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The Pocono Mountains are a well-known playground for escapees from Philadelphia and New York, and a popular destination for winter sports such as sledding and tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, and fishing; there are literally dozens of commercial venues and state parks that offer trails, equipment rental and more. This is also the perfect place for a winter romance — a fact supported by a number of all-inclusive honeymoon resorts. This is the home of two-story-tall champagne glass hot-tubs, heart-shaped swimming pools and twinkling lights above a satin-covered round bed. But never fear — most resorts welcome ...

The Pocono Mountains are a well-known playground for escapees from Philadelphia and New York, and a popular destination for winter sports such as sledding and tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, and fishing; there are literally dozens of commercial venues and state parks that offer trails, equipment rental and more. This is also the perfect place for a winter romance — a fact supported by a number of all-inclusive honeymoon resorts. This is the home of two-story-tall champagne glass hot-tubs, heart-shaped swimming pools and twinkling lights above a satin-covered round bed. But never fear — most resorts welcome families, and B&Bs and other accommodations abound.

The Poconos offer everything from antique shops to fantastic sightseeing. In recent years, bald eagles have returned to the Upper Delaware River in increasing numbers; winter is the time to see them hunting near areas of open water on the mostly frozen river. Camelback Ski Area is the biggest ski, snowboard and snowtubing area in the Poconos with 33 trails, 13 lifts including two high-speed, detachable quads, two halfpipes, two terrain parks, night skiing and 100 percent snowmaking. Those more interested in indoor sports will find plenty of shopping deals in the outlets.

Scranton and Wilkes-Barre are the urban center of the Poconos, but the entire area from White Mills to Jim Thorpe is dotted with villages and unique sites such as America’s oldest brewery, Yuengling, in Pottsville.

Joanne Miller
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Joanne Miller is the author of several Moon guidebooks, including Pennsylvania Handbook, Chesapeake Bay Handbook, and Maryland/Delaware Handbook.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: The Poconos is a geographical, geological, and cultural region located in northeastern Pennsylvania. The wooded hills and valleys have long been a popular vacation area, with resort hotels with fishing, hunting, skiing, and other sports.
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
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    The Poconos never stop, except for Christmas — everything is open for business autumn, winter and spring (of course summer too)!