“We’ve come a long way since the days when Glendorn shut down during the winter months,” observes Damon Newpher, general manager of The Lodge at Glendorn. “Winter is an incredibly beautiful time of year here and we have put a lot of time and effort into pulling together experiences that will be truly memorable for our guests. And because we provide all the equipment required for our guests’ complimentary use, they can experience a wide variety of activities without the hassle of lugging or renting what they need.”
Unique On-Site Activities
For cross country skiing enthusiasts, Glendorn features both groomed and back country skiing terrain suited for all skill levels. This season all new cross country equipment including boots, skis and poles have been added and lessons are available for beginners. There are three warming cabins with wood burning fireplaces strategically located in order to give skiers a chance to catch their breath before continuing on their way. Glendorn’s trail system is also ideal for snowshoeing and guests can hike to The Hideout where staff will set up a gourmet lunch and have a fire waiting for their arrival.
Guests can also explore the property and experience the excitement of snowmobiling on a guided snowmobile tour. Glendorn’s guides will provide a fun, safe and informative tour that includes groomed trails, large open meadows and scenic views making the experience full of adventure and fun for all ages. In addition, visitors to Glendorn can experience the thrill of riding in a 4x4 Jeep equipped with MATTRACKS tracks system that allows access to the most remote areas of the property. For those who enjoy a gentler pace, scenic horse-drawn sleigh rides are also available.
During January, February and March, guests can enjoy a day on one of Glendorn’s lakes with an ice fishing guide fishing for walleye, pike and various pan fish species. They can take a break and enjoy a gourmet lunch and hot chocolate in a heated ice tent and in the evening enjoy a gourmet fish dinner prepared with what they caught that day.
Other fun activities include outdoor curling which made its debut at Glendorn in 2009 complete with new curling equipment, lighting and warming hut; sledding and ice skating. And skeet shooting, fly fishing and horseback riding are available year round.
Off-Site Adventures in Allegheny National Forest and Beyond
Within the nearby Allegheny National Forest there’s an impressive 224 miles (360 km) of groomed snowmobile trails – including the highly popular interstate loop that runs between Pennsylvania and New York. The snowmobiling trail system opens December 17. And for outdoor cardio enthusiasts, there’s the popular Westline Cross-Country Ski Trail 15.6 kilometer (9.8 ) located 11 miles south of Bradford, Penn., as well as the more than 500,000 acres of terrain which makes up ANF – much of it ideal for snowshoeing.
Glendorn also offers fully-guided, off property snowmobile tours through the Forest ranging from 4 – 6 hours with lunch at the historic Westline Inn. In addition, the Allegheny Reservoir is well-known for its abundance of walleyes, northern pike and trout during the winter and trout fans can also try their luck with stocked trout at the Marilla Reservoir.
The Lodge at Glendorn and Allegheny National Forest are located within a two hour drive of Fort Erie, Ont., and Buffalo, N.Y., and within three hours of Pittsburgh, Penn., and Cleveland, Ohio. To learn more about The Lodge at Glendorn go to www.glendorn.com or call (800) 843-8568. For more information about Allegheny National Forest or to order a free travel guide or outdoor recreation map, go to www.visitANF.com or call the Visitors Bureau at (800) 473-9370.
Mark Wessel, Bullpen PR, (705) 445-2733, firstname.lastname@example.org