Realtor's Guide to Ligonier Real Estate
Ligonier is not a town, it is a postcard! When I first drove through the borough of Ligonier, I found myself humming that song by the Monkees, Pleasant Valley Sunday. The more I visit with the locals, I began to believe that everyday in Ligonier was a pleasant valley Sunday. But you don’t have to take our word for it, Country Living Magazine called it one of “The Most Charming Small Towns in America.” And no question, it is indeed a small town – it’s population is just over 1,500 people – and the local residences will tell “That is just about right”. But don’t let that number deceive you. The borough of Ligonier is anything but small town when it comes to the amenities offered its residences.
The town has more than 60 specialty shops, restaurants and accommodations for your guests. And speaking of lodging, a quick glance at the almost 20 places to stay listed these charming places: Cottages at Ligoneir; Foggy Mountain Lodge and Log Cabin Lodge and Suites. No doubt that Ligoneir is a classic “get away from the big city” tourist destination.
As tempting as it might be to sit on your front porch and soak up the borough and all of its uniqueness, there is fun to be had. The scenic valley which surrounds the town is home to Idlewild Park & SoakZone – voted “Best Amusement Park for Children in the World,” as well as Compass Inn Museum, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Linn Run State Park and just a short drive from fantastic skiing and snowboarding at Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Resort.
Despite all this, without question the major tourist attraction is Fort Ligonier Days, a parade and craft market that takes place every fall over the course of three days, People from all parts of Pennsylvania flock to this unique event that has been held for over 60 years. The highlight of three days is the reenactment of the Battle of Fort Ligonier, a key engagement of the French and Indian War that was fought in October of 1758. Several locals told me that despite having seen this reenactment dozens of times, it still a can’t miss event on their calendar.