The Inn at Pocono Manor's is a picture-perfect example of grace and splendor and a majestic king that's fit for a queen and her court. When you arrive at The Inn at Pocono Manor, your mind will likely wander back to the early 1900s to the days of horse and buggy or the first automobiles that arrived at the front door of the manor. Flower boxes and beautifully-manicured beds brimming with annuals are part of the “dreamy” appeal to the property.
The Inn at Pocono Manor. Photo by Joan Mead-Matsui.
Located on 3,000 plush acres in the ever popular Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, The Inn at Pocono Manor is known to local residents as “The Grand Lady of the Mountains” and not surprisingly, designated on the National Registry of Historic Places. The inn’s founders, a group of friends from Philadelphia, selected and developed the tract of land as a refuge from their busy city lives.
Why is The Inn at Pocono Manor such a jewel?
Room accommodations at The Inn at Pocono Manor. Photo by Joan Mead-Matsui.
The vintage feel extends well beyond the unique architectural style. This mountain retreat offers 240 guest rooms and suites and dining areas that are decorated in keeping with the century-old period style of the manor.
A grand ballroom large enough to comfortably accommodate a large crowd, spacious suites, obviously designed with families in mind; extraordinary customer service, and superb dining are a few of the reasons you’ll be in awe of The Inn at Pocono Manor.
Activities at The Inn at Pocono Manor. Photo by Joan Mead-Matsui.
The Inn at Pocono Manor is suited for everyone and particularly those guests who are partial to the outdoors and intent on creating a vacation that combines nature with down-to-earth fun. Pets are also welcome, which is a definite advantage for traveling families.
If one of your challenges is limiting your child’s time spent playing with electronics, Manor Sports (hunting and sports club) provides a variety of organized outdoor activities at an additional cost that will keep kids of all ages engaged throughout your stay.
Outdoor pool at The Inn at Pocono Manor. Photo by Joan Mead-Matsui.
Providing a family-focused experience is a priority. Bike rentals, fly fishing instruction, golf cart tours driven by a guide and archery are among the activities available through Manor Sports, weather permitting. Along with a change of season come endless opportunities for exploration and I recommend you bring your hiking shoes or other comfortable footwear so you can comfortably experience the facility. Refer to the property map available at the registration desk when you’re ready to venture out on a hike.
Horseback riding at the Ranch at Pocono Manor. Photo by Joan Mead-Matsui.
Down the road from the manor is the Ranch at Pocono Manor, a riding stable, where you’ll discover your love for horses. The staff will tailor your ride to meet your needs, regardless whether this is your first time in the saddle or you’re an expert rider. Each of the horses has its own unique personality and you’ll be paired with one that’s responsive and trail-friendly. Be sure to ask the staff about extended trail rides along the scenic trail that leads to the waterfalls.
If you’ve never cast a fly rod now is the perfect time to take your first lesson and try your hand at catching one of the prized native trout in the onsite stream. Rods and reels are available at the sports office in case you don’t have your own equipment. A valid Pennsylvania fishing license is required for anglers 16 and older and can be purchased through Manor Sports or the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commission online prior to your visit.
Dining at The Inn at Pocono Manor. Photo by Joan Mead-Matsui.
Wake up your morning with a complimentary hearty breakfast served in the Mountain View Dining Room. Individual warming trays filled with scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage and bacon, home-fried potatoes and other favorites make this a breakfast buffet that will satisfy the entire family. The buffet is served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. weekdays and weekends. An omelet station is an added feature on the weekends. Ask for a seat along one of the windows so you can gaze out onto the property.
To learn more about this remarkable treasure, visit poconomanor.com.
Article by Joan Mead-Matsui, Award-Winning Journalist; Photo Journalist, Travel Writer and Photographer.
Photos by Joan Mead-Matsui
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