Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Shawnee Mountain Festivals & Events

SKiShawneeLOGO“The Pocono’s Favorite Family Ski Resort”; dependable snow conditions, award-winning children’s programs, a friendly helpful staff and 23 slopes and trails to ski, snowboard and snow tube make Shawnee Mountain Ski Area your first choice for winter fun.   Summer and fall offer 9 theme festivals and events featuring great foods, entertaining music and activities for all ages. Visit their website for detailed winter information and for a full schedule of upcoming events.
I-80 Exit 309, Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware, PA 18356

24 Hour Snow Report: 800-233-4218               570-421-7231





SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 23-24…………….11AM-6PM DAILYceltic fest

Shawnee Celtic Festival

Experience the sights and sounds of the Emerald Isles and Scottish Highlands with non-stop Celtic music, working sheep dogs, Irish step dancers, and a variety of Celtic craft and food vendors!





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JULY 18-29……………11AM-6PM DAILY

Pocono’s Wurst Festival

The Poconos’ Wurst Festival is  back with even more wursts, wieners, kielbasa, pierogies  and crafted brews!  Featuring various  Polka bands and German Oom Pa   Pa bands, Polish & German  dancers and craft vendors, you’re sure to have the best of times at the  Poconos’ Wurst Festival.  Bring your  appetite and your dancing shoes to this weekend full of brews, brats and  music!






Shawnee Mountain Ski Area is holding its annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks, which benefits the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company.

Questions? Call (570) 421-7231                $10 per car load – Benefits the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company






wing offSUNDAY, AUGUST  9th

Noon to 4pm      – Rain or Shine

Pocono Wing-Off

Festival attendees pay as they go for wings, beverages and other food. Parking is free. Free music & magic show for all.

Benefiting Monroe County Meals on Wheels, the Pocono Chicken Wing Off is the Pocono Mountain Region’s largest wing event. Sample  45 varieties of wing sauces while supporting Monroe County Meals on Wheels. Hot wings, spicy wings, specialty wings, smoked wings, fried wings – whatever you choose, you will be eating wings for a great cause.
Join several thousand wing lovers as they vote for the “best” wings in the Pocono Mountains at Shawnee Mountain. As the single largest fundraiser for Monroe County Meals on Wheels, the Pocono Chicken Wing Off has been treating wing lovers to a delicious selection of wing sauces created by mid-Atlantic regional chefs for 18 years.




SATURDAY, AUGUST 15mud-run-logo

Shawnee MUD RUN
The Shawnee Mountain Mud Run is a 5k mountain trail run with natural and man-made obstacles, challenging ups and downs,  rocky, wooded and wet terrain, shallow water crossings and lots of mountain mud.

A timed  event, (limited age categories) with emphasis on FUN, TEAMWORK and helping each  other finish safely. All team members must cross finish together. Costumes  encouraged!

The run also features a Mini Kidz Run for ages 6-12 years of age. A post race BBQ, live music, raffles and awards will be held in the base area. The Shawnee Mountain Mud Run benefits the Pocono Chapter of Girls on the Run.

Families and spectators welcome. Additional BBQ food and beverages available at the post race   party. We have ample FREE parking.

NOTE: This Race has sold out the last two years. Be smart, register early!





garlic      September 5th & 6th…………………………………………. 10am-6pm

        Pocono Garlic Festival

Over 50 vendors will fill the mountain air with garlic-y goodness. Live music, cooking demos, wildlife education display, garlic-eating contest, and much more.




SEPTEMBER 19-20……………………….11:30AM-5PM


Come experience the thrill of professional cowboys competing in fully sanctioned PRCA events including saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, team roping and bull dogging. Professional cowgirls will also be competing in barrel racing. Live country music, line dancing and craft and food vendors add to the weekend festivities. Come early for the 6th annual Chili Cook-Off and sample some of the Poconos’ finest chilis!

Slopeside seating will be available to all spectators, so bring your own blanket or lawn chair & enjoy the events.




OCTOBER 10-11…………………………………………..11AM-6PM   


Catch a glimpse of nature’s splendor at beautiful Shawnee Mountain Ski Area during prime fall foliage time in the Poconos! Join us for this action packed autumn event including lumberjack demonstrations, The Marvelous Mutts  frisbee, agility and trick dog shows, chainsaw sculptures,  live music, children’s activities and food and craft vendors galore.



October 18 & 19, 2014………………………. 




NOVEMBER 14-15………………………………………………SAT: 10-4    SUN:10-3

Art on the Mountain

Come join us for a casual and fun look at some of the area’s most talented artists!    FREE admission. FREE parking.




Downtown Stroudsburg Festivals & Events

downtownLOGOsnipDowntown Stroudsburg Business Association is an organization dedicated to a vibrant Downtown Stroudsburg. Its mission is to improve the downtown image by enhancing its physical appearance, building consensus among organizations and the community, promoting downtown’s unique characteristics, and restructuring and diversifying our economic base.




The first Saturday of every month is when to stroll the art galleries and view opening exhibits. Mix, mingle and enjoy a new experience!
Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society’s Winterfest
Main St. in Stroudsburg! Live music and fun to get rid of that cabin fever.
The Pocono Irish Parade
The Pocono Irish American Club was founded in 1978 to preserve and promote Irish culture.  Every year since it’s founding the club has organized and produced the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade covers a distance of not quite two miles, beginning in the borough of Stroudsburg and ending in East Stroudsburg.


