Spring Hiking in the Pocono Mountains

Spring Hiking in the Pocono Mountains

Hiking in the Pocono Mountains

Hiking in the Pocono Mountains

It’s just about time to dig those sneakers out and kiss your winter boots good-bye for we hope at least the next nine months as we prepare for the big thaw. After a lengthy winter with very cold temps and mounds of snow, we can all look forward to the arrival of spring!  It’s the season for renewal and rejuvenation and Pike County is a glorious place to visit, explore, play and stay.

As the snow melts, it’s easier to navigate by foot and we’re all anxious to stretch our muscles and get our blood pumping again as we inhale the fresh, earthy air. The perfect way to get outdoors, take in the sights and experience the area up close is to go for a hike! Pike County is home to many hiking trails for all levels from the outdoor enthusiast who is out for a casual stroll to the avid hiker looking for more challenging terrain.  Here are some of our favorites:

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area: McDade Trail

Raymondskill Falls

Raymondskill Falls

This is a 32-mile trail along the Pennsylvania side of the park. The trail passes through forested areas and open farm fields with scenic views of the river and cliffs.  All levels of hikers can experience this trail as its terrain varies between rugged foot paths and wide gravel sections.   Highlight: Raymondskill Cliff, Mile 28.3 The cliff is visible for a long stretch of McDade Trail, but one of the best viewing spots is between Raymondskill Creek and Pittman Orchard.

Poconos Hiking

Hiking in the Pocono Mountains

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area: Cliff Park Trail System

Highlight: Milford Knob Trail. The trailhead is located at North Contact Station on Route 209, just south of the junction with Route 206 in New Jersey.  This trail is 1.3 miles and encompasses a challenging hike to the top of Raymondskill Ridge followed by an unparalleled view of historic Milford.  This is a loop that preferably begins with the Milford Knob trail, followed by the Quarry Path to the Cliff Trail, and ending with taking the Cliff Trail north to the Knob overlook.  Hikers will experience lowland forest and mixed hardwood forest.

State Game Lands #180: Shohola Falls Trail at Shohola Falls Recreation Area

Lake Wallenpaupack Walking Trail

Lake Wallenpaupack Walking Trail

Off Route 6, heading west from Milford is an 8.2 mile loop trail with a cascading waterfall. The terrain is rolling and wooded. Hikers can expect to see waterfowl and birds, a dam, lake and observation tower.

*While in the Milford area, you can rest your head at the Harrington House Bed and Breakfast.  The rooms are stylish and cozy and the gourmet breakfast offered is delicious and satisfying.

Promised Land State Park, Route 390

There are about 50 miles of hiking trails throughout the park system and the surrounding Delaware State Forest.  Highlights: Bruce Lake Trail—hike to a natural glacial lake, Little Falls Trail—see small waterfalls, or walk a loop around Conservation Island.

*After a fun-filled day spent at Promised Land State Park (which also offers seasonal activities such as swimming and kayak rentals), you may want to relax and regroup in one of the rustic cabins on the premises.

Lake Wallenpaupack Walking Trail, Route 507 and Route 6

This trail begins at the intersection of Route 507 and Route 6 and extends from the Tafton Dike to the Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, which is a mile and a half in its entirety. So, if people hike the whole length of the trail and back, it’s a three mile hike. Beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack is the attraction along this walk with ideal viewing points at the Tafton Dike and the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center. In addition to information on the area, the Visitors Center has a balcony with a viewing scope, which is perfect for spotting local wildlife, boaters and other activity.  Another area of interest includes a stop at the Environmental Center.

*If you want to extend your visit, a comfortable, modern and affordable hotel is East Shore Lodging, right across from the Tafton Dike.  The hotel offers a continental breakfast each morning and has an on-site gift shop. In the summer season, people can also enjoy scenic boat tours and boat rentals!

Happy Hiking!

 

The LIVE Music Scene in the Pocono Mountains!

The LIVE Music Scene in the Pocono Mountains!

Wally & The Paupacks4Our uniquely beautiful area is pulsing with a live music scene that is electric, alive and innovative. Local musicians enthusiastically play every genre imaginable including blues, jazz, rock, folk, top 40 hits and more.

To alleviate feelings of cabin fever, step into some of Pike County’s fantastic establishments, which also feature a rotating schedule of live entertainment. Bring your friends, enjoy a drink and grab a bite to eat while you immerse yourself in the sounds of great tunes by talented musicians amid a warm and cozy ambiance.

