If you are looking for a well-appointed icon of history to surround yourself in times when luxury and nature were highly valued, then the Historic Summit Inn is where you must be. As you enter, you are invited by the wafting aroma of a beautifully crackling fireplace, the open grand staircase w/Frank-Lloyd-Wright-ish banisters and stained glass windows, and a main desk w/pigeon-holed mahogany portals for room keys and guest mail--a setting directly out of a classic movie. After ringing the antique bell, which is a 'must' to do, the register is there for you to sign--as did well knowns such as Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and his son(those register pages are framed on the wall behind you), and "real" keys are put in your hand (not an electronic piece of plastic that rarely works anyhow) as you begin your mind-meld w/the past, which is richly present in every aspect of this Inn. Then step out onto the grand porch where the breathtaking view will begin your journey...you write the rest for yourselves because it will be so very easy to do. The sensory experiences and mind travel back in time are boundless.
Also, back to reality--the staff is extremely assistive and knowledgeable, the restaurant is a good choice for dining--from light apertifs to rich, full-course faire. A seat by the enormous wood-burning fireplace would be a suggestion on a chilly evening.
The grand staircase is something to savor as you transport your own wares step-by-intriguing-step; there is so much to view along this ascend to the top that you truly do not notice the lack of elevator--that's what "historical preservation" is all about.
We visited on the last open weekend in Autumn, and intend to savor the Inn and its' surroundings as a four-season trek. We suggest you do the same.
Don't bother staying at/dining at the high-priced competitor (name witheld), for we met "many" of their patrons at local restaurants as they stated they were fleeing the highly overpriced, skimpy epiucarian "lack of" delights served there searching...no, "longing" for a good, hearty meal. One does work up a healthy appetite while experiencing nature walks amongst the beauty of the locale.
Prepare yourself for this trip back in time, and be ready to reacquaint yourself w/nature. What are you waiting for?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1907, the Historic Summit Inn is one of the last remaining grand porch hotels. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and with Stunning mountain views. Offers both indoor and outdoor dining and a full service bar and lounge. Whether you are on a romantic vacation for two or attending an event here you will find plenty to enjoy. Enjoy an afternoon at our indoor or outdoor pool or at our nine hole golf course where guests golf for free. Located near Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. Moments from Lady Luck Casino and Ohiopyle River Rafting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Historic Summit Hotel Farmington
- Historic Summit Resort
- Summit Farmington
- Farmington Summit