There is something special about a vacation. You can leave the daily routine of life and explore a new area with lots of enthusiasm. It is fun to participate in exciting activities and visit special tourist attractions. It is also an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends. You can pick a vacation rental home and stay together for a truly relaxing vacation experience.
With respect to weather, if you are eager to participate in snow-based activities, you can visit the gorgeous north and northeast. One such destination that is known for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, and such fun activities is the gorgeous Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. As a natural playground laden with a thick cover of snow, the Poconos have so much to offer. There are plenty of ski slopes, resorts, and trails where you can enjoy a wide range of activities. Whether you are a beginner or an expert in skiing, you can easily find the right level of trails and slopes for your adventure.
Besides the winter activities, you can relish gourmet food at various restaurants and food joints. It is famous for some exciting cafes and bars where you can spend a great time with your folks. There are many indoor recreation centers for children and adults for activities like mini-golfing, arcade games, play areas, bowling, and much more. If you prefer mild and pleasant weather and would like to skip the cold, you can visit the Poconos during spring. The spring season is another excellent time to enjoy plenty of outdoor activities. With numerous national parks and hiking trails, the spot is perfect for hiking, biking, and wildlife and bird watching, and photography. You can hike and capture incredible scenic views in the area. You can also enjoy activities like fishing, golfing, white water rafting, swimming, and horseback riding. Read our ultimate guide to Poconos Mountains winter and spring below and plan the perfect vacation experience!
Enjoy a Winter Vacation
With so much to do during winter, you can easily expect to enjoy the experience to the fullest. Plan a trip during the winter season to enjoy the fresh cover of snow. You can also participate in holiday special events between Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can enjoy the festive decorations, Christmas trees, and beautiful lighting all over the area. Spread over a large area of over 2400 square miles, the Poconos area is a central hub for plenty of snow adventures. One of the most popular activities is cross-country skiing. You can choose the natural trails in the numerous state parks or pick a ski lodge with well-maintained trails. You can also enroll in training sessions to understand the basics of skiing, before enjoying the adventure on your own. Besides skiing, you can explore the pristine landscape through snowshoeing. You can enjoy breathtaking views during sunrise and sunset.
The next Poconos Mountains winter activity that can entertain every member of the group is snowmobiling. There are a variety of snow lanes ranging from steep slopes to family-friendly gentle ones. You can enjoy galactic snow tubing at Camelback Mountain. This large snow tubing park has more than 40 lanes for unlimited fun and adventure. If you visit in the evening, you can enjoy the beautiful LED illuminated lanes. Another spot that has many lanes for snowmobiling is the Skytop Lodge. You can head to the Pocono Outdoor Adventure Tour for a unique ATV riding experience. It is fun to explore the landscape on an all-terrain vehicle. You can explore the forests, mountain ranges, slopes, and much more while enjoying a fun ride on the ATV. If you are looking for a family-friendly activity that can entertain kids, you can visit the beautiful Daisy Field Farm for a fun-filled day. Here, you can enjoy horse-sleigh rides and explore the area. In the end, you can relish gourmet food and participate in a bonfire for an enjoyable day.
You cannot miss the unique winter activity of ice skating. There are plenty of ice skating rinks all over the area. Whether you are an expert or just starting to move over ice, you can definitely have a great time on the rink. You can head to various state parks such as Promised Land, Hickory Run, Tobyhanna, and Gouldsboro. For a formal experience at a spot that offers ice skating rental gear, you can visit the popular Skytop Lodge.
After enjoying the outdoor activities, if you are eager to spend time warm indoors, you can still take advantage of plenty of options. First and foremost, you can head out for a joyous picnic at any of the indoor waterparks. Visit one of the largest indoor waterparks at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions where you can find swimming pools, water slides, splash parks, flow rivers, and much more. Few other spots include Great Wolf Lodge, Split Rock Resort, and Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark at Camelback Mountain. For more indoor fun, you can enjoy activities like paintball, bowling, indoor go-karts, arcade games, and many more options.
A Springtime Delight
If you are excited to enjoy the flower blooming season and spend time in the outdoors, you can choose the spring season for your next vacation in the Pocono Mountains. You will experience warmer weather and plenty of sunshine to spend a day outside. Capture beautiful photographs of the colorful flowers and green landscape during spring. One of the best springtime activities includes hiking. You can admire the picturesque landscape of mountains, trees, waterfalls, streams, and birds in the various state parks. There are more than 126 hiking trails in the Poconos Mountains. You can visit the popular Beltzville State Park that has more than 15 miles of trails that pass-through forests, mountains, valleys, and fields. Another popular spot is the Browns Hill Preserve where you walk within the woods. You cannot miss the 130-acre nature preserve called Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area. This spot is popular for biking, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and enjoying the numerous waterfalls in the area. There are many trails for bikers. You can enjoy the scenery and biking at famous spots like Lehigh Gorge State Park and Prompton State Park. With more than nine state parks and two national parks in the Poconos area, you cannot run out of options for your biking adventure. If you would like to rent a bike and other items, you can visit the Edge of the Woods Outfitters. Another popular spot known for its dedicated biking park is the Blue Mountain Resort’s Bike Park. It has more than 26 trails of varying difficulty levels. You can also head to the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor that has bike-friendly trails for your adventure. There are different trail segments ranging from easy to difficult that cut through the gorgeous Poconos landscape.