MAY – Saturday 2nd week – May 16th, 2015

Arts On Main

Invite your friends and family to celebrate the Pocono Arts throughout downtown Stroudsburg. A variety of special performances, fine arts, and craft exhibits will be displayed. Downtown parking will be free during the event.




JUNE – Saturday the first week

Pocono Raceway Festival

The Pocono Raceway Festival features over 100 craft and retail vendors, tons of food vendors, multiple stages of music, a full carnival on Main Street, face painting, a rock climbing wall, beer tents, and more!




FRIDAY, JULY 4th Celebration………….12PM-10PM       FIREWORKS! 9PMamerican-flag

American Freedom Festival

As in years past, local non-profit groups, artists, businesses, and other institutions will be present to show the community what they have been up to all year. Visitors can enjoy food, carnival rides, games, music and much more throughout the day. Fireworks start at 9pm.


SATURDAY, AUGUST last week  12PM-6PM


This event will have free parking and free admission. There is something here for everyone!
Plenty of food from hot dogs, gyros, and more from local vendors. Activities for kids such as face painting. Enjoy looking at local artisans and crafters, plus a full day of listening to great music. Come everyone and enjoy this fun-filled day. To learn more about this event go to our website shermantheater.​com

PA State Parks in the Poconos

dcnrlogoBIG POCONO STATE PARK    The park consists of 1,306 acres of rugged terrain on the summit and slopes of Camelback Mountain. From the summit, visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of a vast portion of eastern Pennsylvania and portions of New Jersey and New York. Hiking, Biking, Picnicking, Hunting, Horseback riding. Open sunrise to sunset.
Entrance to the park is from PA 715 and Exit 299 of I-80 at Tannersville.                       888-PA-PARKS


DELAWARE WATER GAP STATE PARK   This park preserves 40 miles of the middle Delaware River and almost 70,000 acres of land along the river’s New Jersey and Pennsylvania shores. At the south end of the park, the river cuts eastward through the Appalachian Mountains at the scenic Delaware Water Gap. A one-day auto tour of the park can include waterfalls, rural scenery, and historic Millbrook Village. Visitors can also canoe, hike, camp, swim, picnic, bicycle, crosscountry ski, and horseback ride. Fishing and hunting are permitted in season with state licenses.
Lehman Township, PA 18324               (908) 841-9501


GOULDSBORO STATE PARK   2,800 acres of land, including the 250-acre Gouldsboro Lake. Hiking, Mountain Biking, Picnicking, Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Hunting, Wildlife Watching, Ice Fishing, Ice Skating. The park entrance is one-half mile south of the village of Gouldsboro on PA 507. PA 507 intersects with I-380 at Exit 13, two miles south of the park entrance, and with I-84, 13 miles north of the park entrance.


TOBYHANNA STATE PARK   The 5,440-acre park includes the 170-acre Tobyhanna Lake. Tobyhanna is derived from an American Indian word meaning “a stream whose banks are fringed with alder.” Hiking, Mountain Biking, Picnicking, Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Hunting, Wildlife Watching, Snowmobiling, Ice Fishing, Ice Skating, Organized Group Tenting,Camping.

The park entrance is 2.1 miles north of the community of Tobyhanna on PA 423. PA 423 intersects with I-380, 2.5 miles bigpoconosouth of the park entrance. The park can also be reached from Interstate 84 via PA 507, PA 191 and PA 423, a total distance of 11.4 miles.


UPPER DELAWARE SCENIC RIVER  The longest free-flowing river in the Northeast includes riffles and Class I and II rapids between placid pools and eddies. This unit of the National Park Service is also home to John Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct, the oldest surviving wire suspension bridge in the United States; and the Zane Grey Museum, located at the one-time home of the American west novelist in Lackawaxen, PA. Camping, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, fishing, hunting, auto touring, guided tour of the Zane Grey Museum. Facilities include campgrounds (privately owned), rest rooms, cabin rental, lodging, groceries, restaurant/snacks, boat rental, boat ramp, visitor center, and exhibits.
274 River Road       Beach Lake, PA 18405           570-729-7134

Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration

thorpeSATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 17-18…………..ALL DAY


The 19th Annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration will be held at Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe. The celebration starts with a Native American tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum, followed by the carrying of the lighted torch by the Olympian Cross Country and Track teams to the Jim Thorpe High School Stadium.  The weekend includes free musical performances, Native American folklore, dancing and drumming, craft and food vendors, a clown for the children, a large Chinese Auction, and a headline show at the Opera House.

Pocono Adventures

ADVENTURE CENTER AT SKYTOP LODGE   Challenge your  skills on a 30-foot rock climbing wall, find your “inner-monkey” on the brand  new Tree Top Zipline/Challenge Course, battle for supremacy in our Paintball fields or Old Western town, or try your hand at Geocaching. Don’t forget archery,  horseshoes, tennis, and guided nature walks. Explore the many things to do in the Pocono Mountains at Skytop Lodge!
One  Skytop, Skytop, PA 18357           1.800.345.7759


Adv Spts 1ADVENTURE SPORTS   Looking for an exciting and fun-filled adventure far away from the pressures of everyday life?  Our beautiful and exciting canoe, kayak, or raft river trips are the answer! They are the ideal outing for singles, couples, families or groups. We offer various trips that can last from two hours to overnight multi-day camping trips. Adventure Sports will provide everything you will need to have a fantastic outdoor experience. Whether you plan to join us in the Spring, Summer, or Autumn, you won’t be disappointed.
Route 209, Marshalls Creek, PA 18335             570-223-0505 • 800-487-2628


MOUNTAIN CREEK RIDING STABLE & THE RANCH AT POCONO MANOR   Two fun horseback riding options, both offering the Ranch Sleighmost enjoyable year round trail rides and friendliest guides in the Poconos. Many trail ride options for all experience and adventure-seeking levels. Horsedrawn carriage, wagon, and sleigh rides also available. Call or visit website for reservations, hours, and availability.

