Feeling a bit in the doldrums (or possibly relief!) now the holiday festivities are over? Winter is the perfect time to escape to one of PA’s unique and luxurious boutique hotels, lodges, homes, inns, or glamping experiences. Chase away those winter blues with the ultimate in one-of-a-kind lodging experiences!
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1. Modern Firetower Chalet
Inspired by the fire towers found out west, the modern, two-story Firetower Chalet offers a completely unique getaway where you can truly get away from it all (or not since it comes fully connected with Wi-Fi and an HDTV with Amazon Prime Video, Chromecast, Netflix, and Roku)! Nestled deep within 60 acres of farm and woodland, enjoy miles of private wooded trails perfect for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Awaken every morning surrounded by views of birch trees and distant mountainsides, then enjoy your morning coffee on the second story wraparound deck. It’s so peaceful, you might never want to leave!
Cozy up by the wood stove, roast some marshmallows around the fire pit, and bundle up to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon aperitif on the large wraparound porch surrounded by the peaceful sights and sounds of nature at Heartwood, a gorgeous three bedroom lodge in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest. The lodge is equipped with all the modern amenities including Wi-Fi, perfect for work and play!
3. The Deacon
Once a historic church, The Deacon has been transformed into an eight-room, boutique hotel offering a unique, thoughtfully curated guest experience – complete with vaulted ceilings, arched windows, and perfect for any occasion or no occasion at all! Each of the hotel’s artfully designed rooms features luxury bedding, internet access, original stained glass windows, Sonos speakers, and exquisite details that endow each room with its own unique character.
4. The Whetstone Inn
Enjoy a luxurious stay the The Whetstone Inn, a beautiful historic home that offers comfort, tranquility, and fun all within walking distance of downtown. The inn sports a fully stocked entertainment center as well as a heated indoor swim spa to enjoy for an additional fee. Splurge and take your stay to the next level by having a professional chef prepare meals for you with a breakfast or dinner package. While there, don’t forget to swing by and say hi to Punxsutawney Phil and his wife, Phyllis!
5. Pocono Castle
You’ll feel like royalty staying at the one and only Pocono Castle! Located adjacent to its own private pond and while there’s no moat or drawbridge, the countless castle-themed, decorative touches throughout may have you thinking you’ve taken a journey back in time to medieval days in Merry Olde England. No worries, though! The castle has all the modern amenities for your comfort and entertainment, including a hot tub, sauna, fire pit, and game room!
6. The Little A
Located just minutes from the numerous hiking trails and waterfalls of Promised Land State Park, relax in the secluded tranquility and scenic beauty of the aptly named, the little A. This charming, two-bedroom A-frame cottage with its two-story high windows offers the perfect vantage point to spy the turkeys and other birds, fox, and deer that often laze around the backyard. Enjoy all the modern amenities, including the 60-inch smart TV, and relax by the wood-burning fireplace that fills the cabin with coziness and warmth, or by the outdoor fire pit.
7. Little Eventyr Tiny House
There’s nothing tiny about the fun you’ll have staying in the 160-square-foot Little Eventyr Tiny House. While a true “tiny house,” it is packed with luxury and comfort. Located on a private camping resort in the heart of the Laurel Highlands, you’ll be surrounded by beauty and nature. Relax by the fire pit after a day of skiing at one of the nearby resorts, then warm up by the cozy inside fireplace with a movie and board games from the well-stocked media cabinet.
8. Ohiopyle Treehouse
The Ohiopyle Treehouse puts the unique in unique getaways! Unwind in this one-of-a-kind treehouse getaway. Enjoy a mile-long private hiking trail that takes you across a clear mountain stream, and then take a dip in the wood-fired hot tub to warm up and relax after a day of exploring Ohiopyle State Park or Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.
9. The Glamper
When you hear the word “glamping,” a luxury-filled tent surrounded by the peaceful sights and sounds of nature likely comes to mind. Not so for The Glamper, which puts a whole new twist on the glamping experience! Rather than a rustic tent, you’ll be staying in a vintage 1975 Airstream Land Yacht located on farmland. And while the outside might scream “1970s,” the inside has a completely updated interior with granite countertops, a modern bath, fireplace, and tv!
10. The Dome House
By the end of this getaway you’ll be saying ‘Dome Sweet Dome!’ The Dome House is the original Yaca-Dome, better known as ‘The Igloo.’ If you’re looking for a quirky house that is within city limits but feels secluded this is the place for you. The dome sleeps two guests and includes a patio and other necessities for a vacation full of relaxation. If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a Yaca-Dome now’s your chance as this is the only one in this part of the country.
11. Airydale Retreat
Looking for an authentic glamping experience? Then look no further than the Airydale Retreat. Perched atop a large wooden deck, their deluxe canvas tent features a queen bed, cot-style bunk bed, basic camping cookware, and a propane camp stove. There’s even an outdoor shower at each site, though that could just be for the truly adventurous and hardy on a cold winter’s day! Every morning enjoy sweet goodies provided by your hosts, then break out the s’mores fixings each evening for roasting at your fire pit!
12. Timberdoodle Lodge: A Cabin in The Woods
It might be small, but the cozy, warm and inviting Timberdoodle Lodge is big when it comes to amazing scenery, fun times, and the perfect escape from life’s little hassles. Surrounded by the beautiful Allegheny National Forest and its 600 miles of trails, enjoy a full day in the great outdoors hiking, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing. Afterwards, relax and unwind by the fire pit next to this little cabin in the woods.
13. Log House on Main
Embrace your inner pioneer with a stay at the Log House on Main, one of the oldest homes ever built in Big Valley. While rustic looking on the outside and interior with its “old school cabin feel,” this sweet log cabin has been lovingly restored with all the modern amenities, including central air and heat and modern kitchen and bath. Relax by the gorgeous, wood-burning stone fireplace and imagine yourself back in the day when the home was first built centuries ago.
