Hotel at a Glance: Haley Farm Retreat Center and Spa
You’ll know you’ve gotten far enough off the grid when you see a pair of towering silos and a big wooden barn at Haley Farm Retreat Center and Spa. This quiet patch of fields and woodlands is just a couple hours outside of Pittsburgh, but its old-fashioned hospitality and nature-inspired amenities make you feel like you’re worlds away from civilization. Stroll the grounds to pick fresh fruit, or reflect by a pond filled with koi fish.
- Victorian-style guest rooms are decorated with floral accents and period furnishings. Romantic luxury suites have fireplaces you can snuggle up in front of. Larger manor suites feature hot tubs to help you unwind.
- Natural spa treatments: De-stress with a reflexology treatment, or rejuvenate your skin with an herb-infused body wrap; all available for an additional charge.
- Optional wellness package: Get healthy with services including fitness sessions and locally sourced meals.
- Pick some berries and bite into a fresh apple from the retreat’s orchard trees, or pluck a fresh ear of corn to take home with you.
- Outdoor adventures: You can drive just 15 minutes from the inn to ride horseback on tree-lined trails and cast out for freshwater fish on nearby Deep Creek Lake.
Oakland, Maryland: Country Town with Recreational Fishing and Mountain Hikes
Oakland is a small mountain town in Maryland’s western panhandle. Deep Creek Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state, runs through here, offering miles of scenic coastline. During the summer, you can rent motorboats, water skis, and wakeboards from a number of local sporting shops. Fishing charters—including fly-fishing—set out in search of bass and walleye year round. Set along the shores of a state park, Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center houses gardens with native plants and hands-on wildlife exhibits. The surrounding countryside is filled with more beautiful scenery. Swallow Falls State Park, located north of Oakland, features rocky cliffs and plunging rapids, including a 53-foot waterfall known as Muddy Creek Falls.