Check back on January 25, 2024 when this blog will be updated! Presidents' Day Weekend in the Poconos means winter thrills, delicious dining, adventures for adults and fun events for the whole family. Take advantage of the extra vacation time and treat yourself to a refreshing getaway, the perfect cure for the winter blues.

Not sure where to start when planning your Poconos Presidents' Day itinerary? We've got you covered! Discover the many beautiful sites and exciting attractions throughout the region during a four-day weekend escape. Choose your favorites from the itinerary suggestions below to build the perfect winter vacation in the Pocono Mountains.


Warm Up with Winter Thrills

Warm Up with Winter Thrills

Take your adrenaline to the next level with Skirmish Paintball. Try to hit some targets at one of the world’s premier paintball facilities or grab a group and battle it out on the frosty terrain. This is a whole new way to appreciate the winter landscape!


  • 211 North Meckesville Road
  • (570) 325-3654

Experience the game of paintball in the snow! Track your opponent and take cover behind snowy bunkers. Winter in the Pocono Mountains will never leave you bored. Visit Skirmish Paintball, the world's…

Drive into elegant Jim Thorpe to check out the 30th Annual Jim Thorpe Winterfest celebration happening February 17 through 19. This year's theme is "fire and ice." Enjoy the luminaries, admire the ice carvings, take in live entertainment and sample food and drink specials. Finish off the fun with a Saturday or Sunday scenic train excursion aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway.


Annual Jim Thorpe WinterFest Feb 16

Annual Jim Thorpe WinterFest

Don't miss this milestone annual event, February 16-18, 2024 in beautiful downtown, Jim Thorpe. The annual celebration will feature ice carvings, live entertainment, food and drink specials, and the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway round-trip…

When it's time to eat, you have plenty of options both in downtown Jim Thorpe and in the surrounding area. Treat yourself to home-style dishes and delectable drinks in a throwback atmosphere at The 80's Bar in Lansford, or savor made-from-scratch meals, with gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly options, at The Gorge Eatery in Weissport.


The 80's Bar

  • 634 E Patterson Street
  • (570) 645-6091

The 80's Bar is a '80s themed bar featuring a full-service restaurant. Offering home-style meals including steaks, chops, stuffed peppers, cheesesteaks egg rolls, and pepperoni bites. Stop in and grab a bite, enjoy the atmosphere, live…

The Gorge Eatery

  • 500 Bridge Street
  • (610) 875-6465

Find The Gorge Eatery inside The Hofford Mill. The Gorge serves a limited menu of hand-made, from-scratch dishes. Featured dishes include snacks and shareables, flatbreads, tacos, and fresh pastas. Gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly…

How about some nighttime snow tubing? It’s an easy and exciting way for everyone to enjoy the slopes! Blue Mountain offers twilight tubing as late as 9 p.m., and with newly-added lanes this season, their snow tubing park is now the biggest in the country. With magic carpet lifts taking you to the top, the only thing you’ll need to worry about is sliding down the lanes as many times as possible.


  • 1660 Blue Mountain Drive
  • (610) 826-7700

With up to 46 lanes over 1,000 feet long and three lifts to take you back to the top, the thrills keep coming. Your family and friends will have the time of their lives flying down the mountain…

Immerse yourself in the history of the area at charming accommodations in Jim Thorpe such as Angel of Jim Thorpe Bed and Breakfast, The Bella Victoria Bed and Breakfast, High Street Guesthouse, and Trail's End Bed and Breakfast.


Frosty Fun for All

Frosty Fun for All

Skiers and snowboarders, the slopes are calling! From first chair to night skiing, Monroe County's Shawnee Mountain has something for all abilities including world-class learning programs - the perfect opportunity to brush up on your skills or learn skiing or snowboarding for the first time. Bring your friends and family along for a group lesson! You'll find special ski and stay packages in the Poconos as well as a variety of ski events. Shawnee Mountain will be hosting a Paint the Mountain Pink event during Presidents' Day Weekend this year, with freebies for the first 200 guests to arrive on Saturday morning.


