A rustic luxury retreat in rural Pennsylvania
2 Rooms / 2 Suites / 12 Cabins
Bringing luxury and refinement to the tranquility of northern Pennsylvania’s rural woodlands is what The Lodge at Glendorn is all about. It offers a memorable, adventurous getaway next to the Allegheny National Forest.
Originally a 1927 retreat for C.G. Dorn’s family that became a hotel in 1995, Glendorn is both an exciting outdoor locale and a relaxing luxury escape. The secluded setting delivers intimacy and privacy while providing access to a host of activities on the resort’s 1,500 acres of forest.
Year-round outdoor activities make The Lodge at Glendorn a big draw for active types who like a little luxury with their exploits. Summer evenings by the lake with elaborate meals, bonfires or quiet picnics top off days of kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, fly-fishing, tennis, basketball, shuffleboard and swimming.
Guests also benefit from a temporary membership to the nearby Pennhills Club golf course. For shooting enthusiasts, trap, skeet and compact sporting clays shooting are available, along with upland bird hunting. Plus, you can go horseback riding or play lawn games like crochet and bocce ball.
Jeep tours of the vast property are a special activity in the autumn under a canopy of amber and scarlet leaves. The Pennsylvania hotel also presents the unique experience of an apple cider press demonstration each fall, and tractor-drawn wagon rides.
In the midst of a snowy winter, watch local wildlife from the billiards room of the Big House (the resort’s main lodge). Skipper Lake, one of the three lakes on the property, is small enough to freeze over for winter ice skating and curling. Skipper Lake also hosts a bonfire every Saturday night where you can toast marshmallows and gobble up freshly made s’mores. Winter snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, ice fishing, sledding, skeet shooting and snowmobiling keep you active when temperatures drop.
One activity is a must any time of year: a visit to the resort’s spa. Here you can lounge in the relaxation room, linger in a private rain shower and opt for one (or more) indulgent treatments from the impressive spa menu.
Whether staying in a room or suite at the Big House or in one of the cabins around the property, a rustic elegance is found in the elaborate fireplaces and the prominent California redwood and knotted pine décor. Amenities such as wood-burning fireplaces, pet-friendly cabins, Molton Brown bath products, turndown service and fresh chocolate chip cookies make Glendorn’s accommodations warm and welcoming.
Larger groups might favor a four-bed, four-bath cabin on the shores of Skipper Lake. For kid-friendly accommodations complete with a built-in bunk room, book Roost Cabin, which is located across an arched-stone footbridge.
For more intimate getaways, try the Big House suites or the luxury cabin The Loft with its jetted tubs and billiard table. Those looking for the ultimate private escape can journey by jeep up to the Forest Hideout, known for its intimacy and wooded seclusion. The stone-and-brick Hideout also offers an outdoor terrace and fire pit, as well as a private shooting range, too.
There’s no sacrificing fine dining while enjoying the rustic setting of The Lodge at Glendorn. Impeccable service and a gourmet menu are available not only in the main lodge, but all around the sprawling estate.
Destination dining is one of the unique perks to be had here — take picnics along the various hiking trails, have intimate meals in the privacy of your cabin or enjoy the elaborate events at a tiki-torch-ringed lake. Fully catered and serviced destination meals can be scheduled to include fine linens, the Dorn family silver and an upscale menu.
The dining room in the Big House, adorned with fireplace, chandelier and piano, provides a classic location for dinners. Breakfasts and lunches in the sun room give a lovely view of the grounds and the same gourmet selections from Glendorn’s esteemed culinary team. The chefs at Glendorn blend classic French techniques with regional favorites, and many ingredients are taken straight from the onsite garden, which boasts more than 60 varieties of vegetables. Onsite cooking classes can also add to a romantic getaway or an activity-filled visit.
The evening meal may commence with Dorn family recipe cocktails on the terrace overlooking the picturesque surroundings. While always seasonal and flavorful, a four-course dining experience at Glendorn may begin with delights such as risotto followed by squab or scallops. An entrée featuring gnocchi, halibut or lamb may be followed up with a lemon soufflé as the finishing touch.
You’ll want to take advantage of the 350 selections from the estate’s wine cellar, too. Or choose to end the feast with hand-made cigars.