Mountain Creek Riding Stable, Rt 940, Cresco, PA 18326          570-839-8725

The Ranch at Pocono Manor, Route 314, Pocono Manor, PA 18349        570-839-6237


POCONO BOAT HOUSE    Boat Rentals by the hour or by the day. Kayaks, Canoes, Paddle Boats, Row Boats. Pontoon Boat Lake Cruises Every Hour. Snack Bar and Fishing Poles Rentals. Open to the Public at Split Rock Resort. FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Open 7 Days a Week – Groups Welcome.
570-646-4107        570-722-9111 (ask for the Boat Dock) 


POCONO PISTOL   Experience our state-of-the-art 12,000 sq. ft. climate controlled indoor shooting range. The range offers firearm rentals & membership packages. Open to the Public! Range hours are Mon – Fri: 10am – 8pm Sat & Sun: 10am – 6pm.
85 North 1st Street, Stroudsburg, PA. 18360

East Stroudsburg University

ESU boasts two distinguished art galleries in addition to its 59 undergraduate majors and 20 graduate degree programs. Madelon Powers Art Gallery features exhibitions by professional and student artists that are open to the public at no cost. e Sterling Strauser Gallery, temporarily located in ESU’s Innovation Center, features works of the late, acclaimed, self-taught artist Sterling Strauser who lived in East Stroudsburg.

Pocono Historical Sites

Monroe County Commissioners     Nestled in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, Monroe County is widely recognized as a place for vacationing and romantic weekend getaways.Visitors and vacationers can find an abundance of activities and places to visit that are guaranteed to be rewarding in any season of the year. The mission of the Monroe County 175 th Anniversary Committee is to bring awareness of an appreciation for Monroe County’s unique history, its beautiful natural features, memorable past events, present and past assets and amenities, and its exciting future endeavors. Please visit our website for more information and event schedules.
Monroe County Administration Center 
One Quaker Plaza Room 201        Stroudsburg PA 18360


The Monroe County Historical Association, a non profit 501©3 organization, is located in the historic 1795 Stroud Mansion. The building is located at the corner of 9th and Main Streets in downtown Stroudsburg and features a local history museum and a unique genealogy research library.”
900 Main St.      Stroudsburg, PA 18360-1604



Quiet Valley Historical Farm    History comes alive as period-dressed “family” members share their daily routine of chores and crafts on our 19th century Pennsylvania German farmstead, June 20 to Labor Day. Special events – Farm Animal Frolic (last two weekends in May), Harvest Festival (Columbus Day weekend) and Olde Time Christmas (first two weekends in December).
1000 Turkey Hill Road Stroudsburg, PA 18360 
Phone: 570.992.6161                               Fax: 570.992.9587 
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Pocono Dining

stone barAndrew Moore’s Stone Bar Inn     American fine dining at its best! Enjoy seasonal patio dining or the cozy, indoor view of Andrew’s beautiful stone bar. Stone Bar boasts a brand new pub menu, half portions on select menu items, and Sunday Brunch. The Sunday Carver Dinner for Two for $40 is also not to be missed. Enjoy appetizers, salads, roast beef, chicken, or pork, and desserts. Children’s menu available. Scan code above or visit website for online gift certificates, events, full menu, and more! Located on Business Rt 209, Stroudsburg
GPS: Latitude – 40° 57,281’ N    Longitude – 075° 17,674’ W


The Exchange at Pocono Manor & The Old Lamplighter Lounge     An inviting space for guests to share thoughts, feelings, and ideas, with tempting cuisine and traditional style. Both open to the public and open every day. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday.
Located at the Inn at Pocono Manor, Route 314 Pocono Manor, PA 


Friendly logoFriendly’s in Tannersville     Located just off of Route 80 at Exit 299, we await your arrival.  Friendly’s in Tannersville has something for everyone.  Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and, of course…rich, creamy, indulgent ice cream in all different flavors, made by our very own ice cream experts. Large groups and families, this is the place for you!  Award winning kids’ menu includes a free sundae with every meal.  Buses always welcome.
2942 Route 611, Tannersville, PA 18372


Gem & Keystone Brewpub     Specializing in locally sourced seasonal cuisine and the home of ShawneeCraft Brewing, our Brew Pub has something for everyone. Savor a full menu of chops, steaks and vegetarian cuisine in our dining room or relax in the lower tavern for a game of pool and enjoy a sampling of our crafted ales and lagers.
Located on River Road, Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania. Adjacent to the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort’s gate entrance.


