About the Innkeepers

porchJoe Thomas and Laura Stephenson are your Innkeepers at Bed and Breakfast at The Rock Garden.  Their goal is to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

Joe was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area. He worked for a data processing service bureau when he married Laura. After they moved to Virginia he established himself as a painting contractor.  He continued to work as Mr. Mom and a painting contractor until he and Laura built their B&B in 2005. As an Innkeeper Joe enjoys meeting new guests with which he can share information about and activities around the region.

Laura was born in central Pennsylvania and can trace her ancestral roots to some of the earliest settlers in the area. Moving to State College was to return home. Her family had moved to Maryland when she was in high school and this is where she met Joe. Years later she and Joe married while she was living in Baltimore and finishing her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She first practiced in Lexington, VA but she and Joe moved to State College in 1994 where her call schedule afforded more time with their children and family.  She now practices part time and spends the rest of her time gardening and managing The Rock Garden nursery.