Milford:

Waterwheel Café, Bakery and Bar

The Waterwheel is a unique gem of a cafe and a cozy place to hear live music.  It is a favorite hangout for residents, locals and visitors.  The establishment is known for its savory food, quality music and charming atmosphere.

Through the glass walls of the cafe and bar, customers can view a restored 19th century water-powered grist mill with its 24’ working waterwheel.  The live music is featured in the rustic and intimate bar with views of the waterwheel providing a treat for patrons. Every Thursday at 8:30 p.m., the Waterwheel features a Blues Jam, which is hosted by a variety of musicians. In addition, there is also live music on some Friday evenings beginning at 8 p.m. Upcoming Friday shows: Feb 27th and March 27th; Marc Von Em. For more information, call (570) 296-2383.

On Lake Wallenpaupack:

Overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack are three popular restaurants where the food is delicious, the atmosphere welcoming, the service impeccable and the music is flowing.

The Pub at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort

Live Music at Ehrhardt'sSilver Meteor

Live Music at Ehrhardt’s Pub

The pub is the perfect place to relax and hang out with a flickering fireplace lending much needed warmth during these chilly days and nights. Creative drink concoctions are offered every day as well as a happy hour special during the week.  Each Friday night, the pub features live music, typically beginning at 8 p.m.  Upcoming shows: Feb 27th Harkland, March 6th Compass, March 13th 30 Pack Lite, March 20th Silver Meteor.  Be sure not to miss the Pub-O-Lympics trivia game every Thursday at 8 p.m.  In addition, in the Banquet Room, there are often special events such as Comedy Night, Holiday Buffets, and Dinner Theaters. For more information, call (570) 226-4388.

The Boat House Restaurant

Live Music at The Boat House

Live Music at The Boat House

This all-American favorite is the place to be any time of the year and offers up live entertainment every Friday night beginning at 9:30 p.m. in the comfortable bar area.  Everyone always has a good time at The Boat House where there are various themed specials during the week currently including Build-A-Burger on Mondays and Sushi Night on Thursdays. Upcoming shows: Feb 27th Eric Rudy, March 6th Tom Rogo, March 13th Nichole Granville Duo, March 20th J. Hoffman, March 27th Eric Rudy. For more information, call (570) 226-5027.

Gresham’s Chop House

Gresham’s Chop House is a popular hangout for people whether they’re meeting with friends or colleagues after work for happy hour in the bar or celebrating a special occasion with family over a mouthwatering meal in the dining room.  Some of their ongoing specials include Prime Rib Night every Thursday and Pasta Night on Sunday. Enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday nights in the bar. Upcoming shows: Feb 27th Mick 2.012, Feb 28th Jonny D Duo, March 7th Tribes, March 14th Blue London. For more information, call (570) 226-1500.

*Be sure to browse through our site for other entertainment options!

Hit the Slopes at Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain

Hit the Slopes at Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain

 

Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain

Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain

Ski Big Bear is Pike County’s premier ski area and people of all ages bundle up in their winter gear and head to the mountain for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. There are 18 trails, six lifts, a terrain park, night skiing, and 100 percent snowmaking capabilities that’s bigger and better than ever. 

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The mountain has everything you need to prepare for a full winter experience on the slopes whether you’re visiting for just a couple of hours or a complete day trip.  The mountain offers daily rentals, season rentals, season passes, group packages and other special offers.

Stay warm and cozy in the Mountain Top Village, which provides ski services, an on-site rental shop, food court, country store and deli, a Grill Room, The Summit Restaurant and a lodge.  If you need a break from the blustery chill and powdery snow, the Mountain Top Village is a comfortable place to regroup and replenish for a steamy beverage or a satisfying meal.

With a snow sports school, people can choose either professional private or group lessons for all abilities regarding skiing and snow tubing from ages four and up. There are special programs available as well as options for first timers.  

Ski School at Ski Big Bear

Ski School at Ski Big Bear

Ski Big Bear also hosts many exciting and unique events throughout the season.  For example, new this year is the Acrobag Progression Tour from February 27th through March 1st.  More details to follow.

If you’re having so much fun you decide to turn your day trip into an overnight stay, there is a variety of ski and stay packages to choose from whether you’re looking for a country cottage, a roomy rental house, a quaint bed and breakfast, a luxurious hotel or inn, or a full service resort.

