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Small-Town Splendor Awaits at the Historic Penn Wells Hotel & Lodge

Tucked away in northern Pennsylvania, historic Wellsboro is a picturesque scene of small-town living: red-brick buildings tout turn-of-the-century detailing, American flags flutter in front of mom-and-pop-owned storefronts, and authentic gas-lit lanterns line the main thoroughfare. Stay in the midst of downtown at the iconic Penn Wells Hotel and Lodge, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019.

As a Member of Historic Hotels of America, the Penn Wells Hotel seamlessly integrates modern comforts while reflecting a bygone era—a time when famous guests such as Joan Crawford and Groucho Marx came to visit. You’ll experience this historic charm the moment you step into the hotel’s grand lobby, where mahogany woodwork, tiled floors, a wood-burning fireplace, and rich jewel tones create an elegant space. The lobby’s famous Christmas Bulb American Flag, which was featured in Life magazine, has been a staple since 1946, when the Wellsboro Division of the Corning Glass Works corporation constructed the patriotic piece to honor returning World War II veterans. Peek further into the past in the Mary Wells Dining Room, where black-and-white historic photographs adorn the walls.

While exploring Wellsboro’s Historic District, shop Main Street’s independent retailers, including Dunham’s Department Store, established in 1905, and enjoy a movie at the art deco Arcadia Theatre, built in 1921.

Create your perfect getaway by choosing from the hotel’s array of accommodations, from budget-friendly economy rooms to spacious family-style rooms with sitting areas. A complimentary breakfast is included with your night stay, and Saturday night guests can even enjoy a leisurely Sunday brunch, accompanied by live music. And just a block away from the Penn Wells Hotel is the Penn Wells Lodge, the contemporary counterpart to the historic hotel, offering a variety of accommodations, as well as onsite amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness center, business center, and travel market

During your stay, be sure to explore the great outdoors. Nature lovers will find plenty to enjoy in all seasons, with northern Pennsylvania’s breathtaking natural beauty at the Penn Wells’ doorstep. Three state parks—Colton Point State Park, Leonard Harrison State Park and Hills Creek State Park—are all within a short drive from Penn Wells Hotel. The nearby Pine Creek Gorge, known as the “Pennsylvania Grand Canyon,” offers sweeping vistas of Pine Creek winding its way through the canyon, with lush forests as far as the eye can see. In September and October, autumn brings a blaze of color, as the hillsides transform to gold, crimson and fiery orange foliage. If you’re looking to get active, bike, hike, jog, horseback ride, or cross-country ski along the Pine Creek Rail Trail, a 62-mile converted railway near the floor of the canyon offering gorgeous views and plenty of opportunities for wildlife watching. The Cycling Package includes pick-up from the trail, and bike rentals are also available.

The Penn Wells Hotel is also the ideal home base for the many annual events in the area: June brings the Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival, which coincides with the blooming of the state flower at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. November is the hotel’s famous Murder Mystery Weekend, as well as the traditional Thanksgiving Holiday buffet in the Mary Wells Dining Room.

December is filled with holiday festivities, such as Dickens of a Christmas, Christmas on Main Street (celebrating the Christmas season as well as Wellsboro’s rich ornament-making heritage), and of course, the annual New Year’s Eve Party with a lavish buffet and dance band.

Discover even more special hotel packages at the Penn Wells Hotel and Lodge to start planning your next getaway.