Inn Towne Bakery      For over two decades, the Pirone Family has offered fine dining to the Pocono Community. Stroudsmoor Inn Towne continues this tradition by offering the same quality foods guests experience at the Inn for service in their own home. Breakfast, lunch and dinner items along with bakery goods will be on the menu for dining in the café and packaged to go. In addition to the Inn’s specialties, the shelves will be stocked with convenience groceries, so shopping for the last minute dinner party or the family meal will be as easy as “pie”…made from the freshest ingredients in the Stroudsmoor ovens.
Located at Stroudsmoor Country Inn, RD #4 Stroudsmoor Road Stroudsburg, PA 


LiquidLogo-2Liquid Restaurant & Martini Bar  Offers tempting food and trendy drinks in a sophisticated atmosphere. They look forward to serving you the best the season can offer and to a special evening every time at LIQUID. Check often for new menu additons and seasonal specials. LIQUID is open 5 days a week from Tuesday-Saturday from 5pm. A highlight of any night in the Poconos.
50 Crystal Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301




TCBY     Stop in for the Best Frozen Yogurt in the Poconos!
1619 N 9th St, Suite 7, Stroudsburg PA 18360


Tokyo Tea House     Nestled in the heart of the Poconos, Tokyo Tea House has served the freshest, most authentic Japanese food and enjoyable atmosphere in the area for over 20 years. Tokyo Tea House is the home of traditional Japanese cuisine, Sushi, Tempura,Vegetarian noodle pots, and more. Dine in or take out. Reservations suggested. Mention Pocono Map for a free dessert for two!
Rt. 940, Pocono Summit, PA


TracksideTrackside Station Grill & Bar with its lively, family-friendly atmosphere is a favorite dining and drinks spot for tourists and locals alike. Daily specials featuring flavorful and fun menu options will make your visit to Trackside memorable and affordable. Meet you at the Trackside!
50 Crystal Street, East Stroudsburg, 18301

Pocono Resorts

INN AT POCONO MANORThe Inn at Pocono Manor offers 237 Guest Rooms & Suites. Our Historic Main Building was completely renovated in 2011! Offering 2 golf courses, various packages and excellent banquet & wedding services. Celebrating 110 years of hospitality! Great location with easy access to NY, NJ & Phila.

Rt. 314, One Manor Drive, Pocono Manor 18349         800-233-8150       570-839-7111


Mount Airy Casino Resort     Here in the mountains, excitement is always at its peak with over 2,000 slot machines and 72 table games. Take down a poker pot, hit a blackjack or double your dollars with a roll of the dice. If you want action, you hit the jackpot. Get your heart racing at our world-class casino, then relax like never before with a spa treatment. Play 18 holes on our championship course, then sink your teeth into a USDA prime steak. Here, the fun and excitement goes on & on & on. Please call or visit our website for reservations,full entertainment schedule, casino promotions, and more.
312 Woodland Rd. Mount Pocono, PA 18344          1-877-MTAIRY-1        (1-877-682-4791)


Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort     Built in 1911 and operating continuously as a full service resort, The Shawnee Inn has something for everyone. Golf, Spa, Adventure, Dine and Meet. 99 guest rooms including luxurious suites and cottages create the perfect destination wedding, offsite business meeting or relaxing weekend getaway. Play and Stay packages available.
One River Road, Shawnee on Delaware , Pennsylvania 18356          1-800-SHAWNEE


Skytop Lodge    This grand historic estate features the very best in accommodations, fine dining and limitless recreation. You and your family can explore 5,500 pristine acres of inspiring natural beauty while enjoying a range of seasonal activities. Choose from the adventurous—like clay shooting and downhill skiing—to the serene—like nature hikes and full spa services.  Call or visit  the website for reservations and full schedule of activities. When using a GPS sytem to navigate to  Skytop Lodge please do not enter address. Instead, please enter the following  coordinates into your GPS system to ensure accuracy:  N41° 13’ 39.9″ W75° 13’  58.9″
One  Skytop, Skytop, PA 18357         1.800.345.7759


StroudsmoorStroudsmoor Country Inn affords its guests a variety of accommodations, including the charming Main Inn, Cabins, Suites, and Cottages. Whether you join us for the evening, the weekend, or a week, your stay at Stroudsmoor will be one of impeccable quality, personal service and old-world hospitality. Our convenient location makes it easily accessible from all major highways and Airports.
RD #4 Stroudsmoor Road Stroudsburg, PA 18360          570-421-6431          1-800-955-8663


Celebrating the Holidays at Stroudsmoor

You are Inn-vited to spend your holidays at Stroudsmoor Country Inn…


Christmas at Stroudsmoor

Christmas Tree Lighting– December 7

12:00 to 5:00
Stroudsmoor Inn Towne Offers holiday baked goods
– 125 Broad Street, Stroudsburg 570-517-0663
10:00 to 1:30
Tree Lighting Brunch at The Main Inn For reservations call 570-421-6431, Ext. 409
3:00 to 5:00
Tree Lighting Characters by: ESU Fine and Performing Arts
3:00 to 5:30
Pony Rides – at Lawnhaven
3:00 to 5:30
Petting Zoo – on the Grand Lawn at Lawnhaven
3:00 to 5:00
Face Painting – at the Stroudsmoor Spa
3:00 to 5:30
Food Pavilion at Lawnhaven
• Hot Chocolate and Apples compliments of the Innkeepers
• Hot Dogs and Soft Pretzels are available for purchase
3:00 to 6:00
Art Exhibit at Auradell Gallery – A collection of work by artist Susan Bernadette and
the Embroiders Guild Association Holiday entertainment by Mountain Winds
Woodwind Directed by Jenny Galunic from 3:00-4:00
3:00 to 8:00
Tree Lighting Grand Buffet at The Main Inn Reservations Required call
– 570-421-6431, Ext. 409

Entertainment and Activities Schedule may vary slightly without notice.

