I find this time of year is wonderful for making short pleasure trips over a long weekend. The weather is near perfect, and the places I like to visit aren’t yet too crowded with summer travelers. Last weekend, my family booked a long weekend in Bedford, PA: an historic little town about mid-way between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on the Pennsylvania turnpike.
We chose for our lodging a quaint little place called Spring Meadow Farm.
The homeowners of this historic site, have a lovely little guest cottage they rent out. They live in this beautiful brick house and have a store on the property with antiques and early-American reproductions.
The farm was very picturesque and it was so relaxing to sit on the screened in porch and look out at the fields and hills.
The farm is also across the street from a fish hatchery. One day we walked across and toured the facility…it was fascinating to see all the different types of trout that were being raised.
The herons also liked visiting the site–if herons had lips, I’m sure they would have been smacking!
Another enjoyable part of the weekend was visiting downtown Bedford and its quaint shopping district.
Lots of dress shops, sporting outfitters, and my favorite, antiques stores/malls. I found several items to add to my own collection and enjoyed a relaxing day of browsing in the old-fashioned main street location. One of my favorite shops was Anderson House Antiques on East Pitt Street. It’s an historic home, filled with period furnishings and decorative accessories. I bought several things there, and enjoyed chatting with Huston Godwin, one of the owners.
You can visit their website at http://www.andersonhouseantiques.com/
If you’d like to visit Spring Meadow Farm and stay in the guest house (which is very reasonably priced), you can visit their website here: http://www.springmeadowantiques.com/ This is a three bedroom home with 2 full baths, a washer and dryer, a full kitchen, cable tv, a great back porch with an excellent view for relaxing. The homeowner, Liza, is a very kind and hospitable hostess. The house is very clean, and has everything you need for your stay!
I’m back from my stay invigorated and refreshed. I’ve been inspired by the farm scenery, nature, and, of course, the shopping! For more info on visiting Historic Bedford, they have a great visitor’s bureau: http://www.visitbedfordcounty.com/
I hope YOU are finding ways to enjoy the spring weather…summer is almost here! I’ll be posting more about Blairsden: The Mansion in May in my upcoming posts. There are so many more images of the beautiful designer house rooms to share with you!!
Until then, please feel free to comment and share your thoughts with me about this relaxing farm trip…are you inspired by travel? And please, tell everyone you know about Kristine Robinson’s Blog–I need all the friends I can get!