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
We stayed in the Farmhouse at Glasbern, complete with a hot tub, steam shower AND double sided fireplace, SO COZY! The complimentary breakfast was not buffet, like you may get in other inns. We chose from a wonderful locally sourced menu for both meals, breakfast and dinner and the food was exquisite. We hiked the grounds both days that we were there and visited with the Scottish Highland cattle and the alpaca. The town of Fogelsville is quaint. We also traveled about 30 minutes away to the Trexler Nature Preserve for a long hike. I strongly recommend Glasbern for your anniversary stay, or if you just need some time to unwind.
On my way to Jim Thorpe, I decided to stay at Glasbern Inn in Fogelsville. I love the place because it is located in the wooded farm area a little off from main street with view of mountain and old farmland. If you are looking for a quite place to spend time either alone or with someone, this is a great place. There are plenty of parking space. I love my room (in the main building) with mountain and farmland view and steps from front desk and dining room. The landscape is very nice and peaceful with trails and walk in the woods and in the open. Breakfast is included and with just on the table or order from the kitchen. There is a restaurant on site (reservation and dress code is require but you can eat at the bar area without fancy clothing). This place is great for relax and sleep at night after other activities. (A bar/tavern in town is worth driving if you are a night person-like me).
My husband and I took a trip last November for a quick getaway. The Glasbern was beautifully decorated for Christmas. The weather was frigid (single digits) which only added to the magic. We had a roaring fire in our fireplace. It made the room warm and toasty.
At dinner, we were seated by the fire which felt lovely as we enjoyed our exceptionally tasty meal. Try to get the mid-week special as the dinner was pricey (but worth it). Breakfast was wonderful. The coffee was so good! There was a buffet of pastries and fruit. You enjoy the buffet and order an entree off the menu.
The grounds were hilly and lovely. Despite the cold, we walked all over. We loved it so much that we booked a trip for New Years week this year.