Hug A Highland
Hug A Highland allows guests to visit our family owned and operated farm to brush, love, feed, and take nonprofessional pictures with our Scottish Highlands and miniature donkeys! It is a perfect way to get up close and personal with friendly farm animals. If wanted, guests can also take a look around our farm to learn more about beekeeping, cover crops, or agriculture in general. MUST BE 10 YEARS OR OLDER TO PARTICIPATE
Looking for a fun outdoor activity for the family? Need to de-stress from the craziness of life? Cuddling with animals offers the opportunity to relax your mind and let go of the stress and anxiety for brief period. Not to mention, it's just FUN! During your visit, you will have one hour to cuddle and pet the animals on our micro-farm. Being that this is an outdoor experience, we are really not set up to do cuddle sessions during inclement weather. If we are expecting bad weather for your booked hour, I'm happy to work with you on re-scheduling for a nicer day or time. We currently have lots of Nigerian Dwarf goats of varying ages, a 3 year-old miniature Zebu named Molly, a rescue steer named Ferdinand, and two pigs named Charlie and Ellie. We also have numerous chickens, as well as our Holland Lop bunnies Oliver and Willow. ** For the health and safety of both our animals and yours, we do not allow outside animals to visit the farm. ** **We do not have a public bathroom on-site, since this is our home. For your convenience, we do offer a Porta-John with hand sanitizer** **For those interested, we do offer our pasture raised eggs and homemade goat milk soap available for purchase from our farm store during your visit.** **If you book a private event, please be sure to state how many people are in your group.**
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Upon arrival, please take your time getting situated. there is no rush on the farm and we have two kids, so it usually takes me a few minutes to greet you. Most often you will be greeted at your car by our farm dogs, Arlie (English Shepherd) & Freddie (Bernese). Chickens and a goat or two may greet you as well. This is a chance to show off our farm and farm store! You are welcome to stroll the property and visit our Herbal Earth Apothecary farm store! At your leisure, feel free to wander and take in the property or interact with the animals. Spent beer grains from Laurel Highlands Brewing are provided to feed. We offer you the chance to relax and enjoy a slow-paced time on the farm. Hanging out with goats may be the secret to happiness. Family friendly. Picnic friendly. Stay at your leisure.
First we will bike through the streets of the Financial and Cultural district, explore the Strip District and then check out the North Shore on its scenic river trails. We will dive into the history of Pittsburgh, tracking down the people who shaped this city to what it is today: a beauty. Old and new buildings, city squares and public art will turn this bike ride into a unique event full of exciting (re)discoveries of The Burgh. Other things to note: TOURS START ON TIME. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 mins early. Every participant will have to sign a waiver. - Free cancellation and full refund up to 24 hours before tour start. - Tour will take rain or shine! Please message if there are any concerns about inclement weather. We are pleased to also offer this tour in Spanish. Please send in your request at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure that the Spanish tour is available.
Experience the spookiest of Pittsburgh’s Downtown! Get to see outstanding historic landmarks (often beautifully lit up in the darker and colder months) during the quiet evening hours and learn about their history and which spirits lurk in them. Don't worry about picking up any ghostly travelers; the entirety of the tour takes place outdoors! This 2-hour tour is offered on select evenings. Ready to get chills and be scared by some obscure ghost stories? ***Please note: This is NOT a haunted house tour OR a pure Ghost Tour but rather a history tour with a spooky twist!*** Please note: -Every participant will have to sign a waiver. - Free cancellation and full refund up to 24 hours before tour start. - Tour will take rain or shine! Please message if there are any concerns about inclement weather.
In this tour you will learn about the farm, visit an old spring house, play with mini donkeys, feed rare Kerry Hill sheep and pet and brush Mini Highland cows. Note: You will not go into the pasture with the cows, but you will get to pet and feed them through the fence. You will have an opportunity to go in the pastures with the Mini donkeys and Kerry Hill sheep. Cows, donkeys and sheep are very friendly and will enjoy giving you licks and snuggles. Some guests like to set chairs up and just be in the pasture with the donkeys and sheep (while we are present guiding the experience). We will provide the treats and brushes to interact with and chairs for observation -along with full time instruction. Need a place to stay? Want to have 24 hours a day of animal viewing? We have got you covered. Just reach out and we can set you up in one of our onsite AirB&B's.
We'll set off from Regent Square and hike up the back trails with your new best friend: a jovial hairless dog named Lola! Along with exercising and socializing, we'll take some photos to publish on Lola's world famous Instagram profile. As we hike, feel free to take time to photograph the Pittsburgh backcountry. Along the way we will have great views of nature and Western Pennsylvania!
From the mill to the still, whiskey has been a cornerstone in Pittsburgh's history. Come downtown for our whiskey tour where you will discover how whiskey has fueled political, labor and social movements throughout the region. Begin and end your tour in style with a Prohibition cocktail at the Ritual House and an Old Fashioned at the Rebel Room. As we walk the streets of Downtown, along iconic architecture, you'll learn about the violent Whiskey Rebellion in Pittsburgh, hidden former (as well as existing!) speakeasies around the city, and how Prohibition affected the region. ***Please note: This is NOT a bar crawl but a whiskey history tour that includes two handcrafted cocktails. This event is 21+ only, no minors please.
