Village Voice: Farmington

I believe other Metblog cities have done it, so I’m taking a cue from them and introducing you to the village of Farmington.  The idea struck me when I was on the road this weekend (camping and running events for work) and I thought it would be a fun idea.  I tend to travel to Farmington quite a bit (and live there over the summer), so if nothing else, it may provide some inspiration for you to come visit.

 For me, the quickest way to Farmington is to hop on the Turnpike to New Stanton and then take 119, which turns into 40.  But it is also accessible via 381, which also makes for a nice trip through Ohiopyle and the opportunity to stop at Falling Water, or even 281, which will put you through Confluence.

 Farmington is south of Uniontown, up on the mountain, and home to Nemacolin Woodlands.  Other points of interest (which are at least near, and I believe in the same township of Wharton) are Jumonville, The Summit Inn, the Stone House, Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Laurel Caverns.  Summertime also brings a giant flea market worth checking out.  I want to say it’s the first weekend of each month, but I’m not positive on that.

The view from the scenic overlook, gazing down onto Uniontown

 Driving up 40 will take you up a winding mountain highway.  On the way up there are two pull-offs, one for Lick Hollow picnic area (which is rarely, if ever open, a sign eternally proclaiming “closed for season”) and one which provides a scenic overlook of Uniontown.  The scenic overlook, as well as a pull-off on the way down with a spring are both home to geocaches.  And even though I generally try not to encourage the park-and-grab variety, these two are worth it, both providing very interesting locations to visit and beautiful and unique scenery.

More after the jump, including eateries and entertainment!

Farmington is also home to two Bruderhofs, and a couple eateries of note.  The first of which, a favorite of mine, is Lone Star.  Not the chain steak-house, but a small diner right on route 40 (but then again, most things are right on route 40 in Farmington).  I recommend their burger combo, and they are well-known for their peanut butter pie.

 Speaking of pies, Glisan’s, another diner, was also known for their pies, however, their chef left and started his own restaurant, Kurts.  The food at Kurts is excellent, and the rolls are amazing, although every time I’ve been there the service has been slow, so be prepared.

 The National Pike is a restaurant/bar which tends to be a local hang-out.  Their pizza is great and their outdoor bar is a fun place to be, although the music tends to be much louder than necessary.  And of course, all the distractions of Nemacolin are available, if you have the credit card capacity.  If you can’t make it downtown to see the fireworks, Nemacolin puts on a show, which is a fun time, and also free.

 One more place of note, my favorite local winery, Christian W. Klay, is made and sold in Farmington.  You can go to the winery itself, or they have a store on 40, right next to the zoo (home of the white buffalo).  They also sell their wine in Station Square, if you get a chance pick up a bottle, I like Laurel Ridge Sunset, Stone House Red and Summit Mist, among others.

The white buffalo

 So all in all, it’s a historic place with a lot of charm, good eateries, and is located close enough to a lot of attractions that it’s well worth a trip.  If you hit the Yough Lake Marina, you’ve gone too far.

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