Winter Day Trips

Interested in taking a day trip this winter to the Pocono Mountains? Here are some great day trip ideas!

Encompassing 2,400 square miles of rolling terrain, more than 185 mountain slopes and trails and 170 miles of winding rivers, the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania encompasses all things adventure and beauty less than two hours driving distance from New York City and Philadelphia.

Stay, play and experience a winter wonderland in the Pocono Mountains.

Day 1 - Explore in and around Jim Thorpe

Morning: Take to the slopes! Pocono skiing and snowboarding comes alive in the winter. Get first dibs on the freshly groomed trails bright and early! Blue Mountain Resort, Big Boulder Ski Area and Jack Frost Mountain open as early as 8 a.m. on the weekends in late December. Be sure to check in with our ski areas for special hours during the holidays.

Afternoon: Gear up for some paintball. Team up with your family and friends, and head out on the battlefield. A game is sure to keep you warm this winter, but don’t forgot to bundle up!

Worked up an appetite? Refuel with a waterfront view and eclectic food at Lake View Tavern. Head towards Jim Thorpe, and stop at Roadies Restaurant and Bar for a spectacular overlook and delicious fare.

Evening: Discover the ins and outs of Jim Thorpe. Admire the Victorian charm as you walk to quaint shops, unique restaurants and picturesque sights. Attend Jim Thorpe’s Olde Time Christmas, and see the town light up with holiday decorations and festivities. During the first three weekends in December, enjoy caroling and live music, train rides with Santa, free family events and so much more. Come back during President’s Day Weekend, and experience Jim Thorpe Winterfest!

Jim Thorpe is no stranger to captivating, turn-of-the-century accommodations. Stay the night at a historic lodging, we suggest: Hotel Switzerland, the Inn at Jim Thorpe or The Dolon House.

Day 2 - Excitement and leisure awaits in the mountains

Morning: Treat yourself to a pampering day at the spa. From body wraps to water therapies, indulge in total relaxation at The Nest at Skytop Lodge, Serenity Spa at Camelback Lodge and The Spa at Mount Airy.

Afternoon: How does 84-degrees during the winter sound? Look no further than an indoor waterpark! Come warm up at America’s largest indoor waterpark, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions. Water slides, wave pools and swim-up bars are just the beginning. With so much to experience, splash and stay with resort lodging.

Grab some grub at a Pocono Mountains brewery. Stop in to Barley Creek Brewing Company and the Gem and Keystone Brewpub for craft beer and appetizing food.

Evening: Bundle up with nighttime snow tubing! Slide down the slopes in the crisp winter air. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area and White Lightning Tubing offer snow tubing during the day, and into the evening hours. Interested in a tubing encounter that’s out of this world? Camelback Mountain has Galactic Snow tubing, which displays music and an LED light show that lights up the lanes after dark.

Stay close to the action at The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. The resort is close to Pocono ski areas, restaurants and recreation parks.

Day 3 - Experience winter amongst Hawley

Morning: Bald eagles migrate to the Pocono Mountains during the winter months for an optimum, eco-friendly habitat. Bald eagle watching takes flight December through March. Catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy along the Upper Delaware Scenic Recreation River and Lackawaxen River.

Afternoon: Take a quick trip to Promised Land State Park for a pristine Pocono experience. Just add snow, and you are ready to take on a winter wonderland. Cross-country skiingsnowmobiling and snowshoeing are activities permitted at the park from dawn until dusk. Bring your equipment for an afternoon adventure!

Journey up to Hawley, and visit Glass – Wine.Bar.Kitchen for a tasty treat. This restaurant highlights small, tapas plates for sharing with a beverage emphasis on all-American wine, beer and spirits. A cascading waterfall is a perfect backdrop while enjoying your meal.

Evening: Just a stone’s throw away, Hawley Silk Mill features exquisite shops and galleries. Peruse the Mill, and find clothing and shoes, antiques, home accessories and even specialty beer. Stop by the Hawley Silk Market for farm-fresh produce, delectable desserts from the in-house bakery and locally brewed coffee.

Spend the night at a charming hotel or country inn like Ledges Hotel or The Settlers Inn in Hawley, Pennsylvania.