What To Do On Your Summer Staycation in Butler County

Forget far away summer vacations — let’s talk about staying home! In your new Weaver home in one of our carefree Lifestyle Communities or spacious Single-Family Communities, you don’t have to endure hours of travel or break your wallet to experience the fun and freedom of a vacation. 

 

Take a look at a few of our favorite ways to enjoy a summer staycation (and entertain family and friends when they visit) in Butler County.

 

OUTDOOR FUN 

Moraine State Park | Portersville

Moraine offers just about every outdoor activity: biking, boating, disc golf, fishing, geocaching, hiking, picnicking, swimming, windsurfing and more. 

Jennings Environmental Education Center | Slippery Rock

Jennings is the only protected prairie in the state and is home to the endangered Massasauga rattlesnake. Enjoy year-round hikes on the 5-mile trail system.

 

CAMPING

Lake Arthur Family Campground | Slippery Rock

However you like to camp, there’s a site for you: Full hook-up; water & electric only; a simple spot in the woods for your tent. Or ditch the tent and go for the rustic cabin! Check out the playground, game area & campground store, too. 

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest Campground | Harrisville

From basic tents to RVs, rental cabins to yurts… this campground has it all. 170 shaded sites with electric service, a swimming pool, a bike track, a store, a playground, fire rings, a full schedule of activities and games. 

 

MUSEUMS

The Maridon Museum | Butler 

The only museum in Western PA with a specific focus on Chinese and Japanese art and culture.

Harmony Museum | Harmony, PA 

Discover the big history of a little town. Explore the 1809 main building, the Harmony Society cemetery, and the Mennonite meetinghouse and cemetery.

The Old Stone House | Slippery Rock

A historic inn and museum of rural life. The Stone House has served as a local post office, and was a muster point during the Civil War. 

The Evans City Area Historical Society | Evans City 

Artifacts and memorabilia relating to the area’s oil boom and railroads. 

 

Glasses of rose wine seen during a friendly party of a celebration.

WINERIES | BREWERIES | DISTILLERIES 

Winfield Winery | Cabot 

An award-winning winery in beautiful, rural Cabot, near Saxonburg. Sampling and tastings encouraged! 

Long Run Winery | Slippery Rock 

A small boutique winery offering a relaxing setting to sample a variety of red, white, and specialty wines.

Missing Links Brewery | Renfrew

Enjoy a variety of craft beers brewed on site, plus a brewpub with a full menu of made to order dishes. 

Stick City Brewing Company | Mars

A simple, family-friendly atmosphere to appreciate high quality and fresh modern beer styles. They support local social and environmental movements, too. 

Big Spring Spirits | Seven Fields

A community-centric craft distillery, producing locally-sourced whiskey, gin and vodka. Visit the Tasting Room and try one of their signature craft cocktails. 

DR Distillery | Slippery Rock 

Handcrafted & distilled whiskies & vodka, made with techniques handed down through generations.

Proudly bringing the craft of small batch whiskey production back to Western PA. 

5 Reasons to Live in Sarver, PA

If you’re looking to live in a convenient location that’s close to shopping and dining yet outside the reach of city traffic, somewhere that offers outdoor recreation in beautiful surroundings, and has neighborhood hang-outs where happy hour is shared with friends, then you’ll love living in Sarver, PA! Our new luxury lifestyle community, Heritage Crossings, is located in Sarver right off Rte. 356, and residents agree that this is the best move they could have made.

 

5 Reasons to Live in Sarver, PA

 

1) Proximity to Pittsburgh

If you have family or friends in Pittsburgh, Sarver is a quick 40-minute drive away. It’s so easy to head into town on the weekends for social visits, art and cultural events, or great dining. You’ll love being close to a major city yet far enough away that you don’t have to deal with daily traffic. When you live at Heritage Crossings, you’re just minutes from Rte. 28 and can get everywhere you need to go quickly.

 

2) Dining

In Sarver, you’ll never have to go far for great dining options. Within walking distance of Heritage Crossings is South Pike Square Plaza, where you’ll find casual eateries like Tony’s Pizza and Rock-a-fellas Sports Bar. Just up Rte. 365 in neighboring Saxonburg you’ll find the always-popular Kelley’s Family Restaurant, and for fine dining, Hotel Saxonburg. Here are more of the Top Restaurants in Butler County PA.

 

3) Golfing

We know the importance of golfing, which is why we made sure there was an 18-hole golf course within driving distance of Heritage Crossings! Buffalo Golf Course is 5 minutes away by car, or if you’re feeling energetic, just a 1.5-mile walk away. Enjoy the natural beauty and excellent course of this popular golf destination, followed by a delicious meal in the clubhouse.

 

4) Wine and Beer 

Whether you prefer wine or beer at happy hour, you’re covered when you live in Sarver! La Vigneta is a family-operated winery on a 17-acre farm that makes over 35,000 bottles a year and over 20 varieties. There is a tasting room coming soon but in the meanwhile you can pick up a bottle of local wine for every occasion. When you’re in the mood for brews, head over to Cellar Works Brewing Co. where you’ll find small batch, handcrafted beers made from locally sourced ingredients. 

 

5) Blackberry Meadows Farm

A beautiful place to purchase locally grown, organic produce AND to learn how to grow your own, Blackberry Meadows Farm in close-by Natrona Heights focuses on providing nutritious, quality food and sustainable growing methods to the entire community.

 

If you’re looking for the best Pittsburgh suburb to enjoy your next exciting phase of life, take a look at the premier lifestyle community in Sarver, Heritage Crossings. With villa-style homes and amenities such as a clubhouse, fitness center, and heated outdoor pool, it’ll be the best move you’ve made yet! 

