Homey Lodge in the Heart of the Pocono Mountains
Winter in the Poconos means snowboarding, skiing, and snow tubing on hundreds of mountain trails, as well as dog sledding across alpine forests and ice-fishing on Tobyhanna Lake. Or, it could mean spending the weekend taking in nature through the window from your jacuzzi or warming up next to the fireplace. Either way, Crescent Lodge & Country Inn's private jacuzzi cottages, fireplace cottages, and queen rooms make a welcoming mountain retreat for city dwellers in need of an escape.
Each room at the inn is different—the queen inn rooms are spacious, with a subdued floral motif. In the jacuzzi cottages, honey-colored wood walls line the private rooms, and sunken jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces add touches of luxury to the homey spaces. Though the fireplace cottages don’t have jacuzzis, each comes with plenty of space and windows to look out onto the tree-lined surroundings.
At night, the inn’s restaurant offers live piano music on weekends to accompany dishes such as veal gruyere and chilean sea bass. In the morning, a serious country breakfast awaits—perfect fuel for hikers and mountain explorers, or maybe just a prelude to kicking back with the first books on your reading list.
Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania: Scenic Hiking Trails and Quaint Historic Towns
The Poconos is a picturesque mountain region located in Pennsylvania’s northeast corner. It has been a popular vacation destination since its first hotel opened along the Delaware River in 1829. Today, the area draws nearly 24 million annual visitors thanks to its stunning natural beauty and year-round recreational opportunities, from skiing and ice-fishing in the winter to golfing and whitewater rafting when it’s warm.
There are many ways to explore the region’s lakes, wooded hills, and valleys. At Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, located about 50 minutes from the resort, you can hike a 27-mile section of the Appalachian Trail. Dozens of lakes and mountain streams make the area especially popular with fishers, who comb the waters for bass and trout year-round. Lake Wallenpaupack, located about 60 minutes away, is one of the best fishing spots in the state.
This area is also home to a handful of quaint little towns where guests and locals browse antique shops and art galleries. You'll also find boutique wine galleries and historical mansions tucked away on country roads, including the 19th-century Asa Packer Mansion in Jim Thorpe.