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Exterior view of the property painted white with navy shutters and surrounded by green grass, bushes, and trees at dusk

About Our Bed and Breakfast

Apple Pony Inn was established in 2022 under new management and was formerly known as the Bed and Breakfast at the Rock Garden.

Apple Pony Inn is a stunning, equine-inspired, farm-to-table bed and breakfast on the slopes of historic Mount Nittany with seven guest suites.  We are located in historic Boalsburg, Pennsylvania on a 17-acre working farm, just 4 miles from Pennsylvania State University.

The house was built as a bed and breakfast in 2005. Apple Pony Inn is styled as a modern farmhouse with hardwood floors, a beautiful open-concept kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, and scenic countryside views from every vantage point.

The Innkeepers are Tom and Rachel Foster and our two children, Allison and Abigail Foster. We moved back to Tom’s home state from Colorado in 2021 to enjoy a quieter, more rural lifestyle.

The name “Apple Pony Inn” was inspired by the large apple trees on the property and serving a Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Dumpling each Sunday. Rachel comes from a long history of equestrian enthusiasts, starting with her grandfather who broke horses for 10 cents a head during the Great Depression. Rachel grew up on horseback with Shetland Pony and Welsh ponies. She showed Arabian and National Show Horses in Saddle Seat Equitation and Western Horsemanship, winning American National and Canadian National Championships.

Rachel spent the last 20 years of her career working in health care administration, public health, leadership and nursing. She serves as the Rural COVID-19 Program Manager with the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health at Penn State and will become a full-time innkeeper in 2023.

Tom is a computer engineer with a bachelor’s degree from Penn State. He enjoys ice hockey, playing drums and photography. Tom grew up in Plum Borough, PA near Pittsburgh.

Our daughters enjoy music, sports, dance, ice hockey and horseback riding.

It is our pleasure to invite you to Apple Pony Inn and serve you as our guests!




A deposit of half the total cost will be charged at the time of reservation, the second half payment will automatically be charged to the credit card on file 13 days prior to the stay.

Guests may cancel up to 14 days in advance and either reschedule the stay OR receive a refund of the deposit; however, we will retain a 10% non-refundable cancellation fee. Reservations cancelled 13 or fewer days in advance are non-refundable.

A specific cancellation policy requiring 30 days of advanced notice applies to PSU graduation and whole and half house rentals.


Reservations may be made online or by calling 814-777-8466. Room rates are posted on our website for each room. Sales tax and occupancy tax are additional. Reservations are held with a credit card deposit of 50% of the total charge for your visit at the time of booking. The remaining balance is automatically charged prior to your scheduled arrival.

The Innkeepers are available each day between 3:00 and 6:00 pm for guest check in. If you will be arriving outside of this timeframe, please contact us at 814-777-8466 or, and we will do our best to accommodate you. Check out is before 10:30 am.

Coffee, tea and other refreshments are available in our guest pantry.  A gourmet breakfast is served each day to registered guests. Guests with dietary restrictions should inform Apple Pony Inn at the time of reservation. All dishes are prepared in the same kitchen, so we cannot guarantee that foods are 100% gluten or allergen free.

Housekeeping service is provided every third day of a guest’s stay.  Please inform the Innkeepers if you need extra towels, sheets, blankets or any other amenities during your stay.

Room occupancy requirements are based on fire code/fire safety restrictions. If the maximum number of guests allowed per room is exceeded, guests will be asked to reserve another guestroom or vacate the property.

A two-night minimum stay is required on all special event weekends which includes Friday and Saturday nights.

Children age 5 or older are welcome as guests. ​We recommend that guests with children stay in the Shetland Pony Suite. If this room is already reserved, guests with children may stay in other rooms within the maximum occupancy or additional rooms may be reserved. An adult age 18 or over is required to supervise children during all times while on the premises.

We are unable to accommodate pets at the Inn. In the case of service animals, we follow current ADA requirements. Please notify us in advance if you are traveling with a service animal.

For the comfort and safety of our guests, all interior areas of Apple Pony Inn are entirely smoke-free and the use of open flame devices such as candles, incense, and essential oils (diffusing, vaporizing, etc.) is prohibited as is the use of cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and marijuana in compliance with Pennsylvania State Laws. These items and activities will set off our smoke alarm and will result in a $250 cleaning fee added to your bill.

Should you think you left something behind, we will be happy to look for it. However, we cannot be responsible for items lost or left at the property. Please check for all personal items before departure.

Due to Pennsylvania Department of Health regulations, guests are not permitted to use the kitchen. Coffee, tea and other refreshments are available in our guest pantry.

For the comfort and convenience of all guests, “Quiet Time” is observed between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. We ask our guests to be respectful of their neighbors and not congregate in public areas where the noise will disturb others.

Pursuant to Pennsylvania Act 39, guests may purchase one bottle of wine during their stay. Please see our local wine package for options. Registered guests of legal age who choose to bring alcoholic beverages may enjoy these beverages on the premises. We ask that guests drink responsibility.

Please note that you are staying on a working farm and the owners keep horses, chickens, cats and dogs on the premises. Mowing, weeding, watering, haying, spraying and other farm work may occur outside during your stay. Please note that if guests have allergies to any of these animals or activities, they are responsible for taking the necessary precautions to avoid an allergic reaction.

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