Hummingbird Retreat Vacation Home Rental Ohiopyle

Hummingbird Retreat Vacation Home Rental Ohiopyle

Local Events

May 17 Spirit of the River Wine Festival https://www.facebook.com/ohiopylewineandartsfest

May 17 to 19 National Road Festival  http://nationalroadpa.org/news-events/

June 15  Beer & Gear Festival at Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle   Live music and Beer Sampling  for more info: https://wilderness-voyageurs.com/aboutwv/ohiopyle-events/beer-and-gear/

June 21 to 22  Laurel Highlands Bluegrass Festival https://bluegrassfestivalguide.com/events/laurel-highlands/

June 22-23 Pa Beer Festival at Seven Springs Resort  https://www.7springs.com/events/pennsylvania-beer-festival/

June 29 Paddling Film Festival at Wilderness Voyageurs Pavillion, 103 Garrett St, Ohiopyle  https://wilderness-voyageurs.com/paddling-film-festival-world-tour-comes-to-ohiopyle/

July 3 Outdoor concert and fireworks at Seven Springs Resort concert starts at 7:30 Fireworks at 9:30

July 4  Fireworks  Nemacolin Resort  http://www.nemacolin.com/events-calendar/july-4-at-nemacolin

August 2 to 4 Rib and Wing Festival  Seven Springs Mountain Resort https://www.7springs.com/events/rib-wing-festival/

August 17 to 18 Laurel Hill Blue Grass Festival at Laurel Hill State Park http://www.laurelhillbluegrass.com

August 23 to 25 Wine Festival Seven Springs Resort https://www.7springs.com/events/wine-festival/

September 4 to 8 Farmers and Threshermen’s Jubilee , New Centerville, Pa. http://www.ncrvfc.com/jubilee.html

September 6 to 8  Mountain Craft Days Somerset Historical Center https://www.somersethistoricalcenter.org/news-events/mountain-craft-days.html

September 13 to 15 Mother Earth News Fair, Seven Springs Mountain Resort https://www.motherearthnewsfair.com/pennsylvania/

September 14 to 15 Ligonier Highland Games http://www.ligonierhighlandgames.org/

October 11 to 13 Ohiopyle Buckwheat Festival, Ohiopyle Community Center food and craft vendors

October 11 to 13 Fort Ligonier Days http://fortligonierdays.com

 

October 26 to 27 Month of Mud Mountain Bike Race, Wilderness Voyageurs, Ohiopyle https://www.monthofmud.com/

 

 

 

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 http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html .  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

Dining

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.