A unique spa oasis tucked in the trees.

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We're less than four hours drive from Toronto—a perfect get-outta-town-quick distance without any dreaded airport stress—at the wonderfully secluded Lodge at Glendorn in Bradford, Pennsylvania. It feels a little like we've traveled through time and space. In this world, we're two ladies en-route to meet two more for what can only be called an all-girls “boys weekend” at Glendorn, a massive 1500-acre family estate inside the bear-filled Allegheny National Forest. Here, we will shoot guns and catch trout and then gut them without squeals or remorse. Then, having earned it thoroughly, we will hit the spa.

The Legacy of the Dorns

If you're not paying attention (which I was not), the brand new spa at Glendorn disguises itself perfectly amidst the rest of the historical property: The 1929 Great House, built by oil tycoon and patriarch Clayton Glenville Dorn; “The Roost”, a 1931 cabin built as a wedding gift for his granddaughter Martha; “The Hideout”, another cottage built atop the hill, where Grandpa Dorn (aka “Bondieu”) could go when he needed a break from the always-expanding family; “The Loft”, a sleek and modern 4-bedroom addition with a games room and pool table. As the Dorns grew and multiplied, they added cabins and rooms and wings as necessary—making for a fascinating collection of cabins to suit different characters from as many eras. (Accommodations start at $425.)

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“Look for the cabin with the flowers in the window,” says a friendly staff member as I wandered by. This is an adorably quaint description, though not quite apt: Despite its humble and homey visage, The Lodge at Glendorn is a superb Relais & Chataux property that has, since the Dorns opened the property to the public in 1995, been quietly collecting big accolades. In 2012, Travel + Leisure named it one of the 50 Most Romantic Hotels in America.

A modern addition to a historical property

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This June, Glendorn added a luxury spa to its usual activities—among many options include skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing in winter; swimming, tennis, fly fishing and horseback riding in summer. But after all that outdoor exercise, even on an all-girls “boys” weekend, a spa stop is especially satisfying. Gorgeous cabin motifs include rich wood flooring, a locally crafted fireplace and hand-painted tiles depicting the thick forest outside.

Choose your ingredients—or pick your own

On the spa menu, all beneath Spa Director Jennifer Herzog and the philosophy that nature is healing, is a wide range of locally-inspired treatments using ingredients sourced right off the property: a customized Fresh Facial with foraged berries and organic honey mask ($215); a Lavender and Lemongrass Manicure and Pedicure ($75), both plants plucked from the earth; and the Fuller Brook Hot Stone Treatment ($140), where soothing smooth stones are scored from Glendorn's four miles of bubbling trout-filled streams.

Keeners can even choose the “Wild Crafted Wellness Experience,” where guests gather ingredients from the fields and forest and, with the help of an on-site “Spa Chef”, turn their findings into special seasonal addition to your treatment.

Wine Lovers rejoice

As for me, I lazied out on the above and fell hard for the Wine Lovers Body Treatment ($280), because I do love wine but haven't let it seep into me through my pores before. We begin with a lymphatic stimulating dry brush (excellent if you enjoyed wine the night before) and a grape-seed and blackberry exfoliation. The massage that follows includes a blend of olive oil and more grape-seed, super-charged with nutrients and antioxidants, and we finish with a Mediterranean wine and honey masque.

All that wine, perhaps for the first time in this lifetime, is actually drawing out toxins from the body while delivering a double-dose of good stuff instead. And just in time for a glass of local wine at lunch!

Images courtesy of The Lodge at Glendorn