Covid-19 restriction updates

Somerset County in South Western PA moved to the Green phase on June 5. Which means pretty much everything is open with new protocols/precautions (which is apparently as far as things go–for at least now).

So far all openings have gone well with no reason to go back to more restrictions—fingers crossed that stays that way. But things still seem to change daily and do your own research.

Here’s what green means:

Events

  • Gatherings of more than 250 people remain prohibited. This would include most festivals, conferences, sporting events or concerts.
  • Religious worship is exempt from restrictions, but social distancing and other mitigation methods are strongly encouraged.

Business

  • All businesses operating at 50% occupancy in yellow phase may increase to 75%, but working remotely is still strongly encouraged.
  • Businesses with in-person operations must follow updated safety requirements.
  • Personal care services, such as hair salons and barbershops, open at 50% occupancy and by appointment only
  • Construction activity may return to full capacity

Dining and recreation

  • Restaurants and bars open for dine-in service, but with occupancy limits and other guidelines.
  • Indoor recreation, including gyms, spas and health and wellness facilities, open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged
  • All entertainment, including casinos, theaters and shopping malls, open at 50% occupancy

Other facilities

  • Schools can reopen, subject to CDC and state guidance (though they will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year)
  • Child care may open, complying with guidance.
  • Congregate care restrictions remain in place
  • Prison and hospital visitation restrictions determined by individual facilitiesStill in yellow

TIPS FOR STAYING IN THE KNOW

https://www.laurelhighlands.org/things-to-do/now-open/  is a good resource.

Also finding the Facebook page for the business that you are looking for often has the most updated info.

Mitch’s Fuel & Food

Mitch’s Fuel & Food, in the center of town, is a one-stop-shop for all of your quick-service needs. In addition to gas, this rustic country store offers a wide variety of convenience items including beverages, snacks, lottery, tobacco products, and live bait.

Mitch’s also offers a full menu for in-house dining or carryout for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week!

Don’t discount this as “gas station” food. Stop in, check out the menu. We think you’ll be surprised and delighted.

Bittersweet Cafe

Bittersweet Cafe is a unique garden cafe in nearby Farmington, PA with fresh, thoughtful food. The Bittersweet Cafe has the ability to cultivate our fresh ingredients right at their mountain location to create unique dishes with outstanding flavor. Their grass fed meats, free range chickens and eggs are all locally raised, along with farm fresh produce- some of which grows in their gardens.  Don’t miss the homemade English muffins.

Local wineries

Currently there are 3 wineries within an hour of Confluence. They all offer tours.

Christian Clay Winery Chalk Hill, PA

Winery owner Sharon Klay and her husband John first developed an interest in winemaking while living in New York City in the 1970s.  This interest led them to research and select the nearly 100 varieties of grapes that would be suitable for cool climate growing conditions.

When the Klays relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, they searched for three years to find a suitable vineyard site.  In 1986, the couple purchased a 215-acre farm in Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania.  John developed a successful practice as a cardiothoracic surgeon, while Sharon decided to take the original 1,000 vines on the property to 14,000 vines.  In 1997, Fayette County’s first commercial winery opened, named after the Klays’ son Christian. Sharon planned to offer her customers the complete wine experience and soon developed an array of enticing special events for the public, such as murder mysteries and a “Wine & Dine in the Woods” series.

Fayette Springs Farm was a suitable place for the Klays’ venture as the farm had a long history of entertaining and welcoming guests.  At the turn of the century, the farm was owned by U.S. Senator William E. Crow who opened his mountain estate to many visitors including President Harding and Black Jack Pershing.

Today, the winery offers guests entertaining special events, informative and educational tours, ideal venues for private events, wine tasting, and shopping in six locations.  An active partner in the community, the winery also hosts annual benefits for Fayette Friends of Animals and other non-profit organizations.

