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Eagles Mere, PA: A Step Back in Time for Family Fun (Sponsored)

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This article is sponsored by the Eagles Mere Historic Village INC. Opinions expressed are my own.

I’ve been to a lot of places in Pennsylvania, but I’ve never been somewhere quite like Eagles Mere.

Eagles Mere is a resort community located deep in the forests of the Endless Mountains of northeastern PA. Since the late 19th century, families have been flocking here for summertime fun; a tradition that continues into the 21st century.

During my travels around PA, I’ve been through Eagles Mere on several occasions as I explored the nearby Worlds End State Park and Loyalsock State Forest. And while I’ve always enjoyed stopping in this historic village to visit its restaurants and shops, I’d never fully explored this community until recently.

Clock in Eagles Mere a Small Town in Pennsylvania
Eagles Mere is a quaint town nestled in the Endless Mountains.

While anyone can visit Eagles Mere, many of the community’s best amenities (its lake, tennis courts, hiking trails, and country club, to name a few) are only open to those that are members of the Eagles Mere Association. Fortunately, however, becoming a temporary member is quite easy, which makes this a fantastic family vacation destination.

Temporary membership is open to those either renting a home within the borough or staying at the Eagles Mere Inn. The great thing about the inn is that the cost of temporary membership ($240 per week for a family of four and up from there for larger groups) is included in your room rate.

Exterior of the Eagles Mere Inn in Sullivan County PA
The Eagles Mere Inn is a historic property in the heart of the community.

I had a chance recently to stay a few nights at the Eagles Mere Inn, which was a perfect opportunity to explore the community’s many great amenities, as well as to reacquaint myself with the fabulous outdoor adventure opportunities in the surrounding forest and the incredible museums in the area.

The Eagles Mere Inn is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and was built in 1887. It is the last of the town’s original inns that is still standing. The inn features 17 rooms, which are well-appointed and include a fabulous breakfast each morning.

Bedroom in the Eagles Mere Inn in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania
The inn’s rooms are well-appointed and quite comfortable.

During my stay, I also had a chance to eat at the inn’s restaurant, A.C. Little’s Drinkery, which offers both inside and outside seating depending on the season and weather. While the menu here isn’t overly large, the food is very delicious (Try the Crab Cake Sliders), and, it would be a great choice even if it wasn’t one of the only places in the area open for dinner.

Whether you stay at the Eagles Mere Inn or opt for a larger house rental in town, definitely make sure to take advantage of the perks of being a temporary member of the Eagles Mere Association.

Drone photo above Eagles Mere, PA showing the town and Eagles Mere Lake, both surrounded by forest
Access to Eagles Mere Lake is only for residents and those staying in town.

The most notable perk, in my opinion, is the access you get to the 230-acre, spring-fed Eagles Mere Lake.

This lake is incredibly beautiful and even though there are some houses and docks along it, the shoreline is largely forested and looks much as it would have 100 years ago. Temporary Members can rent kayaks and canoes to explore the lake or to go fishing.

Kayaker on Eagles Mere Lake in Eagles Mere, PA
Kayaks are a great way to see the lake.

Members can also climb aboard the Hardly Able, a World War 1 troop transport ship that plies the lake and will drop you off at just about anywhere you want around the lake.

Probably the most popular destination is the lake’s sandy beach, which is a great place to relax on a summer day. The sand here extends out into the water, and the guarded beach is a great place for both kids and adults to go for a swim on a hot day.

Swimming equipment in the water next to the dock and sand at Eagles Mere Beach in Pennsylvania
The beach is a great spot to cool off on a warm day.

I also love how many activities there are around Eagles Mere for kids to participate in. In fact, there is an entire kids club area that is new for 2023 that provides kids activities both on rainy days and on select evenings in the summer months.

If that’s not enough, there are kids’ art and science activities during the day that are open to both members and non-members in the area. These offer a great chance for kids to participate in a fun activity and learn something new about the world around them!

For adults, temporary members can take advantage of everything from tennis lessons to golfing and dining at the local country club when staying in Eagles Mere. There are also a plethora of events happening throughout the year, some of which are open to anyone and others just for members.

