Luxurious Winter Getaway in the Pocono Mountains

by | Dec 16, 2014 | Travel | 0 comments

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Photo: Courtesy of The Lodge at Woodloch

The beauty of New York City is the diverse options for weekend getaways in such close proximity. The Pocono Mountains, only 90 minutes from New York City, features a beautiful landscape of  rolling mountain terrain, breathtaking waterfalls, thriving woodlands and miles of winding rivers.

While the Pocono Mountains are delightful during any season, winter offers skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and snowshoeing. After a long, eventful day filled with snow activities, the resorts and quaint bed and breakfasts offer many amenities, including luxurious special wedding and honeymoon packages.

In addition to the activities and lodging opportunities, the Poconos has exquisite cuisine to offer guests. Their restaurants include Thai, Italian, and authentic Peruvian food for those with adventurous appetites. The selection is sure to not disappoint as the restaurant scene goes above and beyond a deli or pub. Gourmet cuisine and down-home cooking are also popular choices. Recently this region has adopted a new, hip dining experience – the farm-to-table culinary trend. Many restaurants and resorts with highly skilled chefs have begun to utilize locally-sourced and organic ingredients to handcraft their menu items.

Set aside time at The Lodge at Woodloch for a weekend of relaxation and winter fun. This lodge offers a spa with many treatments, winter activities, and relaxing guest rooms with private verandas and swivel rockers. The Whisper Lounge has a crackling fireplace and outdoor porch, and offers the experience of being completely pampered.

Chefs at The Lodge at Woodloch work with local farmers to use their fresh foods and herb gardens for fresh ingredients. Their meats, poultry, and farm products come from the Lancaster areas. Guest are also able to attend weekly cooking demonstrations to learn from the expert chefs at the Lodge.

The Lodge at Woodloch offers an array of wonderful entrees. The Chilean Sea Bass is prepared with a cauliflower puree and served with grilled asparagus and roasted beet jus. The Seafood Bouillabaisse features shrimp, mussels, clams, potatoes and a saffron tomato broth. The Herb Roasted Chicken is accompanied by potatoes, baby spinach, and a port wine reduction. The decadent flourless chocolate cake with a savory strawberry sauce is so rich, it deserves its own tax bracket.

Here, dinner is an unforgettable experience, as is the whole weekend getaway. The Lodge at Woodloch is one of the most desirable winter getaways for the 2015 holiday season. Stay tuned for our next article on another luxurious location in the Pocono Mountains

-Deirdre McAndrew

Downtown Magazine