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Unread 12-02-2011, 03:51 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA... where the nest is now empty!
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Default Buhl Mansion, Tara? Any one been to either one?

I am looking for something a little different and off the beaten path - and I came across these two.
Has any one stayed at either?

Please shared the good and the bad, and make recommendations, please, as to what is a must-do while there.
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Unread 12-03-2011, 12:18 PM
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Location: NW Penna.
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I lived in the area, but I never stayed at either place. The proximity to lakes (Shenango Dam, Pymatuning Reservoir, Conneaught, not too far from Erie) is a big draw in summer. Golf at Avalon at Buhl, and area golf courses seems to be another popular reason to go there, in summer. There's a drive-in theater in Reynolds and one over in Andover, lots of car cruise / car show and biker things everywhere in summer. But I don't think there is a whole lot going on there in winter, except hunting season. Kraynak's in Hermitage always puts on a great Christmas decoration display. There are the Mills in Volant (or whatever they call their small shops.) There are two Amish-operated tack shops in New Wilmington, one off Rt. 18 south of the cheese factory that's mostly western tack, and one out East on Rt. 208 that has English, if you are into horses.

shameless plug: The Hermitage Historical Society on Rt. 62 across from the VFW in Hermitage has beautiful Christmas trees and decorations throughout the house, and gives tours on weekends. It's a big brick Italianate, if you like big elegant old homes. They have a web site.

The Buhl Mansion building itself is old, but the interior was recreated. That house had too many other uses including used as a beauty school for a while, and the interior was pretty much gone. But I hear it's very nice. Buhl Park is a nice place to walk/run, but no events there in winter as far as I know.

I have eaten dinner at Tara, once, and the food was good, but a little too unusual and gourmet for me. I tend to view food as fuel, and I also cook, so restaurant food just usually isn't my thing.

Avalon Country Club (the old Sharon Country Club remodeled & expanded is very pretty, but you'd have to be a member or guest.

Mercer County is mostly rural, and Sharon is pretty dead + decaying, and Hermitage is all family and retiree land. I'll refer you to the county tourism site for ideas of what to do. Most activities happen in summer and early Fall, with fairs, outdoor concerts, and outdoor rural recreation. Mercer County, PA-shopping, hotels, outdoor recreation, weekend getaways, golfing
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Unread 12-03-2011, 02:35 PM
 
Location: ELFS
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I tend to view food as fuel, and I also cook, so restaurant food just usually isn't my thing.
What do you like to cook, in that "food as fuel" vein?
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Unread 12-03-2011, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Oakland CA
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What do you like to cook, in that "food as fuel" vein?
Probably good old fashioned simple food. One of my favorites is roasted chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh veg and salad. Simple to do, good tasting and healthy. Especially the way I make gravy -- a can of chicken broth (save 1/4 cup), add a beef bullion cube, heat till boiling, add a little pepper. Add a few tablespoons of flour into the reserved broth, mix well, and whisk into boiling broth to thicken. Pretty much non fat gravy. Gotta add the beef bullion -- I don't know why, but it really ramps up the flavor.

Use bone in skin on chicken breast -- and remove the skin before eating -- lose a lot of fat that way.
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Unread 12-03-2011, 05:01 PM
 
Location: ELFS
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Probably good old fashioned simple food. One of my favorites is roasted chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh veg and salad. Simple to do, good tasting and healthy. Especially the way I make gravy -- a can of chicken broth (save 1/4 cup), add a beef bullion cube, heat till boiling, add a little pepper. Add a few tablespoons of flour into the reserved broth, mix well, and whisk into boiling broth to thicken. Pretty much non fat gravy. Gotta add the beef bullion -- I don't know why, but it really ramps up the flavor.

Use bone in skin on chicken breast -- and remove the skin before eating -- lose a lot of fat that way.
I like to roast a whole chicken in a similar manner. I also avoid the skin, and I don't bother with gravy. Then, from the bones and remains of the chicken I make stock, and from that, chicken soup. I'm on the soup phase of the chicken tonight. I put onion, potato, carrot, peas, and kale in it, and serve it with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.
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