Call Ski Big Bear at (570) 685-1400 for more information or visit them online for updated weather conditions and hours of operation. Browse through our things to do link for other fun winter ideas in Pike County.

 Hit the Slopes at Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain!

Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain

Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain

 

Come in From the Cold and See What’s Cooking at These Fantastic Milford Restaurants

Come in From the Cold and See What’s Cooking at These Fantastic Milford Restaurants

During these brutally cold months, nothing brings warmth to our hearts and souls quite like a delicious meal enjoyed with people close to us in comfortable settings. For all of these ingredients, look no further than the Milford area, where these three restaurants are serving up diverse cuisines in stylish ambiance.

 

The Grotto

The Grotto

The Grotto at the Zaloom House

 

This unique establishment features contemporary Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with a twist.  Focusing on seasonality and using local ingredients, the Grotto is one of Milford’s recent hidden treasures. It’s located in the historic building known the Zaloom House, which was built in 1904 for Madame Garnier.

As you walk into this eclectic restaurant, you feel as if you’ve entered another country. The menu boasts an interesting selection of dishes from various Mediterranean coastal countries such as Egypt, Turkey, France, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Israel and Greece.  There is something for everyone including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free offerings as well as a children’s menu.

An example of what you can find on this menu this season as a dinner entree is the Moroccan dish Chicken Tagine with chick peas, roasted garlic, olives and Middle Eastern spices served with couscous and seasonal vegetables.  If you’re in the mood for a Turkish appetizer, try the house made lamb meatballs with fennel salad and a cherry sherry drizzle.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. To complete the dining experience, customers are invited to BYOB.   In addition to the elegant cuisine, there is also an in-house art gallery where local artists showcase their talent.  Call (570) 409-4588.

 

Winter at the Hotel Fauchere

Winter at the Hotel Fauchere

The Delmonico Room at the Hotel Fauchere

 

The Delmonico Room is one of the area’s premier fine dining restaurants.  It’s within the Hotel Fauchere, which is a luxury boutique hotel built in the 1800s and located in the heart of downtown Milford. The Delmonico Room is known for its innovative cuisine and is the perfect place to have a romantic meal or celebrate an important occasion with family, friends or colleagues.

Hotel Fauchere also features two other restaurants—Bar Louis and the Patisserie Fauchere. Bar Louis is located on the lower, ground level and is casual dining in a modern atmosphere. It’s an ideal spot to enjoy a light meal and a cocktail. The Patisserie is within the Emerson House next door and is a cozy café with a wonderful selection of pastries, artisan breads and daily lunch specials.

The Hotel Fauchere and its restaurants, The Delmonico Room and Bar Louis, are currently open only on weekends through the winter and will resume the usual schedules in April.  Until then, patrons can enjoy a meal in the Delmonico Room for breakfast, brunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays.  In addition, the Delmonico Room will open during the week for special events or private dinners. Bar Louis is open from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening. For more information, call (570) 409-1212. The Patisserie continues operating seven days a week.

 

Peter's Europa House

Peter’s Europa House

Peter’s Europa House

 

Enjoy a meal with European flair in a chic yet cozy restaurant. Peter’s Europa House is one of Pike County’s unique places to dine whether you’re looking for a fine dining romantic experience or a special place to gather with friends.

Chef/Owner Peter Jajcay and his staff create a memorable dining experience for everyone. The menu boasts savory traditional and non-traditional dishes with a European flair including Italian American dishes and modern New American cuisine. The menu varies with the seasons and different specials are always offered but some examples of the savory signature selections include Peter’s famous garlic soup served in a toasted bread bowl, Peter’s stuffed chicken, and Peter’s beef tournado, which is a Filet Mignon wrapped in puff pastry with crushed walnuts, blue cheese and Cabernet Sauvignon, then bakes and topped with a Cabernet Sauvignon demi-glace.  Guests can also select fine wines or cocktails to pair with their meals and look forward to delectable desserts.  For more details, call (570) 296-2624.

For additional information on these and other fantastic local restaurants, browse through our Dining section.

 

Visit the Pocono Mountains for a unique extended visit!

Visit the Pocono Mountains for a unique extended visit!

Don’t let the frigid temperatures keep you indoors. Winter is the perfect time to explore a different area and Pike County is a beautiful place to discover with a plethora of things to do outdoors from eagle watching to snow shoeing on a coated trail in the forest. If you feel like cozying up indoors after a fun filled day, there is no shortage of places to relax and unwind.

