Hummingbird Retreat Vacation Home Rental Ohiopyle

Hummingbird Retreat Vacation Home Rental Ohiopyle

Local Events

 Spirit of the River Wine Festival

April 27-30  PA Maple Festival   Meyersdale, Pa

May tba National Road Festival  

June 18  Beer & Gear Festival at Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle   Live music and Beer Sampling  for more info:

June  tba Paddling Film Festival at Wilderness Voyageurs Pavillion, 103 Garrett St, Ohiopyle

July 4  Fireworks  Nemacolin Resort

August  tba Rib and Wing Festival  Seven Springs Mountain Resort

August 20-21 Laurel Hill Blue Grass Festival at Laurel Hill State Park

August tba Wine Festival Seven Springs Resort

September tba Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee , New Centerville, Pa.

September tba  Mountain Craft Days Somerset Historical Center

September  Mother Earth News Fair, Seven Springs Mountain Resort

September 17 Ligonier Highland Games

October tba Ohiopyle Buckwheat Festival, Ohiopyle Community Center food and craft vendors

October 14-16 Fort Ligonier Days


October 26 to 27 Month of Mud Mountain Bike Race, Wilderness Voyageurs, Ohiopyle




Spring Arrives, Better Late than Never!

hummingbird feeder

Spring has finally arrived in the Laurel Highlands, bringing the first hummingbirds back from migration. The first male was spotted at the house over the weekend. The Hummingbird Retreat is home during the summer months to over a dozen ruby throated hummingbirds. We have had an unseasonably cold March and April and have been worried for our little feathered friends.

Hummingbirds migrate south in late summer and early fall to the warmer climates of Florida, Texas, Mexico and Central America and return in the Spring.  While Hummingbirds can survive cold temperatures, they are dependent on insects and flower nectar for food. Our cold spring has delayed the emergence of insects and blooming flowers so we have put out several feeders to help out.

Males typically show up first and are easily distinguishable from females due to their bright ruby colored throats. The males like to arrive early to seek out the best territory for  attracting  mates. This also puts males at a greater risk if they arrive before their food supply has.  The females, while less flashy but apparently more sense will follow, arriving  in a few weeks after flowers and insects have become more plentiful along their migration route. They need  steadier food sources as they will begin nesting soon after arrival.

There are a couple sites that track their migration in the spring. Our favorite site is .  They encourage people to post their sightings of hummingbirds as they first arrive in their areas as well as pictures. It also has information about different species, their behavior and useful tips for attracting hummingbirds.


What To Do – Area Attractions

Whitewater Rafting


Falls City Pub and Restaurant  Great food and over 30 microbrews on tap. Live music on weekends and a great outdoor patio to hang out with old friends or make new friends.

Mt. Summit Inn Resort  Located on top of the Summit mountain with sweeping views of the valley and Uniontown, PA, the Summit has multiple dining options available.

Ohiopyle Bakery and Sandwich Shop  85 Main Street Ohiopyle, a great place for breakfast or lunch.

Fuel Coffee Works  100 Farmington-Ohiopyle Rd, Farmington, Pa



Whitewater Rafting

Wilderness Voyageurs is the go-to outfitter in Ohiopyle, offering a variety of whitewater rafting trips, biking, fishing and kayaking.