Hotel at a Glance: Chelsea Sun Inn
The Chelsea Sun Inn might be near the beauty of the Poconos, but when you set foot on the property you might swear you were in Tuscany. That’s because the charming inn is also a full farm, winery, and vineyard with grapevines lining the landscape in attractive rows.
- Where you’ll stay: The inn’s suites come with complimentary WiFi, as well as a 32-inch flat-screen TVs, and dinette sets. Some have fireplaces and sitting areas.
- Start the day with the complimentary made-to-order breakfast served in the lobby.
- Sample some wine at The Stonehenge Winery & Vineyard located on the property.
- Distance from Big Pocono State Park: 29 miles
Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains: Hiking, Trout Fishing, and Historical Towns
The Poconos region of northeastern Pennsylvania accounts for some 2,400 square miles of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and forests. The area has been a popular vacation destination ever since Pennsylvania Quakers opened a hotel here on the Delaware River in 1829. Today, the Poconos draw more than 25 million annual visitors, thanks to year-round recreational opportunities and stunning natural scenery.
The warmer months are a great time to explore the region’s lakes and wooded hills. For spectacular hikes, check out Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, where you can trek to dramatic waterfalls or follow a 27-mile section of the historic Appalachian Trail. A handful of little towns full of antique shops and galleries nestle in the mountains, too. You’ll find boutique wine galleries and historical mansions tucked away on country roads, including the late 19th-century Asa Packer Mansion, which is open for tours, in the borough of Jim Thorpe.