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“Allenberry: The Very Definition of Travel” 5 of 5 stars
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1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, PA 17007   |  
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“Allenberry: The Very Definition of Travel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2010

To travel is to go from one place to another, to experience a change, to engage in a journey. Allenberry is all these things and so much more. I first fell in love with this place nearly two years ago when a friend recommended it to me as an off the path reminder of a "Dirty Dancing" (the movie) type resort. I could not agree more: the beautiful grounds, farm house structures and poolside cocktails on a warm summer night can't be beat. It's a family owned business that treats you like family, feeding you their famous sticky buns or ringing the curtain bell for the opening night show at the Allenberry playhouse. This place is one of a kind.

If I wanted to stay at a Westin for its carbon copy food and atmosphere, I would stay at a Westin. That's not what Allenberry is about and I'm thankful for it. For food, the Allenberry Club is off the hook, fantastic basement bar with a rich history of theater stories and fly fishing tales. The mansion house rooms and cottages are super nice, and the meadow lodge a great place to save a buck on a bunk.

So, the next time you travel, take the very word to heart: take a journey, engage in a change and go to Allenberry. See you there!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Everett, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2010

We flew across country from Seattle, WA to Boiling Springs, PA to get married at Allenberry. We choose Allenberry as our destination wedding site because of the peace and tranquility that we feel when we are there. The Heinze Family (owners of Allenberry) and the staff there at Allenberry are exceptional making everyone feel special. Our family and friends all stayed at Allenberry as well. We stayed in the Mansion House along with some of our family, this helped make our experience even more special. It is because of Allenberry and its wonderful staff that we had our dream wedding, we could not be more grateful to them for the experience of a lifetime that they helped create!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2010

The whole place needs something more than TLC . . . how about a complete renovation. The creekside area is lovely. The restaurant was above average for central PA, the staff was pleasant but the physical plant is a disaster. My room in the stone house was spacious as was the bath. But the tile in the bath was vintage 1950 and, the tub surround badly cracked. The HVAC included a window air conditioner, as well as some other device, through the wall, connected to power via a heavy gauge, yellow extension cord. While I did not plan to watch a lot of TV, the existing arrangement, involving two remote controls and extremely limited channel selection, would have precluded it even if I had wished to watch.
In the registration area, I would bet the carpet hadn't been cleaned since being installed and I would estimate that took place around 1960. At least for transients (I stayed one night), I would recommend the place for young folks in their 20's, IF they were interested in seeing how Grandpa and Grandma had to rough it on the road while traveling 50 years ago. Go for lunch or an early dinner, stroll down by the creek (skip the pool, the tile is cracked) and then head somewhere else, anywhere else, to spend the night.
P.S. Assuming you ignore my advice and choose to stay, plan to struggle up and down stairs if you're disabled.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington, DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2009

First impression upon approaching the complex is that it is a beautiful, idyllic spot to get some R&R. My husband is a fly fishing enthusiast, and having direct access to the Yellow Breeches is wonderful. We've stayed here several time, each time in a different building. It is sad to report that that this place is showing signs of neglect. The rooms are desperately in need of updating, especially the bath rooms. The building we stayed in most recently smelled of raw sewage. The lounge closes relatively early, so there's nowhere on the complex to unwind after the dinner hour or after the playhouse show is over. This place could be so much more... I'd recommend it for the location and landscape--not so much for the food or accommodations.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