Glades Pike Winery Somerset, PA

Glades Pike Winery started out as a family business, and both the business and our definition of family have expanded since that time. At the root of our family tree are Steve and Karen – the couple who joined a winemaking club for fun and ended up with a new business on their hands. Branching out, you’ll find our tight knit staff who welcome customers into our “home” with open arms and, of course, bottles. Those customers are part of the family, too. Many become regulars, not only as customers, but as our goodwill ambassadors – spreading the word and bringing their friends into our happy little home.

Deep Creek Cellars Friendsville, MD

A small winery in the mountains of western Maryland emphasizing wines made from grapes that reflect their soil and site, mostly dry in style and meant to pair with good food. The winery is located near major mid-Atlantic tourism destinations: Maryland’s Deep Creek Lake and the scenic Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.  In our own vineyards, we use sustainable farming practices for “natural wine-making” — relying on wild yeast fermentation and no filtering. Many of our bottlings contain no sulfites. We make similarly low-tech wines from grapes grown in other Maryland climate zones: classic red and white Pinot and Cabernet Franc from a limestone ridge-top near Cumberland, unique native American Norton from quartz-rich soils in Carroll County, and spectacular dry Riesling from clay-over-limestone in Howard County. A little-known facts is that we are emerging as one of the few Mid-Atlantic Pinot Noir specialists.

Ohiopyle House Cafe

From their website:

The Ohiopyle House Cafe has served many different items over the years but we’ve come to appreciate the importance of locally grown and organic foods. Our farm-to-table menu items debuted on our menu in 2014 and were extremely well receive and super popular. We are now proud to serve many items from local farmers. And when we can’t buy local, we try to buy organic. We serve locally roasted organic off from Old Linn Run Coffee Bean Roastery. We even serve locally brewed and organic beers. And don’t forget to try one of our fruit infused waters or cocktails!

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Stone House Inn and Tavern

From their website:

Get ready for a historic dining experience!
Serving since 1822 gives us a rich a history that not many current dining locations can match. Dine where business entrepreneurs, famous politicians, and thousands of travelers have enjoyed great food and great service perfected over the last 190 years!

Also don’t miss a stop at their butcher shop next door and pick up some quality meats and rubs for grilling at the house. STONE HOUSE BUTCHER & PROVISIONS.

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Rivers Edge Cafe

From their website:

Enjoy the casual elegance of the River’s Edge Cafe on the banks of the Youghiogheny River, in the quaint mountain village of Confluence, Pennsylvania. Dine on the wrap-around porch overlooking the river, or inside the old-world 1890’s farmhouse. Long a favorite of bicyclists on the Great Allegheny Passage. Established in 1989, our specialties include seafood, steaks, pasta,soups, salads and all your favorite wine and spirits.

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Nemacolin Woodlands Resort restaurants

From the Nemacolin website:

Consider, if you will, a hierarchy of dining options: from European cuisine at the Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond Lautrec to pub-style fare with burgers and billiards at the Tavern. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has gathered the very best and brightest to bring elegance to the special occasion, festivity to the family gathering or excitement to the nightlife lifestyle. No matter the preference, our Restaurant Collection is sure to satisfy and provide you with a memorable experience. Celebrate your culinary passion during your next visit to Nemacolin. With award winning chefs and restaurants, and home to the largest wine cellar in Pennsylvania, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s dining options are a food connoisseur’s dream. Nemacolin provides weekly wine and gourmet events in order to provide you with an opportunity to experience world-class wines and dining. Wherever your taste may lead, find it at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

 

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Lucky Dog Cafe

Lucky Dog Café is nestled in the beautiful river valley of Confluence, PA. This scenic region is home to the Youghiogheny River, which provides some of the best white water paddling in the country. Along the riverside is another wonderful treat called the Great Allegheny Bike Trail that runs from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC. We are fortunate to be located right next to both of these gems. Founded in 2004, our quaint little café is located on the bike trail and provides a comfortable setting for any appetite with a diverse menu that will appeal to everyone’s taste. Friendly wait staff, great beer selection, wifi, deck seating, live music (summer weekends) and dog friendly.

Lucky Dog is just down the street from the Tree and Riverhouse and a short walk from the Stonehouse. It’s a favorite of all of our guests!