Resort at a Glance: The Chateau Resort & Conference Center
This AAA-rated resort is located at the base of Camelback Mountain, one of the area’s most popular ski spots. But there’s plenty to do as well in warmer months: hiking, biking, or even white-water rafting. In the afternoon you can retreat to the resort’s sauna or jetted tub to relax your muscles and your mind. If you still haven’t gotten your fill of the majesty of the Poconos, you can gaze upon them from a mountain-view guest room, some of which have private balconies.
- Splash around in the resort’s indoor pool or the seasonal outdoor pool.
- The Mountainview Restaurant and Lounge serves seafood, steaks, and sandwiches amid views of mountain scenery.
- A $20 resort credit per day can be applied toward onsite dining, or lounge.
- Go shopping at the nearby Crossings Premium Outlets or hit up the slots at Mount Airy Casino Resort.
- Camelbeach outdoor waterpark is adjacent to the hotel, but is not included in the deal
Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains: Hiking, Trout Fishing, and Historical Towns
The Poconos region of northeastern Pennsylvania accounts for some 2,400 square miles of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and forests. The area has been a popular vacation destination ever since Pennsylvania Quakers opened a hotel here on the Delaware River in 1829. Today, the Poconos draw more than 25 million annual visitors, thanks to year-round recreational opportunities and stunning natural scenery.
The warmer months are a great time to explore the region’s lakes and wooded hills. For spectacular hikes, check out Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, where you can trek to dramatic waterfalls or follow a 27-mile section of the historic Appalachian Trail. A handful of little towns full of antique shops and galleries nestle in the mountains, too. You’ll find boutique wine galleries and historical mansions tucked away on country roads, including the late 19th-century Asa Packer Mansion, which is open for tours, in the borough of Jim Thorpe.