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B&B Experiences Along the GAP

Old 01-24-11, 03:52 PM
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B&B Experiences Along the GAP

I'm looking for firsthand experience / comments about B&Bs along the GAP Trail between Pittsburgh and Cumberland. I'm particularly interested in places to stay in Connellsville and Rockwood, PA. Meyersdale is my alternative to Rockwood. If I stick with Rockwood, I've got about 45 miles per day on average.

I've got the prices online, but I'm looking for info on what the facility was actually like, the hosts, food, bike storage, etc. How quiet is an issue, too, I guess.

I'm aiming for trip in July, so I've got hot weather - A/C would be nice!

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by Altair 4
I'm looking for firsthand experience / comments about B&Bs along the GAP Trail between Pittsburgh and Cumberland. I'm particularly interested in places to stay in Connellsville and Rockwood, PA. Meyersdale is my alternative to Rockwood. If I stick with Rockwood, I've got about 45 miles per day on average.

I've got the prices online, but I'm looking for info on what the facility was actually like, the hosts, food, bike storage, etc. How quiet is an issue, too, I guess.

I'm aiming for trip in July, so I've got hot weather - A/C would be nice!

Thanks!

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Expect train noise in Rockwood. There's a nice B & B on the GAP itself, next to the bike shop. Two other alternatives are the Guest House at Husky Haven Campground, and the Hostel on Main. I've stayed at the Hostel on Main, and it's pretty upscale for a hostel. My friend Sayre Kulp stayed at the Guest House on his October 2010 tour, and thought it was great. Both are a lot less than the B & B.

I don't have any advice for Connellsville.
 
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I've stayed in B&B's in Myersdale and Confluence,

In Myersdale we stayed at Yoders. Yoders is in an nice old home, that is well kept. I think its a combination of apartments and some daily rentals. Helen the owner doesn't live there, but met us there. The room was nice and well kept and clean. Nothing new or fancy, but comfortable and clean. Helen have us keys for the front door to the house, a room key, and a key to the storage room/basement to store our bikes. Very quiet area (no train noise). Pizza place (Fox's) across the street, also a Sheetz, and an ice cream place. All the services we needed. Nice big front porch w/chairs for evening relaxing. Oh, no breakfast.

In Confluence, we stayed at Confluence House B&B. This B&B was recommended to us by the owners of the Confluence bike shop. They even call the B&B to make the reservations for us when we decided not to camp. Very, very nice old home, restored to its former glory. Rooms was very nice (pencil post bed), bathroom was shared, but no one else was staying there, so we had the house to ourselves. Nice living room and porch. The owner (Sandy) let us store the bikes in the garage. Sandy doesn't live in the house, but provides her# for contact. Many places to eat in Confluence, we liked Lucky Dog, then down the road to the BBQ place for Ben & Jerry ice cream (had to have some Vermont cream!). Sandy serves a great breakfast.
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The Rockwood Hostel was very nice indeed. Friendly and accommodating owners, nice facilities, nice little town. For $20 it's a good value. Bike storage in the basement, a big common room, comfy bunks, and even two private rooms if you want to book them. Several food options nearby, including the "Opera House" pizza and bakery shops right next door. Note that on a Sunday morning just about everything in town is closed, so don't plan on eating breakfast there (thank goodness for leftover pizza from the previous night's meal).

Downsides to it? Two single-user toilet/shower rooms for the whole hostel. Train line is directly behind the hotel, with frequent freight trains throughout the night and their attendant air-horn blowing.

But, in all fairness, you'll get significant train noise no matter where you stay in just about any town directly along the GAP. Be sure to bring good earplugs. I'm a pretty light sleeper and it didn't bother me too much. The B&B directly on the trail is probably a small bit quieter than the hostel, as it is across the river, but I'm sure it still gets train noise.
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