If you like Winter sports, summer outdoor fun, shopping, family fun, or a quiet romantic hideaway, then you have to make a trip to the lovely Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. There are many towns that comprise the mountain area.
In Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, there is a lovely restored theater that offers Broadway style entertainment regularly. They have a restaurant and bar on site.
In Milford, there is a cooking school where a visitor can learn the fine art of cooking. There are art galleries located there, along with the artisan exchange which features pottery, glass, paintings and photography. Additional information about this exchange, contact www.theartisianexchange.com.
For those interested in arts, Lakeville, Pennsylvania, offers Der Jaeger Art and Antiques. This fine gallery features European and American art including World War II military and antique furniture. For more information on this gallery contact www.derjaeger.net.
In the Lehigh River Gorge Region there is a town simply called Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Its’ original name was Mauch Chunk, translated Mountain of the Sleeping Bear. It is called the “Switzerland of America,” because of its topography. The name change occurred when Jim Thorpe, the 1912 Olympian, became famous. This area features the Lehigh Scenic Railroad, a train ride which provides passengers a view of the majestic mountain peaks. There are rafting, biking, shopping, and historic tours located in this small town. In addition there is a large butterfly sanctuary. Rushing waterfalls and breathtaking views combine to make this the perfect vacation spot, honeymoon destination, or a week end retreat.
In the Delaware River Region there is recreation at its finest. There are 67,000 acres of valley, 40 miles of river, 100 miles of horse trails, and 200 miles of scenic drives. For the outdoors man this is next to heaven. The Delaware River Region is located near the town of Milford.
In the Lake Region, Lake Wallenpaupack is a man made lake encompassing 5700 acres with 52 miles of shoreline. Here boating, fishing, and horseback riding is the main interest of visitors.
In the Mountain Lake Region is the Stourbridge Line Excursion, a train that features outstanding scenery, especially in the Fall season. The Roebling Bridge is located here. It is the oldest wire cable suspension bridge, which was built in 1848.
In this area, there are quaint bed and breakfast inns, the Dorfinger Glass Museum, which features the finest lead crystal. There is a scenic boat tour available, also.
The Mountain Region is the ski or snow board capital of the Pocono Mountains. The slopes here are challenging. The area offers basic camping along with luxury hotels.
All of these regions are mapped out for visitors by the Pocono Mountains Visitor Bureau,
The trip to the Pocono Mountains can include the towns outlined above. In addition to those are Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Honesdale, and Lake Harmony to name a few.
Lodging in the area is available on a reservation only basis. Most of the motels are not part of large chains. There is a Knights Inn, Ramada, Days Inn, Hampton, Comfort, and Howard Johnson available in some of the towns. The lodging prices start at $55 to $585 per night at luxury hotels.
There is a variety of food available in the area.. American, Irish, Indian, seafood, and deli meals are a sampling of cuisine offered . Food prices range from inexpensive to expensive, depending upon the type of meal ordered.
If you enjoy shopping, scenic mountain views, outdoor sports and a place to practice “togetherness,” then the Pocono Mountains is the place to see. The entire area caters to visitors and makes you want to stay for a very long time.
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau www.poconomountainsvisitorbureau.com