Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge, Wattsburg: Address, Phone Number, Wilderness Lodge Reviews: 4.5/5

Wilderness Lodge
4.5
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The Wilderness Lodge is a rustic European style inn build of hand hewn beams and granite. We offer 9 private guest rooms, a fully stocked bar and restaurant, 26 or so miles of impeccably groomed cross country ski trails and, in our humble opinion, the best round fireplace anywhere. The bar/restaurant specialize in home cooked from scratch foods and a substantial selection of microbrews and great bourbons. In the off season the lodge caters to groups of all types for retreat weekends, family reunions, and weddings.
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dannykozy
Erie, PA2 contributions
Skiiing is great, stay out of the Lodge
Feb. 2018 • Family
If you are looking for great trails to ski, this is the place! The terrain is diverse and includes woods and field trails. The staff in the ski area are friendly.
The "Lodge" however is a different story. The owner has no social skills and is verbally disrespectful towards staff and customers. He argued with my wife in front of my young children about a "policy" that isn't known to guests and not posted anywhere. He could have handled it professionally, but I am not sure he knows how or if he really cares. It made our whole group feel uncomfortable and embarrassed-so unless you are looking to be berated, steer clear of the Lodge.
Written 5 February 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

dandy721
Erie, PA8 contributions
Wilderness Lodge Keeps Getting Better!
Feb. 2017 • Family
We have been frequenting Wilderness Lodge for years enjoying the unique ambiance of this Welch style pub. With the addition of a new chef and greater attention to the food service, they have taken it up a notch. Even though snow has been inconsistent, the grooming and trail staff have done a remarkable job. When you want a little refreshment, a broad selection of local and national beer and local wines are available. Top it off with great food and weekend entertainment and its the whole package. We'd highly recommend a visit. Its worth the journey!
Written 6 February 2017
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ski247PA
Erie, PA3 contributions
Excellent Skiing! Food service needs help.
Jan. 2016 • Solo
Skiing is great: well groomed, wide and plenty of trails for all types of skiers. The owner tends to get easily frustrated with staff and is outwardly disrespectful to them. I would encourage him to conduct criticisms behind closed doors with greater respect and sensitivity.
Written 27 February 2016
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gwmatthes
Springfield, VA113 contributions
Best xc skiing ever in a family-friendly atmosphere
Jan. 2016 • Couples
We came from Virginia for the xc skiing on their wide (skating) trails. Everything else was a bonus! The owners / staff are wonderful - helpful and friendly in every respect. We stayed during the week when lunches / dinners were not served so we made use of their fridge and microwave to store / heat up soups that we brought from home. I wish this place was closer - I'd be up here a few times each winter!

I would echo all the previous positive comments.
Written 28 January 2016
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Becky W
Erie, PA76 contributions
Cross country skiing at its best!
Mar. 2015 • Family
I've been coming to Wilderness Lodge for over twenty years to cross country ski. The trails are groomed, of varying degrees of difficulty and are just beautiful through the woods. Food and drink is available at the lodge.
Written 31 March 2015
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bgsucassandra
Cleveland, OH40 contributions
Great romantic getaway!
This was our first time without kids and it was just as much fun. Fantastic food, great drinks, live music on Saturday nights, and a cozy atmosphere. Nothing beats curling up by the fire late at night.

Made new friends with other guests-snow shoers, snow mobilers, and cross country skiers. We ate looking forward to going back in February with the family.
Written 1 February 2015
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Patron2014
Pittsburgh, PA1 contribution
Best Place for the perfect weekend
Dec. 2013 • Friends
I've been going here for over two decades now a few times a winter and I can't rave highly enough about the lodge, the skiing, the staff and the whole combination. The skiing is incredible and adequate challenges are provided at all levels, from beginner to seasoned pro. The restaurant provides good, home cooked comfort food that will keep you going long into the day. The bar is fully stocked, with both the staples as well as an above average bourbon collection and enough craft beer to tame any appetite. The lodge is rustic and perfect for a nice weekend getaway and they prices are a steal. Over the years I've introduced multiple people to the lodge and nearly every one can't wait to book a return trip within days of leaving, if not before we leave. This truly is a wonderful gem nestled in Wattsburg. The family atmosphere is seen in almost facet, be it the rental business, the lodge, the grooming and the bar. They treat us customers as family as well, always providing a welcome return and willing to lend a hand to make the stay special. If you haven't been, get here soon!!
Written 28 January 2014
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XCSkierEd
NW PA2 contributions
20 minutes away...lucky me!
Jan. 2014 • Friends
The Wilderness Lodge has been my winter home away from home since 1987, two years after I took up cross-country skiing. What initially grabbed me was the combination of a variety of trails (90% wooded) and the rustic lodge with its tasty home-style soups and sandwiches. Those same traits still grab me today. Trail grooming is much more labor- and time-intensive than it was back in the day when single-track striding was the rule. The second and third generations of the Janes family - Roger (wife Judy) and Ryan (wife Emily) - now split duties between the trails and lodge. They've continued to add grooming machines and equipment (as well as staff) in order to keep up with the demands of maintaining the extensive trail system in an area that's in the heart of snow country. Skate skiers, in-track striders, bushwhackers and snowshoers alike all have lots to love here! Likewise, the lodge itself has changed with the times. The basic formula of hearty soups and simple sandwiches survives, but now new appetizers (spinach artichoke dip with pitas, nachos, etc.) have been added and the microbrew aficionado has much to choose from in the well-stocked cooler. As an added bonus for Nordic-minded parents of young children, the Saturday "Wilderness Wildcats" program has been a huge hit! All in all, The Wilderness Lodge has remained true to its roots while continuing to evolve with the times, with the goal of being a winter destination for old and young alike for many years to come.
Written 26 January 2014
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bgsucassandra
Cleveland, OH40 contributions
Family destination since 2008
Oct. 2013 • Family
My family has been staying at The Wilderness Lodge for years.

The overnight accommodations are homey and quaint; each bed is covered with a homemade quilt and the rooms sleep a varied number of guests. Meals are cooked to order and while one reviewer found them over-priced, we feel that they are very comparable to other restaurants in the area (without the hassle of driving all over town) and consistent in high quality (more than I can say for other restaurants that are hit or miss).

If you are going out to ski, the trails are beautifully groomed with many options for different skiing abilities. If the weather doesn't cooperate for skiing, we highly recommend bundling up and going for a hike. The views are breathtaking.

My daughters (ages 10 & 3) love the supply of board games that keep them entertained when they gave had enough fresh air. The adults in my family (hubby, father, and cousins) love sitting around the indoor fireplace with a craft beer and watching sports on the big screen.
Written 23 January 2014
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Shayna S
Pittsburgh, PA3 contributions
A little slice of heaven
Dec. 2013 • Friends
The Wilderness Lodge is like a home away from home! The owner and staff are super friendly and welcome you with open arms and hearts. Every time I return it feels like I've never left. The food is outstanding and the beer selection is certainly something to talk about. The lodge itself is rustic and welcoming. The walls are filled with antiques that you could spend hours admiring and the fireplace is a wonderful place to relax, undwind and reminisce with friends and family. The property surrounding the lodge is breathtaking. The woods can only be described as majestic, both in the summer and the winter! The ski trails are fantastic and a wonderful way to escape reality for a few hours, days, weeks--whatever you wish. I can't say enough positive things about the Lodge, you defnitely have to experience it for yourself!!
Written 23 January 2014
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