The big news for today is that we finally visited Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright designed house in Mill Run, PA. The trip was centred around this visit and it was wonderful to be here after all the planning. Unfortunately, although I took over one hundred photos, I am not allowed to post any of them on a web site. You can however view pictures of the house and its amazing setting on the official website.
Although I loved it, Fallingwater is not my favourite Wright building from a details point of view. There are some really lovely small design details in the building such as the lamps and shelves, but this building is so much more minimalist than the prairie style houses which I love. However, there is no argument that the setting is stunning and the house is embedded (literally) amazingly into its environment.
So since I can’t show any photos, let me show you instead how lucky we were today with vegan food.
It started at breakfast. Our lovely hosts at the Connellsville Bed and Breakfast had made a real effort for us after I’d let them know in advance we were vegan. We had a choice of juices, freshly cut fruit, muesli, fried potatoes with onion, apple and thyme, and some fresh heirloom tomatoes, along with coffee and almond milk. I particularly appreciated the almond milk, as non dairy milk options around here are non existent and they had clearly gone to some trouble to get it for us.
It continued at Fallingwater itself where they had a vegan black bean, chipotle spiced wrap with a corn and tomato salad at the cafe. We shared one for a snack at 11, since breakfast had been very early so we could have time for the drive. No photo, but you know what a wrap looks like.
We took a drive towards the historic town of Ligonier, on the way we stopped at a roadside stand to buy some apples and I photographed the pumpkins and corn.
In Ligonier itself we found the lovely Connections Cafe. They serve salad plates of two or three choices on salad greens. Four were vegan and we chose all four between us. A red quinoa and pear, a black bean with peppers, a corn and tomato and a red quinoa and kale.
Afterwards we wandered around the pretty town, and stopped by a local gallery to admire some beautiful handcrafted furniture before driving back home through lovely hilly scenery.
For dinner, we managed to scratch together a meal at the Hometown Diner in Connellsville with the help of the waiters and the cook who were really accommodating. We had a Philly Cheese Steak without the cheese and the steak, some home fries and some corn. They charged us less because we had no meat or cheese. In the cook’s words, “I’m not charging you full price, I’ll work something out”.
People are just so great sometimes.
Connellsville Bed and Breakfast
316 W Crawford Ave,
Connellsville, PA 15425
103 Memorial Blvd
Connellsville, PA 15425
109 S Market St
Ligonier, PA, 15658