Bed and Breakfast at The Rock Garden

176 Brush Valley Road , State College, PA 16827-1025 USA (Show map)


Located in Oak Hall between historic Boalsburg and Lemont, our country style farmhouse is just 4 miles from PSU and 5 miles from downtown State College. A perennial nursery also sits on our 17 acres. Four of our guest rooms have queen size beds and private baths. Our fifth room is handicapped accessible with two twin beds and a private bathroom with roll-in shower. Each room sleeps two, but roll-away beds are available to accommodate a third person in most rooms. The B&B was newly built in 2005 with the latest in safety features. Fully air conditioned and smoke free, we have high speed wireless internet capabilities. Stroll through our gardens, hike Mount Nittany or just sit and enjoy the warmth of the wood fireplace. Think of us when you plan a football weekend, anniversary celebration, wedding reception, luncheon, business meeting or a weekend getaway.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Hidden Gem

4.8 on April 05, 2016

We stayed at this hidden gem for one night for a quick trip to see our son at Penn State. We traveled with our older son who has physical disabilities and we were so happy to have found a B&B that could accommodate a wheelchair as well as an accessible bathroom. While staying in most hotels we never encounter ADA issues, but it is hard to find such a lovely inn that is as welcoming as this one. Joe, the inn keeper was very friendly, knowledgeable and made sure we were well taken care of. Our room was clean, comfortable, nicely furnished and large enough to comfortably accommodate all three of us. The inn itself is beautiful. The common areas are nicely furnished, comfortable and inviting. It was wonderful for my son to see a plate of freshly baked cookies waiting for us when we arrived. Breakfast the next day was delicious. The scones were awesome and the stratta was perfect too. We have already reserved a room for a football weekend this fall. The location is pretty close to the campus. Getting to and from downtown State College was very easy. We will become frequent guests, I am sure.

You will not be disappointed!

5 on February 23, 2016

I have been a repeat guest at The Rock Garden for years now, and I have never been anything less than thrilled with my stay. I first visited when my daughter was considering PSU and we are now booked for graduation! Joe Thomas is a wonderful host. He always goes the extra mile to make us feel welcome and our stay just perfect. The property is very clean, incredibly comfortable and beautifully maintained. Don't give it another thought, book now, you will not be disappointed!

A lovely, charming getaway!

5 on November 24, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the B&B at the Rock Garden. The house was so beautiful, decorated just right and very cozy and welcoming. Joe was quite the host; from chocolate chip cookies Friday to warm brownie Saturday's, our stay was very special. The breakfast was out of this world. I eagerly await another chance to go back!

Was Very Comfortable, Charming, Cozy, Immaculate B & B; Settig. So Very Pituresque,,,

4.8 on October 27, 2015

Very friendly atmosphere, Welcoming Felt Safe & At Home Delicious home made breakfast

The Best Place to Stay for a PSU visit

5 on October 18, 2015

We were so impressed with Joe and Laura's hospitality during our recent two night stay over Penn State Family Weekend. Our room was spotless and beautiful. The inn is very peaceful and breakfasts were delicious. The availability to 322 and into the stadium and BJC is a breeze. We will definitely make this our PSU destination again and will refer our friends. And, being at the Paul McCartney concert made this a truly memorable visit! JC and Linda Calhoun

Girls Getaway

5 on September 19, 2015

Our thanks to Joe for putting up with 8 former State High girlfriends staying overnight in your B&B last Wednesday. We were, without a doubt, a challenge for you, knowing this was your first experience with 8 chatty women occupying your house. We sincerely want to thank you for all you did to make our stay an enjoyable one. The rooms were extra clean with very comfortable beds, as well as the bathrooms with fluffy white towels, and the breakfast was out of this world. We give you and your B&B an A+++++

My Second Home

5 on September 03, 2015

I have been staying at the Rock Garden for Penn State football games over the last the last 8 years. I have stayed in multiple B&Bs in the State college area and this is the best. The rooms are extremely comfortable and the common areas are inviting. Joe and Laura are wonderful hosts. The location is great. Close to PSU at the foot of Mount Nittany. Greeting the morning with coffee on the porch is a relaxing way to start the day.

A place to come back to

5 on September 03, 2015

We were visiting State College for a wedding and most of the party stayed at hotels. I was so glad we were at The Rock Garden. It felt like home, only better because Joe made breakfast! Thanks, Joe. He also provided important extras that made our stay unforgettable

Fantastic place

5 on August 09, 2015

We had a great time at the B&B at the rock garden. Although our stay was brief, we loved the house and the rooms were beautiful and very spacious. I would highly recommend this place to anyone traveling to the state college area. Best blueberry pancakes in town. Thanks Joe and Laura, we can't wait to return.

Wonderful Stay

4.8 on June 09, 2015

We stayed at The Rock Garden over Memorial Day Weekend. Our 16 year old daughter was participating in Happy Volley. Over 5,000 girls descending on Penn State. B&B very convenient to campus, less than 10 minutes with traffic. I was on a restricted carb free diet at the time. LOL did not plan on that in January when I made reservations. I had fresh strawberries ready for me and 2 hard boiled eggs. He was great. His breakfasts smelled yummy and my husband enjoyed them. There was a fruit basket filled with apples, bananas, and oranges at your disposal, as well as a variety of drinks. My husband and daughter (I gave her mine) loved the yummy chocolate chip cookies which are out in the evening. Will definitely return.

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Location Type



Harrisburg, PA (MDT)

Directions to property:

From the north, exit I-80 onto Rt.220/I-99 southbound. Take Rt.322 east toward State College/Lewistown. Get off Rt.322 at exit marked Boalsburg/Oak Hall and follow directions below. From the east come into Happy Valley on Rt.322 by-pass westbound. Get off Rt.322 at exit marked Oak Hall/Lemont and follow directions below. From the west through Port Matilda follow Rt.220 to Rt.322 eastbound and follow Rt. 322 by-pass. Take the exit marked Boalsburg/Oak Hall and follow directions below. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Boalsburg Rd. Make a quick first right onto Linden Hall Rd. and then an immediate left onto Brush Valley Rd.(On some maps referred to as Lenape Lane). Cross 1 lane bridge and take 2nd. driveway on right. Look for large white mailbox marked "THE ROCK GARDEN". We are 1/2 mile from the by-pass.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Penn State Football at Beaver Stadium, Fourth of July fireworks at Beaver Stadium, Ag Progress Days, Peoples Choice Art Festival in Boalsburg, Arts Festival in downtown State College, Bryce Jordan Center events, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wedding Facilities , ADA Compliant, Handicapped accessible, Free local phone calls, Smoke detectors/sprinklers

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No We are a smoke free property.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children 12 and older welcome.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night minimum for football and graduation weekends.
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: The deposit, which is the full amount for a one night stay or 50% for more than one night, will be held on the provided credit card.
  • Cancellations: If a cancellation occurs more than 14 days before the reservation date, only a $20 processing fee will be billed to your credit card. If the cancellation occurs within 14 days or less of the reservation date, the deposit amount will be charged to your credit card.



Joe Thomas/Laura Stephenson

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  • Time Served: 8 til 10 AM
  • Serving Location: Florida room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room