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 guests can explore no matter the season. Popular warm-weather activities include horseback riding, bird watching, and hiking. Those that opt for the fall festivities package will be able to add pumpkin picking, a bonfire, and more to their repertoire.
- In-room amenities: Guest rooms come with 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.
- Outdoor activities include hiking along the Appalachian Trail or fishing at one of the nearby lakes. The hotel also offers activities such as horseback riding, golf, trap shooting, fishing, and archery (additional charges apply).
- Road trip: The inn is located within two hours of New York City and Philadelphia.
- Take a dip in the indoor pool or outdoor pools, or play table tennis.
- Relax at the onsite Laurel Spa, a full-service spa with nine treatment rooms.
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.