1 . Woodloch Pines Resort

Hawley, Pennsylvania

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They say it’s “like a cruise on land.” Since we’ve been on several cruises, we know what that means, and you’ll find it here at Woodloch Pines - when you’re not outside enjoying the beautiful Lake Teedyuskung and more than 1,000 acres in the Poconos, you’re inside watching a Broadway-style show.

Or else you’re golfing on the 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course, competing in the regularly-held Family Olympics, water skiing, bumper boating, flying down the Mountain Slide, relaxing on the beach, playing paintball…we could go on and on. And so can you at Woodloch Pines, which is the idea. It’s a family retreat in any season, complete with a range of accommodations to go along with all the Pocono Mountains activities. Which isn’t to say it’s not good for meetings, too. All of these activities apply equally well for corporate teambuilding, with a variety of meeting rooms and venues to make it complete. But it’s really something intangible, something they call “the magic” of Woodloch, that makes it special. Perhaps it has something to do with the idea of 50 years (51, actually, as of 2009) of family-owned resort development.

Getting there

Woodloch Pines is just a two- to three-hour drive from New York City. Take 95N to Exit 21. Follow Rt. 287 to Tappan Zee Bridge. Get on Rt. 87N (NYS Thruway). Follow 87N to Exit 16 at Harriman to Rt. 17W (I-86W) to Exit 121W to Rt. 84W toward Port Jervis. Remain on Rt. 84W to PA Exit 46 (formerly #10). Continue approximately 13 miles. Turn right at the Exxon Station onto Rt. 434N to Rt. 590W. Follow it 3.6 miles to intersection. Continue straight approximately 1.4 miles to the main entrance.

Highlights

Family-style meal service is provided at a variety of Woodloch dining venues including the Inn and the Main Dining Room. Traditional and non-traditional American Plans are provided.

Related activities

Woodloch Pines is near five well-known ski areas including Camelback and Big Bear, as well as several horseback riding operations such as Rainbow Farm and Triple W.

2 . Skytop Lodge

Skytop, Pennsylvania

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Grand, historic, beautiful, luxurious…all of these terms come to mind when you think of Skytop Lodge. If you’re wondering why, start with its location. This venerable lodge is perched on a plateau overlooking West Mountain, Skytop Lake and just about everything else for as far as the eye can see.

This is what happens when you’re ambitious, you live during a time of post-war prosperity (in this case, WWI) and you have taste. Skytop Lodge and its first golf course was built under the direction of three men in 1925, and since then everything has seemed to grow around it. Today, the golf course is championship caliber, the lake is much larger and the activities are an exhilarating blend of the modern and the Old-World. You’re just as likely here to find archery and tobogganing as you are to scale the 30-foot indoor rock wall, play paintball, do some geocaching or take one of the resort’s popular wilderness survival classes at its new Adventure Center. The grandeur is still present in the accommodations, too - the original stonework still adorns the lodge, and the Skyview Spa at Skytop, with its fabulous flower gardens and breathtaking views, is one of the finest in the East.

Getting there

From New York City, cross George Washington Bridge to the west on I-95 to I-80. Continue West on I-80 through New Jersey to the Delaware Water Gap Bridge Toll Booth. Travel one mile and take Exit 309. Merge immediately into left turn lane and make the first left onto Route 447 North. Follow Route 447 North to the village of Canadensis. Turn right on Route 390 North. The entrance to Skytop Lodge is three miles from this point on the left.

Related Onsite Offerings

A Pre-Arrival Concierge can help you plan your trip in advance, including in-room services, Adventure Center classes, spa treatments and more.

Total area

Skytop Lodge currently encompasses 5,500 acres of gorgeous Pocono Mountains landscapes.

3 . Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts

Lakeville, Pennsylvania

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Maybe what we’ve heard the most about the Poconos is how romantic it is. This is due, in part, to the fact that the famous champagne glass hot tub was invented here at Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts. That was in the 1950s, but today Cove Haven is still leading the way with a very modern take on romance.

