairs made the room picture perfect. The kitchen was easy to use...well equipped and had more than enough storage. The decor of the cottage is wonderful...I loved all the dragonfly decorations and the sculpted wood artwork...absolutely beautiful. Everywhere you looked you would find a cute little bird decoration tucked in and waiting to be found. So with all that said...the bottom line is...this place is perfect inside and out. Can't wait to go back! Thank you Mona and Bryon for sharing your little piece of paradise with us!"
    Guest: Lida & George Barnhart Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 24, 2014
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  • Perfect Condo for a New Years Weekend Getaway

    "New Years weekend. What a great condo here at Laurel Ponds, which really is in a cozy setting in the woods, with a small ‘babbling brook’ in the rear and front areas of the property. Pat (the owner) was terrific to deal with we definitely will return. After venturing out to much of the Nemacolin property, the condos at Laurel Ponds seemed to be the nicest of all. You can actually see the resort spa through the woods from the really nice back deck, which can also be accessed from the side of the condo! Once you park your vehicle in the private parking area, you never have to drive again because the free property shuttle service is excellent, reliable, and they come quickly when you call to be picked up and drop you off right in front when you return ‘home’. It really does feel homey at Pat’s condo with lovely decorations, extra blankets and pillows if you want to just ‘chill’ on the sectional in front of the TV and fireplace, or need an extra pillow in bed. Oh, and there’s great water pressure in the showers! The kitchen is fully loaded with silverware, glasses, cups, dishes, pots, pans, and all you need. I read that some guests had difficulty with cell-phone service, but we didn’t have a problem; just moved closer to the window or sliding glass door and tried a couple times until the phone worked, so no worries with cell service. The beds lined with flannel sheets were very comfortable and having chairs in the bedrooms was a bonus to toss your clothes or just sit and relax. We also really liked the cathedral ceiling and loft in the upper bedroom with its own private bath. The main restaurants, shops, spa, etc, at the Lodge and Chateau Lafayette are just a short 3-minute shuttle ride from the condo, so while the condo location was a perfect convenience, it also felt like we were in a private, quiet, and intimate area. We enjoyed the shops at the Lodge, some terrific food and drinks in the bar area of the Tavern, the fabulous brunch at Lautrec, perfect breakfast pizza and breakfast tacos at Autumn, and an exceptional and unique dinner at Aqueous (upscale steak restaurant) at the Falling Rock Resort, a facial and a little pampering at the resort spa, and of course, enjoyed some time at the Lady Luck Casino. After checkout, we headed to Falling Water (a must see), just 20 minutes away from Nemacolin. There truly is something for everyone at Nemacolin, and staying at this Laurel Ponds condo made it all a wonderful and memorable experience."
    Guest: T from Pa Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 3, 2015
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Pittsburgh & Its Countryside Travel Tips

Visiting Pittsburgh, One of America’s Best Cities

Pittsburgh is regularly voted one of the best cities in the U.S. It was recently ranked 29th in the world’s best cities to live in. A vacation in Pittsburgh area condos will confirm that. It is easy to get to the area with its excellent International airport and two interstate highways, I-379 an I-579. There are also major roads throughout the city and surrounding area. The weather averages in the mid-80s Fahrenheit in summer, falling to the low-20s Fahrenheit in winter. It is the nation’s 13th largest city and largest inland port.

The area is a haven for those with a passion for snow. The skiing, snowmobiling, and variety of winter sports available keep visitors returning year on year but there is more to the area than just a winter wonderland.

There is More to Pittsburgh Than the Steelers

There is much to occupy visitors to the Pittsburgh area resorts around this charming city. Those looking to soak up some of the history of this area will want to see the Old Economy Village, a Christian communal society, dating from the 19th century. The Seldom Seen Mine gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the working conditions of the local coal mines. One of the nation’s biggest tragedies in the 1800s was the flooding of Johnstown that wiped out an entire city. This is memorialized at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial. In memory of a more recent tragedy, the Memorial to those who died on flight 93 honors the crew and passengers who bought down the plane on September 11th, 2001. The memorial is maintained by local residents until a permanent memorial is built.

The Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum of Rural Life in Washington County is a National Historic Landmark. This 200-acre area includes a recreated 19th-century village. A section of US-40, the first federally funded road, runs past an array of historic sites like Fort Necessity, General Braddock’s Grave and includes some wonderful stagecoach stops. Fort Necessity commemorates the first battle in the career of one very famous American, George Washington. Visitors should not overlook a trip to Titusville to visit the first oil well in the U.S. The museum and park here include a full scale replica of the well, and the train tour gives a chance to learn more while seeing the sights. Kids will love the Trolley Museum and McConnell’s Mill State park provides great hiking in the gorge; it features a 1870s' style covered bridge as well as beautiful scenery, including waterfalls.

Pittsburgh for Outdoor Activites

The city of Pittsburgh is perfectly placed as a city vacation spot with plenty of outdoor action on your doorstep. Visitors should include a trip down the New River Gorge National River and visit the Allegheny National Forest with close to 520,000 acres of recreation land available for great activities and amazing scenery. While here, visit Allegheny Portage Railroad to find out how a canal boat can go over a mountain. Take time to see Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir, spanning the border between western Pennsylvania and New York. At the Lauren Caverns, visitors can tour the caves; try spelunking and rappelling at this 430-acre geological park. It’s Pennsylvania’s biggest cave!

Learn about the history of Railroaders at a museum in Altoona dedicated to the workers who helped shape America. At Altoona, visitors should also see the famous Horseshoe Curve, a marvel of engineering dating from 1854. For outdoor sports such as hiking, biking and whitewater rafting, visit Ohiopyle State Park.

Pittsburgh Area Condos are Luxurious Homes

For visitors choosing Pittsburgh Area vacation rentals, the choice of properties is impressive. Here, visitors will find ideal locations and bright spacious accommodations. Many properties are pet-friendly and welcome families with dogs. There is a huge selection of great homes, and owners make an effort not just to equip their homes, but to include the extras such as large-screen televisions, DVD playerss, and even wireless internet access. Every care is taken to ensure that their home is your home.

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