Check back on January 26, 2023 when this blog will be updated! Come one, come all to the Pocono Mountains for the upcoming holiday weekend! Fill your trip itinerary with winter thrills, delicious dining, adventures for adults and fun events for the whole family.

Presidents’ Day means extra vacation time, so head to the Poconos for a refreshing getaway. Want to experience the region’s attractions, but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered! Make the most of your Presidents' Day weekend escape with the itinerary suggestions below.

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 Rd
  • (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 Winterfest celebration happening on February 19 and 20. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride, admire the ice carvings - including ice sculpture bars - or hop aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway for a special weekend excursion.

Jim Thorpe WinterFest Feb 18

Jim Thorpe WinterFest

Save the date, February 18-19, 2023. The annual celebration will feature ice carvings, live entertainment, horse drawn carriage rides, food and drink specials, two ice sculpture bars, the popular Mug Walk, and the Lehigh Gorge Scenic…

When it's time to eat, you have plenty of nearby options. Treat yourself to scrumptious burgers at delectable drinks at Bonnie & Clyde Pub and Grill in Lehighton or Joey B's Bar and Restaurant in Palmerton.

Bonnie & Clyde Pub and Grill

  • 111 North 1st Street
  • (610) 377-0777

Established in 2016. Bonnie & Clyde Pub and Grill boasts an intimate 1930’s atmosphere. Offering 36 drafts, over 80 craft bottles, specialty cocktails, and a wide variety of local and imported wine. Enjoy a full menu with plenty to choose…

Joey B's Bar and Restaurant

  • 638 Delaware Ave
  • (610) 826-6620

In 1988 Joey B's was established to honor a great son, brother, and friend, Joey Barbosa. Many people have made wonderful memories within the walls of Joey B's. Therefore, it is their mission to continue to grow and to strive to provide an…

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

Updated: Currently closed. 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…

Immerse yourself in the history of the area at charming accommodations in Jim Thorpe such as Mountain View Suites, Hotel Switzerland and The Inn at Jim Thorpe.

Frosty Fun for All

Frosty Fun for All

Lace up and sail across the smooth ice! Check the weather to ensure that the ice skating conditions are right and bring your own skates to the free outdoor rinks in Stroudsburg at Helen Amhurst Park.

  • Helen Amhurst
  • (570) 421-5444

All are welcome to enjoy the Stroudsburg Borough Outdoor Ice Skating Rink, located at Helen Amhurst Park on North 3rd Street in Stroudsburg. The rink is open seasonally, seven days a week from 9am to…

Spend Saturday afternoon strolling through town while enjoying WinterFest in Downtown Stroudsburg on February 19! View spectacular illuminated ice sculptures in front of local businesses and life-size snowmen 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 to wine bars, there's so much to discover in Stroudsburg. Stop in the town's one-of-a-kind boutiques and shops to pick up some souvenirs, and explore local things to do, including axe throwing and escape rooms.

Stroudsburg shines with a striking mix of small-town glamour, modern appeal and a beautiful, walkable downtown.

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.

  • 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%…

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!

  • 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…

Refuel with a special Presidents' Weekend Brunch at The Settlers Inn! Enjoy live music and farm-to-table dishes. 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.

  • 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 check out welcoming hotels and inns around Honesdale.

Experience Nature's Majesty

4. 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. Take a winter stroll to appreciate the storybook streets, find things to do, and check out delicious restaurants and great shops.

When it comes to Pocono Mountains towns, Milford is a must-see. The town is touched with historical sites, museums and recreational areas.

Toast to a great weekend and get a taste of local vintages at Milford's Soaked Winery. The historic Tom Quick Inn Restaurant down the street has a vintage bar, a welcoming atmosphere, and a gourmet menu.

Soaked Winery

  • 224A Broad Street
  • (570) 618-1380

At Soaked Winery, the stuffy heirs of wine snobbery fall by the wayside. Sample new wines or simply enjoy an old favorite in a relaxing environment where everyone is welcome. Great people, great place, great wine! Soaked Winery began in…

Tom Quick Inn Restaurant

  • 411 Broad Street
  • (570) 832-8500

Located in the heart of historic Milford, PA, this newly-renovated restaurant offers fine dining. The newly-renovated, 100-person dining room, complete with a beautiful vintage bar, evokes an early Americana ambience. Those looking for a…

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 Blvd.
  • (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 the area. Sit by the fireside in your very own cottage or cabin, or wake up to a delicious morning meal at a local bed and breakfast.

Mix and match these options to create your own 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!