In fact, Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts might be the last, and the best, of the original Poconos resorts that paved the way for a generation (at least!) of romantic getaways. The champagne glass and heart-shaped hot tubs are still here among its tremendously varied themed suites. But nowadays, you’ll notice something a little different and new and X-citing here. The X is on purpose. The new entertainment concepts with names like Xcitement, Heat and Blush incorporate a multitude of new restaurants, products and activities. Xcitement, for example, includes adventure packages for snow tubing, whitewater rafting, auto racing at Pocono Speedway and more, all with the help of your CXO - that would be Chief Xcitement Officer, which anywhere else would be reduced to a simple tour leader. This is modern romance you’ve got to try!

Related Onsite Offerings

Every room is romantic at Cove Haven’s three separate resorts, but you can choose a themed suite to match your mood - Romans, Egyptians, Greek gods and goddesses and even the Garden of Eden are right here!

Highlights

Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts’ entertainment venues regularly host big-name acts such as Wildfire Band and comedian Rich Ramirez.

Getting there

Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts consists of three separate resorts in three separate locations. Cove Haven is in Lakeville, PA; Paradise Stream is in Mount Pocono, PA and Pocono Palace is in East Stroudsburg, PA.

4 . Stroudsmoor Country Inn

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

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The Poconos offer some of the most breathtaking views you can imagine and Stroudsmoor Country Inn presents a destination unlike any other. Resting atop its own 300 acre mountain, this charming Pennsylvania getaway features a refined Poconos elegance that's perfect for intimate vacations, weddings, and much more.

From the moment you set foot at this Poconos destination, you’ll surely be enchanted by the old world charm and friendly atmosphere that welcomes you to your unforgettable stay. Choose from a variety of cozy accommodations ranging from standard rooms and suites at the Inn to intimate cabins and cottages with fabulous mountain views. Stroudsmoor’s convenient Poconos location puts you minutes away from all the best activities and entertainment. From antiquing and shopping to hiking on the Appalachian Trail to golfing at the nearby Glen Brook Course, there’s something here for everyone! Stoudsmoor Country Inn is renowned for their magical Poconos weddings. Here, you can exchange your vows at the mountain’s breathtaking peak, and experience a magnificent start to your new life together. Their exceptional staff will assist in all the details from catering to decoration to accommodations. Brides will love the range of rejuvenating treatments at the Spa & Bridal Studio. Indulge in a massage or facial before your big day!

Address

257 Stroudsmoor Road Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Highlights

Whether you're here for an engagement, reception, or birthday celebration, the Stroudsmoor Photography Studio will be there to capture every happy moment.

5 . Inn at Pocono Manor

Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania

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It’s known as the “Grand Lady of the Poconos,” and if that conjures up images of royalty, history and rare period furnishings from the early 1900s - well, you’d be right. And you’d also be right if you decided that the Inn at Pocono Manor was a terrific place for a fun-filled Poconos family vacation.

That’s because the inn, which opened in 1902, has just about every activity that’s been invented since then. Here, you don’t just go golfing; you golf on either of two 18-hole championship courses that have hosted the likes of Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and lots of other legends much older than we are. If you want to go horseback riding, you do it courtesy of the Pocono Clydesdales of Pocono Manor Stables. Naturally, there’s a spa - the Laurel Spa, with 20 treatment rooms and amazing décor. That’s in addition to a long, long list of sports, guided tours involving ATVs, sleighs, bocce balls and much more. For lodging, choose from elegant, historic rooms in the original inn, lodge rooms at the Spruce/Laurel Lodge or rooms in the eight-story tower - the tower!! - at the Inn at Pocono Manor.

Fun facts

The first nine-hole golf course opened at the Inn at Pocono Manor in 1911, and the famous Donald Ross-designed East Course was completed in 1927.

Related Onsite Offerings

Accompanying the 36 holes of championship golf are a driving range, two practice putting greens, a restaurant and the Greg Wall Golf School.

