Among rock gardens, stone pathways, and the old-growth forests of the Allegheny Mountains, Hilltop Lodge's redwood cabins proffer comfortable rooms near breathtaking nature. Sitting 2,217 feet above sea level, the cabins house two full-size beds and private bathrooms, while providing overnighters with access to private campfire areas. Inside the redwood lodge, built in 1928, chefs whip up Italian specialties, seafood, and hearty cuts of meat to refuel stomachs after days of golfing at nearby greens, exploring the outdoors, or duct-taping broken branches back onto trees.
During visits, travelers can enjoy Allegany County attractions—including fishing, hunting, and horseback riding—read books on the stone patio, or meander through the rock garden bordering Hilltop's pond, reciting poetry or reading the contents of cereal boxes aloud. Before departing, travelers can stop by the gnome-themed gift shop, which allows customers to take a bit of forest magic back home.
Total Tan offers all-season solutions for transforming dull dermises into blissfully sun-kissed skin suits. For traditional bed and booth tanning, choose from a radiant array of artificial, cleanly sun pods to build your glow from palest amber to Midas-pawed gold. Or heat-shy coloration seekers may prefer UV-free Mystic spray tanning, which blankets the body in a fine mist to achieve effortless bronzing.
Since 1910, Hallmark has stocked its shelves with a wide variety of greeting cards, gifts, and thoughtful keepsakes. Patrons can write a formal request for better candy from neighbors with Halloween greeting cards ($0.99+ each) or record a personalized greeting card to document a baby's first words in English or made-up baby language. Keepsake ornaments ($9.95+) inspired by the memorable Peanuts comic strip feature Snoopy, Lucy, and Charlie Brown decked out in Halloween costumes, and a variety of scrapbook kits and photo albums help to preserve memories without having to pickle the brain. A large selection of wrapping paper, ribbons, and bags encloses gifts in layers of festivity.
Prime cuts of beef sizzle at The Silver Fox Steakhouse, where chef Jack Atkinson curates a menu packed with steak, seafood, and elegant American eats. Take a break from bench-pressing enormous bottles of wine to dine on the Cab Calloway fillet ($37)—8 ounces of seasoned meat topped with three shrimp—which arrives smothered in bordelaise sauce, much like the microphones that Calloway ate after each performance. The champagne mussels arrive cooked in garlic, onion, thyme, and cream sauce ($12), while fresh fruits de mer can be plucked from tiers of barramundi, ocean perch, scallops, and shrimp ($32).
The Tamarack Club condominium hotel offers a diverse array of guest condominium units and myriad luxurious amenities. The studio room is 475 square feet of mountain-nestled shelter, and since it's furnished with amenities including a gas fireplace and a kitchen, guests won't have to lug along the mini-tent and Bert and Ernie sleeping bag. Set slopeside, the Tamarack provides easy access to Holiday Valley's picturesque peaks; the Creekside Lodge and Cindy's quad lift are both nearby, ready to act as the perfect starting point for packs of snowboarding HR managers dutifully testing their company's new extreme team-building exercises. An 18-hole golf course fills in for the ski action in the summer, and Falling Waters Spa is on-site to provide a temperature-controlled alternative to outdoorsy adventure.
Diners at Dina's mull over a unique menu of healthful eats crafted from fresh, local ingredients. Succulent starters include the bacon-wrapped dates, stuffed with Stilton blue cheese and almonds under a sprinkle of balsamic syrup ($9.95), and the baked brie, buoyed by an orchard of apples, grapes, and pears ($9.95). Share a slice of the boss gourmet pizza, plastered with mushrooms, sausage, green peppers, kalamata olives, and mozzarella ($17.95 for a large), or monopolistically hoard entrees such as the chicken parmesan ($18.95) or Cowgirl ribs. During a.m. hours, diners can nosh on massive pancakes ($7.75) or eggy burrito bombs ($8.75) in the open air of Dina's sidewalk seating, or lounge amongst brick-bedecked walls of the upstairs loft while cooing sweet nothings to the eatery’s sandwiches.