Built in the 1920s in the quiet town of Schwenksville, PA, Woodside Lodge at Spring Mountain is a family-owned and operated restaurant and lodge in Greater Philadelphia. I arrived on a crisp fall day and walked up the porch steps past the pumpkin “welcome” sign. The sun was already beginning its descent toward the horizon, and the late afternoon light streamed softly across tables on the covered porch.
I stepped inside to the buzz of dinner service and a wedding reception and met Gayle, one of the proprietors. After she welcomed me, she showed me upstairs to my room, quickly showed me around, and left me to get settled in.
I enjoyed the quiet charm of the room. It included all the normal amenities that I expect—toiletries, a mini coffee maker, and a mini fridge. A bird theme adorned the room without being overly done, and it was tastefully decorated with a rustic country charm. My favorite feature was the adjoining room with a sitting chair and small couch next to a fireplace—a perfectly cozy spot to unwind after a long day. The room included two TV’s, both small, but I didn’t mind because I preferred some quiet reading.
I soon meandered down to the restaurant to eat dinner. Though the porch was too chilly for guests that evening, I enjoyed the small but busy dining room. There were touches of fall throughout the room, as well as more permanent décor. Adorning all four walls were numerous paintings of local country scenes, painted by one of the restaurant’s own staff.
The menu offered varied options—seafood, meat, chicken, and a couple of vegetarian options. As a Maine transplant to a landlocked state, I hesitated to try anything with lobster in the name. But I was pleasantly surprised by everything in the dish—large chunks of real lobster inside of delicious ravioli, tossed in a flavorful sauce and topped with more seafood.
In the morning, I awoke early and made my way down to the dining room for a quiet breakfast. The restaurant is open to the public for breakfast on Sundays, though there is a special menu for bed and breakfast guests. I was glad to get some time to chat with Gayle before the commotion of the day crept in. She joined me for a few minutes for coffee, and I was able to see some of the personality of this place come out. She is both a serious business woman and the friendly neighbor that you’ll want to sit down and enjoy a morning coffee with. She is committed to the highest quality in presentation and service, and simultaneously takes time to welcome her guests with sincere hospitality. After we were done chatting and more guests had arrived, I watched her as she floated from room to room to talk with each of them.
Overall, my experience at the Woodside Lodge at Spring Mountain in Schwenksville, PA was excellent. It is a charming town with plenty of nearby attractions, including skiing, snow tubing, and zipline canopy tours at Spring Mountain Adventure. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway outside of the city, I highly recommend checking out Woodside Lodge at Spring Mountain.