The Laurel Highlands, where Huddleson Court resides, is composed of a seemingly contradictory mix of rugged terrain and creature comforts. Visitors can take advantage of the surrounding unspoiled wilderness with whitewater rafting in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. After a day of adventure, they can return to their suites at the Huddleson, where amenities include full kitchens and wood-burning fireplaces. Just a short block away from the inn rests Green Gables Restaurant, winner of an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Its elegant decor, including antiques and statuary, perfectly complements the fine-dining entrees, which change to feature seasonal ingredients.
Once deemed an eyesore, the winding, 46-mile-long Stonycreek River has undergone a transformation. Today, it abounds with natural life, such as beavers and smallmouth bass, as well as the longest stretch of continuous rapids on the East Coast. With its fleet of inflatable kayaks and tubes, Coal Tubin’ provides a variety of ways for customers to experience the area’s scenery. Knowledgeable guides lead group tours inside inflatable kayaks, whereas inner tubes leisurely float under bridges and down gentle waters lined with pine trees and perplexed coal miners who took a wrong turn. Outdoors adventures also unfold on land, where guided hikes trek to nearby vistas.
The senses are stuffed with aural and visual excess as English tribute act Brit Floyd recreates the sonic mind expansion and visceral enlightenment of a real Pink Floyd show. The band of highly trained virtuosos and a quintet choir of chanteuses does justice to its subject like a jury of smitten rock critics, nailing every note and nuance of Pink Floyd’s signature sound. Rollicking through all of The Floyd’s epic oeuvre, the British group performs a catalog of timeless hits from landmark prog-rock albums such as Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, and Wish You Were Here. The elaborate stage setup replicates The Division Bell tour, replete with metamorphic lasers and lighting, avant-garde screen projections, and a mammoth ocular stargate, giving fans the closest thing to seeing a Pink Floyd show without being miniaturized and injected into their uncle’s subconscious.