I have many wonderful childhood memories of traveling to the Poconos quite often with my family. We had a cabin near an area called Tobyhanna that my parents purchased in the early 80's so we would spend tons of weekends and holidays there in all different seasons of the year, however I do have to say, there is something special about the Poconos in the winter time.
As an adult visiting here, it can be somewhat like stepping into a time capsule depending on where you visit. For those of us who grew up here, we love it. Recently, me and my husband took a weekend trip to the Inn at Pocono Manor. This earliest parts of this hotel were built way back in 1902, making it historic in all senses of the word. I love staying at resorts with a bit of history to them while I am in this area. It brings me back to my childhood days and sends a rush of good old fashioned memories with my family. The Inn is actually recognized on the National Registry Of Historic Places, but also has been successfully updated enough to keep it fresh while maintaining its original charm. The resort has its own restaurant, which was nice but is somewhat overpriced. If you are looking for more family-type options, Mount Pocono is less than 10 mins away with several dining options like Perkins etc. We did opt to visit the Mount Airy Lodge casino, another childhood favorite of mine, that has been completely remodeled since then. They have a great buffet for dinner and the casino is within minutes of the Inn.
The Inn at Pocono Manor has some great winter activities that really immerse you in the true Pocono experience. Below you will find the onsite activities you can take advantage of while you are visiting.
Nearby, you can even book a dog sled tour over at Artic Paws Dog Sled Tours. Me and my husband decided to try this and I will tell you, it was so much more fun then I even imagined it would be! Contrary to what many believe, this is not a ride and requires much participation from many. Guests need to be 10 years old and ambulatory. The owners are fantastic and the dogs are beautiful and super friendly. We were also only about 10 minutes from Camelback so we participated in a half day session of tubing, you are never to old to tube down a snow covered mountain!
Lastly, the day we left we stopped by the Candle Shoppe of the Poconos, also another childhood favorite, to grab some of their amazing homemade candles. Did I mention this candle shop has been featured on Animal Planets show "The Haunted". Apparently there is animal-related paranormal activity with reports of the restless spirits of monkeys that were possibly used in medical experiments in the early 20th century.
So as you can see there is enough to keep yourself busy during a nice weekend getaway to the Poconos and you can do it on a budget for those of you coming in from the tri-state area. Remember when visiting many of the destinations in the Poconos they tend to be vintage and still have that 'back in the day' feel but for lots of us that is just exactly what we are looking for!
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