- Discover Tranquility in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
- A Haven for the Weary Traveler
- Bear Meadows Lodge: A Truly Unique Retreat
- Getting to the Bear Lodges or Wellsboro
- Three Lodges, One Unforgettable Experience
- Unforgettable Highlights From My Recent Trip
- Local Gems in Wellsboro and Surrounding Areas
- Unveil the Beauty of Ambassadeur Hotel
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Discover Tranquility in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
Sometimes, all it takes is a short drive to find solace and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Just imagine immersing yourself in breathtaking scenery, staying at a charming lodge, and enjoying a weekend of rejuvenation and relaxation. Well, look no further than Bear Lodges in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania—home to PA’s very own “Grand Canyon.”
A Haven for the Weary Traveler
My visits to Bear Meadows Lodge in Wellsboro have left me in awe of the meticulous attention to detail that ensures a delightful stay. From the subtle warmth of heated bathroom floors to the captivating wildlife views from your private patio, every aspect of your visit has been carefully curated to make it truly unforgettable.
Even as a self-professed city dweller, I find myself yearning to return to the Bear Lodges for a third time. That’s how enchanted I am by the magical and relaxing experience it offers.
Bear Meadows Lodge: A Truly Unique Retreat
Staying at Bear Meadows Lodge or any of its sister lodges is an experience like no other. Let me gush about it for a moment…
- Indulge in the luxurious comfort of heated bathroom floors.
- Many bedrooms feature cozy fireplaces for added warmth and ambiance.
- Personalized welcome messages and thoughtful touches like your favorite candy on the pillow create an inviting atmosphere.
- The lodge offers contactless check-in and prioritizes privacy, ensuring a secluded getaway. Your key and useful information await you on the front door, accompanied by a picnic tote you can keep.
- Most rooms are equipped with hot tubs and private patios, while others provide the option of an indoor jacuzzi.
- Conveniently located just outside the charming town of Wellsboro, you can explore local eateries or enjoy a private evening in the comfort of your own room.
- Bear-shaped soaps from local artisans, separate towels for the hot tub, bathrobes, and a booklet filled with travel advice are just a few of the thoughtful amenities provided.
- The Meadows location offers sweeping meadow views and occasional wildlife sightings, while the Mountain location provides a more secluded and forested setting. The Mountain location also features a large common area and a fire pit—an ideal setup for group travel.
It’s important to note that although Bear Lodges may appear on Bed & Breakfast sites, it follows a hybrid model that does not include freshly cooked breakfast. However, each night’s stay comes with $10 Wellsboro Cash, which can be used at various restaurants and stores in Wellsboro. Additionally, your room is fully stocked with delectable treats such as muffins, yogurt, cheese, and an ample selection of Keurig coffees and tea.
This hybrid model ensures both privacy and flexibility, allowing you to embark on your morning adventures without the formalities of a sit-down breakfast.
Getting to the Bear Lodges or Wellsboro
Here are the driving distances from major Pennsylvania cities:
- Pittsburgh: 4 hours
- State College: 2 hours (consider stopping at Penn’s Cave along the way)
- Philadelphia: 4 hours
- Scranton: 2.5 hours
- Erie: 3.5 hours
- Rochester, NY: 2 hours
- Syracuse, NY: 2.5 hours
Three Lodges, One Unforgettable Experience
Bear Lodges Wellsboro comprises three distinct lodges: Bear Meadows Lodge, Bear Mountain Lodge, and Bear Main Street Lodge. When searching for specific dates, you’ll find all three options conveniently presented, eliminating the need for multiple searches. All three lodges are open year-round, so be sure to check their website for booking specials, such as multi-night discounts or weekday stays.
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Unforgettable Highlights From My Recent Trip
During my most recent visit to Bear Lodges in June for my birthday, I spent three nights immersed in pure bliss. Previously, I had also enjoyed a two-night stay during a snowstorm in March. Allow me to share some captivating highlights from these trips.
