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The weekend forecast calls for color, so you’re jumping in to the car or on to your bike to catch the Laurel Highlands at its best. But where to spend the night? Try these cozy alternatives to chain motels, from the Maryland state line to Ligonier.
The Hostel on Main: A comfy new spot three blocks from the Great Allegheny Passage in Rockwood offers bunks, showers and a spacious living room. Rates start at $22 a person. 506 Main St., Rockwood, Somerset County; 814/926-4546, hostelonmain.com.
Parker House: Confluence’s PumpkinFest is a great reason to visit this charming town on the Youghiogheny River. The hotel has a massive stone fireplace. Double rooms start at $75. 213 Yough St., Confluence, Somerset County. 814/395-9616, theparkerhousecountryinn.com.
Ohiopyle Yurts: These Mongolian tents on a raised platform have electricity and kitchen gear. It’s an inexpensive, fun family adventure. Fri.-Sat., $61; Sun.-Thurs., $36. During peak season, there is a one-week minimum. During off-season, there is a two-night minimum. 124 Main St., Ohiopyle, Fayette County; 724/329-8591, dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/ohiopyle.aspx, pa.reserveworld.com.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Duncan House: Though weekend lodging for this residence designed by the iconic architect is usually booked months in advance, the Duncan House offers Sunday tours and the Balter and Blum Houses, both inspired by Wright’s designs, may have openings also. $175 to $425 a night. 1 Usonian Drive, Acme, Westmoreland County; 877/833-7829, polymathpark.com.
Antiochian Village: This retreat and conference center run by the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America six miles north of Ligonier accepts individual reservations. Quiet rooms (no TV), with dining available for guests. Doubles from $88 per night. Call ahead. Route 711, Bolivar, Westmoreland County; 724/238-3677, antiochianvillage.org.