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July 26, 2021
A Day Trip to a Simpler Time in Eagles Mere

Discover the Quiet Stillness of the Endless Mountains and the Time Capsule-Quality of the “Town That Time Forgot”

Don’t just “get away for a day” when you can literally go back in time at historic Eagles Mere in scenic Sullivan County.

The first cottages started going up in this tiny, farm town around the middle of the 19th century. Slowly, visitors began to arrive at Eagles Mere. They came to stroll along the lake, and maybe dip a toe in the cool, clear water. Perhaps, they’d wander along Main Street and stop for an ice cream cone. Just about any spot in town offered up a view of the setting sun as the reach of its golden fingers slipped from the undulating Endless Mountains.

Soon, those visitors bought into the whole scene – the dream of Eagles Mere. By the turn of the century, quaint resorts hummed with activity. The song of children resonated from the sandy beach. Newlyweds rowed out in search of a quiet nook or shade tree along the shoreline. A solo Flyfisher cut his line through a summer haze from the bow of a trusty Jon boat.

There wasn’t much to a summer day in Eagles Mere. It was simple. Time seemed to slow a bit. On a busy day, there’d be small flotilla of sailboats on the water, happy, oiled-up families crowding the beach and maybe a short line at The Sweet Shop.

Even at the height of its popularity in the mid-20th century, this was the definition of “bustling” in the secluded mountain resort town. And that’s intentional. The idea behind a trip to Eagles Mere was to restore the soul. Visitors escaped from humming cities to unburden their minds of train whistles and traffic, to breathe fresh air and to gaze in awe at star-speckled skies.

And if you visited Eagles Mere today, you’d find that almost nothing has changed.

Don’t let the peace and quiet fool you. There’s plenty to do.

Throughout summer and fall, the Village Green at Eagles Mere comes alive with activity. From twice weekly outdoor yoga sessions to organized hikes and art-centered activities to major seasonal events, you’ll find a little something for everyone. A few popular events include the Antiques Market, the Bi-Planes, Trains and Automobiles Event and the annual Arts and Crafts Festival. There’s even a century ride for the avid cyclist called the Tour De Shunk.

And the fun doesn’t end once the chill sets in. Every winter (well, almost every winter) when the lake freezes over, the Eagles Mere Volunteer Fire Company creates one of Pennsylvania’s most unique winter attractions. For over 100 years, the Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide has been drawing visitors from far and away. The popular ice slide sends toboggans screaming down Lake Avenue and onto the frozen lake at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. They even set up a hot chocolate shack and a crackling fire nearby. It’s become one of those secret “must do’s” for adventurous NEPA families.

Shopping and Dining

While you’d be hard-pressed to find a fast-food joint with a drive-thru, there are several unique dining options. The famous Eagles Mere Inn Features a few stops to relax and grab a bite. For a more refined dining experience, check out The 1887. If you’d prefer things a little laid back, head over to AC Little’s Drinkery. And if dining outside is more your speed, you’ll have to grab a spot at On The Rocks Patio.

A leisurely stroll into the village will offer up a few more dining options. You can snag a tasty breakfast at the Eagles Mere Country Store, or lunch at The Barn. And don’t forget dessert at what is likely the town’s most popular hangout – The Sweet Shop.

Throughout the village, you’ll also find a scattering of adorable stops for a little bit of shopping. Peruse antiques. Pick up a few new books. Stock up on delightful home décor. And do it all without getting in the car.

Nearby Ricketts Glen State Park in Benton, PA.

Stay and Play.

Whether you’re planning a long break from the hustle and bustle of your every day, a weekend retreat, or just a day away, Eagles Mere can accommodate. Lodging options include the historic Eagles Mere Inn and the Crestmont Inn Guesthouse. Or, you can find any number of cottages on popular booking sites.

The town also features a handful of fun attractions. The Eagles Mere Country Club offers a challenging golf course with breathtaking “50-mile” mountain top views. Catch up on the town’s rich history at the Eagles Mere Museum. Car buffs can explore a little bit of automobile history at the Eagles Mere Auto Museum. And you have to check out the incredible collection of aviation history at the Eagles Mere Air Museum.

If you’re looking to get outside for some fresh air and fantastic scenery, Eagles Mere is also sandwiched between two amazing state parks. Worlds End State Park is located just over 6 miles north of town. The park features plenty of hiking trails, waterfalls, creek swimming and so much more. Roughly 30 miles to the east, you’ll find the famous Ricketts Glen State Park. And if waterfalls are your thing, you have to check it out. There are more than 20 of them in the park, along with a sandy beach for swimming, picnic areas and 26 miles of hiking trails.

Head for the hills.

Regardless of season, when you’re looking for that quiet place to get away, you might want to note the typical flow of traffic, and head in the opposite direction. Step back in time and experience a vision of rest and relaxation that hasn’t changed for well over 100 years. Slow it down for a bit and keep it simple.

Plan your next day trip to Eagles Mere Historic Village in Pennsylvania’s scenic Endless Mountains.

Eagles Mere Lake is privately-owned and not open to the general public. Access to the lake and its amenities requires community membership, temporary community membership, or guest access through community or local resorts. Please inquire with the Eagles Mere Association for more information.