ShareThis Page
More Lifestyles

Will you marry me? The perfect proposal location is right in our own backyard

Mary Pickels
| Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, 11:27 a.m.
A young woman gasps in surprise as her love drops to one knee in the mist to ask for her hand, the majestic Fallingwater providing a romantic background.
Fallingwater
A young woman gasps in surprise as her love drops to one knee in the mist to ask for her hand, the majestic Fallingwater providing a romantic background.
This woman looks thrilled with her sparkler, moments after being proposed to in the winter wonderland of Seven Springs Mountain  Resort.
Facebook
This woman looks thrilled with her sparkler, moments after being proposed to in the winter wonderland of Seven Springs Mountain Resort.
Beautiful year-round, the Diamond in Ligonier is particularly enchanting under a light dusting of snow.
Evan Sanders | Trib Total Media
Beautiful year-round, the Diamond in Ligonier is particularly enchanting under a light dusting of snow.
A bubble bath with scented candles and rose petals enhances romance at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, and the likelihood of getting to 'yes.'
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
A bubble bath with scented candles and rose petals enhances romance at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, and the likelihood of getting to 'yes.'
The frozen Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park offer a stark spot of winter beauty to ask that special someone to share your life.
Courtesy of Annette Devinney
The frozen Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park offer a stark spot of winter beauty to ask that special someone to share your life.
The wooded solitude of Linn Run State Park in Rector, where one can ask 'will you' with a whisper, and give a jubliant shout when the answer is 'yes.'
Patrick Connolly | Tribune-Review
The wooded solitude of Linn Run State Park in Rector, where one can ask 'will you' with a whisper, and give a jubliant shout when the answer is 'yes.'

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 mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me