Living in the Poconos feels like a luxury that everyone should be able to afford, and if you’ve visited before, you will understand completely. The landscape is awe inspiring, the people are amazing, and the gentle way of life relaxes and soothes the jagged edges of your soul. If circumstances keep our guests from making the move full time, those circumstances don’t keep them from returning again and again, often for longer and longer periods of time. If your journey brings you to our mountain paradise for 60 days or more, first, we must congratulate you, and second, we offer this guide to ensure that every minute of you 60-day journey to the Poconos is filled with fun, laughter, and excitement!
The First 10,080 Minutes of your Long Term Poconos Vacation
Did you know that there are 86,400 minutes in 60 days, with 10,080 of those minutes filling a week? It may sound like a lot, but we can promise they will all fly by as you adjust to a temporary life in the Poconos in one of our 60-day rentals! This first week of your long term Poconos vacation, however, will be one of quiet discovery and perhaps recuperation. The harsh reality of real life often makes a decompression period most necessary, and as you sleep late every day in soft beds, sit on the porch watching sunsets, and take as many naps as you can, you’ll feel yourself slowly returning to a state of normalcy you haven’t felt for years. Take this week to unpack your clothing and put them away in generously sized closets, to enjoy the hot tub on the porch late at night when the skies are filled with the light of a billion stars, and of course, to visit the grocery stores and stock your pantry with all your favorite foods. There are plenty of places to choose from in the area, including the Aldi in Pocono Summit, GIANT food stores in Bartonsville, and the Poconos Farmers Market right here in Lake Harmony.
Now That You’ve Regained Your Sense of Self
It is time to venture out and explore the beauty of the region, and because breakfast is always the most important meal of the day, we think you should fuel up with a hearty one at Dale’s Pocono Bistro, located at 3396 PA-611 in Bartonsville. Dale’s offers a simple country décor designed to not clash with the hearty country meals they serve; their pancakes, omelets, breakfast sandwiches, and their specialty, Dale’s Grand Breakfast, which comes with two jumbo eggs, Virginia ham, bacon, or sausage, two pancakes, Yukon gold potato home fries, small juice and a coffee, will make your journey to the Poconos start out right!
After breakfast, you can head out and discover the beauty of the Poconos landscape. There’s so much to see and do, you probably won’t be able to get to all of it, even in two months, but we’re giving it a shot anyway! Plan visits to our scenic parks—Hickory Run State Park, Big Pocono State Park, and Lehigh Gorge State Park—where you can spend your days hiking trails and taking family photos next to breathtaking waterfalls; Bushkill Falls is one of our favorites! When the walking gets to be too much, the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway offers tours through some of the most beautiful areas in the Poconos, but if you’re working on keeping expenses low on your 60-day journey, scenic car rides will only cost you gas and picnic food. In the fall, these drives along country routes will be alive with a fiery color; a drive through the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area on Route 209 is definitely one of our favorites. The Wine Trail offers the same beautiful scenery as it leads you on a journey to some of the best wineries, breweries, and distilleries in the Poconos and is a perfect adventure for the over-21 crowd—just spread your visits out over a few weeks to ensure you don’t overindulge!
Shopping, Sightseeing and More in the Poconos
Of course, there’s more to the Poconos than scenery and wine! You’ll want to spend some time shopping in boutiques such as Gram-ma’s Country Corner in Pocono Summit, or in antique stores that offer a peek into our historic past. The Pocono Peddler’s Village Antique Mall in Tannersville is often a popular option for avid antique enthusiasts. Take in a concert at the historic Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, experience a Nascar race at the Poconos Raceway in Long Pond, or take another visit to the past with an exploration of the Old Jail Museum in Jim Thorpe.
We are proud of our Pennsylvania history—our state was one of the original 13 colonies—and many of the museums that dot the landscape offer prime examples of those early days. From the Pocono Indian Museum in Stroudsburg to the Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford and the Number 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford, history buffs will never run out of fascinating museums to explore during their 60-day journey to the Poconos.
Still So Much More
There aren’t enough words to explain all there is to do during your long term Poconos vacation, but if you start with a stay in one of our Pocono Mountain Rentals country escapes, you will definitely be heading in the right direction. Reserve yours today!