Some people get the wrong idea of what "glamping" is. Glamorous should not be implied but camping is. Hilltop Lodge is in a beautiful location with owner/hosts that you can't beat. We spent 2 days (just got back home) and loved it.
Rich and Rhonda did a wonderful job of making us feel welcome, more like being with family than staying in a motel. The food was excellent. Unfortunately Richard is semi-retired so the restaurant is only open to the guests who are staying over, because if this lodge was any where near where I live, my wife and I would be frequent diners. so I feel bad for the loss to the general public. The food was not just good, it was excellent. We brought our own wine and didn't feel uncomfortable doing it.
The cabins are cabins. They are acceptable for sleeping, better than camping but not a 5 star hotel. Bathrooms are bathrooms and it's so much nicer having them attached than having to walk down to a common area to shower.
If you go here you aren't planning on spending all your time in your room, this is why you go to such a beautiful place for a getaway. We hiked on a 45 degree day and absorbed all the surroundings; the smell of fallen leaves, pine trees with the scent of Christmas, wood burning stoves. This is living. When we wanted to be inside we went to the lodge. It felt like it was your own home, being given free reign to wander back to the fire place, admire the hunting trophies, or have a drink at the bar and shoot pool or foosball or just play a board game at a table.
We drove about 20 minutes in one direction and visited Angelica, a historic small town that we will visit again. It hosts Allegheny county fair and is just a nice slice of the past type of town.
We drove 20 minutes the other direction and visited Cuba. Damn, no Cuban cigars but Cuba cheese company, a very nice small city/village, and antique store. The cheese was the highlight with local cheese being featured at very good prices. Amish cheese is very good.
If you're looking for action and night clubs and sporting events nearby, probably not the place to be. If you want an almost perfect getaway to recharge your batteries or spend time with someone you love, Hilltop Lodge is the place to go. You can feel the history in the air and in the lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Place for all Seasons. Step back in time, enjoy the Allegheny Mountains at the Historic Hilltop Lodge. Under Hilltop's old growth forest canopy awaits stone pathways leading to magical places. Beautiful rock gardens that surround our pond and authentic Redwood lodges, plus park areas where you can enjoy seeing stone patios, gazebo and overlook. Enjoy the Hilltop, our guests will be served dinner prepared for them by Hilltop's Chef. Then stroll though Hilltop's beautiful gardens. Look up through the trees at night and thousands of stars wink back at you. When morning arrives you'll smell a good old-fashioned breakfast waiting for you at the Lodge. ■Our rooms include private bathrooms, two full-size beds and start-up housekeeping. ■The package deal includes meals served in our authentic Redwood lodge. ■Old growth forest, informal garden, with stone paved walkways and rock gardens. ■Allegany County is full of things to do, Golf, Skiing, Gaming, Hiking, or relax in our lodge. ■Located 2217 feet above sea level, deep in the woods, on top of a mountain. ■Private campfire areas. ■Direct TV and wireless internet. ... more less