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9 Unique Places to Stay in Pennsylvania

by Holly Riddle
Updated October 06, 2021

Unique Places to Stay in Pennsylvania
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What do you think of when you think of Pennsylvania? Philadelphia? Pittsburgh? Amish country?

Residents of the Keystone State often joke that Pennsylvania is nothing but Philadelphia on one end and Pittsburgh on the other, with a whole lotta nothing in-between.

While it’s easy to see where they’re coming from, everyone knows the truth behind the joke — while Pennsylvania boasts some amazing urban hubs well-deserving of a weekend getaway, it also offers gorgeous wilderness, agriculture, and history in its central regions. And since it’s a pretty big state, there’s a lot of variety in home rentals, as evidenced by these unique places to stay in Pennsylvania. Treehouses? Sure — but why not up the ante with a unique stay in a Pennsylvania castle?

See what this state has to offer, from one end to the other, with a stay in one of these nine accommodations options, each one just as unique as Pennsylvania itself.

1. The Firetower Chalet

unique places to stay in Pennsylvania
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Why you should stay: Views for days on 60 sprawling acres.

  • Location: Bloomsburg
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $211/night

The Firetower Chalet is perched on a ridge, and while it’s not an authentic fire tower, it does have exactly the views you’d expect from one. The two-story design is rustic yet luxurious, with western design influences. Lots of stone, exposed wood, and a color palette of light sage and deep orange leathers make for a stylish space that doesn’t feel as small as it is.

If you tire of enjoying your second-story deck and views, head down to the yard to hang out around the firepit — or explore the 60 other acres that come with the home. Oh, and it’s very close to Knoebels Park, so take a day trip if you want to feel like a kid again (or have kids with you).

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2. Nemacolin

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Why you should stay: Undeniable luxury at one of the country’s largest, most famous hotels.

  • Location: Farmington
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $429/night

Who would imagine that you would find this level of luxury in the middle of Pennsylvania? Nemacolin offers unprecedented experiences in a woodland setting with multiple accommodation options. If you love luxury, book a room at the ultra-posh chateau or the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Falling Rock. And check out the Lodge if you’re more into the idea of an adult summer camp.

Everything you could want from a relaxing vacay is available on site, from spa treatments to a round of golf to fine dining to paint-balling, dog sledding, and glow-in-the-dark bowling. Don’t miss the tiger rescue sanctuary if you’re an animal lover.

Reality TV fans: does the property look familiar? That might be because the resort acted as the setting for Matt James’ season of “The Bachelor.”

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Follow ’em: @nemacolin

3. The Treehouse at Camp Caitlin

The Treehouse at Camp Caitlin
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Why you should stay: High-style glamping for a quick city escape.

  • Location: Beach Lake
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $356/night

The treehouse at Camp Caitlin is not your average treehouse. This glamping-style getaway is just a short 2-hour drive from New York City, but it feels like you hopped a jet and flew to a Nordic woodland. On nearly 10 acres of private forest, the treehouse is outfitted with its own fireplace, a king-size bed, and a clawfoot tub overlooking the trees, among other high-end features.

Windows abound, letting in plenty of sunlight and giving the treehouse an airy feel and great views of the landscape. Amenities include vinyl records and board games, though Wi-Fi is also available if you really need it. It’s one of the most unique places to stay in Pennsylvania for  a romantic retreat.

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4. The Glasbern Inn

The Glasbern Inn
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Why you should stay: Historic lakeside hotel with a strict adults-only policy.

  • Location: Fogelsville
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $170/night

The Glasbern Inn is an adults-only historic hotel that dates back to the 1700s. Today, the 150-acre property welcomes guests for tranquil getaways just a short drive from Philadelphia. The property is somewhat known for its “no tipping” policy, which both ensures the hospitality staff are being paid fairly and leaves guests free to enjoy dining, spa services, and concierge services without the need to fumble around for cash.

So what can you expect during your stay? Pick between suites in garden cottages, a historic farmhouse, a carriage house, a gate house, a pack house, a dairy, or the stables. Whatever you choose, you’ll enjoy stylish and modern accommodations that blend stone fireplaces, metalwork, spiral staircases, exposed wood, and leather furnishings for an elegant effect. Stays include a complimentary breakfast each day, and dinner is served with a menu of local, sustainable fare. Don’t forget your “smart casual” attire — this hotel has a dress code.

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Follow ’em: @GlasbernInn

5. A Mid-Century Poconos A-Frame

A Mid-Century Poconos A-Frame
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Why you should stay: Relaxing wooded retreat for hikers, skiers, and woodland enthusiasts.

