The Lodge at Glendorn
What We Love
- The only five-star luxury nature resort in northwest Pennsylvania, with cabin and suite optionsThe complimentary chef-prepared breakfast
- The 1,500 acres of land, for all the outdoor recreation you could dream of
- The rustic-chic accommodations, with monogrammed linens to make you feel special
- The Relais & Châteaux membership and glowing review from Vanity Fair
What To Know
- There are 18 miles of hiking trails around the lake
- Snuggle up next to one of the 40 wood-burning fireplaces
- Destination dining is available so you can have a private meal al fresco
Arguably one of the most extraordinary high-end outdoor escapes in the Northeast, AAA Four Diamond-awarded, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning The Lodge at Glendorn sits on 1,500 acres in the Pennsylvania wilderness and boasts an extensive list of activities. Tennis, croquet, Jeep tours, cooking classes, shooting, hunting, skiing and sledding are all available here, depending on the season. And if good old-fashioned hiking is more your style, there are 18 miles of trails, along with a beautiful lake.
As far-fetched as it sounds, however, this Relais & Châteaux member is possibly even better equipped for lazing about – exactly what a Vanity Fair review praised about it. After all, how many properties offer massages with ingredients foraged from the woods, or the option to sip your pre-dinner cocktails on a scenic terrace? Not many. If you’re looking for a place to do nothing at all, staying here is a pretty easy decision. Just be aware that choosing where to curl up and veg out, out of the 40 wood-burning fireplaces, may be a slightly harder one.
Rooms, cabins and suites
The 16 cabins, guesthouses and lodge rooms of Glendorn are rustic-chic escapes, tucked away in the resort forest. Furnished to feel like home, these accommodations feature such thoughtful details as fine monogrammed linens and towels and fresh-baked cookies.The Balcony and Redwood rooms are both found in the Main Lodge, on the second and main floors, respectively. The Main Lodge is also where you’ll find the Green and Dorn suites, which have a spacious sitting area or living room, plus a cozy wood-burning fireplace. This central location is convenient for the main lodge amenities. For more space and privacy, you can opt for The Overlook or Dale’s cabin. Each of these romantic-rustic abodes includes either a deck or screened porch, and, like the suites, they both hold a cozy wood-burning fireplace.
Glendorn’s dining scene goes far beyond the usual. Taking advantage of the area’s fresh ingredients and the property’s state-of-the-art kitchen, Executive Chef Joe Schafer spends his days preparing memorable dishes, starting with mornings he spends among the organic garden’s 60 vegetable varieties. His award-winning team’s menu skews French, and breakfast, lunch and a four-course dinner are all part of the culinary program. Items to try include the fresh-baked goods and filet of beef with mashed potato, asparagus and natural jus.Early dinner guests can enjoy the chance to sip cocktails on the terrace or in front of the Big House fireplace. To switch up the scenery further, “destination dining” is available, by the lake, in the wine cellar, in your own cabin or wherever else you want on the 1,500 acres – just let the staff know. And if you do end up in the wine cellar, which stocks over 350 selections, feel free to try a handmade cigar, as well.
The Forest Spa is an R&R retreat that’s all about nurturing your body and soul, the natural way. Treatments feature seasonal ingredients from the surrounding woods, and you can even forage for your own berries for summer body scrubs. Examples of offerings on the menu include the Fresh Facial, Tandem Massage and Wine Lovers Body Treatment, and wellness and relaxation are also promoted through pampering extras – plush oversized robes, heated walkways and private rain showers are three.
Beyond the resort’s 1,500 acres is the small town of Bradford, surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest and State Park, where you can discover hundreds of thousands of acres of forest, trails, wildlife and recreation. Nearby Ellicottville, New York, is a beautiful destination, full of outdoor activities like skiing and featuring the Griffis Sculpture Park. The Chautauqua Institution is a historic community and lakeside village, known for its arts, religious programs and lectures during the summer. And Kane, Pennsylvania’s winery and railroad depot-turned-gallery is a hallmark of local charm that you won’t want to miss.
How to Get There
We returned to Glendorn this past weekend. It was perfect. Shane Appleby, an expert guide and Outdoorsman, coached me on the finer points of Spey casting, pointed out a number of good spots on Fuller Brook, were I later caught several very nice brown and Brook trout. My dear wife enjoyed the spa with a facial. A glass of fresh apple cider with a spot of bourbon on the patio, under a brilliant blue autumn sky was impossible to beat. The Dorn Suite in the Big House was like staying in a Scottish country home.
Glendorn is the Jewel of The East.
Glendorn is absolutely a beautiful place to stay. We stayed at the Clayts cabin. It was marvelous. It had recently been updated according to the staff. We could not have been more comfortable. The food was delicious.
While there I had a spa treatment which was fabulous and the spa manager was very professional and curtious.
We spent time at the stable visiting the horses. Laurie was amazing.
The staff could not have been more helpful. They were wonderful. We can't wait to go back.
My husband and I made our second trip to Glendorn and stayed at the secluded Hideout cabin. It is an 88 year old cabin that requires 4WD to navigate the winding dirt road to get to it. It is rustic but elegant. We unplugged and enjoyed our stay. The Hideout cabin has a .22 pistol gallery, which we enjoyed very much. Meals at the main lodge were superb. We thoroughly enjoyed both the ala carte and sample 4 course dinners. The food is outstanding at every meal. We participated in many activities on the property. The highlight of our stay was a round of skeet/trap/sporting clays with Charles. Charles gave me good instructions and I did so much better than I thought I would. Charles made it fun and challenging. The staff at Glendorn is top notch. We look forward to returning to Glendorn again someday.