Getting there

From New York City, take I-80 West from the George Washington Bridge to I-380 North. At the first exit (Pocono Exit 3), turn right and follow the signs to the Manor.

6 . The Woodlands Inn

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

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You can tell it from the name: The Woodlands Inn is, well, in the Pennsylvania woodlands. Manicured grounds and a trickling stream give it a calming ambience. But there are plenty of secret perks to staying here, which is why it gets our #7 pick. So what are these secrets?

Many resorts have Jacuzzis, but not like this one: The Woodlands Jacuzzi holds 17,000 gallons of water! You won’t awkwardly brush legs with strangers in that. With wood paneling and potted trees, the Jacuzzi room has a truly organic atmosphere. For dinner, watch Japanese chefs cook tableside at the hibachi-style steakhouse. Or try one of Crescenzo’s gourmet pizzas, baked in a wood-fired brick oven. And for nightlife – three after-dinner venues. Choose from the intimate Executive Lounge with live music, the outside Club Havana, or the Evolution dance club. Each room at the Woodlands has a unique, breathtaking view of the Poconos plus beds with French duvet comforters. Relax at the Woodlands’ spa. Let the concierge schedule a tee time at the nearby Jack Frost National Golf Club, voted in the top 20 new golf courses by Golfweek. The Woodlands Inn is a quiet resort with some pretty exciting secrets.

Related Onsite Offerings

At the Woodlands Inn, large groups are welcome. Have the Woodlands staff help you plan and organize your wedding. For business meetings, there are 12,000 square feet of conference space and a variety of conference services, including equipment rental. Catering is available.

Related activities

Located between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Woodlands Inn gives you the chance to catch a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees baseball game or take a tour at the Lackawanna Coal Mine. Try your luck at the Mohegan Sun casino. Explore downtown Scranton and then come back to the serene haven of Woodlands Inn.

Getting there

From New York City, take I-80 West to Exit 284 (Blakeslee). Turn right onto Route 115 North, and travel 20 miles to Exit 1. Turn left at the light on Route 315 North, The Woodlands is 1/4 mile on the right.

7 . Bushkill Inn & Conference Center

Bushkill, Pennsylvania

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 200 - 2978

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The magic of 8 isn’t just for billiard balls. Your walkabout wishes have come true; past the enchantment of Pennsylvania’s 8 cascading Bushkill Falls at The Bushkill Inn & Conference Center!

A series of eight waterfalls form one of the wonders of this world. Bushkill Inn & Conference Center sits front-and-center to the Bushkill Falls, its water-led trails delving deep in the wooded Pocono Mountains. Take a walk where oaks are gilded in gold, their roots just remnants of an older world where the cold-shouldered Poconos Mountains were and are an unchanged facet of this four-counties corner. Take a trip into the past, through old growth forests by horseback, pass through the Pennsylvania’s very own Niagara at Bushkill Falls-inspired spa at Bushkill, and into the sumptuous suites or the private and semi-secluded cottages of Bushkill Inn & Conference Center. Discover your inner-explorer hiking, swimming, or fishing the eight falls at Bushkill, your mountain country walkabout.

Highlights

The 160 acres of scenic woodland surround the Panorama Room, an enchanting, candle-lit backdrop to your dream wedding venue or memorable meeting and conference.

Related activities

Mother Earth is a boastful beauty, playing with the formative powers of earth and water here in the natural wonderland of the Poconos. Marvel at mountain mystique with area activities like rafting river rapids, horseback riding trails, hiking the Falls, and fishing for Rainbow Trout, Walleye, and Largemouth Bass.

Fun facts

Waterpark warriors delight in the four-season vessel that travels to the tropics, come rain or come shine! Waterparks are familiar features of the Poconos waterworld, where indoors or out you can float the river, paddleboat the lake, or feel the rushing renewal of a waterfalls spa.

