Hotel at a Glance: Pocono Palace Resort
Located in a secluded part of Pennsylvania’s pine-fringed Pocono Mountains, the Pocono Palace Resort specializes in adults-only getaways filled with year-round on-site activities. These may include everything from skiing and snowboarding to varied recreation at Pocono Palace’s two nearby sister resorts, Paradise Stream Resort and Cove Haven Resort, where you can play billiards and miniature golf.
- Where you’ll stay: Guests will stay in the romantic Fairway or Fantasy Apple suites.
- Winter activities including cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.
- Nearby attractions: The resort is within an hour’s drive of casinos such as Mount Airy and Mohegan Sun Pocono, as well as antique shops and unique stores in the nearby, quaint towns and villages.
- Optional all-inclusive perks include unlimited breakfast and dinner, nightly entertainment, and full access to Pocono Palace’s sister resorts.
Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains: Downhill Skiing and 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 more than 25 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 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. After you’re done hitting the slopes, take time to explore the handful of little towns nestled in the mountains. You’ll find boutique wine galleries and historical mansions, including the late 19th-century Asa Packer Mansion.