Couples-Only Retreat in the Heart of the Poconos
Paradise Stream is nestled amid the forests, lakes, and peaks of the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. The 1960s brought a flood of publicity for the area that resulted in the Poconos being named the “Honeymoon Capital of the World.” Paradise Stream still maintains that romantic feel; it’s a couples-only resort, and many guest rooms still have the heart-shaped tubs that made the resort famous.
Paradise Stream is one of three sister resorts in the area, along with Cove Haven and Pocono Palace. Guests at any of the three get unlimited access to each facility through the resorts’ Key Around Club. During the winter months, snowmobiling and snow tubing are available. In warmer months, guests paddleboat at Paradise Stream, play racquetball on the court at Cove Haven, or enjoy golf on the nine-hole course at Pocono Palace. Paradise Stream’s nightclub also has nightly entertainment and dancing.
Among other designs, some of the resort’s rooms feature iconic heart-shaped whirlpool baths for two and contemporary designs with lots of red and gold accents. Perhaps the most ornately styled of them all is the Champagne Tower suite, a four-level suite with a 7-foot-tall whirlpool bath for two shaped like a champagne glass, a heated heart-shaped pool enclosed in glass, and a dry sauna.
In the morning, as part of your all-inclusive package, head to the restaurant, for a full breakfast. The restaurant also has a dinner menu that changes each day, and theme nights on the weekend. For those purchasing the room only package, breakfast and dinner packages are available for purchase at the resort.
Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains: Hiking, Trout Fishing, 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.
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. Throughout the region are dozens of lakes and streams filled with bass and trout. Lake Wallenpaupack, located 30 miles east of Scranton, is one of the best fishing spots in the state.
In winter, people from Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and DC come to the Poconos to ski. Camelback Mountain Resort is especially popular; it 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 indoor diversions, 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.