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
Returning home to Maryland from another visit to Toronto we stopped in for fifth time here at this splendid hideaway. Every lodging within this resort is unique, and this was the first time we stayed inside The Big House. It was a real treat. Very large suite included a drawing room, an enclosed porch, a library, all with the original books ( an excellent selection of genuinely serious books ) , a hundred of bunny sculptures left behind by the original owners, in a structure fully equipped with the luxuries of the 1920-1930s. Living history. it manifests one of the 5Cs of Relais and Chateaux: Character. full of it.
The service provided by a large and very attentive staff is genuine Relais & Chateaux. Courteous . Friendly.
It is set deep within the woods, adjacent to a National Forest.Fresh air, serene . Plenty of recreational things to do on site, from fly fishing to tennis( they provide free balls, towels, cold water - very nice ) .
Gourmet cuisine too.
We celebrated 3 milestone birthdays during a long weekend stay at Glendorn. This is truly a unique, amazing place. The modern loft was very spacious and clean, with a beautiful sun porch where we drank coffee in the am. The breakfast was wonderful as well our multi course dinners. One night, we had dinner in the wine cellar which was very cool and romantic. During our stay, we rode bikes, fished, did yoga, enjoyed the amazing spa, went skeet shooting, SUP, kayaking, swam in the beautiful pool and finished with a lovely horseback ride. ALL of the employees were absolutely the best! This is an absolute must visit!
We just stayed for several days in the Loft. It was 6 of us- 4 teens, 2 parents - and we all fell in love with the place! The service was exceptional- especially Corinne helping us to figure out dining as well as the service she provided to us. All of the Glendorn staff went above & beyond! Shane was great in providing information and help with fly fishing which was also an excellent experience at Glendorn.
There is so much attention to detail at the Lodge at Glendorn! The grounds & accommodations are impeccable! There’s a lot to do if you want to be active and there’s a relaxing quality to the place allowing for the enjoyment of doing nothing at all!
We will definitely return! This was an all around awesome experience for us all!