The holiday season can be festive and fun . . . but sometimes it’s just good to get away from the normal activities and simply slow down a bit. The Poconos offer a lot of ways to recharge your mental and emotional batteries. We’ve talked before about the fact that the Poconos area is a region for all seasons. But let’s take a look at some of the best winter getaways in the Poconos.
What Kind of Getaway Refreshes You?
One of the great things about the Poconos region is that there is such a wealth of options to choose from when you’re looking for winter activities. Some people thrive on an abundance of physical activity to blow off steam. Others are looking for a little pampering. Some want some new activities for kids who have been cooped up inside. And others are looking for a romantic getaway. Here are a few of the choices available to you or your family.
Great Skiing and Snowboarding Opportunities
If we’re talking about winter getaways in the Poconos it’s almost impossible to ignore some of the great winter sports opportunities the region has to offer. The area has a wonderful concentration of great ski and snowboarding options within a relatively small area (all of which are easily accessible from New York, New Jersey, or Philadelphia. In addition to great skiing and snowboarding, many of the resorts offer fantastic dining and comfortable accommodations for couples or families. Click here for a look at what some of the best ski resorts in the Poconos have to offer.
Fun Family Indoor Activities
Just because there’s snow on the ground doesn’t mean you have to spend all of your time in coats, hats, gloves, and boots. If you have a hankering for something a little warmer, maybe a warm and wet getaway is the right choice for you—especially if you have kids. The Poconos region has some of the best indoor water park facilities anywhere in the U.S. Regardless of what the temperature is outside, you can hang out in swimsuit comfort inside. Click here for a The Complete Guide to Water Parks in the Poconos. And keep in mind that there’s more than swimming and splashing available. There are games and even educational opportunities. Trust us; the kids won’t mind because they’ll be having too much fun!
If you’re looking for a winter getaway to renew a bit of romance, the Poconos offer plenty of possibilities. Here’s a quick glance at three of the top romantic winter getaways (as rated by Oyster.com).
The Lodge at Woodloch
Surrounded by 400 acres of private woodland in the Pocono Mountains, The Lodge at Woodloch is an upscale adult-only retreat. The resort's private lake is the center of many outdoor activities, including hiking around its five miles' worth of paved and unpaved nature trails possible year-round. The on-site, wood-beamed, Tree restaurant and bar offers all-inclusive seasonal meals designed around locally raised meats and fish, as well as organic vegetables, many of which come from the resort's own (pesticide-free) produce garden. Guests can partake in cooking demonstrations, and for extra fees, wine tastings and special event dinners hosted by the chef. Click here for specifics on accommodations and special offers.
Mount Airy Casino Resort
Mount Airy Casino Resort is packed with adult entertainment and leisure facilities. It’s truly a mountain playground for grown-ups with multiple bars and restaurants, a spa, regular live entertainment. The 51,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor pool area features whirlpools, waterfalls, fire pits, day beds, and private cabanas. Rooms are modern and quiet even though there is plenty of action downstairs in the casino. Click here for additional information and photos.
Pocono Manor Resort & SpaThis historic mountaintop manor is the oldest continuously operating resort in the Pocono Mountains and sits on five square miles of beautiful grounds that include an 18-hole championship golf course and driving range, fishing ponds, and trails for horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and biking. There are 237 bright and elegant rooms from which to choose in this beautifully maintained property. Click here for more information about entertainment, dining, their pool and spa, and reservations.
Getting Out of Town (If You Live Here)
What if you already live in the area and want to get away? That’s one of the great things about the Poconos. You’re within easy driving distance of New York City, so you can easily head into the City for shopping, a show, or dinner. It’s easy to arrange a New York-style getaway from the Poconos!