A Tranquil Retreat at The Lodge at Glendorn: Where Rustic Meets Luxury

Are you craving a retreat that offers more than just a comfortable bed and decent room service? Look no further than The Lodge at Glendorn, an exquisitely designed resort in Bradford, Pennsylvania that seamlessly marries the great outdoors with opulent living. Here, you don’t just get a room; you get a full-fledged experience.

An Estate Steeped in History

Situated on 1,500 acres, Glendorn was built in 1927 as a country retreat for oil baron, Clayton Dorn, and his large family. When the family camp of yore went up for auction in 2009, locals feared that the land would be grabbed by lumber companies eager to clear it.

The aptly named Forrests (Cliff and Tracey), frequent Glendorn guests, purchased the complete 1,500-acre parcel. The couple kept it intact and opened it to paying guests as a rustic/luxe getaway.

Though upgraded to the standards of a Relais and Châteaux property, the Forrests kept the furniture and other elements from the Dorn’s years here. The effect is homey, personal, and exceedingly warmhearted. And, naturally, it’s accompanied by award-winning culinary experiences and top-notch personalized service.

For more to do in the area – click on our PA Wilds Post. The Lodge at Glendorn joins our roster of Top Romantic Getaways in Pennsylvania.

Where Is The Lodge at Glendorn?

The Lodge at Glendorn is situated in Bradford, Pennsylvania, a city in the northwestern part of the state near the New York border. Nestled amid over 1,500 acres of lush forests, scenic lakes, and babbling streams, this luxurious resort is adjacent to the expansive Allegheny National Forest.

Just a few hours’ drive from major cities like Pittsburgh PA and Buffalo NY, The Lodge at Glendorn provides the ideal escape for those looking to experience the serenity of the great outdoors while enjoying the comforts of a high-end resort.

First Impressions

Open Gate to Lodges at Glendorn
Open Gate to Lodge at Glendorn

Stop at a call box by the property’s wrought iron gate, check in, and you’ll be swept through a dense hardwood forest on a tree-line lane leading to a small reception house. Along the way, you might see one of three fishing ponds and streams that are sprinkled throughout the landscape, along with several luxury cabins.

Main Entrance, Lodges at Glendorn
Main House, Lodge at Glendorn

A friendly staff member greets you at your car, determines your needs, and, if staying there, guides you to your room in the “Big House” – part log cabin, part Swiss Chalet, part tree house and 100% exquisite.

Opulent, oak-paneled, and country-luxe – it could be a hunting lodge as imagined by Cole Porter. A massive dining room, patio sunroom where breakfast is served, a billiards room/bar, and a quiet library are all open to guests.

Guest Rooms at Lodge at Glendorn

The three-room Dorn Suite is perfect for a honeymoon or anniversary couple who wish to avoid the hoopla of a big city or trendy inn. Prior to arrival, the wood fireplace is lit – a bottle of wine and two stem glasses reflect the dancing flames.

The warm welcome and rapturous first impression will surely put you in the mood before you even take those winter coats off.

Dorn Suite, Lodge at Glendorn
Dorn Suite cold weather welcome, Lodge at Glendorn

The Suite, with two real wood-burning fireplaces, a library of leather bound books (the Complete Works of Shakespeare), an enclosed patio room, pillow-top bed and, in keeping with the preserved heritage of the home, a vintage bathroom, feels slightly nautical. There are also plenty of bunnies in bronze, porcelain and paintings. (Mrs. Dorn, apparently, loved rabbits).

Minus the working fireplace, the sleeping quarters could be mistaken for a ship’s cabin- albeit a stately one fit for the Captain.

Dorn Suite Patio, Lodges at Glendorn
Dorn Suite Patio (with bunnies), Lodge at Glendorn

Other rooms are plush as well. Furniture, pictures and knick-knacks hark back to the Dorn family’s life here. There are twelve chambers and cottages on the property, each with its own personality.

Lodges at Glendorn Personal Turndown
Sweet, personal turndown at Lodge at Glendorn, Bradford PA

Staff at Glendorn know how to coddle guests. Turn down service is among the best I’ve experienced. Romantics can expect rose pedals, chocolates and a personalized note on the bed. It’s a delightful way to return to the room after an exceptional dinner.