8 . Fernwood Hotel and Resort

Bushkill, Pennsylvania

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It’s tough to budget for the stuff you actually want to do these days - like go on a Poconos vacation, for example. But that’s where Fernwood Hotel and Resort can help you. It’s got a diverse selection of accommodations and things to do, you can’t help but find the getaway that’s right for you.

There are about 900 rooms here, for one thing, and we think nearly as many activities. The Fernwood Golf Course offers 18 holes and up to 6,174 yards of par 71 golf, and the 10,000-square-foot Game Zone Arcade is great for the kids (or, ahem, adults who love arcade games). There are eight pools here - yes, eight - plus the Camelbeach Waterpark is right nearby. Or, jump into a bumper boat in the small lake right in front of the hotel. The onsite Event Center hosts live entertainment for a large range of audiences. Three themed restaurants provide a similar range of dining, from fine to casual; there’s also the Fernwood Food Court for quick snacks any time of day. And for your lodging, you can choose a traditional hotel room, a suite or a spacious villa from studio to two-bedroom.

Related activities

For the gambler, Mt. Airy and the renowned Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Casinos are nearby.

Related Onsite Offerings

Along with a total of 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space, Fernwood takes full advantage of its diverse activities with customized teambuilding events, orienteering, paintball and much more.

Getting there

From New York City, take I-80 West to PA Exit 309 to Route 209 North and follow Route 209 North for eight miles. Fernwood Hotel and Resort is on the left.

9 . Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort

Hawley, Pennsylvania

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 920 - 4609

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Enjoy a vacation in the Poconos with Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort in Hawley, Pennsylvania.

Take a trip to the picturesque Pocono Mountains and stay at an idyllic resort on the shore of Lake Wallenpaupack. Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort offers a wide variety of room options, from cozy motel rooms to the homey feel of private cottages. After a complimentary continental breakfast, explore everything Ehrhardt's has to offer! Splash in the heated outdoor pool, splash in the lake or go fishing, take a paddleboat out onto the water, hike through the beautiful woods, and much more!

Address

205 Route 507 Hawley, PA 18428

Fun facts

Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort began as one inn, The Silver Birches Inn, and has been in the family since 1943!

Related Onsite Offerings

Enjoy old-fashioned family fun on the beach! Whether you're swimming in the lake, building a sandcastle, or just lounging, it's the perfect place to spend a day at Ehrhardt's!

10 . Split Rock Resort

Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 444 - 9436

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Split Rock Resort is a playground. It doesn’t matter how old you are, who you bring or what you most like to do on a Pocono Mountains vacation; if you like to play instead of work once in a while, Split Rock is the place for you.

There are more features, amenities and activities here than perhaps anywhere else in the Northeast. The fun starts at H2ooohh!, the onsite, indoor waterpark, where you’ll find all kinds of scarily-named slides like Viper, Pirahna and Amazon Blast. There’s also the Komodo Dragon, one of the only reptiles that will eat you for lunch - no, actually, in this case it’s Pennsylvania’s first indoor FlowRider surf simulator. Golf, anyone? The Split Rock Golf Course offers 27 holes of world-class golf, complete with GPS-equipped carts. We haven’t even gotten to the bowling alley or the first-run movie theater, or the vast array of indoor and outdoor sports. Suffice it to say that, even when the economy is tough, things are still easy at Split Rock Resort.

Getting there

It’s a two-hour drive from New York City to Split Rock Resort. Take George Washington Bridge to Interstate 80 West to Pennsylvania Exit 284. Make a right onto Rt. 115 and then a left onto Rt. 940 West. Follow signs to Split Rock Resort. At the next traffic light, turn left on to Moseywood Road, you will see two large stone pillars at the entrance to Split Rock Resort.

Highlights

Did we mention the beach? It’s a wonderful family-oriented stretch of sand on the peaceful Lake Harmony. With a 100-slip marina, of course.

Related Onsite Offerings

Split Rock Resort offers 60,000 total square feet of meeting and exhibit space, the largest in the Poconos. The Conference Department will help you with every detail of your group getaway, which can employ any of 23 meeting rooms and two ballrooms.

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