14. Galer Estate Cottage
Start with stunning views of the beautiful rolling hills of Chester County and grapevines growing right in the backyard, then add in a complimentary wine tasting and you have all the ingredients for a perfect couple’s getaway at the Galer Estate Cottage! Located right on the grounds of the Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery, this stunning and charming stone cottage is just a mere 10 steps away from the winery and their award-winning wines and has all the amenities needed for a perfect stay, including WiFi!
15. Avondale Hills Farm
Get up close and personal with a view of farm life at Avondale Hills Farm. Situated on 41 acres of beautiful hilly farmland, the farm currently hosts chickens, cows, livestock guardian dogs, Lion Head and Mini Lop rabbits, and an adorable Juliana pig. This is definitely not your ordinary farmhouse. While retaining all the charm of the original home, the farmhouse’s gleaming hardwood floors, granite countertops, gorgeous stone fireplace, and modern kitchen and bath provide a simply stunning interior. The seven-person, 115-jet hot tub completes the experience!
16. Authentic Amish Bed & Breakfast
Get a glimpse into the Amish way of life without sacrificing any of the modern amenities at the Lapp family’s Authentic Amish Bed & Breakfast. The beautiful, one-bedroom suite was built above the farmstead’s barn and you can’t help but admire the fine Amish craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into the suite’s construction and furnishings. Enjoy beautiful views of the working farm and stunning sunsets over the fields as you kick back and appreciate a slower way of life, as well as the delicious homemade pastries arriving at your door each morning!
17. Mid-Century Modern Getaway
Ever wondered what it would be like to stay at Philip Johnson’s Glass House and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater? Here’s your chance to find out! The Mid-Century Modern Getaway has elements of both. Similar to Fallingwater though not cantilevered, the home sits above a peaceful mountain stream with oversized, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook beautiful woodland reminiscent of the Glass House. Relax by the cozy modern fireplace or in the secluded backyard’s large outdoor hot tub listening to the sounds of the creek flowing by for the ultimate midcentury modern experience!
18. The Gatehouse at Dreamwood Farm
The Gatehouse at Dreamwood Farm is a small, cozy farm stay set next to a beautiful lake. If relaxing by the campfire or watching the sunset while sipping a glass of wine on the dock sounds like your ideal weekend, then this is the place for you. The entire home is professionally decorated and is absolutely gorgeous. But the crown jewel of this listing is absolutely the setting. It’s so peaceful and serene. The house is located 100 yards from the road so outside you may hear the slightest traffic noise, but most times it’s drowned out by the sound of the birds and crickets chirping. It truly is magical.
19. The Little House on Mary Street
The Little House on Mary Street has got to be one of the most charming, quaint, and cozy cottages you will ever find. Originally built in 1880 as a retreat for the daughter of the farming family who lived next door, the beautifully restored 600 square foot cottage boasts all the modern amenities without losing an ounce of its original charm. Located in the heart of the city and just a short walk from the Lancaster Central Market, this little gem is close to everything you need to have a fun yet relaxing weekend.
20. A-Frame Cabin
This standout cabin will put the A in your stay, literally. The A-Frame Cabin gives guests an upfront view of Pennsylvania’s greater than great outdoors through the large windows in the back. Or you can escape to the cozy bedroom in the loft using the one-of-a-kind spiral staircase. Set the mood and ambiance for you and your fellow explorers with the cabin’s lighting options, including the fireplace, whether you’re staying for a simply relaxing or romantic time.
21. The Barn
Enjoy soaring ceilings and a completely open floor plan when you stay at The Barn. This beautiful, rustic abode is nestled in woods on the top of a beautiful ridge where turkeys, deer, and other wildlife often roam. During the day, take peaceful walks throughout the property soaking in the peace and tranquility; then at night, cozy up under the covers in the upstairs loft or open the queen-size sleep sofa in the main living area to sleep next to the warmth of the wood stove. The Barn is located minutes from the Port Royal Speedway, many state parks, ski resorts, Amish produce, and wineries.
22. The Farmhouse at Maple Sugar Camp
Located on 380 beautiful acres in the heart of the picturesque Laurel Highlands, the historic Farmhouse at Maple Sugar Camp provides a stay filled with rustic charm. Originally built in 1868, the farmhouse has been completely renovated with modern décor and amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Play board games in the cozy living room with its stone fireplace or relax in the beautiful sunroom with views of the adjacent pond. Other activities near the farmhouse include skiing at Seven Springs or Hidden Valley Mountain Resorts, biking of the Great Allegheny Passage, or visiting the Flight 93 National Memorial.
23. Elk Mountain Homestead
Located right on the grounds of the Elk Country Visitor Center, the Elk Mountain Homestead offers some of the best viewing areas of Pennsylvania’s majestic elk one can find. As a designated elk feeding and bedding area, you are likely to spy a few from the windows of this warm and cozy farmhouse, fully updated with all the modern amenities. When not elk watching, relax by the beautiful stone fireplace or outside fire pit with beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding fields and woodlands. Just be sure to remain a safe distance from these incredibly quick and unpredictable free-roaming animals!
24. Forest and Flowers Retreat House
Start off the new year with your spirit fully refreshed and completely in tune with nature with a stay at the Forest & Flowers Retreat House. This beautiful, handcrafted cabin is tastefully decorated with modern artisan furnishings and amenities that include aromatherapy, sound bowls, and other nature-inspired comforts to help fill you with feelings of peace and rejuvenation. Their organic bedding will ensure a restful night’s sleep, while the fully equipped kitchen is stocked with locally sourced goods for you to enjoy.
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