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The Lodge at Glendorn
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Reviewed 24 April 2006

We have always enjoyed our times at Glendorn, especially at the holidays but this year felt different. First of all the Great room with the fireplace is where dinner/lunch was always served and now they moved dining into the Game Room which doesn't have half the appeal. It felt much more like we got less for our money and to be truthful the prices are steep. Before we never minded (honestly it was priceless!) because we got our money's worth in ambiance but the last few visits we haven't felt that way.

Unfortunately when we arrived another group were seated in front of the beautiful fireplace, which in the winter is what it's all about, and they stayed until dinner. Because dinner was in the other, less cozy room we never had a chance to enjoy the fire. I felt gypped to be truthful.

The food has gotten to be almost outlandishly gourmet. It's beyond normal food, just "show." Two other parties we have recommended The Glendorn too both expressed this same thought. Instead of normal it feels like they have gone overboard trying to present foods that honestly don't appeal to every palate. Especially anyone under 30.

Drinks or wine before dinner and after were always included (they aren't now) and now even with dinner you are charged for some but not all of the wine. We were astounded! This is not the original warmth and hospitality Glendorn began with and came from.

We have been very disappointed the last 4 times we were there and others (including business guests and friends from far away) have voiced these same opinions.

Please don't ruin the unique and specialness of your Lodge. Don't you see, we don't mind paying so much if it's worth it but what you offer has gone decidedly downhill. I'm not sure whether to still send others anymore.

I hope at the very least you will move dinner back into the Great Room. This is what the Dorns wanted. Don't commercialize it all to make more money- it's going to backfire.
If you are going to have food that doesn't appeal to everyone, offer a choice.

Even the feeling we used to get when greeted of how happy they were to have us and treating us like important guests was gone. One "manager" was even snippy. I was embarassed in front of all my guests. To be fair, the waiter was convival and down-to-earth sweet and accomodating.

I hope you will consider these opinions and I just don't speak for myself, at least 7 others we sent to Glendorn on various occasions have concurred. I'm glad we have the memories we do have of the Early Old Days and in my heart I still believe that is what The Glendorn Tradition was meant to be.

Thanks for listening and please take these words to heart.

  • Stayed: December 2005
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Palmyra, PA
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Reviewed 27 January 2006

My wife and I just returned from our yearly stay at Glendorn. As always we packed our cross-country skis in anticipation of Bradford's renowned winters - only to be let down by Mother Nature, but, fortunately not by Glendorn. We always look forward to taking a few days each winter to experience the old-world charm of this rare location. Skiing, snowshoeing or hiking are just ways to fill the time between the incredible meals and, hopefully, to allow us to return home without gaining too much weight. The staff at Glendorn is very friendly and helpful. Over the past couple of visits we have started trying our hand at skeet shooting and have found the instructors to be very patient and tolerant of our obvious lack of ability. This is truly a great place to stay at any time of the year, but, for us, it is a special winter treat.

Bob & Jill

  • Stayed: January 2006
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Oklahoma
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Reviewed 3 December 2005

I've spent nearly half of my 20-year career in hotels and resorts, traveling all over the U.S. I've stayed in everything from boutique hotels in NYC and luxurious Florida resorts to New England B&Bs and California wine country inns. Glendorn ranks among the best when it comes to the total package.

We spent Valentine's Day there in 2005 and it was fantastic. The scenery is beautiful--everything was covered with snow and it snowed much of the time we were there. It was like jumping into a picture postcard of a rural winter wonderland.

Our favorite thing about it was certainly the food--"incredible" doesn't do it justice. The meals were perfect and the wine selections for each were exactly right. We also enjoyed the cozy atmosphere in the main lodge at dinner. If you're adventurous, ask the staff for the "cocktail of the day." Each day during cocktail hour, they fixed us a different drink and each was delicious.

Equally wonderful were the accommodations: private cabins with a fireplace, living room and even a hot tub. Each had rich wood paneling (made from native trees, such as butternut and wormy chestnut) and the bed/linens were sumptuous. The bathrooms were vintage tile with nearly all of the original fixtures--it was like stepping back in time 50 years.

We would especially recommend taking part in the outdoor activities. We shot skeet for the first time and the instructor was terriffic--he had us feeling confident within minutes. We also took advantage of hiking, snowshoeing and even sledding. We had the longest sled ride of our lives and felt like we were 12 years old again.

I would heartily recommend Glendorn to anyone who wants a romantic getaway in luxury. The service was impeccable and omnipresent, and we never heard the word, "no" from anyone. If you need to relax, I'd suggest 3 or 4 days at Glendorn, having a massage in your cabin and hot tubbing at night after a 5-star dinner. You'll feel brand new.

