Hotel at a Glance: Skytop Lodge
Built in 1928, the Skytop Lodge sits on a 5,000-acre estate in the Pocono Mountains—an expansive wilderness that encompasses rivers, more than 100 lakes, and two national parks. The lodge has a private beach by the lake, where you can relax or take part in number of activities.
- On-site adventure center: Climb a 33-foot rock wall, ride a treetop zip line, go horseback riding, or play some paintball. Check the website for hours and availability.
- 18-hole golf course looks out onto West Mountain.
- Unwind at the on-site spa, where you can get an invigorating lemon-peel scrub or eucalyptus-infused shiatsu scalp massage.
- On-site dining options This voucher includes daily breakfast for two, served in the Windsor dining room. On-site dining options range from seasonal menus in Windsor Dining Room and Lakeview Restaurant to pub fare at the Tap Room.
- In-room entertainment: flat-screen TV and free wireless Internet
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.