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Looking to spend some quality time in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania and need a beautiful place to stay? You should check out The Summit Inn. Located in Farmington, The Summit Inn is only a little over an hour drive from Pittsburgh, and you can be high above the clouds enjoying all the splendor of the Laurel Highlands.

I love visiting Ohiopyle State Park throughout the year. When cresting the top of the historic Route 40 National Pike, there sits The Summit Inn; a peaceful giant among the clouds. I vowed that one day I would spend a weekend there. So I convinced my husband to visit The Summit Inn for our third anniversary.

You can’t miss the beauty of this resort as you drive by. With the grand porch overlooking the town below and the massive white pillars greeting you at the entrance, it is quite a site to behold. The lobby is just as beautiful, with the giant ornate staircase built in the early 1900’s. It is a must see for anyone traveling through the area.

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What is there to do at The Summit Inn?

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The outdoor pool

There are a number of things to do while you enjoy your stay at The Summit Inn. The resort offers a nine-hole golf course, with no green fees for resort guests Monday through Thursday. After your round of golf relax in one of two pools. The indoor heated pool is located on the bottom floor of The Summit Inn and offers gorgeous floor to ceiling windows, with a view overlooking the valley below. The outdoor pool and hot tub were updated to include a covered pavilion to relax, away from the sun.

The Summit Inn: front of the hotel

Take a tour of the on-site treehouse, Black Bear Bungalow, as seen on Treehouse Masters. Then, continue your day by taking a hike on one of the many trails. Take it easy out on the front lawn of the resort, by playing a game of shuffleboard, bocce ball, or horseshoes.

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Ohiopyle State Park

If you’re looking to get out and see everything the Laurel Highlands has to offer, I suggest starting with a visit to Ohiopyle State Park. Take a trip to the newly renovated visitors’ center, which offers an amazing view of the main falls. Take a hike or a short car ride to Cucumber Falls, or take you swimsuit and visit The Natural Waterslides of Meadow Run. (Be aware that this is a natural park, not an amusement park, and there are no lifeguards.)

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Cucumber Falls

Take a leisurely stroll through Ohiopyle to visit the shops and grab some lunch. If you’re up for a little adventure, rent a bike to spend some time exploring the Great Allegheny Passage or hike one of the many trails. For those with an even more adventurous spirit, there’s white water rafting tours, kayaking and rock climbing.

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Christian Klay Winery

Before heading back to The Summit Inn for dinner, make a stop at the beautiful Christian Klay Winery for a sampling of the area’s best wine (and maybe a bottle or two to go.) If you purchase a bottle, you are free to enjoy it while relaxing by the lake or under the pavilion. The winery offers tours, if you book ahead of time. They also hold many events throughout the year, so be sure to check it out before you go.

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What restaurants are available at The Summit Inn Resort?

Once you’re done enjoying the beauty of the Laurel Highlands, head back to The Summit Inn for a wonderful meal, as the resort has four amazing options to enjoy good food and drinks: Mae’s Dining Room, The Veranda, The Wunder Bar, and Mount Summit Golf Club.

Mae’s Dining Room offers wonderful breakfast, lunch and dinner options. For dinner, Mae’s has the most amazing crab cakes and some of the best steak I’ve ever had. Ask your server what wine pairs best with your dinner entrée.

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View from The Veranda

Breakfast, lunch or dinner can also be enjoyed on The Veranda, which is the outdoor restaurant, located on the grand porch of The Summit Inn. The Veranda offers the same great cuisine as Mae’s Dining Room, with a gorgeous view. I suggest making a reservation for dinner with a beautiful sunset view. I highly recommend taking a light jacket if you’re still enjoying dinner once the sun sets; it cools off quickly, even in the summer months.

Head to The Wunder Bar for a casual lunch or an evening drink to cap off your day. Or if you’re one for enjoying the outdoors, take a short drive to the Mount Summit Golf Club to enjoy lunch and a drink while taking in the beauty of the Laurel Highlands. (Golfing is not a requirement to enjoy a good meal here.)

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Sunset view of the valley

Whether you spend a weekend or a whole week in the Laurel Highlands, The Summit Inn Resort is a great place for a relaxing getaway. If you want something to spice up your trip or are looking for a new swimsuit, check out the new Adore Me Collection.

Have you stayed at The Summit Inn Resort? What did you love about it? Let us know in the comments.

The Summit Inn: the hotel and sunset view from the hotel

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