The Harry Packer Mansion

19 Packer Ave , Jim Thorpe, PA 18229 USA (Show map)


Featuring Murder Mystery Weekends! First Friday Wine Tasting Overnight Lodging Weekend Tours: Sat-Sun 1-4:30pm Libations Lounge: Fri 4-9pm Sat&Sun 1-4:30pm The little Victorian village of Jim Thorpe, PA is a scenic paradise nestled between three mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. An oasis of history perfectly preserved, the architecture of the Village is purely Victorian. Perched high atop Packer Hill, the Harry Packer Mansion sits like a sentinel overlooking the town. The mansion's impressive facade could have been taken from a gothic novel, this is only fitting for the Mansion used as the model for Disney World's Haunted Mansion! The interior however is anything but spooky. Fifteen foot ceilings, marble fireplaces and gilded mirrors of the parlors reflect the elegance of the Victorian Age. The guest accommodations in the mansion and the adjoining Carriage House are furnished with period antiques, luxurious fabrics, and carefully selected artwork. In addition to offering overnight lodging the Mansion also hosts Murder Mystery Weekends, First Friday Wine Tastings and special events.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Wonderful stay

5 on July 22, 2018

Everything here is awesome, the veranda with awesome views the breakfast with is the best we ever had to the nice clean rooms, everything was perfect. The staff was wonderful and polite and if you needed anything it was right there on the spot.

I didn't want to leave!

5 on October 20, 2011

I went on a 2 night & 3 day get-away w/my hubby for our 3 year anniversary. We went from Sun-Tues. We did not go for the murder mystery weekend, but it was still such a beautiful place to visit. Pat & Bob were very nice & accommodating, the breakfast was delicious, and the energy in the home was most welcoming. I wish we could've stayed longer. I have already recommended The Harry Packer Mansion to my friends, family & customers!! Looking forward to going back for a wine tasting and/or murder mystery weekend!

Five Star

5 on September 18, 2011

The accomdations were top rate. The mansion has been restored to its former glory and immaculate. The staff is great, made our stay a pleasurable experience. I would recommend this location to anyone. We will definately be returning in the future. The food alone is worth the trip.

We enjoyed our stay

4.8 on June 19, 2011

We stayed at the Mansion recently for two nights. The house is itself is beautiful, and we would recommend staying in the Mansion itself (rather than the Carriage house) if possible. The inn keepers give the guests plenty of breathing space, and you could comfortably relax on the airy veranda and enjoy a nice selection of beverages from the Libations Lounge. The room was very nicely appointed, and the bed was comfortable. The house is very solid and thick, so rooms were well insulated and very private. The breakfasts were all very good, consisting of eggs, fruit, juice, and something else like waffles or pancakes. It was done nicely where you serve yourself and eat on the veranda or the dining room. We would definitely recommend staying here!

What a weekend

4.8 on April 05, 2011

A weekend that will never be forgotten. Wonderful hosts and hostesses, wonderful guests, wonderful food, wonderful sleep, wonderful town - what else could a person want. Thank you. (P.S. I loved the murder mystery and being the one who done it!)

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. Criminals make the best guests!! Hope you see you again after you serve your sentence.

- Pat (innkeeper)

Best B&B

5 on December 21, 2010

This is the best B&B I've stayed at. Great bar opens in the afternoon and stays open with great service.

Harry Packer Mansion

5 on December 21, 2010

Had a great time. Host & hostess were wonderful. Will be back.

First time staying at Bed and Breakfast

4.4 on August 28, 2010

My daughter and I had a really nice time staying at The Harry Packer Mansion.The owners and their kids couldn't have been nicer,enjoyed our breakfast on the porch and talking to the owners.It's a very interesting house with lots of charm and I would highly recommend their place.


5 on July 06, 2010

This is our second time staying here and we absolutely love it! Bob, Pat, Taylor and Kristen feel like family! It's so enchanting here. It's like a step back in time, so peaceful, so beautiful and so friendly! Thank you Handwerk Family for such a lovely stay once again!

Perfect place for a Murder Mystery!

4.8 on May 29, 2010

History combined with role play makes for a FANTASTIC murder myster weekend at The Harry Packer Mansion! Bob serves up the fun while Pat serves up the best meals we've enjoyed in ages. Their son Taylor sees to all of our refreshment needs. The rooms are magnificent!!! We've already told all of our friends and familiy about the Mansion and know that we will be making a return trip.

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Rooms & Rates

Carriage House Room

Queen bed with luxurious linens and private bathroom on the second floor of the restored 1861 carriage house. Victorian hunt motif,view of Kemmerer Park. A Full breakfast is served in the mansion and all guests have accesses to the mansion and Libations Lounge during their stay. Free wifi and off street parking.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $165 - $165

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Location Type

Just steps from historic downtown, Mountains, Small town, Village, Wine country


Allentown, PA (LVI-Lehigh Valley International) 20 miles

Directions to property:

NE extenion of PA tnpk to exit 75, 209 S 6 miles to Jim Thorpe, left after light at center of town, 2nd mansion on left up hill.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, In historic district filled with attractions., Mauch Chunk Opera house, live theater, Eckly Miner's Village National historic site, Penn's Peak for live music, Asa Packer mansion National historic site, Biking and hiking trails, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Private entrance, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , The parlors and verandah offer magnificent spots t, Tennis court on site, parking on site, Sit in front of the fireplace, enjoy a glass wine, walking distance to the shops, full bar and wine tastings

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Murder mystery weekends all year., Wine Tasting Weekend Packages, small weddings, Olde time Christmas activities, Birthday Parties, special events, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 5 PM to 8 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Smoking is allowed outside on the veranda
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No limited to over 16
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 100.00 for murder mystery weekends
50% for B&B
  • Cancellations: 7 days for 30 days for murder mystery weekends.



Bob, Pat, Taylor & Kristen Handwerk

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About the innkeepers

Cooking, flower arranging, decorating, re-decorating, and re-decorating again!

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  • Time Served: 9:00 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Dining area, Verandah, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Gussie's croissant
Gussie's croissant is a sweet egg casserole made of stuffed croissants in a custard, smothered in an orange glaze. Yes, it has a lot of calories, but you're on vacation!