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
Could not have asked for a better mini-moon! What a fantastic property and decadent lodging experience. We stayed in the Balcony Room which had the most comfortable bed and never ending jar of chocolate chip cookies. The food was all delicious. We especially enjoyed the appetizers and cheese before dinner while we enjoyed a cocktail followed by an amazing four-course meal. We then spent each night playing pool and having a nightcap by one of the many fireplaces. During our three full days, we enjoyed shooting, a jeep tour, a hike, picnics, and both guided and unguided fly fishing. All of the guides were super (Shane, Jim) and clearly have a passion for the property and sport. They were patient with us as beginners but clearly had knowledge and talent to help experts too! The picnics each day were such a fun way to enjoy lunch. We choose a different picnic table or hut on the property and feasted on our freshly packed backpack. All of this was capped off with one of the best massages I have ever had. We cannot wait to go back and know this will hold a special place in our hearts for years to come! Cannot recommend this property more highly!
We visited for the 1st time in August 2017 with our dog, Max, for four nights. Staff were so accommodating even when Max broke out of his kennel during maid service and came and found us in the dining room just to let us know that everything was okay. They arranged his toys for him everyday and one of the maintenance guys tried to repair our kennel for us. We would recommend the jeep tour of the properly (Max enjoyed that too!), trap shooting with George, a couples massage, long hikes, dinner in the main dining hall by the window, and taking lots of pictures to remember your time at the properly. It is the perfect place for anyone that wants to get away from technology and reset from the stress of everyday life. If you have a cabin, it is so nice to end the evening with a fire in your outdoor fire pit accompanied by smores supplied by the staff. We will back in Sept. with Max and a metal kennel!
Awesome weekend getaway! Everyone was so attentive and friendly and made our stay even more lovely. We'll come back with the family to use one of the lovely cabins next time! Kudos to Melissa, Shane,Jennifer, Allison,Richard and Carol for taking such care and attention to us!
Glendorn is a magical place with unbelievable service, food and the lodge and cottages that you stay in are each more charming than the next! Visiting during Christmas season is amazing I can only imagine how wonderful it is in warm weather!
Glendorn is a wonderful resort. The setting and facilities are outstanding. The food and drink are of the best quality. The staff there makes you feel like you are their most important guest. So many fun activities to take part in.