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Romantic Getaways in the Poconos Mountains

by Rachel Vine

If you live in the Northeast and are considering a honeymoon close to home, look no further than the Pocono Mountains. Located in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, the Poconos have long been a playground for residents of Philadelphia and New York, being only a two-hour drive from each city. The originator of the "heart-shaped hot tub", the Poconos have done much in recent years to improve upon its aged, kitschy image - the development of spa resorts and country clubs has attracted a large number of young couples looking for an elegantly romantic honeymoon. With its scenic views and numerous activities, the Poconos have something for everyone all year long.

Poconos Romantic Getaways

The area that consists of the Pocono Mountains is large - there are roughly 2,400 square miles for honeymooning couples to explore. The cherished jewel is the area's only national park: The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The park stretches for 40 miles along the Delaware River, extending into both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Hiking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing are all popular activities, and in the summer, lifeguards command various beaches along the river. There are campgrounds with modest accommodations, and backcountry camping is permitted along the Appalachian Trail, which ventures into the region. Within the park, visit Millbrook Village off of Old Mine Road, a community fashioned in late 19th-century style, with residences and other buildings. In the summer, guides dressed in period wear show you how people once lived in this quaint town.

Set on the borders of Pike and Wayne counties, Lake Wallenpaupack offers over 50 miles of shoreline for endless waterfront fun. In this region you’ll find plenty of places to stay and a multitude of things to do, including swimming, trout fishing, waterskiing, picnicking, and boating. Lakefront restaurants offer fine dining, with some offering boaters the ability to “dock and dine”.

In the winter, skiing and snowboarding are prime Pocono activities. The Pocono Ski Mountain hotline can keep you up-to-date on the best conditions in the area, as well as the local foliage report in the fall. In the western Poconos, the Jack Frost Big Boulder ski resort of Blakeslee totes some of the best snow conditions in the area. Skiers and snowboarders alike are drawn to the fine powder and diverse trails. Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton boasts the highest vertical in Pennsylvania. The Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center in Analomink offers learn-to-ski packages for adults, while Shawnee Mountain in Shawnee-on-Delaware boasts more than 20 slopes to get your ski on.

Golfing

is a perfect way to enjoy scenic views and the clean mountain air. Golf Digest magazine consistently ranks the courses of the Poconos some of the best golfing in the state. A local favorite is Buck Hill Falls Golf Club in Buck Hill Falls, which has 27 holes designed by architect Donald Ross. The Country Club at Woodlach Springs in Hawley accommodates all levels of play, and keeps even the most skilled players on their toes with “Hells Gate Gorge” – a gap cut by a rushing mountain river requiring a 220-yard carry. In East Stroudsburg, be sure to test your clubs on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at Great Bear Golf and Country Club.

Nature hikes

are always the perfect way to stir up romance, and the Poconos has no shortage of trails. Beautiful vistas, gorgeous lakes and rivers, and a variety of plant and wildlife keep enthusiasts alert and relaxed. Some of the state’s most breathtaking waterfalls are found in the town of Bushkill. A short 15-minute hike leads you to the Main Falls, which drop over 100 feet. Dingmans Falls, the second-highest waterfall in the state, is located just off US 209 in Dingmans Ferry. A quarter-mile boardwalk leads to the bottom of the falls, and if you’re feeling strong, the 240-step staircase leads you to the top. Lehigh Gorge State Park in White Haven has trails that wind through a dramatic landscape of steep, flower-covered slopes and hidden falls, and the town of Jim Thorpe alone has twenty trails to keep hikers busy.

The Poconos has places to stay that can accommodate any budget, from exclusive couples-only resorts to quaint and cozy bed-and-breakfasts. Penn Hills Resort in Analomink has both rooms and villas, private cabins with various amenities like fireplaces, saunas, and Jacuzzis. You’ll even find the Pocono trademark: the heart-shaped tub. Golfing, pool, and massage services are available on grounds, and the Mount Airy Casino is a quick drive away.

The Caesars Poconos Resorts offer three couples-only locations in the Poconos and a wide array of all-inclusive packages designed for honeymoons. The world’s only 7-foot tall champagne whirlpool bath, private heated indoor pools for two, and extra large showers are just some of the highlights their multi-level private suites have to offer.

If bed-and-breakfasts are your thing, consider The Black Walnut Inn in Milford. The inn is a quaint Tudor-style building situated on 160 acres. Rooms with private baths are available, and the occasional great blue heron and black bear have been spotted wandering around the four-acre lake. Antique shops and historical buildings are just a short drive away.

Lehigh Valley International Airport services the Pocono Mountains, and airports in both Newark, New Jersey, and Philadelphia are roughly 90-120 minutes away. A car is essential to making the most of your trip.For more information on the region, contact the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau: (800) POCONOS

The Best 5 Romantic Hotels in Poconos:

  1. Hotel Fauchere
  2. Cove Haven Resort
  3. The Lodge at Woodloch
  4. Skytop Lodge
  5. Paradise Stream Resort - All Inclusive
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