Once celebrated as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World,” the Pocono Mountains region has been luring lovebirds for decades. For the romantically-inclined, the heart-shaped tub was even invented—and perfected—in the Poconos. And, these days, the region still has plenty to entice vacationing couples, from romantic restaurants to picturesque vineyards to scenic byways perfect for cruising.
Of course, the region’s plush accommodations also provide plenty of pampering, with offerings like serenity-inducing spas and sprawling country inns. The options are almost endless, but here are a few tips for planning a fall romantic getaway in the Poconos.
Pick an Intimate Spot
There are plenty of places to get cozy in the Poconos, whether you want a restorative stay at an area spa, a serene weekend at a quaint bed & breakfast, or a fresh-air-filled getaway at a country inn. The region’s adult-only accommodations are designed for romantic escapes and offer perks like gourmet cuisine, evening entertainment, and spa tubs. Two excellent options are the all-inclusive Cove Haven Resort on the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack and the amenity-rich The Lodge at Woodloch, which sits on a picturesque country estate.
The Pocono Mountains region is also home to an array of charming bed & breakfasts. Cherry Valley Manor B&B offers perks like a heated swimming pool and locally-sourced cuisine.
And, don’t forget about the area’s country inns. Plan a rejuvenating escape at the luxuriously-appointed French Manor Inn and Spa or head for the Inn at Birch Wilds, which offers rooms with fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs.
Take a Walk in the Woods
Unplug and spend some time together outdoors hiking among the brilliant fall colors. The Pocono Mountains region is laced with picturesque trails that are perfect for a leisurely walk or a full-day trek.
Take a short-but-sweet stroll beside Lake Wallenpaupack on the 1.5 mile-Wallenpaupack Lake Trail, which also connects to the Wallenpaupack Creek Trail. Admire the stunning Lehigh Gorge, carved by the Lehigh River, as you walk the 26-mile Lehigh Gorge Trail, which stretches from Jim Thorpe to White Haven.
For a longer haul, head for the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, which showcases one of the East Coast’s most impressive natural wonders. On the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the Delaware River forms a dramatic water gap as it flows between the steep terrain of Mount Minsi and Mount Tammany. Covering 70,000 acres, Delaware Water Gap boasts 100 miles of hiking trails to explore, including a 27-mile portion of the epic Appalachian Trail.
Enjoy Downtown Charm
After your time on the trail, head back to civilization and explore the charming towns that dot the region. In places like Hawley, Milford, and Stroudsburg, you can sit down to a gourmet meal, catch a show, or browse boutique shops.
In Hawley, visit the Ledges Hotel to sip wine and cocktails with a beautiful view of a waterfall at Glass-Wine.Bar.Kitchen. You could also enjoy a farm-to-table meal at The Settler’s Inn, or sample the handcrafted, small-batch wines at Three Hammers Winery.
Want to catch a show? The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg hosts a wide variety of live music. Before the show, you might want to start the evening with a glass of artfully-crafted local wine at Eagle Rest Cellars, Tolino Vineyards, or the Mountain View Vineyard Winery.
If your getaway falls on the weekend, sleep in a bit and then enjoy a leisurely brunch at Bar Louis in historic downtown Milford.
Home to 127 different species of trees, shrubs, and plants, the Pocono Mountains region is one of the country’s most colorful leaf-peeping destinations. Scenic byways like Route 507, Route 209, and Route 6 wind through the Poconos, and showcase charming towns and natural gems like Lake Wallenpaupack and the Delaware Water Gap. Even better, there are a handful of unique ways to take a sightseeing tour.
Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz offers guided excursions in antique motorcycles, and you can cruise the region in a sporty and futuristic Polaris Slingshot from Pocono Slingshot Rentals. For a unique perspective of the area, take an aerial tour with Moyer Aviation and admire the Poconos from above.
Book a Romance Package
If you’re planning an intimate escape to the Pocono Mountains, why not take advantage of one of the region’s romance packages? You can choose from a wide variety of experiences tailored for couples, such as the Remembering Your Wedding Day package offered by the Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg. In Jim Thorpe, the Times House includes a rose and a bottle of wine as part of its Romance Package.
Declare a Spa Day
What’s the perfect way to spoil your beloved? How about a spa day in the Poconos? The area is home to several spa resorts, all loaded with indulgent amenities. Opt for perks like sugar treatments and professional massages at Spa at Bushkill Inn. Or, relax in the saltwater pool at the French Manor Inn & Spa. For a sublime day, book a couples massage at the stately Skytop Lodge.
Plan a Shopping Trip
From antique shops to fashionable boutiques to bargain-loaded outlets, there is something to suit shoppers of every sort in the Pocono Mountains. For an eclectic shopping experience, head for the Hawley Silk Mill, a repurposed 19th-century factory that now houses a collection of specialty stores.
Maybe you like the thrill of the hunt? Spend some time perusing the treasures at one of the area’s flea markets and antique shops. Or, pop into one of the region’s quirky specialty stores that sell everything from candy to fabric to lavender plants. Because Pennsylvania doesn’t impose sales tax on clothing purchases, the Pocono Mountains is also the perfect place to pick up a few additions to your closet, just in time for fall.
Written by Malee Baker Oot for Matcha.