Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, a scenic mountainous region spread across Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties, is home to dozens of craft beverage makers—and the region’s tourism officials are spreading the word with the launch of its updated and expanded Pour Tour promotion.
The Pour Tour includes an official passport that serves as a guide to the participating breweries, wineries, distilleries, meaderies, and cideries. When first launched in 2019, the tour included 31 establishments; the new Pour Tour 3.0 has nearly 50.
The Pour Tour passport, available as a physical booklet or as an app, provides a map and information on the participating makers. It can also earn users prizes. After visiting a participating site and purchasing a beverage, a sticker will be placed in the passport or verified via the app. Prizes are awarded for visiting from 15, 30, or 45 participating locations, with passports redeemable through Dec. 31, 2023.
“The Laurel Highlands has always been known as a great place for outdoor adventure,” said Jay Bell, Owner, Bella Terra Vineyards in Hunker, PA. “Over the last 10 years, the quality and creativity of wines created in our area have definitely grown. With the addition of breweries and distilleries opening, we’ve become an up-and-coming destination for craft beverage fans. There’s so much to see and do here – hiking, biking, art galleries, museums, and restaurants. We’re ripe for the picking.”
Complete details on the Pour Tour and information on other things to experience in Laurel Highlands are available at GOLaurelHighlands.com.
Where to stay
The Laurel Highlands offers a wide range of unique lodging options for visitors exploring the regions. Here are a couple picks:
- Yoder’s Guest House, originally built in 1901 is a charming red brick Georgian home in the trailtown of Meyersdale Pa. This former mansion offers 11 guest rooms, all with private bathrooms. Yoder’s is only a few blocks from the GAP Trail and just a short countryside drive to the Flight 93 National Memorial. Nearby Pour Tour stops include Trailhead Brewing Co., Rusty Musket Distilling Co., and Whitehorse Brewing.
- Situated on over 2,000 acres, Nemacolin, located in Farmington, Pa., features luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhomes, and private homes, including the Falling Rock boutique hotel, a recipient of the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awards. Among its many amenities are two Pete Dye-designed golf courses, a seasonal outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a spa, and a wellness center. Nearby Pour Tour stops include Yough River Brewing Co., Ridge Runner Distillery, and Christian W. Klay Winery.