Do not miss fishing in the Pocono Mountains, as there are plenty of fish species in the different streams and rivers. It has more than 11,200 acres of stocked lakes and over 120 miles of stocked rivers for all your fishing adventures. If you have a fishing license, you can visit the Promised Land State Park. The Big Brown Fish and Pay Lakes do not require any fishing license. The trout fishing season starts in April. If you would like to attend a guided fishing tour, you can visit Ray’s Charter Guide Service or Captain Joe’s Fishing and Waterman Services.
The Pocono Mountains are also famous for horseback riding. It is one of the adventurous activities to admire the landscape and explore the area. You can head to the Bushkill Riding Stables that welcome families and single visitors for a fun-filled experience in nature. Another popular spot is the Mountain Creek Riding Stable.
Poconos spring is also an excellent time to enjoy whitewater rafting in the area. Pocono Whitewater Rafting has multiple options for rafting tours. You can also check out the Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers. If you would like to attend guided rafting tours with your entire group, there are many different options available.
Explore the Poconos on an all-terrain vehicle. You can rent an ATV or bring your own to the popular Alvin’s Offroad Playground. Another spot is the Pocono Outdoor Adventure Tours, which has multiple options for a fun-filled touring experience. If you prefer a relaxing experience, you can sit in a sidecar to explore the picturesque landscape with the Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tours.
There are plenty of special Poconos spring events and celebrations. During springtime, you may find music and food festivals. You may also find unique events like whitewater rafting days and NASCAR races. The area may also host ski season events in the winter.
Gourmet Food for the Foodies
After all the exciting adventures and power-packed activities, you deserve to enjoy hearty meals at the various food joints. The Poconos has everything from upscale restaurants for a fine dining experience to casual food joints for a quick bite. You can enjoy warm beverages at the various local cafes. And when it is time to celebrate special moments, you can hit the exciting bars for fun cocktails and a variety of liquor choices.
For a fine dining experience, you can head to Andrew Moore’s Stone Bar Inn. This spot is famous for its delicious entrees, desserts, and drinks. It has a nice and warm ambiance with incredible American dishes. For a relaxed and enjoyable dining experience with your group, you can visit the popular Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar. It has many large dining rooms that can accommodate large groups. You can relish a wide range of cuisines and recipes. You cannot miss the boutique-style dining room and exciting entrees at the popular Posh. It is known for its widespread entrees and unique cocktails.
If you are in the mood for some global flavors of international cuisines, you can visit plenty of excellent spots in the area. For authentic Italian cuisine, you can head to the Basso Cucina Italiana. Here, you can relish a variety of pasta, meats, desserts, and much more. Another Italian hotspot with gourmet food options is the Trattoria 903. Savor delicious Spanish and Portuguese flavors at the well-known Marco Antonio’s. You cannot miss the traditional paella with unique spices and amazing flavors.
After a tiring day filled with activities, you can find many casual food joints for a quick bite. You can visit the popular Village Diner for traditional American breakfast and lunch. Compton’s Pancake House is famous for its delicious breakfast options. Few other options include the Jubilee Restaurant and The Boat House for more traditional recipes and a relaxed ambiance. If you are looking for an American gastropub for some great food and drinks, you can check out the Stone Row Pub and Eatery or the Breaker Brewing Company.
A Comfortable Accommodation for a Relaxing Stay
You can definitely look forward to enjoying a great trip in the Pocono Mountain region. Whether you head for the skiing season or the beautiful springtime, you can expect nothing but the best. For a comfortable stay, check out the vacation rental options available through Pocono Mountain Rentals. We have spacious vacation homes with an open floor layout. Enjoy social gatherings in the large living room and dining room. Relax in the comfortable bedrooms for a good night’s sleep. You can cook delicious meals in the fully equipped kitchen. Our rental homes have all the modern amenities and facilities for a comfortable stay. Get in touch with us at Pocono Mountain Rentals for a dream home of your choice. We may have spacious villas and homes with facilities like high-speed internet, central air conditioning and heating, in-unit laundry, parking, and all the electronic appliances.
Get in touch with us to book your accommodations at the earliest. An exciting vacation and wonderful adventure await in the beautiful Pocono Mountains!Greg Petrillo