Spruce Forest Artisan Village

Spruce Forest Artisan Village

Spruce Forest Artisan Village
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Features local crafts in restored log buildings.
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Rachel L
Washington DC, DC15 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We were here during the off-season but it was nice weather so a bunch of the artisans were around on Friday. Friday and Saturday are definitely the better days to go during the off-season. We had a great time wandering around and learning about the historic buildings, talking to the artisans, and definitely buying more hand-made craft items than we had expected. Everything is super high quality and it’s really fun to ask the artisans about their crafts and the history of the village. The bridge next door is also a good stroll and photo op.

The Penn Alps restaurant next door is also good diner food with generous portions and it supports the artisan village.
Written November 5, 2022
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drdsprings
Springs, Pa.55 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
Spruce Forest is Free and Fascinating. Artisans in Historic buildings. Penn Alps restaurant has good food, good prices. Cornucopia Cafe has good Coffee, it’s a pleasant place
Written June 18, 2021
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KingCobra7003
Marlton, NJ429 contributions
A nice little place off the highway to stop and spend some time. This little village is located about 2 miles off the highway in a small area with many trees. There are about 10 or so buildings, each portraying another art (woodcarving, glass, soaps, jewelry, etc.).

Make sure to check out the Yoder house that is on the site, which is a replica of an older German-esque type of structure. The cellar is nice and cold! A good relief from the summer temperatures. The man that discusses the house is very nice and knowledgeble.

The forest stop over is free, but if you want to buy anything that is up to you. Don't expect a huge village. Also on site is an old church and some other old buildings on the outskirts. There is also a large bridge on the end of the village where you can take some pictures or sit back and relax.
Written August 22, 2006
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klender
Columbus, OH8 contributions
Sep 2022
The area with the artisan cabins is walkable for senior citizens. The artisans open at the village are posted on a sign. I think the Pottery cabin and Fernwood Soap shop are always open. There is also a quilter, a weaver and iron works. There is a dinner with a gift shop that doesn't look very fancy but has decent food. I couldn't believe a grilled cheese on thick sliced homemade bread could taste so good!
This would be a nice place for a casual fall stroll.
If you like aromatherapy you have to stop into the Fernwood Soap shop!
Written October 11, 2022
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC13,366 contributions
Oct 2020
I rated 3 stars because there is nothing there only a few shops and two restaurants. According to the information posted, the village has not recovered from the storm. However, if you are in the area visiting the Castleman River Bridge State Park, just walk across the bridge to the village to see nice structures and/or to enjoy yourself at the two restaurants.
Written November 9, 2020
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George K
Upper Saint Clair, PA5 contributions
Oct 2019
Not much to see. Mostly closed on a Saturday afternoon. Quaint but vacant. Shops were open. Potter was cjommunicative.
Written October 23, 2019
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Karen H
84 contributions
Aug 2019
Loved visiting Spruce Forest. The artisans are varied and interesting. Spent a long time talking to two of them and admiring their work. The little craft cottages are adorable. Enjoyed seeing the Yoder house. Someplace we love to take guests.
Written August 29, 2019
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Marirosev
Tacloban, Philippines278 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
Beautiful rustic village where artists showcase and sometimes sell their masterpieces. The wooden centuries old cottages assigned to different crafts and art are so inviting because of their homey ambiance. I love the place.
Written February 17, 2018
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Thomas S
Midlothian, MD26 contributions
Oct 2015
Watch as a piece of wood is turned into a feather by the bird carving artisan. Watch the potter make clay artifacts. Watch the woman working the loom. Watch the lathe operator turn out pieces of art. And there's more. Soap and essential oils shop, other artisans, a pleasant spruce forest setting, historic buildings like the 1800s school house, the other gift shops, and then food and drink within a few steps.
Written October 11, 2015
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Ed A
Pittsburgh, PA26 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
Many people traveling from Cumberland Maryland towards Kaisers Ridge and Rt. 40 have seen the billboard along Route 68 advertising The Penn Alps Restaurant but never stop there. This is a great place to enjoy some great inexpensive food, great atmosphere and after lunch or dinner enjoy the craft shop and visit the Spruce Forest and Artisan Village. Don't hesitate to get off Rt. 68 as it is not out of the way. Before you travel Rt. 68 again review the website at Pennalps.com
Written August 13, 2015
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