Recently opened water-park resort with onsite dining in the Poconos
Hotel at a Glance: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
The recently opened Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in the Poconos packs an outdoor pool, a spa, and several restaurants and bars into its 150-acre complex. These onsite attractions are only the beginning: the park will continue to expand the indoor and outdoor water park during a second phase of development.
- Family-friendly accommodations: Up to four people can stay in the comfy desert room, which features an HDTV and free WiFi access.
- For extra space: Book a two-room family suite or African Queen suite. Suites have separate living and sleeping areas as well as fireplaces.
- Splish spash down high-speed water coasters and float along a lazy river at the resort’s indoor water park.
- Four onsite restaurants: Your options range from a buffet to a tavern and grill. After dinner, indulge in a caramel apple sprinkled with gummy worms or other goodies at the Last Bite dessert shop.
- Added perk: This Groupon comes with a $100 arcade credit per stay.
- Take a spa day: Book a pedicure or hot-stone massage at Spa Kalahari.
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.