Resort at a Glance: Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark
From its scenic spot in the heart of the Poconos, Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark can entertain guests with family-friendly activities spanning all four seasons. This deal includes passes for each guest to the award-winning Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark. Named the #1 water park in America in 2015 by readers of USA Today, the 125,00 sq. ft. park is known for its thrilling Storm Chaser, which the paper describes as “the longest indoor water coaster in the USA.”
- In-room amenities: range from a microwave and refrigerator to flat-screen TVs and sleeper sofas.
- Game on: This deal includes two All-Stay passes to Arcadia, the resort’s sprawling entertainment complex. Passes include $5 of arcade game credits per stay, one round of Borealis Lazer Tag per day, and unlimited use of Meh Tah’s Mini-Golf, K-2 Climb, The Ascent Rock Climb, and the Lazer Frenzy.
- Hit the slopes: Up to four ski lift or snowtubing passes are included with your stay, valid Sunday–Friday.
- Eat well at the resort’s several restaurants; options include the buffet-style Hemispheres, the maritime-themed Neptune’s, and Trail’s End Pub and Grille, the mountainside tavern where beers and burgers await.
- Relax at Serenity Spa, where technicians pamper guests with skincare, massages, and body treatments (additional fees apply).
Visit the website for up-to-date ski and mountain conditions; weather conditions may affect ski lift or snowtubing access.
Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains: Downhill Skiing and Quaint, 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 nearly 24 million annual visitors, thanks to year-round recreational opportunities and spectacular natural scenery.
In winter, locals often make weekend trips from Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and DC for one reason: skiing. One ski spot that’s particularly popular is Camelback Mountain Resort, which sits atop one of the region’s tallest mountains at 2,133 feet and boasts 160 acres of skiable terrain. For an extended run, head to the Nile Mile, which drops 800 feet vertically over the course of a mile-long descent. The resort is also amply lit for night skiing, and is the only place in the Poconos with a halfpipe.
There are diversions outside of the slopes, too. A handful of quaint, little towns full of antique shops and galleries nestle in the mountains. 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.