The Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania are a hidden pocket of America where country roads wind among hilltop orchards and picture-perfect towns. Here, a unique mountainside retreat center invites Road Scholars to unwind and explore. The Laurelville Mennonite Conference Center is located on 600 forested acres with hiking trails, a hilltop prayer labyrinth, and shaded nooks for friendship and relaxation. Road Scholars join renowned experts here to discover the area, experience Fallingwater and other Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces and to cycle the legendary Great Allegheny Passage rail trail.
Nestled among trees at the Laurelville Mennonite Conference Center, both Solarhouse and Guesthouse accommodate Road Scholars in simple motel-style rooms with a private bathroom. Rooms in each of these restful retreats open to an airy lobby with a seating area. In keeping with Mennonite tradition and the center’s intent to provide guests with an environment for connecting with their surroundings and each other, there are no TVs on the campus.
Along with the several miles of hiking trails, recreational activities include horseshoes, shuffleboard, bocce, and a tree-shaded mini-golf course. In addition, there ample places where Road Scholar can sit and enjoy a good book, socialization with new friends or quiet time for themselves.
This is a Road Scholar Retreats program. Our Retreat programs offer a tranquil respite from daily life in locales that lend themselves to outdoor exploration, reflection, or study. The accommodations may be basic in nature, but the facilities offer communal spaces to gather and to relax. During the week, opportunities usually exist for some combination of light exercise, a locally sourced meal, or evening entertainment.