How to Shake Off the Winter Blues in Westmoreland County
In the beautiful Laurel Highlands, visitors and residents enjoy a four-season destination. However, for many of us, in the dead of winter, it can be hard to find ways to beat the winter blues.
Westmoreland County has no shortage of activities in the winter, and in fact, this time of year can be one of the most enjoyable to spend a weekend adventuring around the county.
Explore Local History
Although several historical sites close for the winter season, many remain open throughout even the most bitterly cold days!
Tour the exhibit gallery, breathe in the library books, and enjoy shopping at the Westmoreland History Education Center, located at Historic Hanna’s Town.
Even though the grounds are closed, you can still explore the museum at Fort Ligonier. Don’t miss their Winter History Happy Hours!
And on the opposite schedule, pay a visit to Bushy Run Battlefield, whose grounds remain open during the winter months, with the visitors center closed until the spring.
For focused, fascinating local treasures, stop into the Baltzer Meyer Historical Society, the Greater Monessen Historical Society, the Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department Museum, the Latrobe Area Historical Society, the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum, the Mount Pleasant Historical Society, the Norwin Historical Society, and the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill Archives. ALL open throughout the winter; some of these sites are appointment based, so make sure to check out their pages for complete information!
The Lincoln Highway Experience is ready to serve you pie and coffee at the end of your tour; perfect warmth on a snowy day.
And finally, travel south to West Overton Village & Museums for a tour through their museum space; grounds tours return in the warmer months, but you can avoid the crowds by paying this special site a visit during their off-season.
Enjoy Fabulous Art & Culture
Winter may be one of the best seasons to stop by our Westmoreland County artistic and cultural establishments. Head indoors and stimulate your creativity!
The Antiochian Heritage Museum and Foster & Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery have year-round exhibits; you won’t believe the extensive collections tucked away in these fabulous places!
Take an art class (or three!) at any of Westmoreland County’s amazing art centers, including the Greensburg Art Center, Latrobe Art Center, and New Kensington Arts Center.
And of course, you do NOT want to miss SAMA: Ligonier and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art’s numerous winter events. Be sure to check out SAMA’s Winter Pop Up Events the The Westmoreland’s Jazz Concert Series.
Catch a Show
Arguably the best way to spend winter in Westmoreland County is filling up your calendar with shows and performances.
Don’t miss ANY of the Greensburg Civic Theatre or Stage Right’s fabulous performances.
Keep up-to-date on performances at the Geyer Performing Arts Center, the Lamp Theatre, and The Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s Palace Theatre and Greensburg Garden & Civic Center.
If you want to enjoy more classical selections, make attending a Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra concert a number one priority.
Discover Surrounding Community Partners
These neighborhood establishments will point you in the right direction for winter fun and special deals.
Check out the Greater Latrobe Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce in downtown Latrobe (make a pit stop at the Fred Rogers Statue!) and the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce near Greensburg for recommendations on restaurants, excellent businesses, and local events to support.
Stop in the Mount Pleasant Public Library for a cozy, snow-day read.
Don’t overlook our local colleges: visit Saint Vincent College and Pitt at Greensburg for concerts, art exhibits, and beautifully walkable campuses in any season.