Hotel at a Glance: Gateway Lodge
The lights of Gateway Lodge warmly glow behind a cluster of old-growth hemlock and pine trees in the hills of Cooksburg. A timber porch and log exterior make the hotel seem like a natural part of its surroundings. Chandeliers made from antlers light the great room, and natural stone fireplaces warm guests on chilly days. To explore the woodsy setting, head to one of the nearby sledding slopes, or go cross-country skiing on the trails in town.
- Complimentary breakfast: Start your day with a delicious choice of items such as fresh fruit, pastries, frittatas, or homemade buttermilk pancakes.
- Farm-to-table fare: Savor cracker-crusted walleye and char-grilled ribeye near a crackling fireplace at the onsite restaurant, which boasts a Wine Spectator Wine List of Excellence.
- The Woods Spa: Skilled massage therapists soothe muscles with treatments infused with natural essential oils. Keep relaxing afterwards with a complimentary cup of Aveda tea.
- Bark-lined walls and wooden doors give the feel of a rustic log cabin in inviting gallery rooms.
Cooksburg, Pennsylvania: Outdoor Recreation within Expansive Old-Growth Forest
A small town in northwestern Pennsylvania, Cooksburg borders the Cook Forest State Park and its groves of ancient trees. In milder weather, hikers take to more than 30 miles of trails that weave throughout the old-growth forest. Head to the Cook Forest Fire Tower, an 80-foot-tall structure that dates back to 1929, for an aerial view above the treetops—and a peek at the Gateway Lodge, the only building visible from that vantage point. You can fish for trout in the nearby Clarion River, or float the waterway in a canoe, kayak, or inner tube.
There’s also plenty to do when the forest floor is blanketed with snow—the town has more than 10 acres of sledding slopes, three cross-country ski trails, and a lighted ice-skating pond run by local snowmen.
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