Last Friday, I had the honor of being chaffeured around Fayette County by Donna Holdorf, the executive director of the National Road Heritage Corridor, headquartered in Uniontown. The National Road runs for ninety miles in Southwestern PA and it is lined with treasures – museums, restaurants, markets, wineries, outdoor adventures – and everything in-between.
We started by taking in the truly breathtaking view at The Summit Inn. I’ve driven past this resort for something like 50 years ( obviously someone else was doing the driving way back then) but never stopped to check it out. I was speechless. Hard to believe, I know.
Next stop? Christian Klay Winery in Farmington right there on the National Road. After a tour of the property with owner Sharon Klay, we sipped and chatted about her wine, and being no grape expert, I learned a lot. Sharon is a talented artist and her creativity is evident in her wines and in the ambiance at her vineyard. Running late, we skipped Washington Tavern at Fort Necessity (but you can bet your booties I’m going back) and made our way to Caleigh’s, a restaurant off the main street in Uniontown. Donna and I shared a fantastic pork belly appetizer, a cup of crab and corn bisque (made with the first of the local corn) and some sort of amazing cheesecake for dessert, possibly cappucino flavored (?). I was so delirious from all the yummy food, that I can’t remember the flavor. I had their Novara Insalata in between the pork belly and the dessert, just to toss in some veggies. I would definitely make the trip from Pittsburgh for a meal at Caleigh’s. Chef Joe Carei’s talented and care is evident.
The trip continued with a few stops in Uniontown, Brownsville and then on to Scenery Hill, where we met Alisa Fava-Fasnacht at Bank 40 Mercantile. Alisa and her husband own Emerald Valley Artisans and they recently opened an old bank (very cool inside) to sell their cheese and other local products. A short tour of historic The Century Inn and other cute shops on the main drag and it was getting late and time to get back to home base in Uniontown. I’m planning a tour or two this fall to the regions around the National Road. Keep an eye on the Tours link for more details. They’re going to be great.