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THINK GREEN - THINK SPRING

REVIVE SPA - A SPACE FOR RELAXATION

The newly opened Revive Spa embraces you with a sense of relaxation and renewal. Himalayan salt lamps illuminate each room, offering an instant energy boost to improve your mood. The rustic décor, with a sense of chic, creates a mood of modern comforts awaiting both body and soul.

To connect to the spirit of spring’s renewal, treat yourself to a classic or anti-aging facial, a detox body wrap, or salt scrub. For a sense of relaxation, a Swedish message, deep tissue massage or a hot stone massage may be just what your heart and mind desire.

Revive Spa offers its clients the ability to customize their music with a simple voice command and to have the room and the spa bed adjusted to their desired temperature. Adding to the no stress, no worry simplicity of Revive Spa, a full list of services, hours, and online appointment booking may be accomplished via their website at www.revivespallc.com. Revive Spa is located at 1020 East Main Street in Bradford, Pennsylvania. For more information call 814-331-5528 or e-mail revivespallc@gmail.com.

OLMSTED MANOR - A DESTINATION FOR RENEWAL

Olmsted Manor, located at the edge of the Allegheny National Forest, is a sacred space for personal and group retreats. Olmsted, celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, offers the Manor House for a personal or family getaway. Groves Lodge and Hickman Hall offer meeting spaces, lodging and conference areas for family reunions and organized retreats.

The grand Tudor style Manor House, constructed as a family home for George and Iva Olmsted, was completed in 1917. It is a timeless property with cozy rooms situated on beautifully landscaped grounds. The main staircase is bathed in light from an impressive stain glass window featuring the Olmsted family crest. A cozy window seat on the landing allows you to admire the workmanship of the grand staircase and the rooms below. The public rooms and bedrooms are a timeless step back in time to a world of simple elegance. Public spaces include a spacious living room with a fireplace, an elegant dining room, and a two-lane bowling alley on the attic level. The tile work surrounding the fireplaces in the bedrooms and bathrooms of this historic home are original, colorful, and memorable - a stunning example of the work of skilled craftsmen.

In celebration of their 50th year as a retreat center, Olmsted is offering special discounted rates to families for two weeks in August.  Your stay in this historic retreat center will include both accommodations and delicious, lovingly-prepared meals. Be sure to explore their hiking trails and gardens or play duck pin bowling on their third-floor bowling alley. Bike, fish, boat, swim or enjoy a picnic in the Allegheny National Forest. Shop the Artwork on the Summit in nearby Kane for artisan creations. Spend your evenings sitting around the fire. Discover Olmsted Rates are two nights, five meals for only $80 per person. Four nights, eleven meals for $150 per person. Children under three stay free.

A wide range of events, workshops and seminars are offered throughout the year.  The Secrets of Fly-Fishing Success will be offered May 3-5, 2019, and then later in the year on October 4-6, 2019. This is a fly-fishing course for beginners. The instructor, Gary Kell, has been fly-fishing for nearly 50 years. He was a lead fly fishing instructor for L.L. Bean for years, and in 2009 he became a Master Certified Instructor through the Fly Fishers International (FFI) instructor certification program. His latest accomplishment is the new Keystone Fly Fishing Guide which he co-authored. For additional information or to register online go to www.olmstedmanor.org/fly-fishing-school.

The women’s spring retreat this year will be Women Walking by Faith. Retreat Leader, Jennifer Phillips, will be offering practical ways to endure the trying times of life, and how to live life well with an over-abundance of peace and joy right where you are. Dates of the retreat Women Walking by Faith are May 10-12, 2019. The fee of $150, includes a two-night stay (hotel style double rooms with linens), six meals, and course tuition. Single rooms are available at an additional cost.

Olmsted Manor is located at 17 E. Main Street in Ludlow, Pennsylvania. In addition to the 300-acre property which includes the Manor House, meeting and dining spaces, the Carriage House on the property may also be rented for overnight lodging. For a full list of amenities, the schedule of retreats, and to register for or create your own private retreat, call 814-945-6512 or go to www.olmstedmanor.org.

SPRINGTIME HIKING IN THE FOREST

The sights and sounds of spring in the Forest are uplifting. Experience the beauty of the Forest as the first green leaves appear and listen for the sweet notes of returning songbirds as you hike along one of the many trails within the Allegheny National Forest (ANF).

A few suggested trails to explore this spring are the Marilla Bridges Trail and the Kinzua Valley Trail. Marilla Bridges Trail is a simple 1-mile loop around the Marilla Reservoir along Rt. 346, 5 miles west of Bradford. The Kinzua Valley Trail is a 7-mile linear trail which links the community of Westline to the Red Bridge Recreational Area in the ANF. This trail is well marked and suitable for both biking and hiking. Accommodations are available at the Westline Inn at one trail head, and at Red Bridge which includes camping, RV and cabins at the other trailhead.

The Knox & Kane Rail Trail is a new 3.8-mile linear trail. It features a crushed limestone surface with trailhead parking at the Kinzua Bridge State Park, 296 Viaduct Road, Mt. Jewett, and behind the Mt. Jewett Borough office building, at the intersection of Center Street and Peterson Street.

For birding and to catch those first songs of spring, explore Timberdoodle Flats. This trail is named for the American woodcock, also known as the timberdoodle, a bird species that likes both open areas and forest woodlands for mating and nesting. Interpretive signage is located along the trail. There are two trail loops within this system: the Woodcock Loop is 1¼-miles in length with 12 interpretive signs. The shorter, Bluebird Trail loop is a ½-mile trail suitable for family hikes with young children. The map on page 21 highlights in red other trails featured in the ANF. For descriptions of all the trails within the area please go to www.visitANF.com/trail.central.

To plan your next getaway, call the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau at 800-473-9370 for a free 2019 Travel Guide & Map or go to www.visitANF.com.