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The Inn at Starlight Lake - A Relaxing Experience

Splashing and Relaxing in the Northern Pocono Mountains

  • 15 July 2016
  • Author: Joan Matsui
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Eugene Fay, Newark, NJ, fell in love with Starlight Lake and opened The Inn at Starlight Lake in 1909. Current owner, Sari Schwartz and her late husband, Jimmy were frequent guests prior to purchasing the inn in 2005.

When you arrive at The Inn at Starlight Lake, Starlight, Pennsylvania, give yourself permission to be a child again.

Kento Matsui unwinds and cools off on a hot summer day.

If you’ve ever celebrated the long, hot days of summer at a family or friend’s lake house, chances are you remember a much anticipated dash to the lake to cool off. Once you arrived, you likely made a beeline for the lake and spent most of your time swimming.

As the water gently laps against the grassy shoreline of Starlight Lake and the sun beats down on your lightly- toasted skin, you’re reminded summer won’t last forever, so don your bathing suit and find your reprieve from the notoriously hot and humid Northeastern Pennsylvania summer climate.

Following lunch at the Starlight Inn, Yoshi Matsui made his way to the lake.

Perhaps you’ll be motivated to cast your fishing line in the early morning or evening when some stocked trout and resident bass and bluegills are eager to bite.

Lily pads surround the docks at Starlight Lake. Bring your fishing rod. You won’t be disappointed.

The Inn at Starlight Lake is a four-season destination with year round activities geared towards folks who truly want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Sari Schwartz, Starlight Inn owner and host, has created an atmosphere of tranquility, where the sounds of nature and conversation replace the pinging from text messages. Guests can retreat to the public area on the first floor of the inn to check their email, make a call or send a text message, and watch television. Wi-Fi is not available in the guest rooms and cottages and you also won’t find televisions.

Joan Mead-Matsui, travel writer and photographer, found invigorating fun and exercise paddling around Starlight Lake.

Kento (front) and Yoshi Matsui spent hours swimming and circling the lake in kayaks provided at the inn.

Find your peace as you disconnect from your electronic devices and take advantage of free time.  Challenge your skills with one of the many board games available on the sun porch, play a game of pool in the recreation room, or take a spin around Starlight Lake in one of the canoes or kayaks available to guests.  

Playing Battle Ship board game at The Inn at Starlight Lake. Northern Wayne County PA.

Meals are served in the bar area, main dining room, and an enclosed sun porch located on the first floor of the inn. Windows along the front of the large main room offer diners a year round view of the serene lake and landscape.

A hearty breakfast is included with your overnight lodging. Awaken your senses with a cup of coffee while the inn’s culinary staff prepares your breakfast. A few of the selections on the menu are omelets, pancakes, and eggs-your-way. On Sunday, take extra time to experience brunch, Starlight-style from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When you decide to break for lunch, you’ll find appetizers; salads, sandwiches prepared on homemade bread, and grilled items.

Wednesday, July 6 was all-you-can-eat pasta night and guests and local folks from neighboring towns arrived to get their fill of manicotti, spaghetti with meatballs, ravioli and other Italian specialties. Items from the inn’s daily dinner menu are also available.

To view menus, click here.

The Inn at Starlight Lake is a family and pet-friendly haven perfect for travelers who are willing to take a break from modern technology and embrace the antiquity, charm, and old-fashioned hospitality Schwartz has crafted.

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Article by Joan Mead-Matsui, Award-Winning Journalist; Photo Journalist, Travel Writer and Photographer.

Photos by Joan Mead-Matsui

Joan Matsui

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