For more than a century, the Pocono Mountains region has been well known for being an idyllic secluded getaway. Stretching across 2,400 square miles of northeastern Pennsylvania, the Pocono Mountains region has attracted nature lovers, honeymooners and outdoor recreationists alike, many seeking a quiet escape from the crowds and fast-paced lifestyle of such nearby big cities as Philadelphia and New York.
Those Poconos still exist, of course, attracting millions of visitors each year with their tree-lined beauty and picturesque lakes. But the region is not resting on its reputation. These days, the Pocono Mountains also offer a wide range of entertainment options, providing a little hustle and bustle to go along with the peace and quiet.
There are expansive resorts with waterparks and casinos. There are spas and diverse restaurants and upscale shopping. There is an increasing amount of space for business meetings and conventions, as well as activities for families with children. So while you can still get away in the Pocono Mountains, you don’t have to get away from it all.
“A lot of people like to say they have something for everybody, but in the Pocono Mountains we truly do,” says Chris Barrett, president and CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. “We’ve become a true four-season destination with a large variety of activities with wide appeal. If you want to, you can still just sit in a cabin for seven days. But now you can also drive a half-hour or less to a large resort.”