Art in the Family at Auradell Gallery         December 7

New Year Celebrations               December 31-January 1


Winter Events at Skytop Lodge

Holiday Happenings


skytop gingerbreadLife sized Gingerbread House     Open Daily from November 1 through December 31, 2013.

Tree Lighting    Help us light our Spruce Tree every Friday night, at 8:15pm – join us for caroling, hot chocolate, and tasty treats while we celebrate the Holiday Season.  The ceremony will last about 30 minutes, and is located on the North Circle nightly from November 1 – December 25.

Storytime     From November 1 – December 24, every Saturday from 2pm-3pm, join our cast of holiday characters as we host Story Time inside our life size Gingerbread House.  From Christmas Elves, Reindeer, Toy Soldiers, Mrs. Claus, and St. Nick himself – this is an experience not to be missed!

Yule Log    Starting Saturday nights at 6:30pm from December 1 through Christmas Eve, join the experience of our annual tradition of The Yule Log Ceremony at Skytop Lodge.  Guests from prior years bring their Yule Log chips and toss them into the wood burning fire in the Pine Room, and receive a new Yule Log chip in the spirit of good luck.   All guests join together to decorate the Yule Log before it goes into the Fire.

North Pole     Standing tall on Skytop’s North Circle at the Main Lodge Entrance from November 1 through December 25, don’t miss an opportunity to capture family memories in action.

Sleigh Rides    Starting December 7th through December 28th, every Saturday, guests can take a horse drawn carriage ride to Indian Ladder Falls.

Santa on Ice   From December 1 through Christmas Eve – Ice Skate with Santa Claus every Sunday morning at 9 am in the Ice Rink at Skytop Lodge.  Bring your own ice skates or rent them from us!  Kids will get a kick out of seeing Old St. Nick having a jolly old time.

New Year’s Eve   Celebrate the holiday season with classic elegance at Skytop Lodge! Dance the night away at our New Years Eve party in the Pine Room with the Skytop Orchestra and complimentary hats and noise makers, a balloon drop and count down to the new year with a black-out at midnight followed by Chef Sundberg’s legendary midnight buffet. And be sure not to miss our spectacular fireworks display on December 31st.


Winter Activities



Art in All Forms          Click here for more info

Dog sledding Adventures at Skytop

Skytop Skiing

Ice Skating




Inn at Pocono Manor Holiday Events

Thanksgiving Feast            November 28, 2013

Reservations are necessary and overnight packages are available.

Please Call (800) 233-8150 ext. ‘0’ to make your reservation today.

Seating times are from noon to 7pm. Each seating is arranged in 1/2 hr increments

Adults: $36.95       Seniors: $28.95      Children 5-12: $17.95      Children 4 & Under: Free 

Join Us for the Grand Opening of our Annual Magical Fireside Christmas Event after Dinner!



A Magical Fireside Christmas Celebration for One and All!
Join a holiday tradition with a visit to the Pocono’s magical winter wonderland at The Inn at Pocono Manor. Immerse yourself in the twinkling sights, sounds & aromas of the season. Let the magic and spirit of Christmas on the Mountain warm your heart all season long.

A Magical Fireside Christmas begins as you wind along the holiday-tree-adorned drive rising up to The Inn. Experience the joy of colorful, twinkling Christmas lights illuminating the way as you see the distant glow of The Inn crowning the mountaintop. A horse-drawn sleigh whisks past you and you imagine riding with your loved one bundled up beside you. Just hear those sleigh bells jingle …

There will be festive icing of Christmas cookies, hot cocoa studded with melting marshmallows & peppermint sticks, Christmas carols playing, storytellers recalling tales of Christmas’ past, loved ones snuggling by the fire and learning to make perfect “S’mores.” Ho, ho, ho, of course there’s always time for a chat with the one and only, The Inn’s authentic Old World Santa.

Merry Christmas to one and all!!


This year’s event will begin on Thanksgiving Night (following our feast) when Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive to officially begin the celebration – 5pm to 8pm.

Open starting on Thursday, Nov. 27th, through Dec. 30th, 2014

Friday, Nov. 28th: 12pm – 8pm

Friday’s, starting Dec. 5th: 4pm – 9pm

Saturday’s, starting Nov. 29th: Noon – 8pm

Sunday’s, starting Nov. 30th: 11am – 5pm

Open daily between 11am – 8pm from Dec. 21st – 30th.


Other Hours available upon request for groups, charities, special events – based on availability

COST: $5 admission Per Person for outside guests (admission included if purchased with package), and additional activity tickets available for purchase.



New Year’s Eve Celebrations                  December 31

Adults only and family-friendly options to ring in the New Year in the Poconos! Check out for all the details!


Top 10 Reasons to Stay (and Play!) in the Poconos


10. Haven of History

History buffs will have a ball hopping from museum to museum throughout the northeast Pennsylvania area. You can start at the Packer mansions in Jim Thorpe, at the southernmost end of the Poconos, and not stop until you’ve experienced life on a 19th century Pennsylvania German farmstead at Quiet Valley Historical Farm, the coal region’s lifeblood at the No. 9 Mine, or discovered the area’s first residents at The Pocono Indian Museum. The Monroe County Historical Society  houses all the local history you can handle, along with a genealogy research library. Whatever the era, the Poconos have lived to tell its story. It’s yours to discover!

