Give your productivity and creativity a jumpstart with a change of scenery! Whether you're working remotely or studying remotely, a working vacation in the Poconos is the perfect way to combine work and play. Conveniently located within a few hours' drive of major Northeastern US cities like New York and Philadelphia, the Pocono Mountains is ideal for getting that breath of fresh air you need.
Why work or study from home when you could work or study from a lakeside cottage or a balcony with a mountain view? Grab lunch or a coffee break in a charming small town cafe instead of in the break room or cafeteria. Enjoy a mini escape without using up vacation days, plus take advantage of great midweek savings. During a Poconos working vacation, everyone can accomplish their tasks for the day and unplug when finished to spend quality time with each other in a refreshing environment.
From the phone line to the zipline, Poconos resorts offer the best of both worlds when it comes to workcations and schoolcations. Take advantage of high speed wireless Internet and broadband to connect with your team or classroom, then be minutes away from great attractions when it's time to clock out. Keep reading to find five reasons why you should start planning your working vacation in the Poconos now!
Find a Healthy Work-Life Balance
1. Find a Healthy Work-Life Balance
A working vacation can be a great opportunity to reset and develop a better work-life balance. Plan a work schedule with room for focus time, and let your coworkers know when you'll be available. When classes or the workday end, put that phone away and get out to explore the area! Take a tour or see a show. There are tons of engaging activities and things to do in the Poconos during your evenings off.
Many places to stay in the Poconos offer great attractions on-site, so you won't have to go far to find fun for all ages. The kids will love our area's enormous indoor waterpark resorts like Kalahari Resorts & Conventions and Great Wolf Lodge. Access to the waterpark is included with your stay, plus you'll find other exciting activities like laser tag, interactive games and more.
Take Advantage of Quiet, Private Spaces
2. Take Advantage of Quiet, Private Spaces
During a working vacation, it's important to have a quiet and secluded space where you can feel comfortable both while you work and while you relax. Pocono accommodations offer many different inviting room types and suites, plus the Wi-Fi you need to accomplish your remote tasks. You'll find internet access at most camping and glamping resorts in the area too! Consider a cabin or vacation rental for family trips to give everyone their own space. Since you're not limited by the weekend, you can lock in lower rates and midweek savings when booking your lodging.
Get a fresh view on the present as you surround yourself in the past in historic lodgings like The Y on Broadway and The Inn at Jim Thorpe. Dive deep into that project that's been on your plate amidst the quiet of Babbling Brook Cottages or Memorytown Lakeside Inn & Cottages.You can also venture out to coffee shops and cafes in the area's small towns, or plan some focus time at the coworking space in The Stourbridge Project in Honesdale. Connect with the community and finesse your ideas during the weekly Entrepreneur's Incubator at The Foundry in Hawley.
Get Inspired by Scenic Beauty
3. Get Inspired by Scenic Beauty
The pristine beauty of Mother Nature is an excellent antidote for work or school stress, and looking up from a meeting or class to find a beautiful view right out the window is a great way to take a quick break and clear your mind. The best part is that when it's time to close your laptop, you can head right out into the gorgeous landscape!
Plan a hike to see the two tallest waterfalls in Pennsylvania, get out on the ski slopes or book a ski or snowboard lesson in the winter, follow our winding rivers during a kayaking trip in the summer, or make a new four-legged friend during a horseback ride through peaceful fields and forests. In the Pocono Mountains, there are so many ways to enjoy outdoor adventure all year round!
Skip the Dishes with Delicious Local Dining
4. Skip the Dishes with Delicious Local Dining
Not having to cook or wash the dishes is one of the many perks of a working vacation! Our area boasts a wide variety of restaurants and flavors to try. Sample ethnic favorites, indulge your sweet tooth at local bakeries, or journey along the Pocono Beverage Trail for small bites and brews. There are options for carryout & delivery and outdoor dining as well!
From morning to evening, satisfy your appetite at unique local restaurants. Get up early and head to Jubilee Restaurant, the "Breakfast King of the Poconos," which boasts an impressive morning menu with everything from pancakes to omelettes to chicken and waffles. In the afternoon, find lunchtime favorites like delicious deli sandwiches, cold salads and hot specialties at the Lake Side Deli and Grill in Hawley or try falafel and gyros at Shah's Halal Food. Sample prime cuts during dinner at Joe Bosco Authentic Smokehouse BBQ in historic Delaware Water Gap, a meat lover's dream!
Book Your Remote Office Year-Round
5. Book Your Remote Office Year-Round
Winter, spring, summer or fall, the Pocono Mountains is a premier visitor destination throughout all four seasons. Exciting events, fun activities, and the beauties of the changing landscape span all twelve months. Each season is so distinct, you'll want to experience them all!
Take a working vacation during the winter months to experience our region's renowned ski and snow activities. Never taken to the slopes before? It's never too late to learn to ski! In autumn, our hills are covered with some of the most spectacular and colorful fall foliage in the country. Spring and summer bring warm weather adventures and plenty of fun festivals. No matter the time of year, there are always fun happenings and celebrations going on in the Poconos! Browse our annual events, then take a closer look at the upcoming events calendar to make sure you don't miss any fun during your trip.
What are you waiting for? Start planning your workcation or schoolcation in the Pocono Mountains! Browse our places to stay and choose your ideal remote working space. Don't forget to look for midweek savings and special offers. Take a look at things to do to start planning your time off activities.
You may find you love it so much, you don't want to leave! Check out our job board to view open positions in the area so you'll be able to join the local community that lives and plays in the Poconos all year long.