You’ve known the Poconos as a favorite getaway for all things outdoors.  From skiing to hiking, spending time on the lake, and more, the Poconos have long been a haven for those who love the outdoors.  But with its quaint boutiques and artisanal shops, outlet malls and antique stores, it’s also the perfect destination for a Mother’s Day getaway that is focused on one of her favorite activities:  shopping!  In this blog, we’ll give you some great tips on just how to shop the Poconos on her Mother’s Day Getaway!

First on the list for your shopping spree is the Pocono Premium Outlets (sometimes known as The Crossings), with a roster of stores that will have something perfect for everyone.  Grab  some caffeine at Dunkin Donuts there at the outlets, and prepare to shop some great deals at all of your favorite brands.  The list of premium stores is almost endless, and includes such heavyweights as:  Adidas, Anne Taylor, Bath & Body Works, Coach, Columbia, Finish Line, Kate Spade, Lululemon, Nike, Polo, The North Face, and more!  They’re open 10am to 6pm on Monday-Thursday, then expand to 10am to 8pm on Friday/Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sundays.  Located just off I-80 in Tannersville, it’s an easy commute and a great place to start.

Wilkes-Barre is another great destination, and is just a short drive.  One of the most visited retail locations there is the Wilkes-Barre Commons.  This outdoor shopping center offers brands such as:  Boot Barn, Marshalls, Ross, Target, and Wren Kitchens.  You’ll also find a Plato’s Closet, which is a well-known trendy second-hand retailer that sometimes has some amazing deals on name brand gently-used clothing and accessories.  

If you want a truly unique shopping experience that is vastly different from your typical retail malls and shopping centers, consider a trip to one of the many quaint small towns that dot the Pocono hills.  One of the most well-known and easily accessible is Jim Thorpe, PA.  Founded in 1818, this Pennsylvania icon boasts over thirty shops offering all kinds of options.  You’ll find clothing, jewelry, home-made gifts, local merchandise, as well as great food.  From the moment that you step onto Broadway, it’s almost as if you have stepped back in time.  Hint:  if you’re hungry, Jim Thorpe offers some great local options for food and drinks too, including the Broadway Grille & Pub, the Gorge Eatery, Macaluso’s Restaurant, Molly McGuire’s Irish Pub, the Mansion House, and Roadies Restaurant (which has an amazing view of the Poconos).

If you’re looking for a uniquely “Pocono” experience, consider The Shoppes at American Candle , The Olde Village Trader or Country Junction.  All three offer an array of gifts, collectibles, souvenirs, antiques, and other items.  Country Junction is even billed as the “World’s Largest General Store” and offers a Petting Farm, Fun Center, and more!

As Mom wraps up her Poconos shopping spree she’ll carry with her not only the shopping haul, but also the joy of spending quality time with loved ones in this breathtaking destination. And after a long day of retail therapy, she can unwind in style in one of the many incredible luxury vacation rentals from Pocono Mountain Rentals.