We headed out from Kennywood to Latrobe, Pennsylvania (the nearest town to Idlewild Park). We’re staying at the Marriott Springhill Suites on Arnold Palmer Way in Latrobe. Not only was Palmer born here, but he still lives in town.
His holding company owns part of this hotel, and it is a shrine to Palmer. The main “Presidential” meeting room is adorned with pictures of Palmer with US Presidents alongside letters written by these Presidents to Palmer. He comes here several times a month for meetings. The hotel is fantastic – brand new, beautiful rooms, with a restaurant & bar, gym, and indoor pool. The attentive staff told me that they were rated as the #1 Springhill Suites in the US for this past year.
Latrobe is also the birthplace of “Mister” Fred Rogers, who was a classmate of Palmer’s. In addition, the banana split was invented in 1904 at a soda fountain in Latrobe. For a small town, they have three great additions to American culture of which they are all very, very proud. As well they should be.