Fine Dining, Quaint Lodging in a Rural Setting
Enjoy fine dining at the heart of the Laurel Highlands. Savor New American Cuisine featuring the harvests of local farms in a rustic, artistic setting. Choose from more than 200 fine wines & 100 craft beers from around the world. Retreat to lodging on site & plunge into your queen-sized, pillow-top bed. Wake & enjoy freshly prepared breakfast in the morning.
In 1927, a young farmer, an entrepreneur and artist at heart, decided he had milked his last cow. Weary of his 5 a.m. forays into the dairy barn, he hit upon the idea of opening a roadside sandwich stand on Route 985 in Jennerstown. It evolved over the years into a Laurel Highlands landmark, Green Gables Restaurant and Mountain Playhouse.
Founders James “Jimmie” Stoughton and his sister, Louise Maust, were soon known for their delectable chicken salad sandwiches and angel food cake. A year later, the pair began gradual expansion of their humble roadside sandwich stand, known today as Green Gables Restaurant. As the Great Depression gave way to increasing prosperity, Stoughton sought ways of attracting steady customers to his restaurant in the mountains. He came up with the idea of establishing a nearby professional summer stock theater. Stoughton discovered an 1805 gristmill moldering in the Roxbury area of Somerset County and decided it would be the perfect building for his new theater. In 1939, the mill was moved, log by log, to its present site and converted into a theater, later adding an adjoining art gallery. Since then, the Mountain Playhouse has presented over seven decades of professional theatrical entertainment.