Take a year off from the cooking, serving and dishes and treat yourself to a unique and memorable experience in the Poconos. The beautiful Inns of the Poconos are ready and waiting with a Thanksgiving bounty for you and your family. If you come for the feast, stay the night or make a weekend of it – these Inns have carved out the perfect getaway loaded with great fun for all, complete with stunning mountain views, sumptuous accommodations, spas and cuisine to write home about – they invite you to experience their special Thanksgiving traditions.
Woodloch mountain lake resort is known for its warm hospitality that embraces the spirit of spending quality time with family and friends. If you are looking for a short Turkey Day getaway – go for the Thanksgiving Sampler from November 24 – 26th where children under 12 are free. Or, choose the Thanksgiving Weekend which has daytime and nighttime activities for the whole family. Whatever plan you choose, you will enjoy a fun-filled Thanksgiving, which includes the traditional feast accompanied by a walnut hunt, crackling fires, scenic fall hayrides, and nightly entertainment. Woodloch is rated one of America’s best, all-inclusive family resorts and is a convenient and scenic drive from New York, Philadelphia, Maryland or Connecticut. www.woodloch.com
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort has a fabulous two-night package from November 27-29 which includes breakfast Friday and Saturday. On Thanksgiving you can enjoy a hayride around the Shawnee village, a Shawnee Traditional Thanksgiving buffet dinner prepared by Chef Rodney followed by a cozy campfire with s’mores. Tickets to see Scrooge, a family-friendly production, at the Shawnee playhouse on Friday are included in your package as are all taxes. There are several places to explore on the premises like The Gem and Keystone Brewpub, Shawnee Gallery, Golf Shawnee and Spa Shawnee. Once you’ve enjoyed all of the Inns unique offerings, you can step out on the town for some Christmas shopping – remember NO TAX on clothes this weekend! Or, if you aren’t ready for that, pop into any one of the local vineyards, museums or historic sites around the town. www.shawneeinn.com
Next on the stuffing train is The Stroudsmoor Country Inn with its grand buffet. This feast will not disappoint with seasonal delicacies beginning with the Harvest Table offering salads, soups, fresh baked muffins and breads. Once you tease your palette with those goodies you can head over to the Fisherman’s Table piled with mounds of shrimp, smoked fish, mussels and more. But, don’t forget to save room for the Main Buffet which offers a full range of meats from perfectly prepared Vermont turkey to Long Island duck with all the trimmings. Wrap it all up with some sweet delights prepared by the Stroudsmoor Inn Towne Bakery. This Grand Buffet is reasonably priced with children under ten at half price. If you are looking for a more kid-friendly, family-style meal the Terraview will happily serve up platters of traditional Thanksgiving fare right to your table. Elegance and beauty surround you at the Stroudsmoor. www.stroudsmoor.com
The Inn at Pocono Manor, known as “The Grand Lady of the Mountains”, has earned its place on the National Registry of History Places. Come for one or two nights to indulge in their world-class, four course Thanksgiving feast. After dining in style, jump right into the spirit of holidays with the Magical Fireside Christmas. The Inn has created a magical winter wonderland that will surely warm your heart all season long. Filled with the twinkling sights, sounds and smells of the season you and your family can get in the spirit with caroling, horse and wagon rides, ornament making, fireside s’mores and most definitely a visit from St. Nick. The Inn at Pocono Manor is a great mountain retreat that’s far enough away from the daily hustle but still close to home. With its 3000 acres, this all-encompassing resort is a top destination for family getaways. www.poconomanor.com
Each of these destinations will offer you a peaceful yet festive atmosphere that will make the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving melt away. This year watch someone else prepare your turkey, serve you and do all the dishes.
“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.” Cicero