Here are just a few examples of exceptional resorts throughout the county guaranteed to add to the unique experience. With delicious meals, comfortable rooms, activities both on and off site, and entertainment, a resort stay is one you’ll want to last and experience again.

Mt. Haven Country Resort, Log Tavern Road, Milford

Mt. Haven Resort & Restaurant

Mt. Haven Resort & Restaurant

At Mt. Haven, guests can enjoy a peaceful and secluded wooded setting near the eclectic town of Milford.  Owned and operated by the Filone family since 1966, this is a resort that’s combined friendly service with top notch quality for decades. The resort offers many forms of lodging within the property with cottages, villas, suites, and townhouses. Some of the rooms feature Jacuzzi’s and fireplaces.  Mt. Haven is an ideal choice for a special romantic escape or a family getaway.  Mt. Haven also features specials and packages for day trips and group tours as well as wedding and catering services. The restaurant boasts some of the best authentic Italian food around and is open to the public.  In addition to the regular dinner hours, there is a Sunday brunch and a weekend buffet available.  During your stay, there are many things to do locally including shopping, viewing waterfalls, visiting museums and art galleries and more.

Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort, Route 507, Lake Wallenpaupack

Ehrhardt's Resort

Ehrhardt’s Resort

This popular, family run resort is situated right on Lake Wallenpaupack, a destination for people who love the outdoors and water recreation.  During the cold season, the lake generally freezes over and people enjoy ice fishing, ice boating, ice skating and other activities.  Not to mention, breathtaking sunsets that can’t be beat.

A few popular events happening on or near the lake in the winter include the Annual Ice Tee Golf Tournament and the Paupack Plunge.

Guests can choose from motel rooms, cottages, family units or suites, all overlooking the lake. Other than the spectacular views and the stylish accommodations, the resort features a full service restaurant with mouth watering food to please any palate and a separate cozy pub, both open to the public.  In addition, Ehrhardt’s regularly offers live entertainment, a trivia game night, comedy nights, dinner theaters, and other special events.  It is also a well-known wedding destination and banquet facility.

Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort is located only five minutes from the quaint town of Hawley, which offers numerous antique shops, specialty stores, and restaurants. For rate details, visit www.ehrhardts.com or call 1-800-678-5907.

Woodloch Resort, Lake Teedyuskung, Hawley

Woodloch Resort

Woodloch Resort

 

Woodloch Resort is an award-winning, all-inclusive, family friendly destination owned and operated by the Kiesendahl family since 1958. It’s the ultimate four season resort for family vacations, group getaways, and corporate retreats featuring delicious meals daily, spacious accommodations and endless activities both indoors and outdoors as well as entertainment for people of all ages. The resort is nestled in a pristine mountain lake setting and guests can choose between staying at two separate properties–Woodloch Pines and Woodloch Springs, which overlooks the beautiful golf course.   There are a variety of guest homes, suites, family units and cottages.

Woodloch becomes your very own winter wonderland with plenty of fresh powdery snow. Enjoy tubing, ice skating, and nearby skiing. If you’d rather stay indoors, there is an abundance of indoor fun to be had whether you want to play a game or just relax by the fire.

Browse through Discover Pike for more information on resorts and things to do in Pike County.

Visit the Pocono Mountains for a unique extended visit!

 

Winter Lights Festival, Milford PA

Winter Lights Festival, Milford PA

Winter Lights Festival

Winter Lights Festival

Combining the beauty of the winter season with theater arts is the annual Winter Lights Festival, which is a magical event throughout downtown Milford.

The event was founded by part-time Milford resident Michael Carson, who has a love of Milford and the arts.  Mr. Carson wanted people who lived in the community and the surrounding area and visitors to come to the beautiful town during the height of the winter season, when the weather is at its coldest and people are looking for things to do. Winter Lights Festival was the result of his brainstorm of a winter wonderland in a charming town and ever since its inception, cabin fever no longer has a hold on people as they delight in making Milford a destination during this glorious event.

Typically, the festival takes place over an entire week, but this year it will be over two days, January 24th and 25th, 2015. Although the length of time is shorter, people can expect extended ice skating times and a variety of new themes and activities.

