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Spruce Forest Artisan Village
Based on 21 traveler reviews
Beautiful setting to enjoy...
Sep 23, 2014 by: Vicki S from South Charleston, West Virginia
Beautifully set among a large grove of trees and beside a gently meandering stream that flows beneath a picturesque stone bridge, this little village of artists and craftspeople is a delightful stop while traveling or a destination in itself. With a wonderful restaurant, Penn Alps, located just across the parking lot, my family and I could easily make this a destination for a day trip, even though we live about 3 1/2 hours away. The Yoder home is a wonderful, educational step back in time, lovingly recreated by many Yoder descendants with attention to detail and authentic materials. Most of the individual artists' cabins are open at any given time and we found almost all the artists to be engaging, friendly, and eager to share and talk about their craft. There was one artist who seemed a bit "temperamental," but maybe we just got him on a bad day. Or maybe it is his artistic temperament. Regardless, his work was beautiful. Although we didn't buy anything, being on the first day of a 10-day vacation, we never felt pressured to do so and we found most of the pieces we saw to be rather fairly priced, in line with what we have experienced at other artisan locations. Had it not been the first day of our trip, we could have purchased many things. This is not a flea market by any means, either in quality or price. Great visit for families or couples. We've visited a couple of times over the years while traveling and always look forward to making our way back.
Sep 06, 2014 by: Janlee49 from Weston, West Virginia
This is a nice little place with small individual cabins for each artisan. Unfortunately, not all of them are open at the same time and many times only 3 or 4 are open. And they are not cheap.
Artisans and close up and personal
May 18, 2014 by: Joe S from Mason, Ohio
All the artisans are in old log cabins, or old one room school buildings. They are all very friendly and willing to discuss their craft. Cool place to visit.
Apr 19, 2014 by: 85Harley from Newark, Delaware
I found things very pricey, with not enough products to entice you into buying something. Nothing really impressed me. It reminded me of the few lone craftsman that show up at the larger flea markets. Everybody just walks by. But take my review with a grain of salt. Apparently, 99% of the visitors love this place. It does nothing for this old biker, and I imagine it won't be very entertaining for the average hubby either. Once you get past the metal shop, it's all over for me.
Nice to visit
Feb 15, 2014 by: JasperVirginia_USA from Virginia, USA
It is very nice to walk around the forest from cabin to cabin and visit the artists. There is a wood shop, carving shop, old cabin tour and several others. Stop in when you dine at Penn Alps as it is right across the parking lot.
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