Hiking trail around Eagles Mere Lake surrounded by trees and blooming mountain laurel
Enjoy many member-only benefits while staying in town, like several miles of beautiful hiking trails.

While Eagles Mere is special, the area around it is just as fun to explore and is what has brought me to the Endless Mountains many times over the years.

The borough is nearly surrounded by the 115,000-acre Loyalsock State Forest, as well as Worlds End State Park. These pieces of public land provide hundreds of miles of hiking trails, fabulous overlooks, and stunning waterfalls.

Angel Falls in Loyalsock State Forest
Loyalsock State Forest is home to many incredible vistas, hundreds of miles of trails, and great waterfalls like Angel Falls.

The area is also home to some pretty incredible museums, something that is rare to find in rural areas of PA. In fact, the combined collections of the Eagles Mere Air Museum, Eagles Mere Auto Museum, and the Eagles Mere Motorcycle Museum might be the best collection of antique transportation pieces in all of Pennsylvania.

Even more amazingly, a large percentage of the vintage motorcycles and cars in the collection aren’t even on display in the official museums. However, those that book four or more rooms at the Eagles Mere Inn can get private tours of these incredible additional spaces.

Looking over the floor full of cars at the Eagles Mere Auto Museum in Sullivan County PA
There are several fantastic museums in Eagles Mere, ensuring you’ll have something for everyone to do.

If that’s not enough, the area around Eagles Mere is also home to a great war museum, historical society museum, town museum, covered bridges, and some fabulous places to eat, including a brand-new coffee shop and the historic Sweet Shop (Try the Coffee House Brisket sandwich).

Sullivan County has always been one of my favorite areas of Pennsylvania to explore, and I’ve always enjoyed my brief visits to Eagles Mere in the past, so I’m glad I finally had the chance to stay in town and really see what it has to offer.

Shops in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania
Eagles Mere is a charming spot for a vacation.

I realize that my fawning likely will come across as expected and possibly even insincere because of the sponsored content label at the top of this article. However, I can earnestly say that this is a fabulous spot to get away from the hustle and bustle for a bit and reconnect with family and nature.

I’m even trying to figure out a way to bring my wife and young kids back to Eagles Mere to stay for a few days at some point as I know they would have a wonderful time.

This article is sponsored by the Eagles Mere Historic Village INC, a 501C3. Opinions expressed are my own.

 

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6 thoughts on “Eagles Mere, PA: A Step Back in Time for Family Fun (Sponsored)”

  1. Jim,
    As a summer resident of Eagles Mere for over 60 years, I enjoyed your recent article on our wonderful little town. However, one aspect that was glaringly omitted was the ARTS program that flourishes here on the mountain. From music, concerts, in-house concerts, painting, drawing, photography – we offer a variety of cultural and artistic events throughout the summer. I certainly hope you include this part of our summer existence at a future publication.
    Thanks so much.
    Julie Stauffer

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  2. My family just returned from a week at Eagles Mere so seeing your article made me smile. It was our first time to Eagles Mere & we definitely fell in love with the laid back atmosphere & the friendliness of the people. We got a temporary lake membership as well as a temporary membership to the boat co-op & spent the week on the lake. It was so nice just to be able to walk down to the boat shed & get a paddleboard, kayak, pedal boat or even a wind surfer. It was the most relaxing vacation our family of 12 have ever been on. I highly recommend it!

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  3. After reading this article the town seems a bit pretentious to me. You need a temporary membership to do anything there? I don’t mind paying for amenities but this place is a bit overboard. I guess they want to keep out the riffraff like me but that’s OK there are a lot of other great places in PA to visit 😉

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    • You don’t have to pay to do everything. They have some programs, including some for kids, that are open to anyone. Plus, there are a ton of things to do in and around the area including hundreds of miles of hiking trails, several fantastic museums, etc. Even if you don’t stay in Eagles Mere, that area is one of my favorite areas in all of Pennsylvania to explore.

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      • Oh I agree Jim, there are a lot of hidden gems up there. Just last weekend we hiked the waterfalls in State Game Lands #13. We hiked in Fishing Creek and Heberly Run to get a good view of all the waterfalls. Then we stopped at the Jamison City Hotel for a terrific dinner. BTW, keep up the good work. We use your articles to guide us in some of our adventures!

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