Feb 24 2014

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        www.shawneemt.com





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.




Feb 20 2014

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.

570-424-0325                 manager@stroudsburg.net                   www.stroudsburg.net



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

Feb 01 2014

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

Jan 15 2014

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.



Jan 01 2014

Pocono Weddings

SBL DahliaWedding (1)DESIGNS BY SUSAN BERNADETTE     As a child, nature, family, travels, and her Italian and Catholic heritage profoundly influenced Susan. She was destined to find the extraordinary in her surroundings and to express the universal feelings that those surroundings inspired through her life as “art in motion”. The great outdoors, architecture, and the changes of seasons continue to inspire her to create art reflecting a deep commitment to life and its myriad manifestations of life lessons. Learn more about designer and artist, Susan Bernadette, her art, and her 25 years of experience in the execution of private events as the lead floral designer at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. Browse her online art store or get inspiration for your upcoming wedding.

  570-421-6431 X 420                 www.susanbernadette.com


Stroudsmoor 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

info@stroudsmoor.com        www.stroudsmoor.com


INN AT POCONO MANOR     The 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



MtAiry ExtMOUNT 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 SKytop Lodgefamily 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         www.skytop.com

Jan 01 2014

Golf in the Poconos

InnAtPoconoManorLogoINN AT POCONO MANOR GOLF & SPORTS     Our numerous leisure activities feature golf, horseback riding, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, state-of-the-art spa, and our Manor Sports Lodge offers fishing, clay shooting, cross country skiing, and more. Plus our location is convenient to all of the outdoor and indoor activities for which the Pocono region is famous. We are located less than 2 hours from New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. So come discover The Inn at Pocono Manor – the resort for all seasons – where everything you could need or want in a great vacation or meeting destination is virtually at your doorstep. Celebrating 100 years of golf!
Rt. 314, One Manor Drive, Pocono Manor 18349            Phone: 570.839.7111      Toll Free: 800.233.8150



shawnee innSHAWNEE INN GOLF COURSE     Located on an island in the middle of the Delaware River, Shawnee ’s 27-hole championship course’s offers multiple tees, practice range and a lighted 9 hole course. All open to the Public. Home of the 1938 PGA Championship. Junior and weekday specials. Gem and Keystone BrewPub for 19th hole gatherings.
One River Road, Shawnee on Delaware   18356                1-800-SHAWNEE               www.shawneeinn.com

Jan 01 2014

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         www.skytop.com


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         www.adventuresport.com


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         www.mtcreekstable.com

The Ranch at Pocono Manor, Route 314, Pocono Manor, PA 18349        570-839-6237         www.theranchatpoconomanor.com


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)           www.poconoboathouse.com


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
570-424-2940          info@poconopistol.com            www.poconopistol.com 

Jan 01 2014

Pocono Shopping

COUNTRY KETTLE  One of the largest shopping attractions in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania  For over 20 years, vacationers to theCK image Poconos, as well as residents, have enjoyed this unique retail store, featuring candy, candles, collectibles and crafts. You are invited to visit Country Kettle often, either online or at their beautiful building in Marshall’s Creek. Open every day, all year 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
2523 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301              1-877-553-8853        (1-877-KKettle)
ckettle@ptd.net              www.country-kettle.com


JD logoJAMES DIAMOND    James Diamond, creator of fine jewelry, specializes in anything that glitters and shines. James Diamond has the area’s largest inventory showroom of fine jewelry wholesale to the public, diamonds, and estate jewelry, including one of a kind pieces, expert repairs, custom order, and remount specialists. James Diamond, buyers of precious metal and coins. Free evaluation – no obligation! Secure and discreet. Located on Rt 611 in the Heart Of Mt. Pocono
Rt 611,Mount Pocono, PA 18344                    800-246-4436
www.jamesdiamondjewelry.com             www.moneyforgold.com


KRAMER SHEDS  Browse the largest selection of Sheds, Gazebos and Swingsets in the Poconos

256 Stadden Rd, Tannersville, PA            570-629-7099       www.kramersheds.com


MHbannerMOUNTAINHOME CANDLES, WICKER & GIFTS  Two beautiful shops under one roof for all of your home decorating and gift giving needs! Offering the best selection and pricing in the Poconos of candles, wicker, gifts, and collectibles. Fundraisers and wholesale items also available! Mountainhome Candles is ONLY manufacturer and  official retailer of original, authentic, MOUNTAINHOME CANDLES! Mountainhome Candles and Mountainhome Wicker are a must-see in the heart of the Poconos.
Open 7 days a week:  Sun – Thurs 10-5, Fri – Sat 9-5
1131 Rt. 390, Cresco, PA 18326       570-595-3014       www.mountainhomecandles.com 


POCONO BAZAAR & FLEA MARKET Come see, come save at the new Pocono Bazaar Flea Market! Shop til you drop with all of the vendorsExcited Shopping Woman you’ve come to know and love in our new location. Indoor and outdoor shopping for year round savings. Open 9am – 5pm every Saturday and Sunday, and President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Friday.