Location, Location, Location…Be Close to Everything at The Villas at Forest Oaks!

Designing a home that’s right for you is only half of the building process. The other half is all about location, location, location! At our newest Lifestyle Community, The Villas at Forest Oaks, we know you’ll love where you live as much as you love your new home. 

 

Located in Butler, Pennsylvania, The Villas at Forest Oaks is located on one of Butler County’s most sought-after 18-hole golf courses, Aubrey’s Dubbs Dred. It is also minutes away from shops, restaurants, healthcare centers, and recreation. 

 

Butler County has a thriving downtown shopping and restaurant district, not to mention a renovated Farmers’ Market where residents shop for fresh local foods in season and attend community events. From seasonal fairs and festivals to museums and historical sites, wineries and parks, Butler County offers something for everyone. For outdoor enthusiasts, the area’s wide variety of lakes, trails, nature reserves and campgrounds mean that recreational adventures are just a short drive away.

 

As the county seat, Butler is also the hub of government and commercial activity. Just 25 miles from the city of Pittsburgh and its world-class education medicine, arts and sports, Butler County offers residents big city convenience and small-town living. Named by Smithsonian Magazine in the top ten best small towns in America, Butler is a great place to live, work, and play!

 

The Villas at Forest Oaks is close to quality healthcare facilities, such as Butler Memorial Hospital and VA Butler Healthcare, as well as colleges, including Butler County Community College, and Slippery Rock University. With a number of local businesses, both corporate and entrepreneurial, Center Township is the site of the largest retail centers in the area. 

 

Your family deserves the very best quality in a community that’s close to it all! For more information on The Villas at Forest Oaks or the Butler County area, contact us today!

Family Fun: Holiday Lights and Tree Farms

The holidays are always fun and festive in Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh area has no shortage of holiday revelry for your family to enjoy… especially when it comes to Christmas tree farms and holiday light displays. Here are a few of our favorites! 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland | Big Butler Fairgrounds, Butler, PA

2 miles of custom-built light displays dancing in perfect synchronization with festive music. Tickets required. Open through January 2. 

Holiday Laser Show | North Park, Allison Park, PA 

A dazzling, one-of-a-kind drive-in laser show featuring a 45-minute light show synchronized with holiday music. Tickets required. Open December 1 – 22. 

Fun Fore All’s Holiday Lights Mini Golf | Cranberry Township, PA

Named one of Kidsburgh’s and KDKA’s BEST holiday light displays! Two award-winning miniature golf courses become a fully playable, walk-through holiday light extravaganzas. Tickets required. Open through January 3.

Dasher’s Light Show | Pittsburgh

Experience the magic of acres of lights and drive-through tunnels synced to favorite holiday tunes. 

Tickets required. Open through January 2. 

CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS

Cypher’s Tree Farm | Butler, PA

From a lovely selection of firs, blue spruce and white pine, to fresh cut holly branches and site-made wreaths, to candles and sweet treats, it’s the perfect Christmas experience 

Grupp’s Christmas Trees | Harmony, PA

Offering U-Cut and pre-cut trees, this local favorite has been voted best tree farm by Pittsburgh Magazine. Handmade ornaments available in the Christmas store.

Dambaugh’s Pine Hill Farms | Evans City, PA 

Choose from a variety of cut Christmas trees in all shapes and sizes, balled and burlapped trees, wreaths and tree stands. 

Goldscheitter Christmas Tree Farm | Sarver, PA 

Enjoy free coffee and hot chocolate while you browse a seemingly endless rows of trees. Named Best Christmas Tree Farm in the Best of Sarver Award, as well as Best Christmas Tree Cutting Experience In the Pittsburgh Area.

Introducing The Villas at Forest Oaks in Butler, PA

A stunning new home that’s modern in every way, the best location for golfing, dining, and shopping, and a close-knit community where neighbors become friends — it’s all here for you at The Villas at Forest Oaks, the newest active adult community in Butler, PA from Weaver Homes!

The Area

Butler is just north of Pittsburgh, but it’s got everything you want and need for a life well lived. With a number of golf courses nearby (including one directly across the street from the community), dining options ranging from casual to world-class, wineries, theaters, and tons of things to do in every season, it’s one of western Pennsylvania’s most attractive places to live. 

The Community

The Villas at Forest Oaks is located at the crossroads of happiness and convenience. This boutique community surrounded by lush green landscapes was designed for neighbors to come together. When you feel like getting out, head over to the clubhouse to catch up with neighbors, or get your daily dose of exercise in the community pool or fitness center.

When you need to run errands or want to grab a bite to eat, shops and restaurants are only four minutes away off of I-422. Best of all, Aubrey’s Dubbs Dred Golf Course is literally across the street! Walk over to play a round of golf, have dinner at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a spot of afternoon tea. 

The next exciting phase of life should be carefree, allowing you all the freedom and flexibility you deserve. That’s why The Villas at Forest Oaks is a low-maintenance community — we take care of lawn care and snow removal for you. Enjoy your newfound time!

The Homes

The villa-style homes in The Villas at Forest Oaks are all single-level, open-concept plans, making them exceptionally easy to live in. Choose from two or three bedrooms and up to 1,816 square feet of thoughtfully-designed living space. High ceilings and plenty of windows in every room let in lots of natural, mood-boosting sunlight. Kitchens have ample counter space and both a pantry and closet for maximum storage. And the luxurious owner’s suite is made for rest and relaxation, with views of your beautiful yard outside and spa-like bath with walk-in shower. These homes have everything you need to enjoy the life you’ve worked so hard for. 

The first homes in The Villas at Forest Oaks will be released soon. If you’re interested in this limited opportunity to live in such a special 55+ community in Butler, PA, please join our VIP list