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Inn at Starlight Lake - Starlight, PA


On a clear Lake in the PA Highlands is a country Inn of another time. Surrounded by rolling hills, woods and lakes the Inn is a perfect country retreat. Enjoy recreation from swimming to cross country skiing, romantic rooms, excellent food and spirits and a congenial atmosphere.

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Inn Style

The inn has a pleasant and informal atmosphere that guests can enjoy while indulging in the tranquility of the lake that is outside the Inn's front door. Accommodations are inviting and decorated with warmth - no air-conditioning, limited cell service or TV's in the rooms to interfere with the peaceful surroundings. We have added complimentary wifi service in our public areas. Enjoy a complete breakfast included in room rates.

Visitors can also partake lunch and dinner for an extra charge in the lakeside dining room. Guests can watch the world go by from the front porch looking at the lake, enjoy a game of table tennis or pool in the game room, enjoy a cocktail or selection of wines in the stovepipe bar or relax, read, listen to music or watch television in the sunroom. Sit by the fireplace, play tennis on the Inn's court, swim, fish canoe on the lake or head out on the trails by foot or in winter cross-country ski or snowshoe. Experience year-round hospitality.

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

The Inn at Starlight Lake’s long history began in 1806 when a Connecticut settler named Underwood acquired 10,000 acres of rolling hills in northeastern Pennsylvania. In 1880 his grandson build a dam at the outlet of a small pond, expanding it into a large body of water he named “Starlight Lake.”

In 1907, Eugene Fay bought a tract near the eastern shore of the lake, and built a summer boarding house he called “Starlight Inn.” Guest mostly hailing from New York City and New Jersey, arrived by train and many stayed the entire summer. Another generation of the Fay family took over in 1968. They made extensive improvements to the Inn, adding private bathrooms, a cocktail lounge, and opening the Inn’s restaurant to the public as well as overnight guests.

The Inn at Starlight Lake went through another transformation in 1974. Jack and Judy McMahon, along with Judy’s brother Dennis Ebert, purchased the Inn’s property from the Fay’s and continued providing family hospitality.

Today the Inn is owned and operated by Sari Schwartz from Connecticut. Jim and Sari bought the Inn in 2005 and brought almost 65 years of hospitality experience to the Inn, and have been regular guest for over a decade. Jimmy passed away in 2011 and Sari and her daughter and son-in-law continue to operate the Inn and would like to welcome you as part of the family, and hope you enjoy your stay.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pet friendly in our cottage rooms at a cost of 10.00 per night. Your pet is welcome anywhere on the property except the Main House.


Seasons Open

The Inn is open 365 days a year.


Range of Rates

100.00 - 255.00


Locally or Family-Owned Business


Breakfast Style Served

Full and Hearty Breakfast

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