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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Embrace the Outdoors in the Pennsylvania Wilds

Located just north of the Alleghenies, the region offers more than 2 million acres for hiking and bird-watching amid a wealth of wildlife.


1. Where to Stay

Cozy up to the rustic comforts of a cabin on the Glendorn's 1,280-acre estate.   

Release the hounds on a guided hunt for ruffed grouse at the Lodge at Glendorn (from $199), a twenties oil-baron property now operating as an elegant estate that’s home to sixteen lodges, suites, and rooms stocked with leather-bound books and vintage pewter. After a day outdoors, curl up with some complimentary mulled wine by the Great Room’s sandstone fireplace, or head back to your cabin for a Sedona mud wrap ($180).

Wake up to a bull in your front yard at Benezette’s Elk Mountain Homestead (from $172 for entire lodge), located on 245 acres of lush meadows that’s also home to the Elk Visitor’s Center. Owned by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the spacious three-bedroom farmhouse sleeps up to ten people and features a fireplace, full kitchen with wood stove, and an elk-viewing platform.

Strap on your complimentary birding backpack at the handsome sixteen-room Nature Inn at Bald Eagle (from $110), an ecolodge located on a ridge in Bald Eagle State Park. The soon-to-be LEED-certified spot, opened in September 2010, prides itself on green features like harvested rainwater and on-site renewable energy.

Published on Nov 4, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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