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River Mountain Retreat: Modern Luxury in the Great Outdoors


River Mountain Retreat is highlighting the beautiful outdoors of Bedford County while providing an amazing place to get away and disconnect from city life.


“I wanted to start a place where we can all escape,” says Meghan Gruszynski, co-founder of River Mountain Retreat. The 150-acre retreat is built for the modern explorer and offers comfortable lodging and thoughtful amenities.


Meghan resides in Madison, Wisconsin, and she sees many similarities between the small town she grew up in and Central Pennsylvania. “Both share an appreciation of the outdoors and a love of our small towns and communities,” she says. “I’ve never really explored Pennsylvania prior to this project. There is so much beauty. It really does feel magical.”

“You don’t necessarily have to rough it,” says Meghan. “One really important quality of River Mountain that I’m focused on is accessibility and inclusivity. We wanted to make the outdoors a space that is not intimidating. You can come and visit no matter your experience level, and you can create your own relationship with the outdoors.”


River Mountain features beautiful lodging areas that were constructed in a biophilic style - the idea of letting the outdoors in. In addition to the glamping pods, the retreat also features a restored 1804 historic log cabin that serves as a dining area, as well as a restored barn that’s used as a community recreation area.


The retreat sees many visitors during the week that escape the city to come and work remotely in the mountains. Remote workers can enjoy wifi, co-working lounges, modern work spaces and more!

Since opening its doors a mere few weeks ago, many business owners in Bedford County have already seen some of River Mountain’s guests. “The partnerships we’ve created in the community have been amazing,” says Meghan. “We have a great place to stay, but Bedford and the surrounding region is just awesome to experience.”


Learn more about River Mountain Retreat by visiting their website, rivermountain.org. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram @rivermountainretreat.


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