I found the Bischwind while planning a vacation from my home in Southern California. From the reviews I've read the Bischwind has not been a destination for people from the west coast. Our favorite places to stay have been the Simpson House Inn, Santa Barbara, CA and The Wrigley Mansion on Catalina Island. We have found nothing in the way of a B&B to rival these two. But we were going to be traveling from New York to Washington, DC on our 32nd wedding anniversary and I was determined to find something as special.
What sealed the deal on choosing the Bischwind was the unique nature of every single guest on TripAdvisor loving the place. I spoke to Billie about this when we were there and she seemed unaware of it. You go on sites like this one, or Cruise Critic and there are ALWAYS people who would not go to the trouble of writing a review but for the chance to complain. Not so for the Bischwind. It appeared that the glowing report in the Bishwind's own web site were the truth.
That is exactly what we found. We stayed in the Teddy Roosevelt room, or I would be more correct to call it the Roosevelt wing as it is 4 or 5 rooms. If you want unique, and you are willing to pay a little more for an amazing room, then you want to take the Teddy Roosevelt room.
We met Billie and her mother who who were personable and supplied us with fascinating history of the house. Everything about our stay was wonderful. We came in on a rainy afternoon and went up to our room and made a warm fire. The library in the room was quaint and the bed was comfortable. There is too much about the house itself to try to go into detail here, but I'll just say it was fun to go exploring.
I now count the Bischwind as in the top 3 B&B's in North America.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 130 year old English Tudor mansion which is cradeled in the Pocono Mountains invites you with crakeling fireplaces, gourmet breakfast and much more. Built by lumber and ice baron, Albert Lewis, Bishwind has a rich history. Its lake side location with views of a waterfall allows one to relax and enjoy nature. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bischwind Hotel Bear Creek