Best known for its skiing and winter activities, the Poconos is often overlooked as one of the Northeast’s fall destinations. In fact, in the late summer and fall it is an ideal vacation spot for everyone from adventure seekers (skydiving, whitewater rafting) to those who prefer a quiet lakeside cabin or even the complete camping experience for the type looking to “rough it.”
Only an hour and a half from New York City, this region caters to tree lovers and town goers alike. Shop at specialty shops, farmer’s markets and factory outlets (there’s no clothing sales tax in Pennsylvania) or dine at one of the many family-oriented or fine dining restaurants. Try the French Manor Restaurant in South Sterling for an exquisite dinner by candlelight.
For camping, bring the family, a tent or camper and s‘mores to the Delaware Water Gap/ Pocono Mountain Kampgrounds of America, open year round and half a mile from the Shawnee Mountains, it offers organized sports games, bonfires, and entertainment for the whole family.
Resort accommodations, lakeside cabins, hotels, and bed and breakfasts are scattered in and about the area. Try Brookside Lodges, which is surrounded by a trout stream and has newly built cabins. Tanglwood Resorts offers a variety of views from their condos, including Lake Wallenpaupack, which is on the border of Pike and Wayne counties.
The Poconos might be under the radar when it comes to planning a fall trip, but its abundance of diverse activities make it a worthy and fun destination.
Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers, Weatherly (800) 443-8554 whitewaterchallengers.com
The Boat House Restaurant, Hawley (570) 226-5027 the-boathouse-restaurant.com
Brookside Lodges, Weatherly (570) 427-8433 brooksidelodges.com
Delaware Water Gap/Pocono Mountain Kampgrounds of America, East Stroudsburg (570) 223-8000 poconokoa.com
Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort 205, Hawley (800) 678-5907 ehrhardts.com
The French Manor Restaurant, South Sterling (570) 676-3244 thefrenchmanor.com
The Gem and Keystone Brewpub, Shawnee on Delaware (570) 424-0990 gemandkeystone.com
The Inn at Starlight Lake, Starlight (570) 798-2519 innatstarlightlake.com
Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mt. Pocono (877) 682-4791 mountairycasino.com
Skytop Lodge, Skytop (800) 345-7759 skytop.com