1 Municipal Dr, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302          570-223-8640       www.poconobazaar.com 


POCONO PEDDLERS VILLAGE        Over 100 Vendors     Open 7 Days a Week
250 Stadden Rd, Tannersville PA       570-629-6366           www.poconoantiquemall.com


VILLAGE PEDDLERS  Located outside Mountainhome Candle & Wicker for even more of a shopping experience! Find all the unique items, gifts, antiques, produce, crafts, baked goods, handbags, clothing, and more that you need in one stop. Popular Pocono Attraction! Want to be a vendor? Give us a call!    Open 7 days a week:  Sun – Thurs 10-5, Fri – Sat 9-5
1131 Rt. 390, Cresco, PA 18326     570-595-3014     www.mountainhomecandles.com

Jan 01 2014

Downtown Stroudsburg Shopping

DunkelvergerDunkelberger’s Sports Outfitter started as a one man shop on N. 6th St. in Stroudsburg, PA, February 18, 1972. Jere Dunkelberger offered the local & not so local anglers and hunters the necessities they needed. Many years later Dunkelberger’s set up shop in a beautifully restored,6000 square foot building on Main St. in downtown Stroudsburg. Stop in for all of your sporting needs, whatever your passion is! Store hours are Monday – Thursday : 9:00am – 6:00pm Friday: 9:00-7:00pm Saturday: 8:00am – 5:00pm Sunday: 9:00am – 4:00pm.

585 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360                570-421-7950                       www.dunkelbergers.com



ECHO – Features the re-sale of fine women’s apparel and accessories. This boutique is operated by Women’s Resources of Monroe County. Shop at Echo to support an end to domestic and sexual violence.
Ann Street, Stroudsburg               (570) 424-2093



Josephine Store FrontJosephine’s Fleur-de-lis is a fine specialty life-style boutique that offers a unique shopping experience with excellent customer service. Josephine’s offers a large selection of gifts, home accent items, and women’s jewelry and accessories that you will not see anywhere else. Enjoy the largest selection of Trollbeads in the Poconos, explore Lori Bonn® charm bracelets with Bonn Bons as slides, and create a Kameleon TM interchangeable jewelry arrangement. Call for our special events and promotions. Gift certificates available on line and at our store. Josephine’s Fleur-de-lis…the destination for any occasion!

601 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360                      570-476-7909

 josephinesonmain@onecommail.com      www.josephinesonmain.com

Dec 03 2013

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.


Dec 01 2013

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 
E-mail: farm@quietvalley.org        Website: www.quietvalley.org



Dec 01 2013

Pocono Real Estate

Basic CMYKCommonwealth Real Estate Your Way, LLC is a full service real estate  firm with offices in the Poconos and Lehigh Valley. It is the mission of Commonwealth Real Estate Your Way, LLC, to be an innovator in the real estate market by applying the Platinum Rule (of treating clients as they wish to be treated) as the cornerstone of every relationship and real estate transaction. We will customize a solution for your needs.   RB 066860

Mount Pocono Office     570-839-0411                 
Brodheadsville Office   888-333-0464            
Lehigh Valley Office    610-628-1454  




LH logoLiberty Homes has been building year ‘round, vacation, retirement, and investment homes in the Poconos since 1978. Innovative building techniques, great designs and legendary experience add up to a special place you can call home. Liberty Homes is there every step of the way. Liberty offers Universal Design, tomorrow’s home today designed for your lifestyle. They are a certified Resnet Builder. Come see what they have built. Then you’ll understand why they bring the dream home.
Office Rt. 940, Pocono Lake, PA
866-4-YOUR HOME             www.libertyhomesPA.com 



Dec 01 2013

Pocono Nightlife, Theaters & Concerts

shermanThe Sherman Theater, located in downtown Stroudsburg, is a 1377 seat, 1800 standing room, technically-equipped facility with a 3000 square foot gallery. Scheduled shows are held at the Theater or staged at satellite locations and out-of-theater venues that attract audiences from Northeast Pennsylvania, the surrounding region, and visiting tourists. The organization also offers booking and technical consulting services for shows as well as event management and sometimes co-sponsors shows and events with partnering organizations. This is all in addition to the various outdoor festivals and events that are produced by the Sherman Theater each year.


