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Once made famous for being a honeymoon destination, the Poconos has evolved over the years from honeymoons to a year-round destination for family fun. Nestled in northeastern Pennsylvania and in close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia, the Pocono Mountains are a favourite weekend destination for many of those wanting to escape the concrete jungle or those seeking the four seasons in all their glory. The beautiful scenery and mountain terrain coupled with world-class attractions make this a fun place to stay for the weekend or longer.

Sky top Lodge Lake

We just got back from our trip to eastern Pennsylvania and one of our favourite stops on the trip was our stay at Sky top Lodge, a luxury resort in the Pocono Mountains. After spending a few days there, it was easy to see why this resort was named one of Travel and Leisure magazine’s “Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts”. It’s the perfect spot for couples, family fun, family reunions, destination weddings, retreats, groups of friends and corporate events.

We were in Philadelphia and rented a car which took about 2 hours to get to Sky top from Philly. It’s a pretty easy drive from some of the major hubs New Jersey, New York, etc. Not to mention it’s a beautiful drive!

When you pull up to Sky top Lodge it is quite stunning. It’s more than a lodge it’s a luxury resort! This image is from the back of the lodge where they have beautiful gardens and green laws – lawn bowling and a putting green is close by.


Sky top Lodge has a few different accommodations to choose from. You can stay at the Lodge or the Inn which features hotel amenities. If you are looking for something more private or have a larger group, you can stay at one of the riverside cottages.

We stayed in a Jr. Suite. The room was well a pointed and spacious with a cozy and comfortable bed. We had amazing views from our room of the beautiful fall foliage. We were worried our late-October trip we would miss it, but we managed to see a small peek of what makes fall so spectacular in the northeast.


Sky top has a little something for everyone within its 5500 acre grounds. For the sportsman (or woman:) there are many activities but we had to choose which ones we could fit in for the time we were there. We headed to the shooting range and tested our skills and later headed to the outdoor adventure course.

There are various activities to choose from: canoeing, hiking, adventures course, rock climbing, horseback riding, paintball, swiming, fishing, golf, archery, fitness, lawn bowling, paddle tennis, shooting and much more. There are also winter activities such as sking, ice fishing, snowshoeing, toboganning, ice skating and more!!

We “hung around” in the ropes course and had a blast! The course was several hours long and quite a bit of effort was made to complete all of the courses. Some of the ropes were fairly easy and some were pretty difficult. But, I made it through!


If you want to get a sweeping view of the resort and the surrounding scenery, be sure to head to the Sky top observation post. This piece of important American history was once used in World War II as an observation post to spot enemy aircraft. Volunteers and guests manned the post around the clock. Today visitors can head to the top and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Delaware Water Gap.