The ice rink in Ann Street Park is the backdrop for the festival. The theme for the weekend follows the Roaring 20s era. The festival leads with the ever popular Mac-N-Cheese contest at the Dimmick Inn. A new addition to this is a Chile Contest. More festival fun continues with a Zumba Warm Up and a performance by a group called ICE POPs to the 1920s theme. Jordan Hartey, a local skating champion, will also entertain followed by ice skaters/actors implementing unique puppetry elements.

Some new additions include an early evening ice skating session by glowing torch lights to the music of that period followed by delicious sweets and treats at the Olde Time Dessert Shoppe, held in the newly renovated borough hall building. Festival-goers can also enjoy live music provided by Delaware Valley High School’s Tyler Williams & “In Your Face Big Band” (location TBD). Afterwards, local participating restaurants will feature a special 20s drink, entree and dessert special.

After the festival’s conclusion, the ice rink will remain open daily from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. as long as the weather permits.

See Winter Lights Festival for complete details on times of the events and continuous updates.

Enjoy this winter wonderland experience and the true joy and magic of the winter season! Winter Lights Festival, Milford PA

Winter in Pike County, Pocono Mountains

Winter in Pike County, Pocono Mountains

Winter in Pike County

Winter in Pike County

It’s a winter wonderland in Pike County so don your outerwear and bundle up in preparation for all of the outdoor fun from the ski slopes to the big lake.

Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain

Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain

Bring the entire family to Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain, with 18 trails offering skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing. Private lessons, special programs for youngsters and equipment rentals are available. In addition, the Summit Restaurant is a full service establishment allowing winter enthusiasts the opportunity to take a break and have a delicious meal in a cozy atmosphere that complements the ski area with incredible views of the snow covered mountain.

Bald Eagles in the Poconos

Bald Eagles in the Poconos

Other popular outdoor winter activities are ice fishing, snowshoeing and bald eagle viewing.  Winter is a beautiful time of year to take a hike. If the trails are snow covered, why not strap on a pair of snowshoes? They say if you can walk, you can snowshoe! Take a stroll along the walking trail at Lake Wallenpaupack. The trail is 3 miles in its entirety, beginning at the Tafton Dike and ending at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, where people can also see the dam. This is an easy hike and people can walk as little or as much as they prefer. This is a wonderful trail with scenic views of the lake and the opportunity to see bald eagles as they begin to migrate south from colder climates. People are welcome to come in from the cold and stop in at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, which is located along the trail and open 7 days a week, and the Environmental Learning Center, open Monday through Friday and select Saturdays.

Be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming exciting and unique winter events:

Winter Lights Festival

 

Ice Tee Golf Tournament

Ice Tee Golf Tournament

The Ice Tee Golf Tournament

 

The Paupack Plunge

Enjoy all Pike County has to offer this season!

Winter in Pike County, Pocono Mountains

The 16th Annual Hawley Winterfest is a Magical, Old-Fashioned Winter Celebration

The 16th Annual Hawley Winterfest is a Magical, Old-Fashioned Winter Celebration

Hawley Winterfest

Hawley Winterfest

Hawley Winterfest is a magical celebration the entire family loves. Each year, festive, old-fashioned winter events bring excitement and anticipation for the holiday season to this quaint, charming town with the Lake Region of the Pocono Mountains.

Ice Carving at Hawley Winterfest

Ice Carving at Hawley Winterfest

Hawley Winterfest is one of the biggest holiday festivals in the area and is known for its Victorian themed events and activities.  This year, Winterfest is Friday, December 12th through Sunday, December 14, 2014.  While most of the events appeal to both adults and children, there are a few that are more adult friendly and others that children will especially love.

For instance, adults will enjoy activities such as the Beer Tour at participating restaurants and pubs, the wine and cheese reception at the Potting Shed, the Winterfest brunch at the Settlers Inn, various art exhibits and live music throughout town.

Children's Activities at Hawley Winterfest

Children’s Activities at Hawley Winterfest

Children will like creating a holiday card at the Hawley Library, Santa’s Workshop at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, towed tube rides by Ski Big Bear in Bingham Park (weather permitting), creating a marshmallow creature at the Hawley Library, breakfast with Santa at the Boathouse Restaurant and more.

Breakfast with Santa at The Boat House Restaurant

Breakfast with Santa at The Boat House Restaurant

Some fun events for the entire family include the Enchanted Christmas at Bingham Park with a bonfire, tree lighting ceremony, pictures with Santa and carolers, ice sculpting demonstrations, horse and carriage rides at Miss Elly’s Antiques and Such, author book signings at the Hawley Library, The annual holiday play at the Ritz Company Playhouse, a variety of holiday concerts and more.