524 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA



MtAiry ExtMount 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)


Dec 01 2013

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
570-992-6634             www.stonebar.com


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 
800.233.8150         www.poconomanor.com


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
570-619-8877       www.PoconoFriendlys.com      


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.
570-424-0990        www.gemandkeystone.com


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 
570-517-0663     www.stroudsmoor.com


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
570-420-0100          www.liquidmartinibar.com




TCBY     Stop in for the Best Frozen Yogurt in the Poconos!
1619 N 9th St, Suite 7, Stroudsburg PA 18360
570-730-4886      www.tcby.com 


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
570-839-8880             www.tokyoteahouse.us


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
 570-424-3200        www.tracksidestationgrill.com 

Dec 01 2013

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
info@stroudsmoor.com        www.stroudsmoor.com


Nov 18 2013

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


Nov 18 2013

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




Nov 18 2013

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 www.poconomanor.com for all the details!


Oct 07 2013

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…)

Sep 23 2013

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        www.countryjunction.com

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!

Sep 23 2013

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!

Sep 14 2013

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, www.monroehistorical.org.

Sep 06 2013

Horse Around The Poconos

I am not an experienced horseback rider. Besides a childhood fascination with horse and pony rides at carnivals, the only real horseback experience I had was on my honeymoon on the beach in Aruba. That was ten years ago. Pair that lack of horseback riding experience with my aversion to heights and general “better safe than sorry” attitude, you have quite a nervous-Nellie equestrian. Nevertheless, I put all of that aside to accompany my husband on a horseback ride to commemorate our memorable horseback ride up the beach on our honeymoon a decade ago.

The stable is the first building you come across when cruising up the long path to Pocono Manor. Surrounded by woods and a fenced in green field, it looks cozy. You are greeted with a cheerful hello and bright smile from any one of the personable staff. They take the time to make you feel at home the second you step through the gate, even as they bustle about, caring for the horses. You can tell immediately they love the horses as their own and take great pride and care in their work. The staff’s excitement can be compared to that of a grandma’s pride in a newborn grandchild. The second one to greet you is Oscar, the friendliest barn cat in the Poconos. Oscar sidled right up to my husband and planted himself on his lap as we chatted with the staff. Delilah, a very small pony, kept me from getting jealous by letting me pet her mane and long nose. Delilah and I appreciated each other’s company. She is the only female horse at Pocono Manor.

Ace and Dakota, our horses for the hour long guided tour, were soon ready for us. It seemed we were the only horseback riders in our time reservation. Another couple was just returning from their horseback riding tour when we arrived. This will make for a very private, quiet, maybe even romantic ride through the woods. Pocono Manor has two guided horseback tours: a wooded trail, recommended for beginners or the nervous (like me) or the waterfall trail, which is still not very difficult, but is suggested to those a little braver and more experienced than me. Once I took a deep breath and flung myself on to Ace’s back, we were schooled in how to hold the reins and steer the horse. Apparently Ace and Dakota like to “snack” along the way, stopping for low-lying branches and easy to reach ferns. Our instructions only took a minute, with a final word on how to keep our equine “kids” in line and not let them get away with being in charge. (And I thought I had left my children at home…)

Sauntering in to the woods, we were immediately engulfed in green. The narrow path twists and turns, sometimes veering toward the 100 year old golf course, and sometimes seeming to be in the middle of nowhere. Ace and Dakota knew the path well, stomping through a few rain puddles and dodging a few rocks in the way. My horse, Ace, and I got along fine once he gave up on trying to munch on every available green leaf. We even got up to a trot in the beginning. This is a much bouncier horseback ride. My husband would have trotted (or sprinted) through the entire woods if I let him, but sauntering through the fairy tale landscape of the Poconos was more my speed.

