The lovely Pocono Mountains serve as the backdrop for a unique arts and culture scene. If you are looking for a cultural experience on your next trip to the area, consider visiting the many Poconos attractions for art or stopping by a local vineyard to taste some of the regions finest wines.
The Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation is located inside an old Presbyterian Church that was built in the late 1800s. The gallery is one of the largest collections of American Abstract Expressionism in the country. Much of the work they carry is from the New York School of Abstract Expressionism and features the work of Ernest Briggs, Christo, and many more artists. The exhibition center is located at 20 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. or by appointment.
Also located in Jim Thorpe is one of the top Poconos attractions, the Bach and Handel Chorale. The group is dedicated to the preservation of sacred music and puts on four concerts a year: one in the fall, one in December for Christmas, one in the spring for Easter, and one in May. They perform choruses from the works of Bach and Handel and are accompanied by a piano and orchestra works. The group is in their 35th year and they perform at the Christ Lutheran Church in Penn Forest Township, just outside of Jim Thorpe.
In addition to its art scene, Jim Thorpe also has an array of wine culture. Big Creek Vineyard is located in Kresgeville and they have a shop in Jim Thorpe. You can visit the winery Sunday – Thursday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. or on the weekend from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. This vineyard is one of our favorite things to do in Poconos PA, where you can enjoy free tastings at the vineyard as well as a selection of nuts, cheese, and fruit. Big Creek Vineyard also offers tastings at their Jim Thorpe store. Tastings are $5 to try five of their wines at the store.
If you purchase a bottle of wine at the vineyard or at the store, they will not uncork the bottle for consumption on site. They also do not allow buses, vans, or bachelor and bachelorette parties at the vineyard; however, they can accommodate large groups at the Jim Thorpe store. If you are with a group of eight or more people, call ahead of time to make sure they can accommodate your group.
If you are planning a vacation to the Poconos, be sure to check out our vacation rentals. We offer large event retreat and short term homes with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains. For more information on our rentals, from Towamensing to Split Rock, and things to do in Poconos PA, please contact us.