Taking a covered wagon ride with Old Covered Wagon Tours: This delightful and relaxing excursion allowed us to explore the breathtaking canyon without the need for extensive hiking. We even had the privilege of spotting a bald eagle. The knowledgeable guides shared fascinating insights about the canyon’s history, including the role of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The comfortable ride, equipped with padded seats, made this two-hour roundtrip expedition an absolute pleasure.
Hiking the Overlook Trail at Leonard Harrison State Park: Despite its short length of under 0.7 miles, this trail offers an invigorating experience. Be prepared for a moderate incline if you choose to journey counter clockwise. The trail leads to the picturesque Otter View lookout point, accessible from the visitor center area. Although the Turkey Trail was closed for maintenance during our visit, it’s worth considering if you’re up for a more challenging adventure. On our next trip, we plan to explore the trails and lookouts on the Colton Point State Park side of the canyon.
The Lookout Tower: Our attempt to conquer the Lookout Tower fell short due to my fear of heights. However, I managed to ascend two-thirds of the way before my trepidation took hold. If you’re up for the challenge, prepare to pay a $3 entry fee at the automatic turnstile. The Tower is conveniently located on the way to the west rim of the canyon, with a scenic drive through a nearby campground.
Local Gems in Wellsboro and Surrounding Areas
Beyond the Bear Lodges, Wellsboro and its surroundings offer a delightful array of attractions and activities:
- Festivals: Attend the Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival in June, featuring parades, fairs, concerts, and vendors. Alternatively, immerse yourself in world-class performances at the Endless Mountain Music Festival held in July, showcasing distinguished composers, orchestras, and musicians from notable symphonies.
- Train Rides: Hop aboard the Tioga Central Railroad for a scenic sightseeing experience, available on Fridays and Saturdays from May to October. For a memorable evening, indulge in the Hammond Lake Dinner Train excursion. Check out their website for schedules and reservations.
- Outdoor Activities: Embark on an adventure exploring the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania” or Pine Creek Gorge. With a diverse range of trails catering to all skill levels, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will find their perfect match. Make sure to consult trail descriptions to choose the most suitable options. Colton Point State Park offers easier trails compared to the more challenging options at Leonard Harrison State Park. Seek guidance and maps at the visitor center overlooking Leonard Harrison for the best experience.
Taking a covered wagon tour of the canyon
More organized activities include covered wagon trail rides, a leisurely ride along the Pine Creek Rail Trail, and a visit to nearby Corning, NY, where you can explore the Finger Lakes or immerse yourself in the wonders of the Corning Museum of Glass. Horseback trail rides, stargazing at Cherry Springs State Park, visits to various nearby state parks, canoeing, kayaking, and rafting down Pine Creek are just a few more options to consider. In the winter, you can rent snowshoes or cross-country skis from local outfitters.
For a taste of small-town charm, explore the delightful shops in Wellsboro. I highly recommend a visit to the olive oil store and the bookstore, which is home to two resident cats. Pop’s Culture Shoppe is another must-visit destination, offering an extensive selection of board and card games, as well as a community area where you can try out games or participate in community events.
When it comes to dining, Wellsboro surprises with its range of culinary experiences. From country-style cooking to cozy cafes offering hot drinks and delectable treats, there’s something for everyone. The menu at The Steakhouse is outstanding, while the Penn Wells Hotel and The Naked Bagel are perfect options for breakfast. Don’t forget to treat yourself to delicious ice cream at the Mainstreet Creamery, conveniently located next to the Wellsboro Diner. As a small town that takes pride in its proximity to the Grand Canyon, Wellsboro warmly welcomes visitors and offers a wide variety of accommodations, including bed and breakfasts, small hotels, and camping options.
Unveil the Beauty of Ambassadeur Hotel
There’s an abundance of remarkable destinations waiting to be explored, both near and far. Wellsboro, easily accessible to Pennsylvania and New York residents by car, promises a weekend filled with relaxation or outdoor adventures. Discover the wonders of Bear Lodges in Wellsboro and start planning your next journey.
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