9. Avenues of Art

The architecture alone in the entire area is eye catching to creative souls and appreciative onlookers alike. The Poconos have long since been a haven for and an inspiration to artists of all mediums. Stroll up Jim Thorpe’s historic Broadway and pop in at The Gandy Dancer to view art and photography drawn from the local scenery and history, or Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation to take in Abstract Expressionism, films, and poetry. There are many open gallery doors in between. Stroudsburg is home to Susan Bernadette Lebel. Susan is not only a professional florist that creates fairytale wedding arrangements for The Stroudsmoor Country Inn’s blushing brides, she is also a gifted painter. Her nature-inspired art decorates the Auradell Gallery at the Inn, as well as many other places throughout the Poconos and Lehigh Valley.

8. Music is Everywhere

Not a day goes by without music in the Poconos. If theaters are your thing, tickets are always on sale for great acts at the Sherman Theater and Mauch Chunk Opera House. An eclectic array of musicians are always stopping by the area, from classic rock and oldies, to folk, jazz, blues, Celtic music, and hits of today. If a more relaxed atmosphere, or dancing, is what you are looking for, most taverns and restaurants in the area have weekend musicians on tap regularly. There’s no shortage of live entertainment any night of the week.

7. Adventures for the Brave

Afraid of heights? Don’t like getting wet? Close your eyes and keep walking. Are you young, young at heart, or in charge of keeping some youngsters busy for the weekend? Then you’ll be in the right place here. Camelback has more adventure than you can imagine with their ziplines and water slides. Camelback isn’t just for skiers anymore! If you are adventurous (but not that adventurous) you may choose to go horseback riding at the Inn at Pocono Manor’s stables or scream around the track at a local go kart track. Jim Thorpe is home to some of the best whitewater rafting on the Lehigh. Take a kayak lesson at Northeast PA Kayak School, grab a paintball gun, or rent a boat from the Pocono Boat House. Are you the type of person to seek out the Poison Dart frogs at Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, or the one to sit in the Flutterarium allowing several species of butterflies to noiselessly land in the palm of your hand?  The Pocono area is waiting to take your breath away.

6. Time for Tee

If you haven’t experienced the beauty and serenity of the prime greens at the Inn at Pocono Manor or the sprawling fairways at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, then you haven’t really golfed. The picturesque Mahoning Valley Country Club is now open to the public. A bad day on the golf course isn’t really such a bad day, is it? The Poconos are home to some of the most manicured and breathtaking courses in Pennsylvania…and they are waiting for you.

5. Let the Festivities Begin

All of this relaxing and beauty is enough to make someone want to celebrate. Luckily, the Poconos are always celebrating. The town of Jim Thorpe celebrates its namesake’s birthday every May, along with Earth Day, Fall Foliage, St. Patrick’s Day and an Olde Time Christmas. Halloween brings ghost walks and haunted mines, and horrifyingly haunted woods and mansions. Stroudsburg has notable parades, art festivals, car shows, and carnivals. Keep an eye on local newspapers and websites for full schedules. Most festivals are held in downtown common areas, resorts, and ski hills where they are hard to miss. The Poconos celebrate everything from the Blues, to wine, to garlic, to being Irish for a day!

4. Shop Til You Drop

Nothing compares to finding the perfect item in a unique shop in a quaint town. Stopping in at Josephine’s Fleur-de-lis on Main Street in Stroudsburg, you’ll find the most meaningful jewelry or home décor item to remember your visit. Dunkelberger’s offers women a chance to find the perfect ensemble to wear for a weekend outing while its adjoining outfitter shop will keep any significant other distracted by outdoor gear just long enough.  Josephine’s, Dunkelberger’s, and many other boutiques offer specialty items you can’t find just anywhere. The shopping district on Stroudsburg’s bustling main street often offer shoppers special deals, unique treats, and rare deals just to thank you for shopping local. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Once you start, you won’t want to stop.

3. Nature Calls

People move to the Poconos to get away. Tourists visit the Poconos to get away. You need a getaway! There is a state park or environmental center everywhere you turn. Mountains loom on one side of you, a lake, river, or stream flows on the other, no matter where you go. You can’t help but breathe deeper, smile broader, and relax. Hike to the highest lookout or pull up a picnic bench and your favorite book. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot a deer, fox, raccoon, bird, or even a bear. What could be better? You can visit the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau or Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to find a place to hike or camp. If enjoying nature on a more permanent basis is what you are looking for, you can call Commonwealth Real Estate Your Way or Pocono Mountain Lakes Realty to point you in the right direction.

2. Most Comfortable Places to Hang Your Hat

All of that shopping and adventure will make you want to stay just one more day. There is no lack of hospitality when you need a place to stay for the night. Most resorts and hotels in the Poconos offer their guests so much, visitors don’t even need to leave the property. Stroudsmoor Country Inn is a popular wedding destination with a very romantic atmosphere offering special dinners and packages, while the Inn at Pocono Manor and the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort offer many activities and amenities to keep you busy and boast sprawling grounds and beautiful architecture. Bed & Breakfasts adorn the Jim Thorpe area. Take a step in to a different era at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, or hop across the pond and feel like English royalty at Hillcrest. If you can handle a rustic accommodation, Jim Thorpe Camping and many state parks offer space to park your RV or pop up your tent.  The Poconos just beg you to stay…

There’s just one thing left to do before you leave the Poconos…

1. Eat, Drink, & Be Merry!

I have yet to have a meal at a Pocono restaurant I did not enjoy. This area is rich in vineyards, bistros, taverns, pubs, fine restaurants, diners, and hole-in-the-wall local secrets. If you’ll be stopping in town, there are two things you do not want to miss; dinner at Andrew Moore’s Stone Bar Inn and a martini at Liquid. Each offers such a sophisticated and unique atmosphere with truly fantastic menus. Put them on your list, but also give the local specialties a try. Crave at 66 Broadway in Jim Thorpe offers the area a rare option: an authentic Absinthe bar. Give it a whirl and stay to munch, or wander down the street for an eclectic array of options from Irish, to Tex Mex, to local organic.  Chances are, you’ll leave full and happy. (If you do actually decide to leave…)

Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival

Weekends, September 28-October 27, Open Columbus Day, October 14       11am-6pm

Country Junction, Lehighton, PA

FREE Festival Admission & FREE Parking!