Extraordinary Fine Dining


Dinner begins with cocktails and hor d’oeuvres in a billiards room built for whisky and cigars after the hunt. So by the time you wander into the great room, crackling fire, all cozy, rustic and elegant at the same time, you are primed for a transcendent meal.

I watched newlyweds staring soulfully at each other. And a group of friends shared wine and jokes at tables near mine.

Haute Soup, Lodge at Glendorn Dining Room
Haute Soup, Lodge at Glendorn Dining Room

New Executive Chef, Katelyn Steffan is one of 35 women chefs among the 565 chef  Relais and Chateaux Association. She seems to imbue seasonal ingredients with magical powers.

All dishes are both beautifully plated and thrilling to eat. A four-course dinner with wine pairings, meant to be savored, is a prix-fix price.

Breakfast, Lodge at Glendorn
Breakfast, Lodge at Glendorn

You can take a hot, made to order breakfast (included in the room) in your cottage or in the Main House enclosed patio.

Chefs will prepare a picnic or “backpack” lunch. These generally consist of a sandwich, chips and signature chocolate chip cookie. All because you will most likely be hiking, biking, fishing or hunting during the noon hour.

A Bounty of Activities

Billiards Room, Lodges at Glendorn, Bradford PA
Billiards Room/Bar, Lodge at Glendorn

As a destination luxury resort, you can spend a few days at Glendorn and never have to leave for any reason. Chances are you won’t want to.

If you’re the adventurous type, The Lodge at Glendorn offers a myriad of outdoor activities to get your heart pumping. From hiking and fly fishing in the summer to snowshoeing and skiing in the winter, you’ll find plenty to do here. But if relaxation is your goal, the resort’s Forest Spa offers an array of treatments that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Fly Rods and Waders, Lodges at Glendorn
Fly Rods and Waders at Lodge at Glendorn

If you are an angler, or would like to be one, Glendorn, an Orvis-endorsed property, has some of the best fishing in the state, with four miles of privately owned trout streams. Furthermore, there are three more trout ponds on site, and several more “fishing holes” offsite for the fly-fishermen or women.

Expert Orvis guides help you come up with some good lies, er, I mean, flies and casting advice. Note to spouses of fishing enthusiasts – a Glendorn getaway makes an excellent Anniversary or Birthday gift.

Bicycles at Lodges and Glendorn
Bicycles at Lodge at Glendorn

Upland bird-hunting (Grouse and pheasant) is very popular here, with an Orvis-Endorsed Wing Shooting program on site. Glendorn supplies gun, dog and guide.

Also on site: horseback riding, carriage and sleigh rides (in winter), guided jeep tours, and Skeet and Trap shooting. (The Dorn family loved this sport so much, that they installed a padded telephone booth in the trap house so family members could conduct business and then return to the range).

There are tennis courts, an outdoor pool, x-country, and snow-shoeing in the winter. Not so outdoorsy? You can spend an afternoon with award-winning chefs in the kitchen, learning how to prepare your favorite meal.

Just the Facts

Stays at The Lodge at Glendorn include gourmet breakfast, unlimited ice cream in the ice cream parlor, shuttle service, use of fly-fishing equipment, tennis rackets, access to trout streams, use of bikes, s’mores bonfires, and use of facilities. Lunch and dinner, guided tours and skeet shooting extra, though some packages are available.

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  • Malerie Yolen-Cohen

    Malerie Yolen-Cohen is the Author of the cross-country travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3562 Miles of Transcontinental Route 6. She contributes frequently to Newsday, with credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Yankee Magazine, Shape.com, Sierra Magazine, Porthole, Paddler, New England Boating, Huffington Post, and dozens of other publications. Malerie’s focus and specialty is Northeastern US, and she is constantly amazed by the caliber of restaurants and lodging in the unlikeliest places.

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  1. What a beautiful resort. My father worked for Forest Oil in Calgary Canada. He and my mother attended corporate meeting there in the 1980’s. I recall their stories and the wonderful pictures they shared of the time spent there.

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