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.
The chefs at Chef Dato craft elegant American entrees using ingredients purchased from local grocery stores, farmers, and bakers. Recognized on the Food Network, the restaurant’s Hollywood burger is covered with mango salsa, creamy adjika, and biryani seasoning and served with a bodyguard and five paparazzi. Also popular on the menu: the wild mushroom risotto and the hand-cut, grilled New York strip steak. The dressings for the specialty salads are made by hand; the salads also come topped with maple glazed salmon or grilled chicken and mandarin oranges.
Renovated from a historical train station, DiSalvo's Station Restaurant transports diners to old Italy by way of cobblestone flooring, pitched ceilings, and plates of pasta, seafood, and Sunday brunch. A long stone tunnel ushers patrons into an expansive atrium of tables covered in white linen. A fully restored dining car creates an unforgettable dining experience that will only be matched once the moon starts taking reservations. After meals, patrons can take the stairs or trapdoor chute down to the station's basement, where Joey D's Sala Da Fumo & Retail Shop stocks its shelves with a selection of premium cigars, fine wine, and spirits. A large humidor keeps rolled tobacco leaves moist, and a billiard room lets players work on their geometry. Every Friday night, live music entertains diners with such acts as Bryan Cole, Judi Figel, and The Half Knobs.
Not many people get the chance to dine in a restaurant's wine cellar, but at Vallozzi's, diners can book the underground space for a private dinner or dine in one of four other elegant areas. While enjoying award-winning wines, guests can feast on upscale Italian cuisine in Vallozzi's Classic dining room, which awards the eyes with hand-painted murals and romantic lighting. Alfresco dining options include Casa Elena and the patio, where guests can bask in the breeze without picnicking on an airport runway. Rounding out the quintet of rooms and boasting a handmade maple and olive wood bar, Rosso Bianco blends casual and chic with light-strewn tables, wine racks, and flat-screen TVs.
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