Hotel at a Glance: Mountain Laurel Resort
With its wealth of activities, Mountain Laurel Resort is an ideal family getaway. Head outside to shoot hoops or play mini golf amid gorgeous Poconos scenery. No matter the weather, kids can play games in the arcade and splash around in the heated indoor pool.
- Farm-to-table cuisine is on the menu at the onsite Twelve21 restaurant. The resort also has a coffee shop and a sports bar with an 80-inch big-screen TV.
- Where you’ll stay: All rooms feature cable TV and private balconies. Choose a one-bedroom suite for twice the space, plus a full kitchen.
- Included perk: a $50 credit per stay that you can use toward an activity at nearby Split Rock Resort; available activities include access to a weekend water park, bicycle rental, and mini golf.
- Hit the trails: Explore 44 miles of hiking paths at Hickory Run State Park or ride horseback through the forest at Daisy Field Farm.
Pocono Mountains: Hiking, Fishing, 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 stunning natural scenery.
Autumn is 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. Throughout the region are dozens of lakes and streams filled with bass and trout; Lake Wallenpaupack is one of the best fishing spots in the state. In winter, one ski spot that’s particularly popular is Camelback Mountain Resort. It sits atop one of the region’s tallest mountains at 2,133 feet and boasts 160 acres of skiable terrain.
There are diversions other than outdoor recreation, 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.