Located in the northeast of Pennsylvania below the Catskills, the Poconos area is a land of lakes, mountains, campgrounds, and luxury ski resorts, a perfect destination for honeymoons and family getaways.
The Poconos spans over 2,500 square miles, encompassing four primary counties: Carbon, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne. The Pocono Mountains (actually a series of seemingly disconnected Allegheny plateaus) have historically attracted commuter vacationers from nearby cities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. In recent years, residents have been able to travel just two hours each way to metropolitan areas, creating an admixture of old-time rural residents and new urbanites.
If a day of skiing, golfing, spa treatment, and romantic dinner, or if a weekend of camping, white water rafting, and fishing is what you are looking for, the Poconos region has it and gives you loads of time and space. Cabins, mountain cottages, chalet or other vacation rentals in the Poconos of Pennsylvania set your trip in the right direction.
Nature at her prime is what attracts most honeymooners and families to the Poconos. Lake Wallenpaupack calmly laps at its shores. The Delaware, Lehigh, and Lackawaxen rivers run through the region.
Many ski resorts dapple the entire Poconos: Camelback, Blue Mountain, Elk Mountain, Sno Mountain, Shawnee Mountain, Jack Frost and Big Boulder, Ski Big Bear, Tanglewood, Alpine Mountain, and Eagle Rock Resort. Museums, galleries, old railway routes, historic landmarks, old farms, state and national state parks - the Poconos is rich with history and culture, if you're curious. Largest among the parks is the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, which is 70,000 acres, where all of 40 miles of the Middle Delaware National Scenic River runs through.
Communities in the Poconos aim to keep their histories and heritage alive. Whether the town is Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, or Honesdale, a quick walk-through will open your eyes to many of the historic sites. In Stroudsburg and Honesdale, there are one-room schools. Near White Haven, a 20,000 year-old flat field of stones make up part of Hickory Run State Park and Big Boulder Field. Lacawac Sanctuary preserves local natural wonders and their roots. If you are not feeling lazy in one of the many available cabins, mountain cottages, chalet, homes or other vacation rentals, try fishing at dusk or hiking through the state parks; you shouldn’t miss stopping in to visit some of the numerous landmarks, museums, and galleries.
Centuries-old buildings and farms and are still in active use. They will enlighten you to the old ways in the Poconos. Because the Poconos region is large and the towns are spread out, things to do and see during your vacation are in many different locations. This is county fair, flea market, arts-and-crafts fair country. Demolition derbies, farm tractor pulls, stunt shows, delicious foods, live entertainment, hard-to-find knick-knacks, local and eclectic wares-depending on where you are and when you visit, you can join in a wide variety of activities. And if those don't interest you, maybe you'll like the ski races, wine-tastings, art workshops, music festivals, famous artists, lectures by respected scientists and authors, charity walks and runs, stand-up comedians, and brew-pubs festivals. New Years is celebrated in several towns. Festivals light up the trees and winter wonderland activities go on during the Christmas season. Easter has its buffet. After you and your family have settled into one of the many available vacation rentals such as cottages, cabins, chalet or homes, you should get a map and calendar and join in all the fun! Your honeymoon or family getaway will be unforgettable!
The Poconos is at heart All-American. Mom and Pop haven't disappeared in this country! You may want the best steak, locally brewed beer, or maple-syrup-drenched pancake. While the variety of ethnic food isn't as wide as some places, you can still eat the best of French, Irish, and Italian. Fine dining isn't lost either. The Poconos has many restaurants for honeymoon couples who want their trout as savory as the experience of their vacation.
Shopping too is country-style. The flea and farmers' markets bustle. Shop for the latest developments in outdoor sports gear - skis, canoes, kayaks and more. Browse through the shops that sell local wares like glass, flags, candy, kettles, and candles. The Poconos has everything from beginning to end.
This is a great place to shop for wedding necessities, too, as well as a great place to unwind with your new spouse afterwards! The Poconos is famous for its honeymoon luxuries like sensual massage spa treatments and honeymoon delights such as the signature decadence of a champagne-filled Jacuzzi.
The Poconos of Pennsylvania has always been where the region's city dwellers escape. Shopping and dining reflect a simpler time, when multi-national conglomerates didn't exist and multi-ethnic communities did. Reading and writing in the solitude of the mountains, paddling a canoe on Lake Wallenpaupack, fishing in Zen-like serenity at Middle Delaware National Scenic River, breathless skiing down the endless trails, trial-by-fire mountain biking, concentrated golfing on a number of courses - however sporty or leisurely you want your vacation to be, the Poconos is sure to please. Other sports to try include white water rafting, boating, horseback riding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, camping, or paintballing; and kids will love the amusement parks in the area.
If the outdoors is your playground or a luxury resort lifestyle is your respite, the ski resorts of Poconos are for you! The Poconos has a longstanding history as a fresh-air getaway for the city dweller and a restorative for the rural and nature-lover. The Poconos, you'll see, is popular, but not overcrowded. When you choose a vacation rental such as a home, cottage, chalet or mountain cabin in the Poconos, you can be close to towns and nature without being isolated in the wilderness. And with the activity of your choice, you'll grow to love this region with its rocky plateaus, long-running rivers, large lakes, quaint towns, and peaceful, sentimental air.