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
From the detailed reservation and follow up emails with our food preferences, activities and room furnishings to the long entrance way that built our anticipation, everything was wonderful. We stayed in the balcony room upstairs in the lodge and it was perfect. We took advantage of the many fireplaces around the property as well as having our lunch delivered to the Hideout cabin that sits on the top of the valley. We hiked on the way down from lunch, warmed up in the lodge, headed back out to cross-country ski, enjoyed wine in one of the sitting rooms prior to canapes in the bar area, had a delicious meal by the grand fireplace in the dining room, spent the evening by the bonfire with complimentary drinks and s'mores. The morning of our checkout, we arranged a backpack lunch for our snowshoeing plans and were easily able to buy gifts in the shop to add to our bill. The staff even brushed off our car before we left. There were too many special touches to list! Amazing place, highly recommend.
We've stayed at Glendorn a number of times and neither the lodge nor the staff ever disappoints. If you like terrific food, excellent service, fabulous facilities, beautiful scenery, shooting, fly fishing, hiking or any number of other outdoor activities, this is the place for you! Doesn't matter what time of year (including -- or maybe especially -- the dead of winter), you'll leave refreshed, relaxed and wondering how soon you can return.
My wife and I absolutely love Glendorn. This review is long overdue. We've made the 6 hour drive to Glendorn 3 times now and I can't wait to go back again. The property is beautiful and relaxing and offers some great fly fishing. More fishing opportunities off property as well. The accommodations are rustic yet luxurious and dinners are crazy good. just a wonderful combination.
I've wanted to visit Glendorn for quite some time, and it did not disappoint. We were greeted with a glass of sparking wine and given a short tour of the Big House as we were taken to our cozy room, The Balcony. There we found a complimentary cheese and cracker platter, fresh fruit, and delicious chocolate chip cookies. The bath was very well appointed, including a wide assortment of toiletries, a decent hair dryer, makeup vanity with magnifying mirror, plush towels, robes, and slippers The bed with its crisp linens was very comfortable. We had a short walk before getting ready to gather in the billiards room for cocktails and canapés before dinner.
The dinners were lovely, but we really could not rate them excellent. The first night, our strip loins were fairly tough. The second night, my ribeye was better, but the pasta side dish came in pureed form. My husband's duck was dry and tough. I will say that some of the accompanying courses were very good, and the desserts were excellent. I think we would like to try the pub menu one night if we have the opportunity to return. Breakfasts were excellent both mornings, and we were given a nice selection of choices.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature did not cooperate. I was looking forward to my shooting lesson, but it was very cold with rain and hail. Again, another reason to return! Even though the weather did not cooperate, the property has many cozy areas with fireplaces and lots of reading material, and it was just nice to be able to relax and be pampered by the excellent staff. Glendorn is special.
Incredible food, fabulous service and a beautiful setting. Do the Timberline hike, it is worth it. The cider press was interesting although the staff did not interact at all with guests to tell us what they were doing to get us the best tasting cider I have ever had. Wagon ride was nice to see the grounds. Spa was very nice and recommend hot stone massage if you want to treat yourself. There is no staff after 8pm so make sure if you have any issues they are dealt with during the day as there is only an emergency number at night. Loved the Yoga class. Instructor Jessica (?) was the best. Shout out to breakfast wait staff Carol , she is a keeper. A definite asset to the lodge. All the staff were very well trained. Just a great place to relax. The wifi is very limited so if you need to stay connected you will have to drive off the grounds into Bradford. Ellicotville is worth a visit as Bradford is a small town with not a lot in it.