At­trac­tions & Ad­ven­ture

Log Home Living - - COOK UP A GOOD TIME -

1 The GAP (Great Al­legheny Pas­sage)

rail­sto­ 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 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 falling­wa­ 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 oldbed­fordvil­ 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

poconomoun­ 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 spring­ 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 therus­tiquel­og­ 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 bud­dys­log­ 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 log­ 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 bar­naloghome­ 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 tim­ber­haven­ 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 nat­u­ral­ly­home­con­sult­ 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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