Hop aboard the free Winterfest Shuttle available only on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. So,  park your car once and take the shuttle to all of the exciting activities throughout town. The shuttle will loop through town approximately every 10 to 15 minutes. The stops are listed in the Winterfest brochure.

Hawley Winterfest

Hawley Winterfest

Hawley Winterfest is presented by the Downtown Hawley Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the high standard of living the community and tourists enjoy. For more information, visit Downtown Hawley Association | Merchants | Community | Membership | Hawley PA The event is made possible through the generous contribution of local sponsors, donations, volunteers, participating residents and merchants, and the 2014 Winterfest Committee.

A complete listing of events including details on days and times can be found by visiting, http://www.hawleywinterfest.com , calling (570) 226-2141.

 

Winter Lodging Packages in the Pocono Mountains

Winter in the Pocono Mountains

Winter in the Pocono Mountains

Winter Lodging Packages in the Pocono Mountains

The winter season is upon us with shorter days, chillier temperatures and the promise of snow in the air. Whether you’re visiting Pike County for a romantic escape or a weekend getaway with friends or family, it’s important to relax, regroup and have fun. These winter packages are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

During your stay, be sure to participate in an exciting winter festival, shop local at one of our eclectic stores for that one of a kind gift, dine at one of our unique restaurants, delve into a winter sport at a nearby ski area, listen to talented entertainers at a theater or performing art space, be on the lookout for bald eagles and many other interesting activities.

Winter Lodging Packages

Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort

Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort

Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort, Route 507, Lake Wallenpaupack
This popular, family run resort is situated right on Lake Wallenpaupack, a destination for people who love the outdoors and water recreation. Guests can enjoy overnight stays or extended visits in either a  cozy lake view room, a couples suite or a comfortable family unit. There is something to fit every budget and Ehrhardt’s is a popular choice for families and couples alike, providing unparalleled views of the lake. A wonderful restaurant and pub are also on site with delicious food for every taste from soups, salads and sandwiches, to seafood, steak and pasta.

Girlfriend Seasonal Getaway Package: Available now through April 30th, 2015
Reconnect lakeside, enjoy pampering at Utopia Salon and Day Spa, and toast to your friendship with a bottle of champagne. The package includes accommodations for two weeknights from Sunday through Thursday, a continental breakfast, a bottle of champagne, spa treatment for two including a manicure and pedicure and your choice of a 55 minute full body massage or Utopian facial.  Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort is located only five minutes from the quaint town of Hawley, which offers numerous antique shops, specialty stores, and restaurants. Package rates vary according to the room styles. For details, visit www.ehrhardts.com <http://www.ehrhardts.com/>  or call 1-800-678-5907.

 

Winterfest at East Shore Lodging

Winterfest at East Shore Lodging

East Shore Lodging, Route 6, Lake Wallenpaupack

This comfortable motel on Lake Wallenpaupack provides everything you need for a relaxing time in the Lake Region. It features modern and cozy rooms and suites, a gift shop with a wonderful selection of souvenirs, and a daily continental breakfast.

Winterfest Weekend $185 double occupancy (includes taxes)

Get into the holiday spirit and don’t miss a moment of the fun and festivities during the 16th Annual Hawley Winterfest. The festival is December 12th through the 14th and the entire family can enjoy various activities such as a free children’s holiday play, live music in town, a beer tour for adults, holiday house tours, horse and carriage rides, children’s author book signings, caroling throughout town, holiday shopping, holiday brunches, and more. Hawley Winterfest The package rate is for a two night stay in a room with a queen bed and includes a continental breakfast. East Shore Lodging

 

Winter at the Hotel Fauchere

Winter at the Hotel Fauchere

Hotel Fauchere, 401 Broad Street, Milford

This is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Milford with 16 guest rooms, two on site restaurants, a patisserie, a conservatory and garden. Many of the town’s shops, galleries and other establishments are within walking distance of the hotel.