Besides the company of calm, well-trained horses, we had a very sweet and competent guide. She was very familiar with horseback riding and obviously enjoyed what she described as “getting paid to do what she loved.” We learned a lot from her about Poconos Manor’s stable and their sister stable, Mountain Creek. Pocono Manor offers smaller, more private group tours, as well as horse-drawn sleighs and carriage rides. Mountain Creek offers a few more tours and options, but to slightly larger groups. Safety of horseback riders and horses is top priority to all staff.

We were sorry to approach the end of our guided horseback riding tour as the stable came back in to view. We could have spent the entire day on horseback at Pocono Manor. Our experience definitely left us wanting more. Now that I know how truly wonderful it is to go horseback riding in the Poconos, I won’t wait another ten years.

Written by: Andrea Trower



 The Inn at Pocono Manor offers 237 Guest Rooms & Suites.  Our Historic Main Building completely renovated in 2011!  Offering 2 golf courses, various packages and excellent banquet & wedding services.  Great location with easy access to NY, NJ & Phila.

800-233-8150               570-839-7111


Jun 12 2013

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 www.poconocrafts.com  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


Jun 12 2013

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



May 22 2013

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:  http://www.josieporterfarm.com/

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

Email: brodheadwatershed@verizon.net; rsed55@ptd.net

Phone:  570 236 1118

Mar 11 2013

Pocono Run for the Red Marathon


SUNDAY, MAY 17th, 2015              8:30 AM

The 5K race is open to runners of all ages and will start and finish at the Stroudsburg High School Stadium. It is the perfect length for competitive runners who enjoy shorter distances. Register for the 5K, Marathon Relay, or full Marathon….or come on out to cheer on the runners!

Get all the INFO HERE…




Aug 27 2012

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.

May 06 2012

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

Jan 19 2012

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



Nov 07 2011

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

Oct 18 2011

Fall Foliage Report

According to the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau‘s website we are approaching peak fall foliage for the Poconos.  Home to more than 127 varieties of trees, shrubs and plants, the Pocono Mountains is truly a spectacular sight during the fall season. Because the region stretches for 2,400 square miles, three distinct color zones are present allowing you to catch peak colors not only once, but three times. Updated every Thursday through the end of October, this forecast will assist you on where, when and how to experience the brilliant foliage in our four-county region.   See report fall foliage report for the entire Poconos here…

There is still time to see the beauty of the mountains in autumn if you get here soon.

squirrel tracks
Feb 08 2011

Reflections on Bad Weather and Nature

Mother Nature has been active this year, pummeling the mid-Atlantic region with storm after storm.  Some have dumped snow, some have brought rain and some have coated everything with ice.  Our lives have been impacted many times already this winter, as we suffer through inconvenience of horrible driving conditions and traffic jams, business and event closings or postponements, shortages of snow shovels and ice-melt and milk/eggs/bread during the storms.  So why is it that we’re all supposed to eat French Toast during inclement weather, anyway?  Kidding aside, we humans feel so much impact from Mother Nature, don’t we?

But really, all we do is hole up in our cozy-warm homes with cable TV, internet, on-demand movies, microwave cooking, cellular phone service, endless hot water and a thousand other conveniences, as we wait for the weather to pass.  There aren’t usually too many really major issues in our lives on bad days, unless you consider boredom a major issue.  And if that’s all you have to worry about, you’re doing all right!  Of course, it can get a little worse when the power goes out (no TV, gasp!), or if we lose heat (an excuse to snuggle up with someone special?!) or our pipes freeze (hey, people in some countries don’t shower for days…), but usually it’s just a matter of time before things are back to normal and we’re right back into our crazy lifestyles.  Come to think of it, maybe bad weather is a good thing once in a while, just to slow us down and help us realize how good we have it 99% of the time.

In the natural world, bad weather is a whole different situation – it can run the gamut from slight nuisance to life-threatening for all the creatures that are out in the elements every day.  Out on a recent JTX snowshoe tour, our group encountered a small animal moving around just under the surface of the snow.  We could follow his path because he was pushing the surface of the snow up as he traveled underneath, a little moving hump of snow that we all watched with fascination.  Every so often, the little gray, furry rodent would emerge from the snow, look around, then dive back under and keep on his way.  Seeing him out there got us to thinking a few things about animals in the snow:

1. we probably threw his world into a tizzy as our 14 snowshoes clomped about atop his white-covered environment; and

2. now that we know he’s alive/active, how was he living with over a foot of snow on top of his world?

