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
There is literally no where more magical than Glendorn. From the moments the nearly 100 year old gates open to greet you, the woods and warmth surround you like a favorite sweater. Complete with the scents of pine, beech, smoke and fresh air.
Then take that warmth and crispness and layer on welcoming smiles, world class food, accommodations and activities.
There is no reason to leave the grounds once you arrive. All you could wish for or want can be had here.
Four star dining? World class fishing and hunting? Luxury cabins steeped in as much comfort as history? Serenity in a spa? Gathering spaces with laughter, cocktails and tales of the day’s adventures?
Check. Check. Check.
Stay in the big house or a closely located cabin or venture out to a mountain top hideout. Your taste and your speed can be accommodated. 14 years we have been coming to Glen Dorn. We have stayed in every cabin. Done every activity. Explored every path and stream. Yet still it evokes the same glorious conflagration of wonder, mystery, nature and refinement.
Relaix & Chateaux. Orvis. Five Diamond.
Bespoke country elegance.
Treat yourself and those you hold dear. Go to Glendorn.
Glendorn is a gem hidden away in northern Pennsylvania. What a treat to experience! "Relaxing and restful elegance" describes this exclusive property. Be sure to take a jeep tour with Charles whose passion and love for the property made us feel special for being able to stay there. The jeep tour gave us a great overall view of the 1400 plus acres. We wished then we had booked more days and nights. Next time we plan to fish, shoot skeet and do more hiking!
Our trip to the Glendorn was fantastic. We enjoyed every aspect of our stay! We stayed in a room in the main lodge and it was so cozy and comfortable...and only steps away from the dining rooms and bar. The service was perfect, from the reception to the dining/bar staff to the shooting and fishing guides and the grounds and housekeeping staff. The location is breathtaking...Northwestern PA at its finest and the property is maintained to perfectly capture the natural beauty of its surroundings. Our food was delicious at every meal, and between meals we snacked on the popcorn, cookies and ice cream that are available "on the house"! It is fun to have the fishing rods, bikes and kayaks available whenever you want... I appreciated that they trusted us to be responsible with their equipment. No complaints at all...we will be back again soon.
Yes, if you feel it's time to leave your day to day life behind for a few days, this would be the place. Enter the front gates and leave your world out there for awhile. It will be there when you get back, but when you get back you'll look at it differently. Glendorn is everything they advertise it to be...but you have to bring YOU, that's the deal. The staff is exceptional and their ability to make your visit memorable is what they take pleasure in doing. We very much enjoyed our time there.
This was our second year at Glendorn and the return trip was even better than the first! We stayed in the Loft Cabin and brought our two dogs, Max and Dutch. The outdoor and indoor activities are too numerous to list but we thoroughly enjoyed the Trap and Skeet shooting with our instructor, Charles, our massages at the Spa, the bonfire at Skipper Lake on Saturday night, dinner in the Wine Cellar at the Big House, fishing at all of the lakes (the fish were biting & my husband had the best fishing day of his life!), swimming in the heated pool, and long walks with our boys around the property. It was a stress-free, relaxing, and enjoyable week where the staff took care of all of our requests seamlessly and quickly and even threw in a few unexpected surprises. The flexibility that this property offers is priceless to us - you feel like the property is yours to enjoy however you would like to along with some very nice people (staff and other guests) that you can visit with when you want to. We will be returning next year for an even longer stay!!!!