Visit in the DAYTIME…

for Daytime Hayrides     $6    which includes: Magic Garden, Treasure Island, Enchanted Woods, & Corn Maze!

all Pumpkins $3 & up

Want even more daytime festival fun? Check out the new 3D Adventure, Midway rides, Pirate Ship or try your hand at Gourd Grenade, Archery, or Paintball.




at the Waldorf Hotel! or Terror in the Corn!

September 28-October 27                 Fridays & Saturdays     7-10pm             Sundays 7-9pm

High intensity frightening adventures, not for children 10 and under.  ENTER…if you DARE!

Fall Foliage Weekends in Jim Thorpe


OCTOBER 5-6          OCTOBER 12-13          OCTOBER  19-20
First Three Weekends in October in Downtown Jim Thorpe PA

Experience the biggest festival in Jim Thorpe this fall as art, crafts, music, food, kids’ activities, special evcnts, shops, and adventure spread from the train station, to the park, and all through the historic downtown Jim Thorpe area. Stroll up and down Race Street and Broadway, ride the train, browse the outstanding vendors in Josiah White Park. Hop aboard the horse drawn carriage. Gaze in awe at the mountains hugging Jim Thorpe as they transform in to a kaleidoscope of color. This is a Can’t-Miss extravaganza in Jim Thorpe, PA. Don’t forget to check out the line up and special concerts at the Mauch Chunk Opera House during these weekends!

Parking is available along the streets as well as in the county parking lot and various lots nearby. Arrive early. Grab your train tickets. Enjoy Fall Foliage Festival Weekends in Jim Thorpe PA  — one weekend or all three!

New renovated restrooms are conveniently located at the visitor’s center in the Train Station.

The spectacular fall foliage view is only visible this one month each year. It serves as the most breathtaking backdrop to the biggest, most fun festival in Jim Thorpe – Fall Foliage Weekends in Jim Thorpe PA.

CLICK HERE for directions to Jim Thorpe, PA to be sure you don’t miss the Fall Foliage Weekends in Jim Thorpe, PA.

Don’t forget to PRINT YOUR LOCAL COUPONS for savings during your visit to Jim Thorpe!

Experience Beautiful Downtown Stroudsburg


Strolling down Main Street in Stroudsburg, you can take in the historic architecture, beautiful flowers, and quaint, bustling shops all around. The crisp Pocono air accompanies you to delicious restaurants and unique boutiques that can only be found in hidden away towns like Stroudsburg. You can find any number of treasures, tangible and intangible, in downtown Stroudsburg.

Who was Jacob Stroud? 

Jacob Stroud was a very early settler in the Pocono area in the 1700’s. He married, raised a very large family, and developed very much of the Stroudsburg area. He was a soldier, businessman, and frontiersman all while taking care of his family. Jacob Stroud is a beloved figure in Stroudsburg history whose contributions to the area are far reaching and everlasting.


For more information on Jacob Stroud or the history of Stroudsburg, visit the Monroe County Historical Association at 900 Main Street in Stroudsburg or visit their website,

Pocono State Craft Festival

August 24 & 25

DonationQuilt_2010As summer reaches its summit, and the true splendor of Pennsylvania hits its apex, everybody knows it’s time for the Pocono State Craft Festival. Enjoy fine jewelry, woodworking, clothing, metal work, stained glass, furniture, leather, basketry, and pottery are some of the distinctive crafts on display for your shopping pleasure. Watch the craft demonstrations, enjoy festival foods, and listen to the best in Dixieland and Bluegrass music.

Please visit  for a $1 discount admission coupon.

10am-6pm/Saturday, 10am-5pm/Sunday            

$6 per person, children 12 and under free


Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
 (570) 992-6161

Buck Hill-Skytop Music Festival

3 weekendss of music!  JULY 26-28, AUGUST 1-4, AUGUST 8-10

MUSIC FEST LOGO  Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 

Performances and Masterclasses by some of the best artists in opera, chamber music, dance, contemporary vocal arts, and jazz.

  Buck Hill Falls and Skytop Lodge
  270 Golf Drive, Buck Hill Falls, PA 18323 

   (570) 616-0317



Cherry Valley Festival

On Saturday, June 15, the third annual Cherry Valley Festival will be held to celebrate the unique natural environmental qualities of the valley and raise awareness of conservation efforts underway. 

The Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA), a non-profit organization committed to enhance public understanding of conservation and water issues is organizing the event in collaboration with the Josie Porter Farm.  Sponsors include The Pocono Visitors Bureau and Stroudsmoor Country Inn.  This year’s event will feature “Bird the Ridge – Conservation through Observation”, a public outreach program presented by Audubon PA.  Overall, the festival is dedicated to preserving, protecting and enhancing the natural and cultural resources of Cherry Valley while promoting healthy living options for residents and visitors.

