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Bed and Breakfast at The Rock Garden

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

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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
  • Onsite Dining4.7

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Perfect Place to Stay When Visiting Penn State

4.8 on April 17, 2015

My wife and I have stayed here twice when visiting my son a Penn State, and both times we've been extremely pleased. The location is very close (under 10 minute drive) to PSU. The home is open, sunny, and beautiful. Joe is helpful and makes sure all your needs are met. The rooms are large, with private baths, and in amazing condition. And the breakfasts were outstanding. I have absolutely nothing negative to say, and look forward to staying there when I visit Penn State again, which should be quite a bit over the next 3 years.

One of a kind B and B

5 on March 25, 2015

We have stayed at this B & B a few times each year as our daughter went from undergraduate to doctoral candidate. In my opinion, it ranks # 1 of all the places to stay in the State College area. It is beautifully decorated, meticulously cared for and conveniently located. It is a quiet retreat. Breakfast is delicious and the portions are generous. You will not regret staying here!

Great service

4.8 on March 17, 2015

It was a very clean venue, with a lovely fireplace in the downstairs area and great views through large windows practically anywhere in the house. I can only imagine how gorgeous it is in the spring or fall! Joe was very willing to help throughout our stay. Blueberry pancakes for breakfast were delicious. Overall it was a great stay!

Great stay at the Rock Garden

5 on December 24, 2014

Could not have asked for a better bed and breakfast. The house and all accommodations were fabulous, and the inn-keepers super friendly and attentive to our needs. We will definitely recommend it to others and will stay again.

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.

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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


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

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