My wife found the mansion sort of out of the blue, and booked it for a weekend. A two night minimum was required, so we decided to stay Saturday and Sunday night. The mystery event goes from Friday to Saturday, so we were slightly out of sync with most of the guests.
First, the property is amazing, and if you love history you won't be disappointed. The owners, (Bob and Patti), Kristen, and everyone we met while there were very friendly and inviting. We always felt welcomed and were well taken care of. Our first afternoon we wandered and did the self tour, and almost interrogated Kristen about the history of the property, we asked so many questions. She was extremely friendly and answered everything.
My wife and I sat on the porch several times, looking out at the mountains and down at the town. It was great for drinking a beer and enjoying the afternoon, or eating breakfast to get the day started, and was our preferred place to sit. How often do you get to enjoy coffee sitting on the porch of a Victorian mansion?
We stayed in a room in the Carriage House instead of the main mansion because it was already booked. Our room was very comfortable and spacious. There is free WIFI, which I was quite happy with. My truck took up quite a bit of space in the parking lot, but Patti came out and helped direct me up to a second parking lot I fit into much nicer.
On our last morning, we were the only people there and sat on the patio talking with Bob about the history of the mansion and town. It was great to hear more of the backstory of so many parts of the mansion and town, and it never felt like we were being rushed to leave. In fact, we had to end the conversation since we had to get on the road.
We can't wait to go back again soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built as a wedding present in 1874, the Harry Packer Mansion now serves as a luxury inn within the Mauch Chunk Historic district of Jim Thorpe, PA, just 1 1/2 hours from Philadelphia and NYC.The Mansion was used by Disney as a model for the Haunted Mansion so it is only fitting that it is known for its award-winning Murder Mystery Weekends. Voted the best Murder Mystery weekend by the Book of Lists and recently the best on the East Coast by NPR. Come for the murder weekend, visit during the week for a quieter experience, stop by and enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda or take a tour through the mansion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Harry Packer Mansion Hotel Jim Thorpe