By horse-drawn carriage, train or car, visitors have journeyed to the Pocono Mountains region to enjoy an escape to nature for over 200 years. Historic Poconos hotels offer a trip to bygone eras, from scenic bed and breakfasts that pay homage to the region's past to luxurious resorts that have been providing unforgettable vacation memories to generations of families.
Move into an elegant Victorian mansion for the weekend, taste the culinary tradition of a Swiss master chef who arrived in America in the 1800s, or lounge on the grounds of a sprawling riverside inn that has been welcoming guests since the early 1900s. Immerse yourself in modern amenities and period authenticity with an overnight stay at these historic accommodations.
The grande dame of the Poconos, Skytop Lodge has been a timeless and elegant area retreat since 1928. This majestic Dutch Colonial Revival lodge is set in the midst of 5,500 acres, which include a golf course, 75-acre lake, miles of private hiking trails, an adventure center and more.
Boasting a AAA Four Diamond rating, Skytop offers modern luxury as well as a classic 1920s atmosphere. Sip a glass of wine and relax in the Library Lounge while perusing the historic photographs filling the walls or soak in the glamorous ambience of the Windsor Dining Room before turning in for the night in your charming suite, room or even a streamside cottage.
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Built in 1911, The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort has long been legendary in the golf world as the home of the first course ever designed by renowned golf architect A.W. Tillinghast. The inn's original owner and builder Charles Campbell Worthington also had a performance hall constructed on the premises: the Shawnee Playhouse, which still puts on theater productions today.
The resort is located on the shores of the Delaware River, and restaurants, river excursions and a brewery are located onsite. When it comes to accommodations, guests can book a room in the charming main inn with its classic green shutters, stay in a private and cozy cottage or lodge, or even try new trends like glamping!
Harry Packer Mansion Inn
The beautiful Victorian streets of Jim Thorpe hold many authentic and historic accommodations where visitors can experience the luxury of the region's past residents. The town, originally known Mauch Chunk, was home to a dozen millionaires and their families in the 19th century.
At the Harry Packer Mansion Inn, guests will discover the height of period elegance, both literally and figuratively: the mansion is strikingly perched atop a hill overlooking the town. Built in 1874 as a wedding gift from Asa Packer to his son Harry, the interior features fifteen-foot ceilings, marble fireplaces and gilded mirrors, and the beautiful brick exterior inspired Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion. Sign up for a popular Murder Mystery Weekend, or just relax in an opulent suite in the mansion or carriage house.
Located in the heart of Milford's National Historic District, Hotel Fauchère continues to uphold the legacy of its founder, a Swiss immigrant named Louis Fauchère. He worked as a master chef at Delmonico's in New York City before bringing his innovative cooking and European hotelier training to Broad Street in 1852.
Today's owners carry on the tradition of haute cuisine at The Delmonico Room and Bar Louis. Visitors will find a permanent exhibition of Hudson River School paintings in the hallways and can enjoy beautifully-restored rooms and suites that blend historic authenticity with modern technology and comfort.
1870 Roebling Inn on the Delaware
The oldest suspension bridge in the United States, the Roebling Aqueduct, can be found in the Upper Delaware River region of the Pocono Mountains. It was designed by John A. Roebling, the same engineer who created the Brooklyn Bridge, and was built to support bustling traffic on the Delaware and Hudson Canal. To truly immerse yourself in the 1800s heyday of the famous canal, book a stay at the 1870 Roebling on the Delaware.
Now a quaint bed and breakfast, the building is listed on the National Historic Register and was originally constructed by D&H Canal Company as an office and home for their local superintendent, Judge Thomas J. Ridgway. Today, guests can relax in a rocking chair on the picturesque porch and watch the Delaware River flow peacefully by.
Cove Haven Resort
In the 1950s, the Poconos Mountains was known as "the Honeymoon Capital of the World," partly thanks to the fame of the region's unique heart-shaped tubs. These romantic whirlpools were invented by the owners of Cove Haven Resort in 1963 and were featured in a two-page spread in Life Magazine in 1971.
The couples-only lovebird retreat still boasts the iconic tubs-for-two at all three of its resort locations, as well as incredible 7-foot champagne tower jacuzzi baths. Experience the love with your sweetheart at Cove Haven Resort, Paradise Stream Resort and Pocono Palace Resort.
French Manor Inn & Spa
As you drive around the Poconos region, you'll spot beautiful old houses that well-to-do families from generations past built as their vacation homes. Want to experience the glamor and splendor of one of these estates for yourself? French Manor Inn and Spa is calling your name!
Mining magnate Joseph Hirshhorn created this castle-like retreat on Huckleberry Mountain in the 1930s for his family and friends. Modern visitors can enjoy the lovely lawns and gardens, romantic architecture, fine dining, award-winning spa and excellent service you'll find at this AAA Four Diamond rated property.
Pine Hill Lodge
The Mount Pocono area is now known for its popular vacation resorts, but back in 1875, there were only two hotels in town. The fresh mountain air and prime nearby fishing brought nineteenth century visitors out for summer getaways, and Pine Hill Lodge was one of the first dedicated lodgings, welcoming families to its gracious wraparound porch. Still boasting a convenient central location, today the property is a fully-restored vacation rental offering 11 rooms, up-to-date amenities and a beautiful modern farmhouse aesthetic.
Mountain View Suites
Located up the hill on Center Street and boasting beautiful panoramic vistas, Mountain View Suites occupies the oldest building in Jim Thorpe. It was built in 1822 as a home for the town's founder, Josiah White. This 19th century industrialist and innovator was the first to discover how to ignite and effectively burn Anthracite coal as an energy source, and he was one of the founders of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company.
Today, the interior of the bed and breakfast is a fusion of Victorian and modern style, paying homage to Josiah White and the subsequent managers of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company who once lived there. All the rooms are newly-renovated, and some feature jacuzzi tubs and private decks: the perfect place to enjoy a getaway in the present while appreciating the past.
Don't miss the opportunity to discover what has made the Poconos beloved by so many visitors and residents! Keep an eye on special offers to lock in savings during your stay, and check out fun things to do and delicious places to eat to round out your visit.
Want to dive even further into the past of the Pocono Mountains? Explore our region's charming and historic small towns or plan a visit to the many fantastic museums and historical attractions in the area during your stay.