Calling all Parrotheads! Get ready to take flight to the Poconos. Margaritaville, the global lifestyle brand inspired by Jimmy Buffett, is coming to town.
The first of its kind ‘Margaritaville Resort Village’ will include a hotel with wilderness gardens, swimming pools, live entertainment, and the brand famous LandShark Bar & Grill. The hotel design pays homage to the original 1902 Inn at Pocono Manor, which was destroyed by fire in 2019.
“The design really updates what the guests’ wants and needs are, while giving a little nostalgia of what Pocono Manor used to be,” explained Chris Barrett, president/CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.
Camp Margaritaville RV Resort will be packed with amenities such as a Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar, and Barkaritaville Dog Park. In the winter, Margaritaville is reimagined with snowtubing and ice skating, plus an ice bar and cozy winter market.
“The confidence that they have with locating here and investing $1.3 billion in the Pocono Mountains shows they feel it’s a very viable destination positioned for growth,” added Barrett.
Tiny Home Bungalows, inspired by rustic cabins in the area, promise to provide ‘the ultimate mountain living vibe.’ Guests seeking a forever vacation might opt for a townhome or ‘build for rent’ cottage.
“It’s a way to bring a lot of money from metropolitan New York to our area, which translates in to more jobs, and better paying jobs,” explained Congressman Matt Cartwright (R) PA 8th Congressional District.
Developers have even offered to donate land for a dedicated train station on-site, making Margaritaville and the Pocono Mountains accessible to all.
“This is the first major private sector organization to really get involved with us. It really shows the economic benefit that is going to spring from the Amtrak rail corridor,” said Larry Malski, president of the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority.
That corridor would connect New York City to Scranton, with stops in the Poconos. The long-discussed dream to restore passenger rail service to the region is now closer to reality than ever before, thanks to major federal funding recently secured for Amtrak.
“The most asked question is ‘what makes this time different?’ The answer is $66 billion. The money has never been there before,” said Malski.
Construction is expected to begin in 2023 with a projected opening date of mid-2024.