I am fairly well qualified to comment on The Lodge at Glendorn. We have stayed there 5 different times dating back to 2005. This is the first review I have written. We absolutely love this place. It is very secluded. You need to like outdoor activities, or you might be disappointed. There are not very many indoor activities available. And there is definitely nothing else around Bradford, PA, in terms of tourist attractions. It is really all about the love of the outdoors.
We have usually visited in the winter. There are cross-country ski trails on the property (about 1200 acres altogether of private land). You can also snowshoe the same trails. There are snowmobiles available to ride on the trails. This is very fun. Skeet shooting is available in winter or other seasons, weather permitting. There is also fishing in their own small lakes. They have had a marketing relationship with Orvis. We also drove up on prior visits to Ellicottville, NY, about 50 minutes north, to go downhill skiing at Holiday Valley. So, that is also an option if you love winter sports.
The lodge itself is just so warm and inviting. The great room in the main house has about a 30 to 40 foot ceiling with huge exposed wooden beams. There is a huge full height stone fireplace at one end with a real wood fire going during the cold winter months. It is a cozy place to spend time on a cold winter day, and also serves as the dining room area in the evening for dinner. It is a classic grand lodge house in the woods.
The food at Glendorn has always been excellent. The current chef has been there now for about 5 years. Glendorn is a member of Relais & Chateaux, one of only two inns in all of Pennsylvania that belong to that prestigious organization (the other one being Hotel Fauchere in eastern PA, in Milford). Anyway, what that generally indicates is that restaurant services will be really top notch. And that is indeed the case here. The dinners are always consistently really good. And the food has always been fairly simple and just really well prepared in my opinion. I love that about Glendorn. Honestly, some of these high-end chefs go off the deep end on some kind of tangent (like a sea salt infatuation). I have never seen that here. Dinner is not included in the room rate. Breakfast is included, and is always good. During breakfast, one of the activity directors/guides will come around to your table and discuss with you what activities you may want to line up for the day.
We have usually stayed in the main lodge, where there are four different rooms, two upstairs and two on the main level. We have stayed in the balcony room upstairs on most visits, which is a cozy corner room. The lodge itself is old, about 80 years old I think. Consequently, you get some of the issues that come with an old building. The bathrooms are not renovated. So, the bathroom fixtures are old. They work fine, and everything is spotlessly clean, but it is not a modern bathroom. The tiles on the bathroom floor are cold in the winter. There are small rugs on the floor, so this is a minor issue, but off of the rugs, the tile is cold. If you are a light sleeper, you can actually hear the grandfather clock in the great room chiming away on the hour. I do not think it has ever actually woken me up during the night. But, if you happen to be awake on the turn of the hour, you can hear it. Anyway, all of these are minor issues in my view. The positives outweigh the negatives by a large margin.
On one prior occasion, when our full family came, we stayed in “The Roost” which is one of the cabins. It was really enchanting. It is about a 100 yard walk from the Big House. It was also warm and cozy. Around every corner, there seemed to be another cubbyhole, some other space or room. It does not look that big from the outside, but inside, there seemed to be a lot of rooms (mostly small rooms). The advantage in the winter of staying in the main lodge is to avoid going outside on your way to or from dinner or breakfast. Of course, the whole point of staying there is to be outside the rest of the time. But, it is nice to get dressed up in nice clothes and walk inside this warm, inviting main lodge to dinner and back without the need for a coat or winter boots.
We have stayed at Glendorn once in the fall. The fall colors are beautiful in that area. And, just to the east of the Bradford area is the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, which is really beautiful when the fall colors are on full display. It is easily reachable by car from Glendorn. The rest of our visits to Glendorn were all winter visits. The staff has always been extremely friendly and helpful. We have not yet stayed there in the summer. But, in any season, if you are an outdoors activity oriented person, and appreciate really good cuisine, you would probably love it here. We truly do.
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