Well, you say, a foot of snow isn’t too hard to deal with…. but this little mole (that’s what we assumed he was) is only 1 ½ inches high, so the snow is 8 times taller than him – that would be like humans dealing with 40 feet of snow!  We’d have to tunnel through like he does – wouldn’t that be fun!  And we think a bit of slush is inconvenient driving… imagine going everywhere in a solid white tunnel.  And for this little guy, the 12 inches of snow is covering up everything he needs to find in order to live.  He’s got to deal with all that snow and make his own tunnels while trying to find food just to exist, in addition to finding his way around.  And it’s not just him, but every animal that’s out there in the cold – whether it has hoofs, paws or wings, animals that stay active during cold weather have an incredible amount of inconvenience to deal with when Mother Nature unfurls these difficult conditions on the area.

On another snowshoe tour, a teacher was discussing a recent lesson with her young students which identified animals that live in their local (New Jersey) woods.

She was hoping to have some great Jim Thorpe area sightings to relate back to the class, but we weren’t so lucky that day.  However, we did see a lot of evidence of animal activity: dozens of tracks across the top of the snow(squirrel, rabbit, bird, mouse) and some down into the snow (deer), some across the snow from tree to tree (squirrel, chipmunk).  On other snowshoe hikes, groups have found the above plus wild cat and dog prints in the snow – likely bobcat, fox and maybe coyote.  Knowing there is this much life out in the winter woods is refreshing – the woods are not ‘dead’ for the season – but it also brings up the struggles mentioned above.  All these animals have to function out there with a foot or more of snow on the ground, which has to be a huge challenge to their survival.  There were many spots where we saw evidence of that struggle: squirrels dig down through the snow to try to find food; deer scrape away areas of snow to get at whatever undergrowth they can find, tiny tracks atop the snow made zig-zag patterns with little depressions where the animal stopped to look for something, then eventually returned the same way it came, probably empty-handed.  Each set of tracks is a reminder that life doesn’t stop in the winter, and that many other creatures have it far worse than we do when the weather is bad.

Yesterday, a test-hike for a scheduled snowshoe trip reminded me that some conditions are even more difficult for the animals.  I strapped on some ‘shoes and started off across a familiar trail, but the conditions made it far from normal (the next day’s trip was postponed).  I was actually walking atop the snow on a thick layer of ice that accumulated from our last storm – my 180 pounds were not even breaking through the crust in many places.  If I wasn’t breaking through the crunchy barrier, how is a 2-pound squirrel supposed to do so?  How long will it take a thin-legged deer to clear an area to forage for scarce underbrush?  And how many scars will the jagged ice leave on its legs.  Will that mole ever be able to come atop the whiteness, or will he have to stay below until the ice melts?  As it does melt, will reach a point when the deer and fox break through on every step, making the most simple task incredibly difficult?

In the past, severe ice storms have contributed to localized population decreases in wild animals – they can’t find enough food and starve, they get injured by the ice and can’t function, they fall and slide down mountainsides which breaks bones or necks – horrible thoughts, but true and purely natural.  And even if we look at less severe weather – snow for example – the impact is still huge on the animals that have to endure it: the deer, squirrels, fox, chipmunks, birds, moles etc.  They’re fighting for their lives every day that there’s snow on the ground, in ways we can’t even imagine.

So next time you’re mad that you can’t go anywhere due to inclement weather, stay home and enjoy your conveniences while remembering how rough it really is out there for others.

Tom Loughery
Tour Operator
the Jim Thorpe eXperience
(484) 225-1209
Jan 20 2011

Snowshoeing: A new way to experience Jim Thorpe

Surrounded by mountains, a river, streams and a lake, the town of Jim Thorpe is a great base from which to adventure into the beauty of nature all year ‘round.  While it is famous for its Fall Foliage, plethora of Summer activities and Spring whitewater, it is Winter – the White Season – that offers residents and visitors a chance to get out and see the area in a totally different light.  Quite literally…a different light, different perspective, different feeling… however you want to put it, getting out into nature in the Winter is a much different experience than any other season.  And one of the best ways to get out there is on Snowshoes.

