Attractions & Adventure
1 The GAP (Great Allegheny Passage)
railstotrails.org Who says your Log Home Road Trip has to be by car? One of America’s most well known biking trails, the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage, spans from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland. As part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy project, it traces the paths of defunct railroads and the historical buildings and events that shaped America, all while traversing the scenic and diverse Pennsylvania countryside.
2 Log Cabin at the University of Pittsburgh Forbes Ave.,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 tour.pitt.edu According to Pitt lore, in the 1780s the university got its start in a log cabin that was lost to time. This 1820s-era log cabin was originally located 50 miles away from its current site, but in 1986, then Chancellor Wesley Posvar and Trustee Charles Fagan III purchased the cabin for $1,000, donated it to the university and reconstructed it in the shadow of The Cathedral of Learning — the heart and soul of the school — to symbolize the University of Pittsburgh’s heritage and commitment to education.
3 Fallingwater 1491 Mill Run Road,
Mill Run, PA 15464 724-329-8501 fallingwater.org It may not be built with logs, but no one knew how to seamlessly weave nature with architecture like Frank Lloyd Wright. A trip through PA wouldn't be complete without a stop to his most recognizable private residence. Built for the Kaufmann family in 1937, it’s a masterpiece of design and inspiration.
4 Old Bedford Village 220 Sawblade Road,
Bedford, PA 15522 814-623-1156 oldbedfordvillage.com This living- history village brings the past into the present. A rich variety of activities, including military and civilian re-enactments, colonial crafts, exhibits and festivals like the Olde Bedford Beer Festival — a unique combination of history and hops (held in autumn). The village is open Memorial Day weekend through Halloween, plus special Christmas events.
5 The Poconos
poconomountains.com Long hailed as THE romantic honeymoon destination in Pennsylvania, the Poconos Mountains actually have a little something for everyone. Encompassing four counties along the New York/ New Jersey boarder, there’s great skiing along its many slopes ( give
Camelback Mountain – the range’s highest peak – a try), excellent fishing along Lake Wallenpaupak’s 52 miles of shoreline, extreme adventures and more. Scads of quaint log cabins and large lodges (see stops 10 and 11 for two options) dot the hillsides, making your stay as easy-breezy as the Bunny Slope.
6 St. Severin’s Old Log Church 6967 Kylertown Drifting
Hwy, Morrisdale, PA 16858 The preservationist in you will fall in love with this angelic log church. Built by German settlers (The Cooper Settlement) in 1851 and serving a Roman Catholic congregation until roughly 1880, the landmark was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and has been lovingly maintained.
7 Morgan Log House 850 Weikel Road,
Kulpsville, PA 19443 215-368-2480
The land, originally owned and farmed by Daniel Boone’s grandparents, Edward and Elizabeth Morgan, the Morgan Log House exhibits many fine examples of furniture, metals, household implements and period decorative arts from the early Welsh and Germanic t radit ions of Colonia l Pennsylvania. Be sure to stop by the museum shop and take home pieces of redware pottery or wooden items inspired by originals in the historic collection. Resorts & Rentals
8 Log Cabin Lodge & Suites 288 Route 711,
Jones Mills, PA 15646 724-593-8200
Located near two of western Pennsylvania’s premier ski destinations, Seven Springs and Hidden Valley, and built with white pine logs by local craftsmen, the proprietors of this landmark lodge claim it “provides a special flavor of the Laurel Highlands,” and they’re right. Each room is unique and supplies all the creature comforts you need with all the charm you want.
9 Rough Cut Lodge 2570 Route 6,
Gaines, PA 16921 814-435-2192
Between the New York state border and the tip of the Susquehannock State Forest is home to this collection of charming log cabins. A stay here is just a stone’s throw away from Pine Creek Gorge — aka “the grand canyon of Pennsylvania,” which is truly a sight to behold. The log cabins sleep from four to seven people.
10 The Lodge at Keen Lake
15 Warren Rix Dr.,
Waymart, PA 18472 570-488-9300
Enjoy the rugged majesty of the Poconos Mountains within the surrounds of a luxurious log lodge. The area offers biking, swimming, hiking and nature trails, as well as many activities and sightseeing adventures.
11 Babbling Brook Cottages
258 Silver Lake Road,
Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 570-828-9175
If the Poconos are calling but you’re looking for something a bit more intimate, this is the Log Home Road Trip stop for you. Five private cottages offer the perfect vacation get a way for families and couples alike. A wide array of restaurants and unique shops are in striking distance.
Dine & Shop 12 Log Cabin Inn. 430 Perry Hwy,
Harmony, PA 16037 724-452-4155 springfields.com/ log-cabin-inn Casual dress is the order of the day at this eatery built around a 160-year-old log cabin. Enjoy excellent fare in this relaxing, rural atmosphere, which also boasts a full bar and a great outdoor deck.
13 The Rustique Log Cabin & Elk Mountain Winery at Kittanning
115 Sandy Flat Road,
Kittanning PA 16201 724-545-7549 therustiquelogcabin.com Brimming with antique, rustic, handcrafted and vintage finds, not to mention a wide selection of local wines (daily tastings are available), this quaint log cabin shop, located just north of Pittsburgh, is like taking a step back in time in the best possible way.
14 Buddy’s Log Cabin Family Restaurant
97 Treemont Road, Pine
Grove, PA 17963 570-345-8253 buddyslogcabin.com Bring your appetite because Buddy’s Log Cabin Family Restaurant serves large, portions of traditional American favorites like chicken, spaghetti (including all-you-can-eat-Tuesdays), sandwiches, burgers, subs, ribs and wings — not to mention homemade cakes and pies — in the cutest cabin setting you can imagine.
15 The Log Cabin
11 Lehoy Forest Dr.,
Leola, PA 17540 717-626-9999 logcabin1933.com In 2016, a new management team took over this 1930s speakeasy, completely refurbishing its original rustic log charm. This, combined with a succulent new menu, earned The Log Cabin a nod as one of Lancaster County’s best restaurants of 2017. Bonus: vegetarian, prix fixe, brunch and twilight menus are available.
Log Home Companies 16 Barna Log Homes of Pennsylvania, Inc. 95 Levitt Hill Road,
Tunkhannock, PA 18657 866-438-5194 barnaloghomespa.com Perched at the edge of the Poconos, this experienced log home dealer offers more than floor plans and affordable homes — they also provide assistance through every step of the log home process, all backed by the benefit of Barna’s 30+ years in the log and timber home business.
17 Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes 1081 Salem Church Road,
Middleburg, PA 17842 570-765-7293 timberhavenloghomes.com If traditional-looking design on the cutting edge of log home construction is on your wish list, then Stop #17 is mandatory. See what Timberhaven’s engineered white pine log and timber process is all about with a tour of their new mill and headquarters, or stop in to one of their six dealers’ models located across the Keystone State.
18 Naturally Home Consulting 1540 Fairview Dr.,
Leesport, PA 19533 610-926-2727 naturallyhomeconsulting.com While cruising along your PA Log Home Road Trip, make it a point to check out this light and bright cedar home. Owners Chris and Lynne Burt, Katahdin Cedar Log Homes/ Arborwall Solid Cedar Homes dealers, will be happy to show you around and fill you in on how you, too, can create your rustic dream home. (It doubles as their private residence, so please call ahead for an appointment.)
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