Hotel at a Glance: Pocono Palace Resort
Located in a secluded stretch of Pennsylvania’s pine-fringed Pocono Mountains, Pocono Palace Resort specializes in adults-only getaways filled with activities. These may include everything from nightly music and comedy shows to recreation at Pocono Palace’s two nearby sister resorts, Paradise Stream Resort and Cove Haven Resort, where you can try anything from billiards to water tubing to miniature golf.
- Private lake serves as a nice spot for fishing, speed boat rides, banana boats, paddle boats, or row boats
- Soak it all in inside two-person whirlpool tubs located in each room.
- Friendly competition: The Indoor Activity Zone features racquetball, basketball, mini golf, tennis, billiards, and arcade games.
- Shuffle up and deal: The resort is within easy reach of casinos, as well as other local businesses that offer discounts to all-inclusive guests.
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.
There are diversions outside of hiking and fishing, 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.