Will you marry me? The perfect proposal location is right in our own backyard
With the new year comes resolutions and plans for the future.
And Valentine's Day is looming.
Perhaps this is the year, now is the time, to think about settling down.
But along with the right person, the right intentions and the right ring comes the need to find the right place.
Where to pop the question?
Those lucky enough to live in or near the Laurel Highlands may find their only difficulty in narrowing down the choices to one.
No worries, we and the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau are here to help.
Allyson Null, the bureau's marketing communications coordinator, recently penned a blog post on places to propose in Western Pennsylvania's beautiful playground.
Never mind beaches or sunsets. Null has honed in on ideal regional spots for those who embrace winter, scenic views or snow sports to exhale a frosty breath and take a knee, so to speak.
Memorable spots all, these suggestions provide a spectacular backdrop for that first engagement photo. Be sure to have your smart phone or camera handy, or a friend armed with one or the other stationed nearby, to capture the special moment.
Among the visitors bureau's wintry recommendations:
• Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park . This time of year, there is less chance of interruption by boisterous groups of hikers, and even the water is more likely to be a whisper than a roar.
• Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, where mountain views, plush surroundings and champagne are at the ready for a fairy tale proposal.
• Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Somerset County offers the chance to propose while riding a chairlift, at dinner while overlooking the slopes under the moonlight, or asking your love to share your life after sharing an exhilarating day skiing.
• Fallingwater , Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece in the woods, created for the Kaufmann family decades ago and now open to the public. Turn a boyfriend or girlfriend into your betrothed with that stunning background, like a lantern in the forest, behind you. But dress warmly and check the calendar, as Fallingwater operates on a limited winter schedule.
• Ligonier's Diamond, lovely in all seasons, is particularly enchanting during or after a snowfall, when the gazebo appears from the distance like a snow globe; (Renovation and construction is scheduled, though, so plan your proposal accordingly).
• Linn Run State Park offers towering trees, lovely walking trails and stream and waterfall views that make for amazing proposal sites for outdoor aficionados to say yes to a lifetime of adventures together.
Bundle up, steer your beloved to your romantic spot of choice, and good luck.
Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MaryPickels.