  • 401 Hollow Road
  • (570) 421-7231

Shawnee Mountain is your ticket to winter fun! The destination features 125 skiable acres, 23 trails, the Tomahawk Express high-speed quad lift, two terrain parks and a snow tubing park, 100%…

Spend Saturday afternoon strolling through town while enjoying WinterFest in Downtown Stroudsburg on February 18! View spectacular illuminated ice sculptures in Courthouse Square and in front of local shops and restaurants. This year's theme is "Cartoons Frozen in Time." Spot your favorite vintage and modern animated characters around town, and don't forget to scavenge for the striking Snowmen of Stroudsburg, a set of life-size snowmen statues painted by local artists. Feeling hungry? The Monroe Winter Farmers Market takes over Courthouse Square every Saturday. Browse the stalls to stock up on fresh goods from local growers.


From stately Courthouse Square to modern, colorful murals, from cupcake bakeries like Sonia's Sweet Inspirations to wine bars like Tolino Vineyards, there's so much to discover in Stroudsburg. Shop for new decor or supplies for your next crafting project at American Ribbon Craft and Fabric or stock up on outdoor adventure supplies at Dunkelberger's Sports Outfitter. Explore even more local things to do, including yoga, axe throwing and escape rooms.


Tolino Vineyards

  • 39 N 7th St
  • (272) 200-2990

A cozy wine bar situated just off Main Street in beautiful Downtown Stroudsburg. Enjoy…

Take some time to soak in the natural beauty of Monroe County. Follow the winding roads north for a rejuvenating hike in the fresh air on Cresco Heights, and stop by the charming small shops you pass like the Poe and Raven Gallery, which specializes in paintings, glass and jewelry. For a view of the Delaware River, travel into Delaware Water Gap to ascend Mount Minsi along the famed Appalachian Trail. The borough of is full of atmospheric restaurants where you can warm up afterwards such as the Sycamore Grille.


Sycamore Grille

  • 92 Main Street
  • (570) 426-1200

Serving everything from wings and burgers to steaks and fresh seafood, the Sycamore Grille…

Looking for warmer temperatures? No worries! It's always 84 degrees in our indoor waterpark resorts. Book an overnight stay to slide, splash, relax in a cabana, enjoy a beverage at a swim-up bar or ride the waves in a wave pool; your summer in the middle of winter is waiting!


Outdoor & Indoor Action

Outdoor & Indoor Action

Start the day with a peaceful horseback ride through the pristine fields and forests. Local stables like Happy Trails Stables in Waymart offer guided rides and are perfect for first-timers ready to take the reins. If there's snow on the ground, you can even take a sleigh ride!


Happy Trails Stables

  • 613 Honesdale Road
  • (570) 488-6996

Take a one or two hour trail ride by horseback over snow covered trails or sit back and relax and take in the Pocono winter scenery on a sleigh or carriage ride. Happy Trails Stables is open year-round, seven days a week.

Happy Trails Stables

  • 613 Honesdale Road
  • (570) 488-6996

Explore the Poconos in winter on a sleigh or carriage ride and take in the beautiful winter wonderland. Happy Trails Stables is open year-round, seven days a week.

Refuel with a special Presidents' Weekend Brunch at The Settlers Inn on Sunday, February 19, 2023! Enjoy live music and farm-to-table dishes in the bright, craftsman-style dining space. Be sure to call ahead for reservations.


A downtown stroll is the perfect way to stretch your legs after a delicious meal. Both set along the winding Lackawaxen River, the quaint towns of Hawley and Honesdale are waiting to be explored. Dive into the region's past at museums and historic sites or do some antique shopping and find treasures to take home.



Head to Hawley, where environment inspires entertainment! Find farm-to-table dining, farm-to-spa-table treatments, outdoor recreation, arts, music, family fun and more in this painted Pocono Mountains town! Hawley has it all!


History and culture collide in the scenic town of Honesdale. A rich sense of community can be found in this downtown.

