Grand Times at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon


Friends, food, fun and more natural beauty than you could shake a pine branch at... Such was this last weekend as I road-tripped to meet Pennsylvania blogging buds, Kim, Bryan, Lisa, and Kathy.

I headed eastward... Kathy, west... Lisa, an hour-and-a-half behind a tractor, the poor dear... and we all met in the middle for a three-day weekend adventure. And folks, let me tell you-- you were not forgotten! So this Treasure Box Wednesday, journey with me to a charming B&B, and all the spring spirit of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.

I'd never stayed at a B&B before, and it had all the vintage feel I could have hoped for...


The cute black and white toile room above was mine. And Denise, the lovely owner of the place, let me go ahead and explore. I'm afraid I didn't get a shot of Kathy's room, but this was another of the bedrooms...


There were a lot of antique and hand-tinted photos on the walls... This little vignette was in the upstairs stairway...


And this was a cheerful corner in one of the rooms. I love how the light is hitting that chair. Couldn't you just read there?


Because it was a B&B there was...B. Breakfast. Oh, was there B!

One morning breakfast entailed apple pancakes and fresh fruit. Another, this astounding scrambled egg, ham and crescent roll wrap that Kathy and I both spent more time lingering over and laughing how we were trying to savor every single bite.

B, I might add, also stands for "bad." Because we were both calorically bad and accepted a slice of this strawberry cake when we were offered.


It looks a bit nibbled on because, well, it was. Would you have said 'no'? I mean, really! But between this and Kim's terrific homemade pasta, soup and bread, I probably should have jogged the five hours home.

Anyway, Wellsboro, location of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, has a lot of shops with primitive decor, handcrafted jewelry, candies, books and other goodies. This was just one shop we investigated...


And then we met Kim and Bryan, our kind host and hostess, and headed off to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Step inside with me!...


This is one of my favorite views... No, don't worry, there was a railing there!...


It reminds me of a backdrop for a Lord of the Rings set, in some ways. Just so much green depth!...


I understand it's gorgeous in autumn, too, as the trees go kaleidoscopic. Here... Let's take a look far below with our bird's eye view...


Oh, and here we have Bryan!...


We don't have photos of Kathy here because she's in the Witness Protection Program and it would be at risk of her life for me to share them with you. (Or just doesn't like having her picture on the web and made me promise I wouldn't post them... hm, I can't remember quite which. :)

Well, it's time to make the journey back up...


Later, we took a tour of the Wellsboro library, which had some very nice architectural elements. Like this Tiffany-styled stained-glass window...

And this carved cherub frieze...


And this statue of a lady...


Oh, wait-- that's Kim! She's sitting in one of her favorite reading spots there in the library. And who could blame her? Great lighting, lilacs and peaceful benches can be found.

Speaking of peace... I had to include a shot of Bryan and Kim's cat, Seamus, since he'd posed so nicely...


He became my buddy over the weekend. And Kathy's. And anyone who was new and interesting. I got smooched up a bit by him... Lovely fellow. (He's so friendly, he may think he's a dog.)

Well, folks, that winds up the weekend. And here, I must leave you as I wended my way home...


  • If you missed Sunday's post on Popping Up at Rossi's Pop-up Flea Market, click here.

And I hope you all have a clear road ahead of you this week, too!

14 comments:

JD at I Do Things said...

Lovely!

Those shots of the PA Grand Canyon are just beautiful. As are the B&B rooms. Again, I'm envious that you got to visit such a beautiful place and hang out with such cool people. Especially Seamus!

Jenn Thorson said...

JD- Oh, it was a ton of fun. Great folks, all around. And the ride there and back wasn't bad, either.

Seamus is a sweet fellow. He's so funny how he's always pressing a paw to people to gently touch them and get their attention. Like "Hi. Remember me?"

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

How beautiful it is there! I've staying in B&B's a couple of times; I much prefer them to hotels. The decor; the friendly service, the food! Looks like you had a super time.

The Golden Touch said...

Wonderful place to visit. I'm from PA also. Nice that you had the opportunity to met your friends. my blog is http://neutralpalette.blogspot.com/
you are most welcome to visit. Have a great day.

Jenn Thorson said...

Sandy/Doris- We really did. I'd certainly do a B&B again. I'd usually figured they were more for couples, so hadn't really thought I'd be welcome. But it was a truly pleasant adventure.

The Golden Touch- Ah, welcome fellow Pennsylvanian!

Carrie said...

I enjoyed the beautiful photos of your trip. I had never heard of the PA canyon and was glad to see the views you shared.

Terry said...

Hi Jenn
Everything is soooooooo
beautiful.
I love all the photos that you shared .
Thank you for such a delightful journey .
I am so in awe of the views .
The Breakfast ohhhhhhhh my
I am a breakfast lover but that was way over the top Sweet !
The decor was fabulous .
Now for that gorgeous furry friend
I could get spoiled for life with loving like that :)
Blessings of joy to you.

Kelley said...

Wow! How beautiful! I emailed it to my girlfriend as a great spot for our next road trip. We always stay at a B&B as a way to treat ourselves. They're always so full of charm! Thanks for the beautiful vistas!! Kelley

Jenn Thorson said...

Carrie- Glad to have you along for the virtual trip!

Terry- Oh it was way over the top, wasn't it? But it sure did feel like vacation!

Kelley- How nice you and your friend get to take little adventures like this. I hope if you get a chance to go, you have a blast.

Down Comforter said...

Beautiful scenic photos - and Seamus is just adorable :)

Witness Protection Program Kathy said...

Jenn -- I'm so glad to see how many great shots you got of the B&B and elsewhere. When I got home and saw my own pictures, I realized I didn't take nearly enough. I guess I was too busy seeing things and touching stuff.

I still think of beautiful Seamus, taking part in our living room discussion. What a special kitty!

I also think of cake for breakfast. A giant, iced strawberry shortcake for breakfast! Is there nothing better?

Thanks for sharing your best photos. Loved them all!

Jenn Thorson said...

Down Comforter- With a screen name like yours, I suspect Seamus would have become YOUR friend immediately! :)

Witness Protection Program Kathy- Well, it's probably better you were having the Seeing Things and Touching Stuff experience. :) I love taking photos and I know it takes me time to do a ton of them in order to get some good ones. I have some nice ones from the firehouse, too. But I'll probably use them later for something else. We'll see.

elvira said...

see the pictures're wonderfull..

Victoria said...

I'm homesick! I grew up near there and my mom's family are all fr..om there. Did you notice the old diner and gas street lights in Wellsboro? That area is treasure trove for our kind...hence I'm a lover of antiques and old thing and history. As kids,my aunt and I slid down the side of the Grand Canyon after slipping on pine needles and finding what a good tansport they are. Lickily we didn't run into a den of rattlesnakes...and oh th Green Library, sooo beutiful!Glad you enjoyed your visit.