Usually when we travel, I’m always on a mission to get as much in as we can. Over the years, that has led to vacations that were busy. We are always on the go, trying to squeeze in as much as we can in the few days we’re visiting an area. While it may be fun, it’s definitely not as relaxing as it should be. So when we were invited out to spend a few days at the Inn at Pocono Manor, I thought this would be the perfect time for us to take a little vacation and slow things down a bit. Honestly, the trip couldn’t have come at a better time and it was just what we needed to recharge. As soon as we pulled up to the Inn, nestled in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, I couldn’t wait to started creating some new family memories.
We visited mid-week, which meant less traffic and less crowds during our stay. That’s one of the great things about homeschooling. We have the ability to take our lessons on the road when we travel. Not only were we able to incorporate some great nature let activities into our days, but the hotel was a great lesson in history as well. Originally built in 1902, you can feel the history as you walk the halls of this gorgeous resort. Everywhere you look you feel tokens of the past mixed with the comfort of today.
One we checked in, we headed up to our room to drop off our bags and relax a bit before dinner. The rooms recently underwent a makeover and while I’m not sure what they looked like before, they’re gorgeous today and huge. Traveling with an active toddler and a tween who likes his space, this was the perfect room for us.
We had two double beds, a pull out sofa, plenty of drawer space, 2 closets and a fridge is available if you need it. Just make sure to request it before you arrive.
The bathroom was large, neat and very clean.
Once we were settled in, we headed out for a little nature hike before dinner. There are two trails right off the property that you can hike through and this time of year makes for a gorgeous view.
We attempted the Waterfall hike burt halfway there, met a woman who was out walking her dog. After talking to her for a few minutes, we decided it was probably best to finish in the morning. It was getting dark and we didn’t want to get lost.
While we did head back out the next morning, the trail isn’t the best for baby strollers (we ditched ours halfway) and let her walk the rest of the way. The trail was marked with plenty of signs so we easily found our way.
My son collected an assortment of leaves on our hike that he’s using today as part of a school unit.
We were so close to the waterfall that we could hear it but the last part of the trail was a pretty steep incline that we didn’t think carrying a baby down would be great and once I slipped on the leaves attempting to get down it, we decided to save that for another trip. Here’s a little tip, don’t wear UGG boots while hiking. In my defense, I didn’t plan on any hikes through the woods before I left hence my choice of footwear. Lesson learned.
Even though we didn’t make it to the waterfall, it was still a beautiful and scenic walk through the mountains.
Back at the resort, there’s no shortage of things to do. On-site they have:
- Indoor Pool
- Game Room
- Movie Room
- Outdoor fire pit with a bonfire every Friday and Saturday night (weather permitting)
- Golf Course
- Petting Zoo
- BB Gun sh0oting
- Sporting Clays
- Horseback riding
- Guided Country tours
- The Laurel Spa, a on-site spa offering massages, Reiki, skincare treatments and more
Since the weather was unseasonably warm during our stay, we wanted to spend as much time outdoors as we could. We spent some time at the petting zoo and the playground for my little one.
Since she loves slides and animals, I knew these would be the best activities for her to enjoy.
The highlight of our trip might have been the BB Gun shooting for my son. We all had fun hitting the targets and after a quick lesson from him, I was on my way to becoming a pro.
There are 3 restaurants on-site. The Exchange Restaurant (which was closed during our stay. This is open Thursday-Sunday), Lamplighter Lounge and Little Pocono Pizzeria. We ate at the latter two and we extremely pleased with the food. From the Lamplighter Lounge you can dine with amazing mountain views all around you.
Everything we ate was delicious, try the Truffle Fries when you go. You won’t be disappointed. I had them at dinner both nights they were so good. For breakfast, the pancakes may have been the best I ever had. You can check out all their dining options on their website.
While we’re talking about views, the views from our room were simply stunning.
Our last morning there, we woke up just in time to catch this gorgeous sunrise over the mountains from our room. It was simply stunning. While we did a lot while we were there, we did it at our own pace and slowed down enough to enjoy every minute together. We cannot wait to go back to The Inn at Pocono Manor to experience some of their other activities throughout the year.
Whether you’re looking for a family getaway or a romantic trip for two, I can’t recommend the Inn at Pocono Manor enough. Gorgeous accommodations, delicious food and plenty of activities will keep you just as busy as you want to be.
This month is a magical time to visit The Inn at Pocono Manor. Do your kids ever ask to visit Santa at the North Pole? Whether you’re child at heart or actually a child, everyone will feel the magic of Christmas come alive during Magical Fireside Christmas at Pocono Manor. The event starts on Thanksgiving night, November 24 and runs until December 25, on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. You’ll be able to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at their workshop, where you can create ornaments, enjoy cookie decorating, bonfires with s’mores, sleigh rides, delicious food and more. This year Santa brought more than just his helper elves, he also brought Rudolph and the team. There’s even an Elf Turn-down service you can request at check-in. Santa’s little helpers are here to wish you goodnight with milk, cookies and an exciting Christmas bed time story. Plus we placed a special request with the jolly man in red, every Sunday from November 24 until December 18, guests can enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus! Now is the perfect time to start a new Holiday Tradition and experience this spectacular Christmas event.