Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos recently completed a resort-wide, multi-million transformation. Find out what's new with Pocono Television Network!
The sky's the limit when celebrating a top to bottom, $125 million expansion and renovation. Broadway star Sutton Foster danced her way to the festivities, as did celebrity interior designer and HGTV star Nate Berkus.
He created the outdoor living areas for the new Woodland Villas. His design thoughtfully embraces nature and the surrounding scenery. “It's elevated but also very much geared towards the family,” Nate Berkus explained.
Functional, too. The side tables have hand painted gameboards that can be played using rocks, while the outdoor dining table also serves up ping pong fun.
“My kids are absolutely going to love this place, and I’m going to love this place, because we have an option now of somewhere where we as a family would love to stay,” Berkus said.
Exclusive to Great Wolf's Pocono location, each three-bedroom Woodland Villa sleeps up to ten guests and can be conjoined to host even larger parties. The space is perfect for big families, groups of friends, or those looking for an extended getaway. The villas also come with private check-in and parking.
For the smaller packs, a new Mountain Tower across the parking lot brings an additional 202 modern guest suites.
“It’s so exciting. To put the $125 million into perspective, we spent $145 million originally developing the entire resort back in 2005. So, we’ve almost doubled it,” said John Murphy, CEO of Great Wolf Resorts.
The indoor waterpark was expanded too, now with 20 slides and 120,000 square feet of space, including a new toddler area.
Two new restaurants bring an elevated dining experience for the hungriest of wolves.
The grand lobby was re-designed with self-check-in kiosks and centralized entertainment, including a new morning workout created in partnership with actress and fitness enthusiast Gabrielle Union.
“It’s incredible. I just wanted to do everything and I’m afraid to tell my daughter I was here, because she's going to be really jealous! I can’t wait to bring her back,” Sutton Foster joked.
Great Wolf was the first indoor waterpark resort to 'slide' into the Poconos back in 2005, redefining tourism in the region at a pivotal time. This latest investment has created 300 additional positions, making the resort one of Monroe County's largest employers.
“They call the employees pack members. A thousand pack members are working here now, and that's a big deal,” said Congressman Matt Cartwright.
The transformation also includes a new outdoor oasis with a giant pool and hot tub, cozy firepits, a bar & grill, a ropes course and pool cabanas, which also received the Nate Berkus touch.
“We host families that start with younger kids, and they keep getting bigger and bigger and eventually, they're bringing friends. It’s just wonderful, it really is,” smiled Bill Colavito, General Manager of Great Wolf Lodge – Poconos.
That's true for the Albanese family, resort regulars for the past 17 years.
“When we come here, we're always surprised. There's never a time when we're bored, because there's always something new to try,” said Carly Albanese of Morristown, New Jersey.
Her dad, Gene, added, “we have a lot of family memories here and I know when my children are my age, they're going to look back and say, ‘we had a great time growing up at Great Wolf Lodge.’ And I think everyone can say that.”
Guess who else has a special connection to the Poconos? Nate Berkus! His grandparents met at an overnight summer camp in the area and were married 65 years.
“I have a lot of family history in this region. I never really thought I’d be back doing design, but here I am,” Berkus said.
And here we are, eighteen years and counting, as the Pocono paw print continues to expand.
Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains is now the brand’s second largest property in North America.