Labor Day Weekend

Youghiogheny Dam, Confluence, PA (pronounced “yock-a-gain-ee”, or so we’re told)

Hmm, it’s been quite some time since I posted.  I guess we’ve just been busy.  We did take some time out for a weekend away in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, which I highly recommend.  It’s a great area with activities for the whole family.  It’s also a great place to just rest and relax and enjoy some quiet time (which is what we did).


We stayed at Hartzell House, an incredible B&B in Addison, PA.  Our hosts, Kitty and Dave, are wonderful folks who made our stay comfortable and serene.  The house is beautifully decorated and meticulously maintained, with a lovely garden, sun room, patio, pool table, and plenty of books, games and DVDs to keep you occupied when you want to stay in.  There are lots of lovely spaces to curl up with a book and a cup of tea. Be warned: Kitty and Dave’s breakfasts are to die for… you might just pass out due to excessive bliss.  Also, be prepared to make some great new friends as everything about the B&B just brings out the friendly in its guests.


Hartzell House is located a short driving distance to many activities, outdoors and in, in both Pennsylvania and Maryland.  We had a bit of rain and my husband had a little cold, so we didn’t do too much in the great outdoors.  We did take in quite alot in the way of antiques and arts (stained glass, glass blowing, woodworking, iron working, weaving, pottery, quilting, photography, to name a few).

Glass blowing at Simon Pearce, Mountain Lake Park, MD

There are also some very good restaurants and cafes in the area, including River’s Edge Cafe (also a B&B) which has a good number of vegetarian selections (definitely try the sweet potato fries) and is located, as advertised, right at the edge of the river.


On the way home on Monday, we stopped for lunch at Tari’s, our favorite place in Berkeley Springs, WV, only to find that they had suffered some extensive flood damage earlier in the weekend and were still cleaning up.  Hope you re-open soon!  We spent a weekend in Berkeley Springs a few years ago, and highly recommend it too.


So, I have some overdue recipes to post… coconut quinoa and spicy eggplant, to name a few.  Look out for the those in the coming week.