Eagle Watching $750 double occupancy

Every year, hundreds of bald eagles migrate to our region near the Delaware and Lackawaxen rivers where the open waters provide ample fresh fish and ideal undisturbed habitats. The package is available during the prime winter months when eagles are easily spotted. The package is offered weekends in January, February and March and includes two nights luxury accommodations, dinner for two in the Delmonico Room, a continental breakfast each morning, turn down service each night and a guided tour by an experienced affiliate of the Eagle Institute. Delaware Highlands Conservancy in NY & PA It’s suggested reservations be made a minimum of four days prior to arrival.  Milford Hotels – Pennsylvania Hotel Reservations and Accommodations – Hotel Fauchere

 

Snow lined trees at Woodloch Resort

Snow lined trees at Woodloch Resort

Woodloch Resort, 731 Welcome Lake Road, Hawley

Woodloch Resort is an award-winning, all-inclusive, family friendly destination owned and operated by the Kiesendahl family since 1958. It’s the ultimate four season resort for family vacations, group getaways, and corporate retreats featuring delicious meals daily, spacious accommodations and endless activities both indoors and outdoors as well as entertainment for people of all ages. The resort is nestled in a pristine mountain lake setting and guests can choose between staying at two separate properties–Woodloch Pines and Woodloch Springs, which overlooks the  beautiful golf course.   There are a variety of guest homes, suites, family units and cottages.

Red Mitten Getaways: January and February Mid-weeks, American Plan rates start at $129 per adult, per night; the Non-Traditional Plan rates start at $225 per house, per night.
Woodloch becomes your very own winter wonderland with plenty of fresh powdery snow. Enjoy tubing, ice skating, and nearby skiing. If you’d rather stay indoors, there is an abundance of indoor fun to be had whether you want to play a game or just relax by the fire. The package also includes delicious meals, nightly entertainment, activities and amenities.
For more details, visit www.woodloch.com <http://www.woodloch.com>  or call (570) 685-8000.

Nest, Route 739, Dingmans Ferry

Rest your head at Nest, a contemporary style bed and breakfast in the forest.  This is a secluded and peaceful spot, perfect for couples looking for privacy and indulgence in the heart of nature. Nest is adjacent to the scenic Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and minutes from the beautiful town of Milford. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service)

Love Bird’s Nest $579 for two (plus tax)

Pack your bags and head into the forest for a romantic weekend at The Nest. The package is good for a Friday and Saturday night stay and features a couples massage and complimentary bottle of wine. The package includes breakfast and use of the amenities on site.  http://www.nestbed.com/

For more winter packages, browse through our Lodging link Discover Pike PA

Enjoy all Pike County has to offer this winter season!

Winter Lodging Packages in the Pocono Mountains

Hidden Gems in the Poconos

Hidden Gems in the Poconos

Activities in the Pocono Mountains that are Off the Beaten Path

Pike County is chock full of interesting things to see and do. Some are well known, while others are a bit under the radar. Either way, whether you’re here for a day trip or a weekend stay, there is no shortage of places to unravel whether it’s a secluded hiking spot with views that can’t be beat or a historical site or structure not often talked about. Take a scenic drive and discover these Pike County hidden gems.

The Dingman’s Ferry Bridge, Route 739 in Dingmans Ferry

Dingmans Bridge, DWGNRA, Dingmans Ferry, PA - 3

Dingmans Bridge, DWGNRA, Dingmans Ferry, PA – 3

This historic bridge originally dates back to the mid 18th century. It’s the last privately owned toll bridge on the Delaware River and one of the last few in the United States. It connects Route 739 in Dingmans Ferry with Route 560 in Layton, New Jersey. The Dingman’s Ferry Bridge is a charming, architectural beauty, providing commuters and travelers with a gorgeous and convenient route from PA to NJ.

Rohmans Inn

Rohmans Inn

Rohman’s Inn, 100 Rohman Road, Shohola

Established in 1849 and rebuilt in 1885, Rohman’s Inn used to be named the Shohola Glen Hotel.  This rustic tavern used to be a preferred destination for quarrymen, railroaders, lumberjacks and canalers.  In 1941, a second floor four lane bowling alley was added.  Today, the pub still retains its authentic old style atmosphere with the original wooden bar and floors. In addition, unique and quirky elements contribute to its old-fashioned quality such as the barstools, with circular wooden seats that fold beneath the bar when not being used.

The Knob Overlook, Milford

Hiking in the Pocono Mountains

Hiking in the Pocono Mountains

Known locally as The Knob, this gorgeous viewing spot is located above the intersection of Milford’s Broad and Harford Streets. To get there, a bit of hiking is involved but the walk is well worth it. Once you get to the top, you will see unparalleled views of the town, the mountains and the river valley. This is an ideal place to take photographs or watch the sun set.

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