  • Stayed: February 2005
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Pittsburgh, PA
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Reviewed 3 December 2005

We had the most enjoyable trip. We have stayed at several Relais & Chateaux and Glendorn is the epitome of the 5-C's...Calm, Courteous, Charm, Character, and most all Cuisine. The Chef is fantastic. It is a tasing menu in the evening but if there is something you do not care, just mention it and a equally satisfying substitution will be presented. The rooms and cabins are reminiscent of a bygone area and that is where the "Charm" and "Character" come into play. If you want marble, glitz, then go to Vegas. If you want a truly unique experience, then Glendorn is the place. Damon in Activities is world-class in fly-fishing, his staff is wonderful in Trap and Skeet instruction, tennis, mountain bikes, swimming, Glendorn has it all. Can't wait to return in the winter for cross country skiing, wood burning fireplaces, and those full jars of cookies.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Cleveland, OH b
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Reviewed 2 December 2005

Found the service and accommodations to be just dreamy--best place--so relaxing and romantic and I had a VERY full cookie jar with the best chocolate chip cookies! Wonderful for relaxing in front of a fire or cross country skiing--when we went had tons of beautiful snow--just a dream!!!

  • Stayed: November 2005
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Reviewed 24 September 2005

I usually am full of excitement for what is considered a luxury resort. Especially a Relais & Chateaux property. I was stunned when I visited the Glendorn with my husband, it did not deserve the RC stamp of approval for many reasons:

1. When we arrived we were given a key and shown to our cabin. This was nice. But we weren't shown anything else on the grounds. We didn't know where the main dining room was, where the office was, where the fitness center was, etc. We had to figure it out on our own.

2. They boast their "homemade cookies" in each cabin. When we arrived, there was one cookie in our jar, and it was stale and hard. My cookie doesn't matter to me...but they should be on top of things like that. DETAILS...they matter so much.

3. There was thick ice (it was winter) all over the sidewalks. We couldn't get to our cabin easily because the ice was never removed, even after we asked.

4. One night at dinner, my husband asked for a second cocktail when we sat down. The waiter actually said "No. The bar is closed." We sat in stunned amazement. Relais and Chateaux pride themselves on "yes".

5. Food was ok....not worth the money.

The best part of the stay was our cabin, it was very cozy and beautiful. Except the bathroom, which was reminiscent of something from another decade. Too rustic for what they charge.

Go to Blackberry Farm. The owners should go to Blackberry Farm. They have a lot to learn about service and details.

Stayed: January 2003
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New York, NY
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Reviewed 7 September 2005

Pay close attention to the fact that Glendorn is the epitome of RUSTIC luxury. The dinner food and service are amazing, but the bathrooms (all of them--cabins and room) scream of the 1970s-- at the very most recent. Breakfast was rather ordinary and lunch varied from fantastic to mediocre. Back to the bathrooms: they're small, cheesy and, quite simply, WAY out of date. Not a relaxing place to spend time after a long hike or bike ride. Activities abound here (especially if you like to fish and shoot), but a few days at Glendorn is plenty. The Saturday dinner did take about 4 hours (and was not much more extravagant than the other dinners, which lasted about 2 hours). Since the family still owns part of the property, I doubt changes and updates will happen anytime soon. Beware-- your cell phone won't work here, so you're forced to relax! We tend to spend $600 - $800+ per night when on vacation, but for what it is, Glendorn’s price is steep. We'd visit again, but probably only for a few days. If you have a choice, look at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee or The Greenbrier—both are accessible from Pittsburgh.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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Additional Information about The Lodge at Glendorn

Address: 1000 Glendorn Dr, Bradford, PA 16701-4648
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > McKean County > Bradford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Bradford
Price Range: £374 - £612 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lodge at Glendorn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Steeped in history and and anchored by its origins of family and adventure, The Lodge at Glendorn is northwestern Pennsylvania’s only luxury nature resort designed in the style of the grand family camps of yore. Ensconced in more than 1,500-acres bordering the Allegheny Mountains, The Lodge at Glendorn offers 16 uniquely designed accommodations, an abundance of family-friendly activities for all seasons, and a custom experience for each and every guest. A member of the Relais & Chateaux collection, The Lodge at Glendorn offers guests access to award-winning culinary experiences from fine dining to cooking classes, and luxury spa services at The Forest Spa; truly an idyllic location for duos, or up to 55 guests. Whether a couple, executives on corporate retreat, or celebrants of a momentous life occasion such as a weddings, Glendorn offers attentive service, with the option of exclusive-use of the property for absolute privacy. ... more   less 
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