Hotel at a Glance: The Inn at Pocono Manor
Since 1902, The Inn at Pocono Manor has occupied a 3,000-acre plot of land in the Pocono Mountains. Many of the rooms look out on the surrounding peaks, which you can explore no matter the season. Popular cold-weather activities include horseback winter trail rides, pond ice fishing, cross country skiing, and sledding.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms feature mahogany furniture, cable TV, and complimentary WiFi
- Historic roots: The inn—often referred to as the “Grand Lady of the Mountains” by locals—is on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Road trip: The inn is located within two hours of New York City and Philadelphia.
- Relax at the onsite Laurel Spa, a full-service facility with 14 treatment rooms.
- Dine in style: All options include a $25 dining credit at Little Pocono Pizza or Lamplighter Lounge.
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 Jack Frost Big Boulder, and ski and snow tubing packages are available for purchase. 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.