Hotel at a Glance: Pocono Palace Resort
Located in a secluded part 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 miniature golf.
- Private lake serves as a nice spot for fishing, riding speedboats, or paddling rowboats
- Soak it all in inside two-person whirlpool tubs located in each room.
- Friendly competition: The Indoor Activity Zone features racquetball, basketball, mini golf, billiards, and arcade games.
- Nearby attractions: The resort is within easy reach of casinos, as well as other local businesses that offer discounts to all-inclusive guests.
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.