What We Love
- Locavore fare in a 19th century barn
- An outdoor heated pool and on-site walking paths
- Owner-guided farm tours through the property
What To Know
- The fitness center is available 24 hours a day
- The outdoor heated pool is open seasonally
- Pets are welcome with a fee of $25 per night
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The Glasbern combines more than 300 years of rural Pennsylvania character with 130 acres of modern farm-to-table practices. Greenhouses dot the 130-acre grounds, which guests can explore on owner-guided farm tours. And to see those valley fresh ingredients in action, head to the dining room, housed in a cozy 19th century barn complete with flagstone walls, exposed beams and 28-foot cathedral ceilings. Graze on free-range chicken with wild rice pilaf and glazed farm carrots and then retire to the fireplace at the pub to explore the hotel’s award-winning wine list. Individually decorated rooms ramble over the property in the barn, stables, carriage house and gate house. All offer Keurig coffee makers with organic coffee, iPod docks and flatscreen TVs; many have wood-burning fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.
In the Area
West of Allenstown, in Pennsylvania’s bucolic farm country, sits the 50-acre Fogelsville Dam Park and its Hassen Creek Trails peppered with fishing spots. Play 18 holes on a former dairy farm at the Woodbridge Golf Club. Hop in the car to explore neighboring Bethlehem, a newly revived former industrial town about 25 minutes from the hotel. Walk the historic Main Street, stopping in at the Moravian Bookstore, Irish boutique Donegal Square and nouveau American eatery the Apollo Grill. Catch an art flick, go ice skating or see a band at Steel Stacks, an arts complex housed on the former factory site of Bethlehem Steel.
How to Get There
The rooms need a serious refresh. We rented 2 rooms and had the opportunity to look at another room as an option. The furnishing are old and worn and in need of replacement. The bathrooms were very small, outdated, and were finished with builders grade materials. Don’t expect anything high quality. The breakfast service and quality of the food was very good but all other service was very poor. The staff seemed very inexperienced and didn’t make any effort to go the extra mile. Overall, not worth the money.
We spent just one night here midweek ( a Monday night). We arrived around 3:00, checked in, and had a few hours to explore the grounds, which consist of rolling hills, ponds, trails. paths and natural as well as cultivated gardens. We walked about 1/4 mile to a nearby alpaca farm and spent a few minutes chatting with the very friendly owners of the alpacas. We bought drinks in the pub and enjoyed them outside, then had a delicious dinner that was included in our package. A large salad was followed by a very flavorful vegetable capellini and dessert. The room (the gatehouse) was quiet and spacious. There is a king size SleepNumber bed, though I couldn't detect any difference when I adjusted the setting, a large jacuzzi tub upstairs and a shower with a rain shower head downstairs. The air conditioning was cold when it was on, and then the room quickly got warm while the unit cycled, which made sleeping a bit uncomfortable. Otherwise, no complaints. The next morning we took a short walk and enjoyed a breakfast (also included) of avocado toast and cream brûlée french toast (both very good). The lemon blueberry scones were also delish. We noticed lots of out-of-state license plates so this must be a well-known location, not just for locals. We did not use the spa or pool, though if you are coming for a pampering retreat, I would imagine these services would be nice. Was a bit expensive for 1 night, at about $325 for the package, but I would estimate that the food portion was worth about $100 and the room about $225. If you are in the area it certainly is better than staying in a Hilton for about the same price. I believe they also have smaller, less private rooms for a lesser price.
A unique venue with pleasant surroundings. Amidst this quaint layout of guest quarters, ponds, and rolling pastures, you'll find a delightful swimming pool and a decent restaurant. The hotel can accommodate a variety of events and seems eager to do so, while also catering to the hotel guests.