BWAThe Festival, held at the Josie Porter Farm, Cherry Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA., will run from 10 AM to 5 PM, rain or shine.  This will be a fun-filled day with family activities designed for the participation of children and adults.  Planned events include educational speakers, nature walks, demonstrations, and environmentally themed vendors, arts and crafts.   In addition, there will be: food and beverages available, a variety of raffle items, and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting BWA.  Live entertainment throughout the day will include strolling musicians from the Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society.  The festival is free to the public.  Directions and more information on the Farm and the Festival are available on the Farm’s website:

The Brodhead Watershed Association is a non-profit environmental organization formed in 1989.  BWA is dedicated to protecting and preserving water resources and the environment of the Brodhead watershed and the water quality of the Brodhead, Cherry, Marshalls, McMichael, Paradise and Pocono creeks and their tributaries. In addition, the BWA assists municipalities, residents, businesses and groups with protecting natural resources through education, workshops, seminars, public programs and stream monitoring.


For More Information Contact: Rob Sedwin


Phone:  570 236 1118

Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Fall Foliage Season

The cherry blossoms of Washington, D.C. lure us in spring. The famous slopes of Vermont, Colorado, and Wyoming call to us in winter. As summer waves good bye, Northeast Pennsylvania’s autumn blooms. Visitors flock to the northeast coast to witness the glorious changing of the leaves. Peaking in mid-October, fall foliage draws quite a crowd. The Pocono Mountains and surrounding areas explode in fireballs of color. Reds, oranges, and yellows create a kaleidoscope across the landscape, offering us a small window in which to celebrate the season before winter takes over once again.

           Who wouldn’t want to explore the Pocono area with such a colorful backdrop? The Pocono Mountains hug many small towns in northeast Pennsylvania. Journeying north from Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, you first enter Jim Thorpe, which is cradled by mountains and the Lehigh River. This town is known for its fall foliage festival weekends. With mums and pumpkins on nearly every stoop, Jim Thorpe welcomes you. Fall is the perfect time to take a ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. Not too hot or cold, you can take a comfortable ride along the river and get the absolute best view of the foliage in the Poconos. An added bonus is all of the street vendors, local shops, and warm restaurants to complete the experience. Follow your ears up Broadway to find out what local musician is playing a quick concert on the street or what the Mauch Chunk Opera House has in store for the evening.

If Halloween is your favorite part of autumn, consider touring Jim Thorpe’s Old Jail Museum. The famous “handprint on the wall” is still in the basement where you can also feel the hairs on your arm stand up as you gaze at the gallows and climb inside the old cells. Ghost walks and haunted mine tours are also a favorite among locals and visitors. After a nice scare, you’ll be all set to pick up a pumpkin at any local pumpkin patch and carve up your Jack-o-lantern.

           Heading further north, more in to the mountains, is Stroudsburg and surrounding towns. You can stroll the main streets of these Pocono towns or take a more “outdoorsy” approach and hike one of the many trails on the Delaware Water Gap or any of the state parks that dot the region. The Monroe County Environmental Education Center and the Pocono Environmental Education Center are on hand with organized hikes and workshops for all ages. The temperatures haven’t dropped so much that camping is out of the picture. Fall foliage can be just as grand by the glow of a campfire at dusk.

Planning an autumn excursion in northeast Pennsylvania is as easy as the click of your mouse. Whether it is a Pocono resort and downtown shopping that lures you, or the call of the wild and a campfire after a long day’s hike, you can find your fantastic fall foliage moment in the Poconos.

Women’s Resources of Monroe County

Women’s Resources of Monroe County – Women, children and men have trusted our expertise and sought out our services when in need of crisis emergency sheltering, 24 hour hotline support, counseling, legal or medical advocacy. Vital members of community businesses, faith communities, schools, university settings and human service professionals seek our qualified personnel for prevention, education, outreach and supportive services. Our mission is to end domestic and sexual violence for all women, children, and men in our community.

215 West Main St, Delaware Water Gap
Administrative Office: 570-424-2093
24 hour crisis hotline: 570-421-4200

Snowshoes on Loan at Promised Land State Park

Come out to the Promised Land State Park Office to borrow the Park’s snowshoes! Throughout the winter, a limited number of MSR-Denali snowshoes are available for use through a Snowshoe Loaner Program at the Park. Staff is available to give brief instructions and additional information. Make sure to wear hiking boots, dress in layers, and bring plenty of water. This program is designed for day-use only. After December 12, the Park Office is only open Monday through Friday.  Snowshoes cannot be loaned out during the weekends. A valid driver’s license must be provided in order to borrow snowshoes.  Snowshoes must remain in the park and are only available when there is at least six inches of snow cover. Please contact the Park Office to check snow conditions and equipment availability. Snowshoes must be used at the Park and/or in the Delaware State Forest between the hours of 8am and 3pm.

Visit Website                 Location: Promised Land State Park 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown , PA 18426 Town: Greentown Phone: (570) 676-3428



A Long Winter’s Nap

The Fall Kettle Creek for Kids program involves your child in hands-on, outdoor learning experiences. This particular day will feature A Long Winters Nap – who sleeps all winter. The cost is $5/non-member, $3/EE member. The program will be held from 1-2pm is for children ages 4-6. Pre-registration is required, space is limited and parents must attend with their children.

Location: Monroe County Environmental Education Center                
8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Town: Stroudsburg
Phone: (570) 629-3061                     Visit Website