If you've been missing golf this winter, there's no reason to wait for warmer weather to get some time on the links. Book a tee time at The Wake Zone Indoor Golf & Taproom in Tafton, open until 9 p.m., to take advantage of indoor virtual golf simulators. Golf is just one of many simulator games that visitors can try, and this family-friendly spot also features hockey, soccer, frisbee, bowling and more.


  • 274 Route 507
  • (570) 390-8320

Enjoy a beer and play a variety of indoor games and sports at the newest entertainment destination in the Poconos. Play a round of golf using the aboutGOLF simulators that give you the most accurate…

Find cozy accommodations in the area and settle down for a relaxing evening! Stay on the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack at Silver Birches Resort or East Shore Lodging, which is offering a Presidents' Day special offer. Check out even more welcoming hotels and inns around Honesdale like Hotel Darby.


Silver Birches Resort

  • Lake Wallenpaupack
  • (570) 226-4388

Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation, weekend getaway, couple's retreat, family…

East Shore Lodging

  • 2487 Route 6
  • (570) 226-3293

Located across the street from one of the premier attractions in the Pocono Mountains…

Hotel Darby

  • 9 Manor Drive
  • (570) 647-4331

Located in Beach Lake, PA, just steps from the Delaware River and a short walk to the…

Experience Nature's Majesty

Experience Nature's Majesty

It doesn’t get much more majestic than a bald eagle in flight. These inspiring creatures migrate to the Pocono Mountains during the winter season to take advantage of the eco-friendly habitat. Explore the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River to see if you spot one while eagle watching!


Located along the Delaware River, the small town of Milford has been charming visitors for generations. Wander the storybook streets, find things to do, and check out delicious restaurants like La Posada & Felix's Cantina and Apple Valley Restaurant. BetterWorld Store & Cafe boasts an array of healthy-living goods as well as delicious organic coffee, while The Artisan Exchange is a one-stop-shop for one-of-a-kind gifts handcrafted in the USA.


The Artisan Exchange

  • 219 Broad Street
  • (570) 296-5550

The Artisan Exchange is a family-run gift gallery that represents more than 275 American…

Toast to a great weekend and get a taste of handcrafted beverages at taprooms like Log Tavern Brewing Company and Jam Room Brewing Brewing Company, both of which feature food menus if you're in the mood for some bites to go with your brews. Milford's Jive Bar & Lounge is an atmospheric hangout perfect for cocktails. The Varsity Bar at the historic Tom Quick Inn Restaurant down the street is a beautiful vintage speakeasy with a welcoming atmosphere and a gourmet menu.


Jive Bar & Lounge

  • 319 Broad Street
  • (570) 296-2500

Choose from two different atmospheres for an authentic Milford experience at this local…

Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain is open until 9 p.m. every night during Presidents' Week, so bundle up for a twilight run down the slopes! With 100% snowmaking, equipment rentals and fantastic lessons, the northernmost ski area in the Poconos is an ideal place to try your tricks at the terrain park and glide down eighteen trails.


  • 192 Karl Hope Boulevard
  • (570) 226-8585

Ski Big Bear is a ski area for families. Specializing in private beginner lessons, Ski Big Bear offers something for all abilities. The mountain is open for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing with…

Why rush away? Treat yourself to a restful stay at lodgings in Milford and Pike County. Enjoy the modern outdoor aesthetic The Rex Hotel, get cozy in your very own cabin at Babbling Brook Cottages, or spend the night in the colorful, newly-renovated rooms at La Posada Inn.


The Rex Hotel

  • 103 Tauschman Road
  • (610) 472-9455

Conveniently located two hours from NYC and Philadelphia, the Rex Hotel hopes to inspire a…

La Posada Inn

  • 210 2nd Street
  • (570) 296-9940

Welcome to the newly renovated La Posada Inn featuring views of the Delaware river in a…


Mix and match these options to create your own ideal itinerary! There is so much to experience this winter in the Pocono Mountains. Check out our winter day trips for even more ideas to help plan your vacation, and don't forget to check out things to do and events coming to the Pocono Mountains this holiday weekend. Find ski and snow activities as well as places to stay.

Happy Presidents’ Day from the Pocono Mountains!