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Bed and Breakfast at The Rock Garden

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

5 on December 16, 2014

The inn is beautiful and Joe is a gracious innkeeper. He makes excellent suggestions for restaurants and attractions

Lovely Bed & Breakfast

4.8 on November 03, 2014

We stayed only one night but enjoyed it very much. Spotless and beautifully decorated, and the food was excellent. We highly recommend this property!

Beautiful Place

5 on October 16, 2014

Only minutes from the campus and was lovely. Immaculate, peaceful and breakfast was home made and lovely. Would definitely book again.

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.

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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, 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
  • 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


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

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