– by Cara Aungst

Bear Lodges, three non‑traditional B&Bs located in Pennsylvania Grand Canyon country, offers a unique, remote, peaceful grownup getaway. “Bear Lodges are not just accommodations… they’re the destination,” says owner Jim Meade. “Anniversary couples, rail trail bicyclists, birders, dark skies and other outdoors enthusiasts wanting to access wilderness, enjoy this getaway.”

Bear Lodges properties include two relaxing lodges and a historic downtown property. Every room features a tiled bath, natural gas fireplace, satellite TV and Wi-Fi, and most have private balconies. Many also feature a private hot tub or whirlpool tub. No matter where you stay, begin your morning with an in‑room continental breakfast. “Start your day as early or late as you like, with no need to go to a common eating area at a specified time,” Meade says. He even wrote a book about his B&Bs entitled “No Cooked Breakfast.”

BEAR LODGE front view

Enjoy secluded Bear Mountain Lodge, on a bluff in a stand of hickories, as your base camp for outdoor adventure, then come back to the lodge to relax in your private indoor whirlpool or private outdoor hot tub, or with friends in the large commons room. Life is good, every day, at Bear Meadows Lodge. Enjoy a large room with your own fireplace, hot tub and balcony, and revel in the panoramic scenery. Head out for a day of adventure, or just enjoy the comfort of your lodge room until you watch the sun go down.

The 131 Main Street location is a circa 1860 home in the heart of Wellsboro’s historic district. Explore Wellsboro’s charming shops and restaurants, stroll along the gas lights on the boulevard and relax in the commons living room or on the front porch. “Once folks discover our getaways,” Jim says, “many become regularly returning guests.”

Rates range from $129 to $299 per night, depending upon room, day of week and season. The Bear Lodges, P.O. Box 216, Wellsboro 16901; 570‑724‑2428;;

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