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Bed and Breakfast at The Rock Garden

176 Brush Valley Road , State College, PA 16827-1025 USA (Show map)
96 Reviews
$119 - $229
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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
  • Dining4.7

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Penn State Move In

5 on August 26, 2014

Excellent B&B! Very clean, accommodating, and friendly host.

We always enjoy our stay!

4.2 on August 09, 2014

This B&B always looks brand new; so clean, freshly painted and great sheets and towels. The breakfast is always delicious. The only telling sign of age is the gardens grow more mature every year.

The Rock Garden, Beautiful!

5 on July 23, 2014

We stay at the Rock garden about 6 times a year. It is always perfect, the food, the facility, the setting. Joe the owner and chef is so down to earth and friendly he does everything possible to make your stay perfect. We consider Joe a wonderful friend. Absolutely love this place.

Second great stay

5 on July 16, 2014

We enjoyed our second great stay with Joe and Laura at The Rock Garden during the Central PA Arts Festival. Not only are their rooms beautiful, but the B&B is easy to find and close to State College. We enjoy the country setting and the laid back pace. Breakfast is outstanding!

Excellent B&B experience

5 on June 25, 2014

Joe and Laura were very nice and have an outstanding property.

A gem in Boalsburg

4.8 on June 18, 2014

Just minutes from State College, this beautiful B&B is perfect for a visit to the area. The entire place is attractively decorated-- and everything is clean, bright and new. The breakfasts are plentiful. With advance notice, they can accommodate early morning service for breakfast.

Love B&B at the Rock Garden!!

5 on June 12, 2014

Have stayed at this B&B several times. Beautiful, well maintained, Joe is a great host and excellent cook! Rooms are spacious with wonderful mountain views. Every little detail is taken care of and it's just an enjoyable stay any time we've been there.

The best Bed and Breakfast!

5 on May 06, 2014

We stayed last weekend for a concert and from the moment we arrived everything was wonderful. The pancake breakfast we had was delicious, the serviced was very personal and nice. The room and the property was gorgeous, the photos truly do it no justice. It was a very well priced bed and breakfast, and we would love to stay again!

What a wonderful Birthday weekend! Thank you Joe!

5 on April 30, 2014

We were so surprised and so impressed with The Rock Garden!! We were celebrating my 30th birthday by going to many of the wineries on the winetrail and stayed at the Rock Garden. The B&B was very clean and very cozy. The rooms were great: spacious, private, cozy and each with a private bath. The gardens were beautiful and the location is great! Off the road, lots of land, and a beautiful garden makes it feel so private and luxurious but you're only 5 minutes away from State College and Boalsburg! Joe made it feel like home from the moment we arrived! Acting as a short order cook, he made whatever we wanted for breakfast and it was delicious! He gave us great tips on the area and places to go to get the most of our weekend. He was very friendly, hospitable and helpful. Joe and the Rock Garden made my birthday weekend unforgettable! Thanks Joe!

Excellent Bed and Breakfast!

5 on April 22, 2014

My daughter and I were visiting Penn State on our college tour. We found the Rock Garden to be a wonderful home away from home. After a long journey in from California, Joe welcomed us at the door, showed us around, and gave us helpful tips of the local area. The food was excellent and Joe is the best host. He even gave us umbrellas to use on Monday! This is the best bed and breakfast that I have ever stayed in.

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Location Type



Harrisburg, PA (MDT)

Directions to property:

15 minutes to University Park Airport

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

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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, In-room internet, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Wi-Fi

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
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children 12 and older welcome.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night minimum for football and graduation weekends.
  • 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

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

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