Hidden Gem: Stegmaier Mansion, Wilkes-barre, PA

Our stay at the Stegmaier mansion was happenstance.  Call it luck, as we stumbled across an absolute treasure.  It is everything a Bed and Breakfast should be; unique, friendly, gracious and warm as well as having an incredibly interesting past.

The B&B is in a mansion once belonging to the famous local gentry, the Stegmaier family.  It has been painstakingly restored for over 10+ years by its owner, Joe Matteo to the days when the Stegmaiers lived in the mansion – the early 1900s.  Deservedly the winner of as many a restoration award.

Joe is a gracious host who brims with enthusiasm.  He presented us with some of the local Stegmaier brew upon our arrival and then he gave us a detailed tour through the intricate rooms.  Each room is decorated in a specific manner.  There is the library, the ladies drawing room, the kitchen and the parlor to mention a few and they each have their own unique details.  It is a treasure trove for the curious.  From the intercom system between rooms to the wireless in the library to the smoking pipes and grand piano.  The house is full of family memorabilia including old photos telling the family’s story.  Each of the bedrooms also has a distinct character.  We stayed in the Gold Medal Room which was full of glorious snippets of the Stegmaier brewery’s story.

As if the décor was not enough the service at Stegmaier Mansion is exemplary.  Breakfast arrives at the door on a silver tray which hides fresh bread and strudel. There is also a limitless supply of fresh fruit and warm drinks and complimentary vanity supplies.  We could not be more complimentary of our stay or recommend it highly enough.

The Stegmaier brewery is no longer in existence but Stegmaier’s legendary Gold Medal beer is still brewed, now by the local Lion brewery.  A six pack to take home with you makes a perfect souvenir.  Never stayed in a B&B before?  This place might just change your mind.

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