This experience is exactly what it purports to be -- a participatory fun-time with good fellowship, food aplenty and all around congeniality. A word to the wise: yes, Virginia, it snows in Pennsylvania in the winter-time and it is cold, so if you go to Allenbury in the winter be prepared to sit by a roaring fire and read a mystery novel or play a board game or watch a video provided by the management or study the "clues" given to help you solve the mystery. Our week-end coincided with a pre-Spring thaw which allowed us to wander the grounds, discover spring flowers and watch the fly-fisherman casting on yellow breeches creek ( one of the most famous sporting streams in Pa.). In addition to the mystery, there is live music and dancing for general entertainment.
The mystery weekend has a devoted band of followers who return year after year to take part in the shenanigans which, on our watch, included a come dressed-as-your favorite-movie-monster night. I earned a non-speaking role as a zombie and was pleased to participate in the fictional movie entitled "The Meadow Lodge Massacre."
There is food and drink in sufficient amount and variety to please any palate and the kitchen will honor your special diet needs be it gluten-free, vegetarian, or lenten, if given advance notice.
Our room at Meadow Lodge was comfortable and clean, the staff good-humored and attentive and they worked very hard here to make our stay a pleasant one.

  • Liked — The ambience.
  • Disliked — Inconvenient for persons with disabilities.
  • Stayed March 2009
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2007

Just returned from a Murder Mystery weekend event at the Allenberry, attended the weekend with a small group of friends. The resort grounds were very nice in the fall, the leaves were changing colors and everything looked great from the outside. Nice decorations and grounds. I will agree with previous postings that the rooms are not that great. We were in the Meadow Lodge building, from the outside the building looks like a woodsy lodge. When you come in through the front doors, there is a nice lounge area - Pergo flooing, great fireplace, great views of the Yellow Breeches and valley, leather furniture. We enjoyed spending time there in the evenings - pre-festivity cocktails - and in the morning. Our room was clean (staff was great) and of decent size but the style of the room reminded me of motor lodge rooms from the 80s. We weren't in the room that much so it didn't really matter.

For a couple, the murder mystery was $720. The actors were wonderful, plot was great and we definately enjoyed the festivities. Wine was included during the dinner events, during dinner. All other evening times had cash bars. There weren't any afternoon cocktails. There was an abundance of food, and at times it felt like we were on a cruise ship since there always seemed to be some kind of buffet. It was all very tasty but seemed to be a little too much.

We have attended murder mysteries in the past in other places, this mystery weekend was mostly performance based. You can, and are encouraged, to interact with the characters, but you are not assigned roles, given hints to pass along to other guests, etc. My husband and I like mysteries where you can have an active part during the weekend better, but, we did have an excellent time and would recommend to others.

I do have to mention that we heard about a free ticket offer to their playhouse, 2 complimentary tickets if you booked the murder mystery. This offer was online. I called and asked if the tickets were to be used that weekend only or if they could be used for a future show, at the time of the call the person told me they would be good for one year. When we arrived we were corrected that the tickets were to be used while we were there for the mystery, they were not good for future performances. If you decide to go up and see that offer, they have Saturday and Sunday matinees but we decided to go into the town of Boiling Springs instead. Had the tickets been good for a year my husband and I would have booked another weekend getaway. Now, we'll probably just go to another murder mystery sometime in the future, but will probably try another place next fall.

  • Liked — The actors, wide selection of meal options, the setting in the fall
  • Disliked — The hotel room.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia
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22 hotel reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2006

This was our third stay in Allenberry. We were reffered to it about 10 years ago by friends at work.

We love to read and fish, and this is the perfect place for both. The setting is lovely and we like the old stone buildings on the grounds and the sense of history of the place.

I would agree with previous reviewers that at this point the grounds and rooms need some updating. The furnishings in our bedroom were circa the 1980's. The living room area had a nicer selection including some antiques. Our bathroom was very clean, but in need of a paint job and some updating of the light fixtures. We would also love the see the garden's restored.

  • Liked — View of the river
  • Disliked — Decor needs updating
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Boiling Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Boiling Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Renew your spirit. Nestled on a 57 acre country estate, the Allenberry Playhouse opened in the summer of 1949 and has become a leading attraction and activity at Allenberry Resort. Year 'round professional theatre features musicals, comedy, Christmas show and the country's longest running Murder Mystery Weekends.Theatre runs from March through December. Murder Mystery weekends are available from October through April. ... more   less 
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