You’ll hop on the trolley and tour award-winning vineyards and breweries, sampling their offerings and taking in their gorgeous views. Along the way you’ll learn about the history of the area and how it’s becoming a world class destination for wine and craft beer. Other things to note Please arrive 10 minutes prior to start of tour. Tastings not included in price.
Sunrise Hike at Scenic Humpback Rocks
Come along on a Shenandoah Valley tradition and take in the sunrise from 3000 feet. We'll meet at the Humpback Rocks trail parking lot to embark on one of two hikes, short and steep or a 1.5-mile stroll, to a vista unlike any other in the Blue Ridge. Along the way, you'll shake off the early-morning sleepies and learn about the history and geology of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley, all in a safe, fun environment supportive of all levels of hikers or hikers-to-be. After watching the sunrise crest over the scenic vineyards and fields of Afton valley, we'll head back to the cars, a total of 2.5-3 hours. **Note: Starting spring 2023, I'm donating 10% of my revenue and ALL cash tips to nature preservation and sponsoring at-risk youth on a hiking trip. Please consider cash tips toward these causes!**
Pittsburgh Steps Tour
While Pittsburgh is commonly known as the "City of Bridges," it also tops the charts in the number of public city steps. ​ ​With over 800 stairways throughout many of its 90 neighborhoods, these "paper streets" can be a fun place to explore. Join my friend Laura, the creator and publisher of MisSteps.com: Our Missed Connections with Pittsburgh's City Steps, on a stairway adventure through Troy Hill and Spring Garden. You'll learn about the history of this special form of pedestrian travel and two neighborhoods that played essential roles in the city's early economic development. Comfortable and sturdy shoes are required. Please note that two flights on this tour require participants to climb up ~150 steps, go down two flights of ~100 steps, and occasionally navigate uneven terrain. Other things to note: Every participant will have to sign a waiver. - Tour will take rain or shine! Please message or call if there are any concerns about inclement weather. - No bathrooms at the meeting point.
Guests will get to learn the basic aspects of horsemanship, including grooming, tacking, and communication with the horses. They will then be led on a relaxing trail ride through the woods and get to enjoy the classic old-world scenery that northern Virginia has to offer. Down gravel roads, and through winding paths up the mountain ridge, guests may see for miles the sprawling farmland. They will encounter natural beauty from the streams of sunlight through the treetops to deer and even the great American bald eagle. If interested guests will learn about the history of the land dating back as far as the civil war and how it shaped this part of the country and community in ways that are still reflected today. If you are interested in this experience (or another one of my available experiences) in a time slot that is not listed, or in place of another experience in that listed time slot, please send me a direct message. Please note that children unger the age of 12 will require an additional $25 fee at the time of the trail ride due to extra need a preparedness from the trail head. Thank you in advance.
Our most insider tour! This tour is designed for first-time visitors as well as those who are already familiar with Pittsburgh. Follow one of our experienced guides out of downtown and deep into the 5 unique neighborhoods of the North Side. You’ll discover hidden treasures beyond the stadiums, including fascinating historic sites, stunning architecture, and vibrant public art. The ride back will reveal a great view of the Downtown skyline with some unforgettable photo-ops. Come and get nebby with us (as we say in the ‘Burgh!) on a tour that will surely create great memories for you and yours.
A Magical Walk with Goats
Chicks hatched June 2024. Baby bunny arrived March 2024! Welcome to our farm! To begin our adventure, we will introduce you to our animal family. Meet the chickens, dogs, goslings, bunny and goats! When you are ready, we will begin our walk through beautiful woodland trails and pastures with the goats happily following you. Experience the world in a new way as you observe the goats delighting in the delicious world around them. Learn about caring for the animals on the farm: their care, diet and personalities. Depending on the day and your preference, the trail may take us over bubbling creeks, through fields filled with butterflies, to an enchanting wetland, or down through the pines to the river. You will have a chance to see rare plants and animals including bald eagles, wild orchids and beaver activity. The trails are easy to moderate. Don't forget good walking shoes. We will finish our adventure back at the barn, where you can spend a moment resting your feet and taking in the fresh air. If you have a date or time that you would like to visit but don't see it on the calendar, please send me a message and we can accommodate! We love dogs, but we ask you kindly to leave yours at home.
Up close and personal alpaca walking adventure
Shed the outside world for a few hours. Picture yourself walking among gentle and always curious alpacas. Meet alpacas up close and personal. Feel their fuzzy noses as you hand-feed them. Learn about their history, their behavior and personalities, and what makes alpaca fiber special. Take a guided walk with one of our alpacas over pasture and wooded trails. Then check out our farm store and studio where you will find yarns and roving made from our alpacas’ fleece, felted soap wrapped in their fiber, a wide selection of wearable alpaca items for the whole family, alpaca-themed gift items, and photo cards of each of the alpacas you met. Then dip your fingers into the world’s softest, silkiest, warmest fleece. After the tour, you can relax in one of our three picnic areas or explore trails through 23 wooded acres and along Ballinger Creek. It’s time to take a break, relax and enjoy the farm. We set up this farm especially for your enjoyment. SUMMER HEAT ADVISORY — It is too dangerous to alpaca health to walk them when the Heat Index is above 90°. We can still do the tour, but not walking the alpaca. What we offer in place of the walk is to have you help us cool off our critters by hosing them. We will show you how, then you can take over giving them one of their favorite activities. They are like kids playing in the sprinklers.