A Place of Joy and Spiritual Rejuvenation
My husband and I wanted to get away at the last minute and although Paddler's Lane was a little below our price range we became attracted to it nevertheless. After our arrival I felt thankful because we didn't compromise on quality and this choice turned out to be a great value. I am not so young (50), so I've had various opportunities to explore, and I've stayed in cheap, humble rooms in Bali and Korea as well as grand and posh, palace-like accommodations in Greece and Egypt (and much in between such as not so nice but expensive hotels in Japan and western Europe). In the US alone, many hotels and two other B & Bs.
The good will and generous spirit of Dan and Robin (inn keepers) might have been contagious. Or maybe the surroundings were just so serene and uplifting. All the guests staying there seemed good-natured and easy going. A family staying in the chalet even brought home-made cookies to the house and left it on the kitchen table for everyone to enjoy. Robin was gone for a pottery show at the time, but we found Dan to be genuine, warm and lovable, easy to befriend. Dan and his helper April were both extremely accommodating and eager to please.
The bat houses were a delightful surprise, as I learned they ate mosquitoes. The bats were fun to watch. At dusk, I was standing by the thick of brush that covered the river, and I was amazed I had not a single mosquito bite!
I agree with many reviewers that the place had spectacular beauty. Driving out of Paddler's Lane in the fresh air of morning gave me a better "high" than from the best coffee.
What my husband and I appreciated the most about Paddler's Lane was the gorgeously lush setting by the water and relaxed and comfortable feeling of this home. We also had to have a private and pleasant bathroom with nice towels. The breakfast was not gourmet or top notch, but substantial, generous portions with enough protein sources and variety to start the day. Considering what we paid, our breakfast was great. Paddler's Lane is not where I'd go to get pampered (though the idea of pampering may vary for everyone) but an ideal destination, to indulge in peace and luxuriate in nature. Such ethos blends into the casual, friendly, and outdoorsy atmosphere of Ohiopyle, Youghiogheny, and Laurel Highlands which offered fabulous sights and scenes. No wonder Frank Lloyd Wright had been inspired to create such lovely homes breathing and expressing nature. The town of Confluence, though subdued, had an interesting character of its own. We loved Paddler's Lane and look forward to going back when we want to hide from all the noise and thoughts of the world.
(Since there has been discussion among the reviewers about the trains I'd like to contribute my own experience. The trains did not come by often. When they did they passed by fast enough and weren't loud enough, that they were never intrusive or aggressive. Maybe in a city or in an industrial town, trains might have seemed less exciting. But in that setting of tranquil mood and abundant nature it added a colorful dimension to all the other possible sounds, of winds, movement of the trees, chirping insects, massive droplets of rain. Those trains only made the place more dynamic and alive. The sound first started with a low, mysterious rumble to pique my curiosity (Is it the wind? A start of a storm? Something else?) until it became clear and there was that ah moment, then approaching steady and solid its horn blew a long consonant tone. Sometimes the train just swished on by without announcing itself.)