Enjoy a room with a view in the always majestic Pocono Mountains
By Linda Marx
Neither as high nor as mighty as the Adirondacks yet filled with waterfalls, woodsy hills and valleys, the 2,400-squaremile Pocono Mountains, located in northeastern Pennsylvania, are an upland of the Allegheny Plateau. At a 2,693-foot elevation, the mountain range is a great vacation spot for winter skiing, ice skating, dog sledding, snow tubing, ice fishing, and warmer weather options like mountain biking, archery, golf, horseback riding and white water rafting.
Overlooking the Delaware Valley to the east, the Poconos, named by the Indians for a “stream between two mountains,” are bordered on the north by Lake Wallenpaupack, west by Wyoming Valley and south by Lehigh Valley. The mountains are romantic and refreshing, offering scenic drives, festivals and diverse attractions.
Stay at the century-old Inn at Pocono Manor (Grand Lady of the Mountains), which is on the National Register of Historic Places and the oldest continuously operating resort in the Poconos. Nestled in the mountains, the 3,000-acre, pet-friendly destination is anchored by a charming, four-story brick and wood building with a bell tower clock. At the top of the bell tower, guests can see four states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
The views are stunning, especially from inside the lobby during a snow storm with the fire crackling from two huge stone and brick hearths with plenty of surrounding books to read when the eyes tire of a white out. Ask for the Grand Parlor Suite designed in maroon and green. Both the two- and the threeroom suite—your choice—is filled with antique wood furniture and historic Poconos art on the walls. Four sitting vignettes over tapestry carpets allow a scene in which to admire the mountain views from three huge French windows. The renovated bathroom in the adjoining bedroom is large and dominated by a pair of Kohler pedestal sinks, separate bathing tub and sleek tiled shower.
Across the road, the inn’s 8,500-square-foot Laurel Spa oozes tranquility and looks like a country mountain retreat with lots of candles, woodsy tones and earthy florals. Get a massage, facial or salt scrub, then head out to the antique shops, flea markets, candle outlets, fashion boutiques, art galleries and pottery stores. Nearby within a few miles, there are theaters, an opera house, ballet and hip-hop performances, and various museums open year-round. Enjoy the scenery, the stream between two mountains offers something magical for everyone.