Wintertime. For many, it’s a time to escape for warmer climates, but for others the crisp winter air on the cheeks, the beauty of snowfall, the broader vistas while hiking, or simply snuggling by a fireplace conjures up images of the ideal getaway. Better yet, take the whole family or group of friends and cure everyone’s winter blues. Best of all, you can find it nearby with no airline tickets and related expenses. And it’s a scenic drive. Head to the Raystown Lake Region in Huntington County, Pennsylvania, and check out their Fireplace Getaways program.
Not to take away anything from the spectacular summer and fall seasons great for lakeside getaways, hiking and foliage, the story continues into the winter. And it is pure winter magic. So why not consider traveling to Huntingdon County for a Winter Fireplace Getaway? Take in the breathtaking views of snow clinging to lakeside pines and icy water rushing over river rocks. Or the excellent vistas best seen without the leaves blocking your view. Put on you warm clothing, get invigorated and let that crisp air make your cheeks rosy! Then head inside one of the stunning lodge facilities to cozy up with family and friends for a heart - and toe - warming evening by the fireplace. Have fun, learn something new, and get in some memory making boding time with a Winter Fireplace Getaway Experience for your group.
To begin, book a stay anytime from January through March 2021 for a group of 4-15 people at a participating lodging facility (fireplacegetaways.com), and choose one of their Winter Fireplace Getaway Experiences at no additional charge. Here are some of the choices:
Create your own masterpiece on canvas under the direction of professional artist and instructor Rebecca Reck of Bluebird Designs. Experiment with painting techniques, exercise your creative muscles, and have fun!
Learn the basic tenets of yoga, as practiced in the Kripalu tradition, from experienced yoga instructor Tracy Lake. Then move through guided centering/grounding, warm ups, postures and relaxation. Refresh, recharge and rejuvenate.
Enjoy a class from a master coffee roaster and apprentice tea sommelier on coffee history, brewing and roasting techniques, while you learn the art of coffee cupping and participate in a tasting experience by Standing Stone Coffee Company.
Dive into a Buttercream Cake Workshop with Sweethearts Confectionery, where you’ll learn the basic steps of cake decorating. Split, stack, fill, crumb coat, finish and frost. Then enjoy and share your delectable creation.
See, hear and touch the past. The William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum has Herbie the Love Bug, a Tucker and more, while Isett Heritage Museum offers more than 40,000 items on display at its farm estate.
Explore Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks, where you’ll walk through winding passageways and splendid rooms with massive flowstones, thousands of delicate stalactites, pure white calcite and sparkling crystals.
Ready to get your group together and start off the new year with some fun? For more information, visit fireplacegetaways.com or call the tourism office at 1-888-RAYSTOWN.