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.
The Garden of Eden Apple and Diana’s Oasis suites feature two-person heart-shaped whirlpool baths, private indoor heated pools, log-burning fireplaces, and flat-screen TVs with in-room movies. The Garden of Eden Apple suite has a dry sauna as well.
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: 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.