From castles to treehouses: 25 unique stays in Pennsylvania

April showers bring summer getaways! Escape to one of PA’s unique and luxurious boutique hotels, lodges, homes, inns or glamping experiences. Embrace the spring season with these one-of-a-kind lodging experiences.

1. Little A

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Located minutes from the many hiking trails and waterfalls of Promised Land State Park, relax in the secluded tranquility and scenic beauty of the aptly named, little A. This charming two-bedroom A-frame cottage with its tall two-story windows provides the perfect vantage point for watching the turkeys and other birds, foxes and deer that often bask in the back yard. Enjoy all the modern conveniences, including the 60-inch smart TV, and relax by the wood-burning fireplace that fills the cabin with comfort and warmth, or by the outdoor fireplace.

2. Cabin by the Creek


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Nothing is more unique than waking up to the sound of a nearby stream as you step out onto a wooden porch and smell the fresh country air. Cabin by the creek offers all the scenic charms of the countryside and more. Explore nearby trails, then relax by the fire when you return. The cabin can accommodate up to 10 people with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities including a horseshoe pit. The real treat is the location. Located just 30 minutes from Carlisle, the host has set up a unique, self-guided micro-brewery, winery, cider house and distillery for you to sip your way through the city.

3. Heartwood


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Heartwood | Credit: Airbnb

Cozy up by the woodstove, roast marshmallows around the fire pit, and bundle up to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon appetizer on the large wraparound porch surrounded by the sights and sounds peaceful from nature to Heartwood, a beautiful three bedroom lodge in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest. The lodge is equipped with all modern conveniences, including Wi-Fi, perfect for working and having fun!

4. The Deacon

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The Deacon | Credit: FB

Once a historic church, the deacon has been transformed into an eight-bedroom boutique hotel offering a unique and carefully curated guest experience – with vaulted ceilings, arched windows and perfect for any occasion or none at all! Each of the hotel’s artfully designed rooms features luxury bedding, internet access, original stained glass windows, Sonos speakers, and exquisite details that give each room its unique character.

5. The Whetstone Inn


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The Whetstone Inn | Credit: Airbnb

Enjoy a luxurious stay The Whetstone Inn, a beautiful historic home that offers comfort, tranquility and enjoyment within walking distance of downtown. The hostel has a fully stocked entertainment center as well as a heated indoor swim spa to enjoy for an additional fee. Splurge and take your stay to the next level by having a professional chef cook you meals with a breakfast or dinner package. While you’re there, be sure to drop by and say hello to Punxsutawney Phil and his wife, Phyllis!

6. Pocono Castle

East of Stroudsburg

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Pocono Castle | Credit: Airbnb

You’ll feel like royalty staying at the one and only Pocono Castle! Set beside its own private pond and although there is no moat or drawbridge, the countless castle-themed decorative touches may make you think you’ve taken a trip back in time medieval town of Merry Olde England. No worries, though! The chateau has all the modern conveniences for your comfort and entertainment, including a hot tub, sauna, fire pit and games room!

7. Modern Fire Tower Chalet


A house in the woods with a deck and chairs
Modern Fire Tower Chalet | Credit: Airbnb

Inspired by the fire towers found in the west, the modern two-story building Fire Tower Cabin offers a completely unique getaway where you can really get away from it all (or not as it’s fully connected with Wi-Fi and an HDTV with Amazon Prime Video, Chromecast, Netflix and Roku)! Nestled among 60 acres of farm and woods, enjoy miles of private wooded trails perfect for hiking and exploring. Wake up each morning surrounded by views of birch trees and distant mountainsides, then enjoy your morning coffee on the wraparound second-floor terrace. It’s so peaceful you may never want to leave!

8. Eventyr Tiny Little House


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Tiny Tiny House Eventyr | Credit: Airbnb

There’s nothing miniscule about the enjoyment you’ll have while staying in the 160 square feet Tiny Little Eventyr House. Although it is a true “little house”, it is full of luxury and comfort. Located on a private campground complex in the heart of the Laurel Highlands, you will be surrounded by beauty and nature. Curl up by the fire after a day of adventure at one of the nearby resorts, then warm up by the cozy indoor fireplace with a movie and board games in the well-stocked media cabinet.

9. Ohiopyle Treehouse


A log cabin in the woods
Treehouse Ohiopyle | Credit: Airbnb

the Treehouse Ohiopyle puts the unique in unique getaways! Relax in this one-of-a-kind treehouse. Enjoy a mile-long private hiking trail that takes you through a crystal-clear mountain stream, then soak in the wood-heated hot tub to relax after a day of exploring the State Park in ‘Ohiopyle or Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright.

10. The Glamper


A house with a grill and a fire pit
The Glamper | Credit: Airbnb

When you hear the word ‘glamping’, a luxury tent surrounded by the peaceful sights and sounds of nature probably comes to mind. This is not the case for The Glamper, which puts a whole new spin on the glamping experience! Rather than a rustic tent, you’ll be staying in a vintage 1975 Airstream Land Yacht located on farmland. And while the exterior might scream “1970s,” the inside has a completely updated interior with granite countertops, a modern bathroom, fireplace, and TV!

11. The Dome House


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The Dome House | Credit: Airbnb

At the end of this escapade, you will say “Dome Sweet Dome!” the Dome house is the original Yaca-Dome, better known as “The Igloo”. If you’re looking for a quirky home that’s within the city limits but feels secluded, this is the place. The dome can accommodate two people and includes a patio and other necessities for a vacation full of relaxation. If you have always wanted to stay in a Yaca-Dome, now is your chance as it is the only one in this part of the country.

12. Airydale Retreat

Mill Creek

A log cabin in the woods
Airydale Retreat | Credit: Airbnb

Want an authentic glamping experience? Then look no further than the Airydale Retreat. Perched atop a large wooden deck, their deluxe canvas tent includes a queen bed, crib-style bunk bed, basic camping cookware, and a propane camp stove. Savor sweet treats each morning provided by your hosts, then bring out the sides of the s’more each evening to roast in your hearth!

13. Timberdoodle Lodge: a cabin in the woods


A wooden building with a bear statue holding a sign
Timberdoodle Lodge: a cabin in the woods | Credit: Airbnb

It may be small, but comfort and hospitality Timberdoodle Lodge is big when it comes to incredible scenery, fun times and the perfect escape from life’s little hassles. Surrounded by the beautiful Allegheny National Forest and its 600 miles of trails, enjoy a full day of outdoor hiking. Then kick back and relax by the fire pit next to this little cabin in the woods.

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