Once there is about 8 inches of snow on the ground, you have the opportunity to get out and find this new perspective by strapping on a pair of snowshoes and hiking (pretty much) wherever you want to go.   Whether you rent them from a local outfitter, take a tour with a guide service, or buy your own set, snowshoes are a ticket to the backcountry like no other.  These seemingly clumsy contraptions that you strap onto your boots are a way to see areas that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to visit.  In Spring, Summer and Fall, we are somewhat confined to using trails through the woods to get out into nature – in many areas, weeds, saplings, underbrush and rocky terrain make it hard to navigate anywhere else, and leaves on low-hanging branches block your way and your view.  In Winter, however, with many weeds and shoots having died, and the lower brushy plants in ‘hibernation mode’, accumulations of 8+ inches of snow will effectively cover most of these impediments, making it possible to snowshoe right over the top of it all, and the leaves are gone from branches which lets you navigate and see much more easily!  The more snow that piles up, the bigger of obstacles can be overcome – many you will not even know are underneath the beautiful white blanket.  Of course, some you will feel as your snowshoes sink into the softness – you don’t actually get the ‘walk on water’ phenomena, your weight will make you partially sink – but whatever you feel underneath will affect you much less than if you were walking over it in any other season.  Properly-sized snowshoes will allow you to stay on top of part of the snow, not sinking down all the way to the ground, and making it easier to hike.  If you did not have them, you’d be ‘post-holing’ with your boots – each step would sink to the ground and you’d have to high-step out of the hole to move ahead… a lot of work!  Snowshoes spread out your weight across a larger area, compressing snow which helps you float above the ground.  The more snow you’re in, the higher you float, but don’t think that it’s all that easy – you still get a good workout.  To get even more cardio, you can try running across open areas – that’s fun!  It can be a bit challenging to keep the big metal frames from clanking into each other as you dash across the white fluffiness, but if you trip and fall down, so what….it’s into soft snow!  Other ways to challenge your abilities include going up and down hills, navigating through snowdrifts, and ‘side-hilling’ across increasingly steep areas.  There are techniques for all of these; learning them is part of the fun of the sport.

Getting out into nature atop the snow will allow you to visit many areas that you have seen other times, but see them in a new light.  With no leaves on trees, no weeds or crops in the fields, and a background of pure white, everything is different.  Some people say everything is dead, but it’s also beautiful in a way.  And quiet….. get out to many areas in the woods and it’s so very peaceful.  Strangely comforting: although mostly lifeless, the Winter woods offer a feeling of solitude that you just can’t get in any other season.  And really the woods are not lifeless:  look closely and you’ll see signs of animals continuing their lives regardless of the immense inconvenience that snow means to them.  You’ll see deer tracks and sometimes areas where they forage under the snow for plant life, you’ll see rabbit and other small animal tracks, plus holes and tunnels where even smaller animals are navigating through the snow to keep themselves going.  If you’re observant enough (and a bit lucky), you may see deer or rabbits moving across the snow – when there are no leaves and a white background, you can see much farther than normal (another bonus of getting out in the Winter).  Not so many birds are around in the winter, but the ones you do see will bring unexpected feelings of connectedness – as if you are sharing the otherwise desolate woods with each other.  Seeing other animals gives the same feeling, almost as if we’re all out there together; except that they’re not used to seeing us there – they’re scared – and will surely get away as fast as possible, which sometimes makes for a memorable Winter image: wild animals bounding through the deep snow.

When you put all these things together: getting into nature; seeing things in a different season; trying more and more challenges; getting some exercise and going places usually not available; you can understand why snowshoeing is a great Winter activity.  Around Jim Thorpe, there are several great areas to practice this fun sport, at the top of the mountains, at the bottom of the valleys between them, and even on (and off) several mountainside trails.  The town itself offers resources for the sport:  rentals are available from a couple different outfitters; guided tours are also available.  Going out by yourself is great fun, yet going with a guide can help you get better at it quicker because you will receive basic instruction and more advanced tips as you go.  Guides will also ensure you visit the best places around the area – the best conditions and maybe even some historic highlights, plus you’ll be able to ask questions and learn some local color.

For more info on snowshoeing around Jim Thorpe, the following websites offer information and resources: www.theJTX.com (guide service w/equipment) and www.bikejimthorpe.com (Blue Mtn Sports- rentals).  Hope to see you out there soon!

Jan 14 2011

The Inn at Pocono Manor Announces Major Renovation of Historic Main Resort Building

The Inn at Pocono Manor has announced it will invest more than $4 million in a comprehensive renovation program touching all areas of the historic Resort’s main lodge.  The carefully planned renovation program is expected to be completed late spring 2011, and is being carried out without interruption of the property’s business or disruption to the guest experience.  Renovations include the entrance, public lobbies, event and meeting rooms, restaurants and guestrooms.  For more information Click Here

Dec 15 2010

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