The Philadelphian’s Guide to the Outdoors: 8 Great Fall Escapes

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Firelight Camps in Ithaca, New York | Photo by Allison Usavage

Firelight Camps in Ithaca, New York | Photo by Allison Usavage

At some point or another, even the most die-hard urbanite craves peace, quiet, tranquility and, well, trees. But getting back to nature doesn’t have to mean buggy nights in a sleeping bag. There is a vast (and gorgeous) middle ground between survivalist-status roughing it and the Ritz — and that’s precisely where you’ll find the getaways below. From lakeside lodges to the fanciest yurt ever, these trips (all just a few hours from Philly) let you enjoy nature without getting your hands too dirty.

Go to: The Lodge at Glendorn in Bradford, Pennsylvania[1]

The porch at John's Cabin at Glendorn | Photo by Sargent Photography

The porch at John’s Cabin at Glendorn | Photo by Sargent Photography

Ease into the great outdoors at this ritzy-meets-rustic resort. Read more »[2]


Go to: Lake Placid Lodge in Lake Placid, New York[3]

Lake Placid Lodge | Photo courtesy Ocean Properties LLC

Lake Placid Lodge | Photo courtesy Ocean Properties LLC

Choose your own adventure — or do nothing at all — at these posh lakeside cabins. Read more »[4]


Go to: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in the Poconos[5]

A riverside tent at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort | Photo courtesy Shawnee Inn

A riverside tent at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort | Photo courtesy Shawnee Inn

Get back to nature the easy way: with glamping. Tent-side champagne included. Read more »[6]


Go to: Firelight Camps in Ithaca, New York[7]

An outdoor lounge at Firelight Camps |Photo by Allison Usavage

An outdoor lounge at Firelight Camps |Photo by Allison Usavage

Break out of your comfort zone at this decidedly cosmopolitan campground. Read more »[8]


Go to: Savage River Lodge in Frostburg, Maryland[9]

Fall Weekend Getaways: Inside a yurt at Savage River Lodge

Inside a yurt at Savage River Lodge | Photo by Jennifer Dobson

With radiant-heat floors and in-room massages, the yurt at Savage River Lodge is probably nicer than your apartment. Read more »[10]


Go to: The Iris Inn in Shenandoah Valley, VA[11]

Iris Inn | Photo by Jumping Rocks

Iris Inn | Photo by Jumping Rocks

Explore caves, watch waterfalls and sleep in the trees at Iris Inn. Read more »[12]


Go to: Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia[13]

Stonewall Resort | Photo by Cheryl Ferrebee

Stonewall Resort | Photo by Cheryl Ferrebee

Visit this kid-friendly resort with luxe amenities for the discerning (and semi-adventurous) adult. Read more »[14]


Go to: Posh Primitive Campground in the Adirondacks[15]

Posh Primitive Campground | Photo courtesy Posh Primitive

Posh Primitive Campground | Photo courtesy Posh Primitive

Book this trip for chic tents, farm-to-table meals, and just-rough-enough outdoorsy appeal. Read more »[16]

This package first appeared as “The Great Escape” in Philadelphia magazine’s September 2016 issue.

Endnotes:
  1. Go to: The Lodge at Glendorn in Bradford, Pennsylvania: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/fall-weekend-getaway-glendorn-bradford-pa/
  2. Read more »: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/fall-weekend-getaway-glendorn-bradford-pa/
  3. Go to: Lake Placid Lodge in Lake Placid, New York: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/lake-placid-weekend-getaway/
  4. Read more »: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/lake-placid-weekend-getaway/
  5. Go to: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in the Poconos: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/weekend-getaway-shawnee-inn-golf-resort/
  6. Read more »: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/weekend-getaway-shawnee-inn-golf-resort/
  7. Go to: Firelight Camps in Ithaca, New York: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/fall-weekend-getaway-firelight-camps-ithaca-new-york/
  8. Read more »: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/fall-weekend-getaway-firelight-camps-ithaca-new-york/
  9. Go to: Savage River Lodge in Frostburg, Maryland: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/fall-weekend-getaway-savage-river-lodge-frostburg-maryland/
  10. Read more »: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/fall-weekend-getaway-savage-river-lodge-frostburg-maryland/
  11. Go to: The Iris Inn in Shenandoah Valley, VA: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/fall-weekend-getaway-iris-inn-shenandoah-valley-va/
  12. Read more »: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/fall-weekend-getaway-iris-inn-shenandoah-valley-va/
  13. Go to: Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/fall-weekend-getaway-stonewall-resort-in-roanoke-west-virginia/
  14. Read more »: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/fall-weekend-getaway-stonewall-resort-in-roanoke-west-virginia/
  15. Go to: Posh Primitive Campground in the Adirondacks: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/fall-weekend-getaway-glamping-posh-primitive-adirondacks/
  16. Read more »: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/fall-weekend-getaway-glamping-posh-primitive-adirondacks/

Source URL: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2016/09/10/fall-weekend-trips-near-philadelphia/