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Enjoy a Special Stay at The Lodge at Glendorn in Bradford PA

Exterior of The Lodge at Glendorn in Bradford PA.
The small Lodge at Glendorn in the city of Bradford in Pennsylvania may be a relative unknown compared to the many famous vacation and business locations in the United States, but if you do visit one of these days, you will actually find it quite enjoyable. From Bradford, you can enjoy easy access to the Allegheny National Forest as well as to a number of parks and recreation centers.

The Lodge at Glendorn also provides another great reason for you to be in Bradford. Its idyllic atmosphere and old world charm combine for a hotel experience that will not be soon forgotten. The property was acquired by the Dorn family in 1927, and most of the architecture from that period has been preserved. This makes staying at The Lodge a unique experience that you should definitely try if you happen to be in the Pennsylvania area.

Room at the Glendorn Lodge.
Every visit to The Lodge is a unique experience because of the variety of rooms that you can choose from. Bigger groups may prefer to stay in the Big House, which is one of the original structures on the property. Smaller groups, couples, or individuals may prefer one of the suites or cabins instead. No matter which room you choose, you will surely enjoy all of the comforts of fresh linens, monogrammed towels, and all of the basic entertainment and living amenities. At the end of the day, you can curl up in front of the fireplace, which all of the suites and cabins come equipped with.

Room with fireplace.
With the cozy rooms, you can also enjoy the use of the other facilities and engage in the many activities offered in the Glendorn. You can maximize all 1,300 acres of the property by going fly fishing, playing tennis at the courts, and going for a dip in the swimming pool. You can also do some exploring around the grounds as you do some kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking in the property.

Table setup at river side.
Of course, all that activity can make anyone hungry. The Lodge can take care of that as it offers a great selection of dishes using fresh ingredients. You can dine in style in the Great Room, where the tables are decked out in the best linen and Tiffany flatware.

For an even more enjoyable stay, make sure you book an appointment at Glendorn’s spa. You can choose to have your treatment done at the poolside cabana or in the comfort of your own suite.

Porch attached to one of the Glendorn cabins.
Your special experience at The Lodge can be both enjoyable and affordable. There are quite a number of special packages for you to choose from, depending on your preference and the length of your stay. For instance, you can choose from a number of two-night activity packages, which are great if you enjoy winter sports or fly-fishing. If you are staying for three nights with your significant other, you can take advantage of the Romance Package and savor your chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne. There is a special package for families as well.

If you also happen to be in the area during a special holiday, check for special promotions. Chances are, you’ll find a good deal to make the festivities even more special.

Fishing at the Lodge
One of the most popular activities in the area is fly fishing, so if you would like to try it out, then this is the place to go. Mountain bikes are also available for rental, and group rides take place twice weekly. In the winter, you can go cross-country skiing instead. With the abundance of activities in the area, there isn’t any time to get bored.

Winter horseback riding in Bradford at The Glendorn Lodge.
The Lodge at Glendorn is just the place to be if you want a relaxing break. With its special combination of antique charm and natural beauty, you will definitely remember your stay for many years to come.  Photos provided by the property.

Saturday's Quotable Traveler - Feb. 25th

sailing shipTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

– Mark Twain


Fountains Of Bellagio Expand Playlist

A visit to the Las Vegas Strip would not be complete without a stop at the front of the Bellagio hotel to watch the amazing "Fountains Of Bellagio" bring water, light, and music to life. 

The "Fountains Of Bellagio" in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With the recent addition of three new songs, Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean, ” The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and the big band hit, Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood", the reasons to spend part of your Vegas vacation at the Bellagio have increased.  For more fountain info click here.

Tom & Casey get engaged at the fountain in front of the Bellagio.
During a recent visit I met Tom Hoover and Casey Anderson from Nashville Tennessee.  Tom had seen the fountains before but Tom's then girlfriend Casey hadn't.  I say "then girlfriend" because Tom had picked that evening at the Bellagio fountain to propose to Casey, now his fiancée.  Tom knew that the fountains would make for a perfect romantic moment.  

Groups often visit the "family friendly" fountain entertainment.
Looking not for romance, but a bit of family friendly entertainment I met a group of Brigham Young University students who were in Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show.  The Chaperone for this group of young men thought the fountains would be the "best free and clean entertainment" they could find.  Many of the guys had never seen the Fountains Of Bellagio before and afterward they were impressed.  As computer engineers they were impressed at the way the music, lights, and water fountains were in perfect sync. 

Behind the scenes the Fountains are a massive maze of pipes and pumps that every night light up the Strip.  And it isn't just the lights & water it is the wonderful music.  The Bellagio and WET Design (the creative minds behind the fountains) have gone to great efforts to provide an acoustic experience as powerful as the visual one.  The sidewalk viewing areas are equipped with multiple speakers that deliver impressive sound.

Bellagio fountains water streams form star designs.
With the expansion of the music playlist the Fountains Of Bellagio remain a Las Vegas "must see".  While at the hotel take a few minutes between fountain performances and visit the Bellagio Lobby, check out the impressive chandelier by world renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly.   While admiring the chandelier walk straight under it, at the end of the lobby you will find the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.  The living display changes but is always an beautiful combination of plants, flowers and trees.  Click Here for the latest display info.

If you find yourself in the mood for a little eye candy visit the Willie Wonka like chocolate fountain at Jean-Philippe Pâtisserie near the Conservatory.  You will find fantastic pastries and candies, a perfect snack during the next fountain performance.

View of the "Fountains Of Bellagio" from the Las Vegas Blvd sidewalk.
Also note that in January 2012 the Bellagio finished a much needed $70 million dollar room remodel.  Giving the hotel’s 2,568 rooms in its main tower a fresh & elegant work over.  Photos Copyright 2012