  • Location: Hamlin
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $300/night

This mid-century A-Frame home in the Poconos checks all the right boxes for outdoor adventurers. The Poconos provide stellar skiing opportunities in the winter and ample hiking opportunities in the summer. This stylish A-frame cabin is right from the pages of your favorite home decor magazine, plopped smack in the middle of the forest.

Guests get a large porch with plenty of seating, sleek upstairs sleeping spaces upstairs with Southwest vibe, a huge soaking tub next to a floor-to-ceiling window, and gorgeous views of the green forest in the summer and snowy trees in the winter. The home exudes minimalistic, clean vibes that make for an airy atmosphere and has lots of room to spread out and enjoy a getaway with up to five of your favorite people.

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Follow ’em: @cabinvibes

5. Ledges Hotel

Ledges Hotel
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Why you should stay: Eco-friendly hotel in a former 1800s glass factory.

  • Location: Hawley
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $135/night

The Ledges Hotel has done a stellar job of blending its architecture into the natural landscape – though that could be because it’s housed inside a former glass factory powered by the waterfall it sits on. It’s in the Poconos and offers rooms with green amenities like bamboo-fiber towels, furniture recycled from the factory, and decor sourced from artisans local to the area.

This unique place to stay in Pennsylvania has a variety of rooms and suites, though it’s likely you won’t be spending the majority of your time there regardless of which you choose. It’s surrounded by hiking and biking trails, and you’re about two hours from NYC, or 45 minutes from Scranton (and yes, you can take a walking tour inspired by “The Office.”)

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Follow ’em: @LedgesHotel

6. Dreamwood Farm

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Why you should stay: Historic, cottage-inspired garden stay just an hour outside Philly.

  • Location: Elverson
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $539/night

Dreamwood Farm is any cottagecore aficionado’s dream vacation destination. The picturesque farm includes a late-1700’s-era farmhouse (restored in 2021) and a landscape filled with livestock, including 50 longhorn cattle. The farmhouse is large and spacious, with plenty of room for an entire family.

The home is outfitted with all the modern amenities you need but still retains its historic appeal, and they tale that seriously — some rooms look like they came straight out of “Pride and Prejudice.” As cute as the rooms are, you’ll want to spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying the peaceful garden patio, fire pit and grill, woods, meadows, and a placid pond.

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7. Pettecote Junction

unique places to stay in Pennsylvania
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Why you should stay: Adorable budget-friendly campground with plenty to occupy the whole crew.

  • Location: Cedar Run
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights (weekends only)
  • Rates from: $30/night

Looking for a truly unique camping destination? Pettecote Junction has you covered. This campground offers tent sites, glamping accommodations in safari-style tents, cabins, and RV sites, but it’s the amenities that really make this campground stand out. There’s plenty to do on the property for a fun family vacation with very little work. You can hike, fish, swim, kayak, bike, canoe, tube, or snag a spot on the volleyball or basketball courts. And off the property, you can hit the US Little League Museum or go on a photo safari to spot herds of wild elk.

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Follow ’em: @PJCamping

8. The Pocono Castle

The Pocono Castle
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Why you should stay: A fairytale castle in the middle of Pennsylvania.

  • Location: East Stroudsburg
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $481/night

If you have the opportunity to stay in a castle, always take it. The Pocono Castle is a fun, fairytale-esque getaway with no flight to Europe required. The home is just over 2,300 square feet and was recently renovated with a spacious kitchen, a billiards and game room, and a huge living room and dining room — there’s enough space for everyone.

This unique place to stay in Pennsulvaia is all catsle on the outside, but it’s more subtle indoors. There are just a few touches to remind you you’re in a castle, including crests on the wall and a suit of armor in the corner. It’s not the kind of castle where you have to worry about drafty halls or damp stone floors. Outside, you’ll find a life-size chess board, a sauna, a mini golf course, and a catch-and-release fishing pond.

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9. The Hotel Hershey

unique places to stay in Pennsylvania
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Why you should stay: A sweet retreat for any chocolate-obsessed traveler.

  • Location: Hershey
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $229/night

The Hotel Hershey, as you might guess, is in Hershey, Pennsylvania — and yes, it’s home to that Hershey. The town’s nickname is literally “the sweetest place on Earth.” The hotel offers a range of accommodation options, from private family cottages to traditional hotel-style rooms, but you’ll really love the chocolate-themed amenities, such as the chocolate-themed treatment at the spa. Guests also get benefits at nearby Hershey Park theme park, including early entry and free shuttles.

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