Reconnect in the Poconos: Five Romantic Getaways for Any Budget
There are many reasons why the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania are well-known as a honeymoon destination. The quiet woods, the breathtaking mountains and thousands of square miles of state parks are the perfect space for a kid-free weekend of romance in nature. Whether you're skiing in the winter or swimming in the balmy summer weather, there’s no shortage of romantic options for any budget given the 11 state parks in the Poconos. If you have childcare for an overnight or, even better, for a few days and nights, you’ll be in for a dreamy, peaceful getaway in the mountains.
Budget Romance: Camping at Keen Lake
The state parks of the Poconos region provide endless options for camping getaways with your significant other. You'll find dozens of privately owned campsites for a low-tech getaway. Keen Lake Camping and Cottage (155 Keen Lake Rd., Waymart, PA) resort offers a range of options depending on how much you want to rough it. Disconnect from technology and connect with your significant other by staying in one of the no-hookup campsites.
For those who prefer a more plush experience, choose from one of Keen Lake’s beautiful cottages, which offer both privacy and access to the 90-acre lake. Either way, spend the weekend getting to know each other in the peace and quiet of the Poconos.
Day Trip for Nature Lovers: Bushkill Falls
Whether you stay overnight in the area or only have time for a day trip, you’ll be surrounded by opportunities for outdoor activities at Bushkill Falls, a stunning series of eight waterfalls that enchant visitors. Sometimes called the Niagara of Pennsylvania, it’s much more hidden than its Canadian cousin, nestled deep in the Pennsylvania woods.
Trails range from easy 15-minute strolls to intense two-hour hikes that take you to the falls. Adult admission is $14.50, but visitors say the trip is well worth it. If you can time it right, plan your hike for the day after rainfall to see the falls roar.
Secluded Mountain Charm: Skytop Lodge
Live your summer mountain fantasy vacation at this "Dirty Dancing"-esque mountain lodge. Or, visit in the winter for one of the region's top-rated winter sports experiences. Skytop (1 Skytop, Skytop, PA) provides plenty of outdoors activities, and couples love this lodge for romantic getaways whether they're bonding through cross-country skiing or swimming in the lake during the summer. Fall in love with the Poconos and fall in love with your significant other again as you explore the lush woods, kayak the nearby rivers and learn new steps in the highly recommended dance classes. Skytop is beautiful in any season and a good option for a medium budget; rooms start at $229.
Get Away From It all: Ledges Boutique Hotel
The Ledges Boutique Hotel (119 Falls Ave., Hawley, PA) is what people think of when they think of the classically romantic places in the Poconos. And for good reason—if you’re looking for something specifically geared toward couples, this is a getaway that manages to be quaint and charming, yet sophisticated at the same time. The rustic architecture and waterfall views will take your breath away.
Mountain Luxury: The Lodge at Woodloch
If you’re looking to splurge on a luxury romantic getaway, this is the place to do it. The beautifully maintained buildings, extensive spa treatments and luxury pools will make you feel truly pampered. During the winter you can take a scenic drive to the nearby ski area, Ski Big Bear, for a challenging day on the slopes. Whether you and your significant other choose to relax among the peaceful scenery or stay active with the offered classes, you won’t be bored.