Poconos Visitors Numbers Grow

Poconos Visitors Numbers Grow due in part to resorts like The Lodge at Woodloch.

A Playground for Young and Old Alike

There are many reasons why the Poconos visitors numbers continue to grow and 30 million tourists from around the world visit the Pocono Mountains each year. Chris Barrett, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau President/CEO explains.

“Now more than ever, visitors appreciate the fresh, open-air that the Pocono Mountains has to offer.”

Miles of Exploration Opportunities

As a matter of fact, there are plenty of options for visitors who crave the outdoors. You’ll find a diverse array of terrain surrounded by gentle mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and woodlands along some of Pennsylvania’s most scenic roads. Explore trails for year-round hiking, rivers, lakes for fishing, ski slopes to challenge you, and spectacular vistas to practice your photography skills.

Whenever you need a vacation or getaway, the Pocono Mountains offers opportunities for winter, spring, summer, and fall activities across a four-county region and more than 2,400 square miles. That’s a breath of fresh air around every corner.

But there’s another reason why the Poconos Mountains draw local, national, and international visitors.

“The Poconos is a great four-season destination within a few hours’ driving distance of major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.”

Chris Barrett

Breathtaking caverns surrounded by scenic trails like the Tank Hollow Trail feature rewarding views of the Lehigh River and surrounding landscape. Plan a hike today! (Photos courtesy of the PMVB)

Abundant Lodging to Suit Your Style

You won’t have a difficult time finding lodging to suit your every mood. Whether you’re planning the perfect honeymoon, a solo trip, girlfriends’ getaway, family vacation, or a weekend escape from your hurried lifestyle, you will not be disappointed with your choices. From resorts, hotels, and motels to bed & breakfasts, inns, and cabins, the Poconos stands out with a selection of top-notch places to stay while you play. Begin your search for accommodations here.

The Lodge at Woodloch consistently wins awards. One visit and you’ll understand why guests keep coming back year after year.

Water-Worshippers Delight

“It’s always ‘bathing suit season,’ inside one of the Poconos Mountains indoor waterpark resorts,” according to Chris, so forget planning your vacation around the weather forecast. As the temperatures drop, four all-season waterparks await you at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, America’s largest indoor waterpark; Great Wolf Lodge, Camelback Resort, and Split Rock Resort. Book a fun-filled VACATION using this waterpark link!

History and Culture Abound

Ever wonder who blazed the trails leading through the Pocono Mountains, figuratively speaking?

Long before the region became a popular destination, the area was inhabited by the Delaware, Iroquois, Shawnee, Minisink, Lenape, and Paupack Native Americans. Thanks to The Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program, there are more than 2,000 plaques in the Commonwealth, with over 50 located in the Poconos that highlight significant sights and stories from our region, state, and nation. Be sure to look for the distinctive dark blue signs with gold lettering serve throughout your travels. Click on this link to learn more about the history.

You’ll find delicious favorites and new dishes to try everywhere you turn along the Poconos food and beverage trail.

Dine In/Take Out

When you’ve worked up an appetite or a thirst you can only quench with a frosty mug of craft beer, the Poconos has abundant options for dine-in or take-out breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In an ever-evolving restaurant scene, diners can choose from local farm-to-table fare, sidewalk cafes, pubs, casino dining, multi-ethnic cuisine, and bakeries for a special treat. The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) can help take the guesswork out of where to dine.

“Some of the main attractions include our year-round outdoor recreation activities, quaint downtowns, renowned resorts, high-quality restaurants, unique events, and the Pocono Beverage Trail.”

Chris Barrett
When it’s time to rekindle your relationship, the Pocono region is brimming with romance.

Suggestion: Order a take-out picnic lunch from Pocono Picnic, LLC, and choose a nature trail for a rejuvenating hike.

Calendar of Events

Chances are you’ll want to round out your trip at one of the Pocono’s upcoming events and festivals. The PMVB will keep you up to date with its calendar of events that run the gamut from NASCAR to the arts and live entertainment. When you’re ready to return home, you’ll leave feeling satisfied and revitalized. But keep in mind, the offerings are plentiful and you’ll need to plan more than one trip to experience all the Poconos offers.

Publisher’s Note:

In less than three years, I covered more than 15 Pocono Mountains destinations. Each town along the main thoroughfares I refer to as the Pocono trail, from the historic Delaware Water Gap to Milford, portrays the Poconos in its own unique way. It’s not a mystery why travel writers like myself return often to cover new accommodations, dining, and events. You won’t be disappointed.

Many thanks to the PMVB for sponsoring The Lodge at Woodloch Featured Chefs from Around the World cooking video.

The Lodge at Woodloch awards are too numerous to mention but in this companion article you’ll find out why it’s a favorite for a relaxing spa retreat.

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My family opened our first account at Fidelity more than two decades ago and joined the ranks of other longtime customers who appreciate the personalized service and the array of banking products and services this community bank provides. From personal and business checking and savings accounts to a full-service Wealth Management and Mortgage Center, Fidelity has products and services to help you manage your assets remotely or in person.

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To start, the customer care center serves as a virtual branch that allows access to your accounts seven days a week and 24 hours a day. Throughout the pandemic, Fidelity consistently provided fast, reliable service via telephone, chat, online, and drive-thru banking.

When stopping at your local branch to discuss your needs in person better suits your needs, when COVID protocol allows, Fidelity operates 20 branches throughout Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Northampton Counties and Fidelity Bank Wealth Management Minersville Office in Schuylkill County. Fidelity will add additional offices in the near future.

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Helping Others Thrive

Fidelity’s strong growth in earnings enables the bank to pursue philanthropic contributions of more than $1.5 million over the last four years. Scholarship programs, education initiatives, sponsorships, donations, and in-kind activities benefit local organizations, and Fidelity remains at the forefront of community support.

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