I’ve been to the Poconos for more weekend getaways than I can count (I live close-by in New Jersey) and I can honestly say that it’s one of my favorite places to escape to. There’s something to do all year-round, and no matter the season, you’re almost guaranteed gorgeous scenery.
If you like to ski but aren’t quite a master of slopes, I would recommend staying near Shawnee Mountain in Shawnee, PA. The mountain is beginner-friendly and the area itself is home to many great shops and restaurants (I highly recommend The Stone Bar Inn in nearby Stroudsburg, PA for some fine dining).
Or, if skiing isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty of outdoor adventure in the Poconos! The summertime offers perfect weather for hiking, camping, canoeing, and my personal favorite… fishing! I’ve spent many summers on my uncle’s boat out on Lake Wallenpaupack, an area that offers plenty of fun for families. If you’ve got little ones, you should plan to visit Claws “N” Paws Animal Park near Hamlin, PA (http://www.clawsnpaws.com/). Callie's Candy Kitchen and Callie's Pretzel Factory are also two stops that are well worth the trip.
There’s so much adventure in the Pocono Mountains that I’m hoping to escape there for more than just a weekend this year!
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