I recently spent two weeks at my mom’s house while she recuperated from surgery – the longest time my husband and I have spent apart in our 24 years of marriage. Before I left, we talked about him driving out to NJ from Ohio (I flew) to come and get me and then on our way back across the turnpike we would stay in a Bed and Breakfast for the weekend before we went back to our regular jobs. Originally, we had planned a longer vacation, but when my mom’s breast cancer came up, it was put off or put away, so this was our way to get some of the trip in. We didn’t have many choices since we were late making the decision of where and when, however, we made a heck of a great pick with Horizon View Farms Bed and Breakfast.
- Rockwood, PA
Horizon View Farms is in Rockwood, PA just south of Somerset off the PA turnpike (76). It’s a newer Bed and Breakfast, and it’s part of a bigger plan. There’s a Horizon View Farm part where the beef cows are – we met them as they stalked us while we hiked around the 490 acre property. There’s the Horse boarding, trail rides and training center, and there’s the Bed and Breakfast. We were offered the option of a trail ride, but my husband wasn’t up to it. It snowed more than 6 inches while we were there last weekend (the surprise snow storm that hit the east?), and it was the perfect opportunity for taking a hike in the snow to take winter photos instead.
- Really nice suites
The Bed & Breakfast is divided into suites. On the first floor there are two nice size suites with Queen beds, a sitting room and bathroom with shower. There is a common small kitchen with fridge, freezer, and microwave plus cabinets full of dishes, silverware, coffee amenities, etc. There is also an eating area that has cafe type seating which is pretty neat. There is a planned deck, but so far the weather hasn’t cooperated enough for them to work on it. I liked sitting in front of the french doors overlooking the horse area while sipping coffee. In fact one of the best things about this place is all the windows and light even though it snowed the whole day, at the same time, the bedroom windows were covered with both blinds and drapes and were dark for sleeping which I love.
- Whoa – the living room loft!
We stayed upstairs, and what a treat that was. The second floor had a full kitchen with dining area, two bedrooms plus another available and a bathroom with shower. Then the piece de resistance is the full third floor loft living room with windows on both ends. In the evenings we would bring a glass of wine up there and watch a movie on the tv.
- Cheryl met us there.
As a bed and breakfast you are used to the hosts staying on site. This is a little different in that Cheryl didn’t stay on site, but she did give us a tour, told us how to find what ever we needed. She let us know that the property was wide open for us to hike around on and explore, that there was an option for a trail ride or lessons if we wanted. She told us about what was in the area, where to get a decent meal and pretty much set us up. A really funny coincidence is that though we never met, we actually attended the same college at the same time , neat, huh? She also gave us a bottle of wine from the owners and a bowl of salsa with chips. We didn’t see Cheryl again, but we talked to plenty of the staff, who were all friendly, helpful, pleasant – really enthusiastic people.
- Dining Out? Be ready to drive.
I will warn you that you are out in the boonies – you will need to figure out what and where you will eat. The other couple that stayed in one of the first floor suites went to Somerset for dinner. Somerset is about a fifteen minute drive and not too bad. Dough Girls is the main spot around the corner from the B&B. Anything that can be made with dough is there – ie – Pizzas, pies, hoagies, cakes, etc. However, I wouldn’t go there without calling first and putting in an order. If you order when you show up, it will be a twenty minute wait, even for a small meatball hoagie. We also noticed that people called their orders in and then ate there. Cheryl, the person I made the arrangements with for Horizon View Farms gave us some great suggestions too, but we didn’t feel like driving.
- Stewp for dinner
I brought some vegetables and chicken in a cooler with us, but we didn’t have any oil or butter. There was a flyer in one of the drawers about a Market in Rockwood (right across from dough girls), so we took a little jaunt to it and found exactly what we needed. I didn’t do anything big. We peeled and diced a butternut squash, some potatoes and chicken breast, tossed it with oil to soften and then threw in a little wine (Thank you!!) for it to stew in. I stole the salt and pepper from the downstairs kitchen. Two things I would suggest for the kitchen – A really sharp knife (butternut squash is not easy to peel) and a cutting board. We actually ate this meal both nights – but we are stewy people, so it was perfect.
There was a continental breakfast waiting for us when we woke up. Fruit, cheese and meat tray, crackers, granola, yogurt, cinnamon rolls, oatmeal, etc ( different varieties each day) plus the breakfast fairies set up the coffee for me, I just turned it on when I was ready for hot coffee. There was a separate coffee pot in our upstairs suite, but the breakfast fairies let us have our privacy, so I used the downstairs coffee.
The only downside is that the thermostat is downstairs. The first floor is cooler than the second, and the third floor is cooler than the second. As a result we got a little overheated when we were sleeping. If I had to do it again, I might crack the bedroom window just a bit to let some of the heat out.
We had a fabulous time, we hiked around the property and met some cows. We took lots of photos of the winter wonderland. We went to Laurel Hill State Park which was just a few minutes down the road. It was all very lovely, private and friendly just what we needed for a getaway. I recommend Horizon View Farms Bed & Breakfast highly. Oh, and lest I forget – Wireless all the way, Baby!
This isn’t a paid or sponsored review – Cookerati was never discussed. This was a weekend away for my husband and me, and we loved it. The opinions are my own.
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