GREAT FAMILY VACATION SPOT!!
Wow! What a great surprise! Woodloch Pines Resort is such a gem, I can't believe we didn't hear about it sooner! The icing on the cake is that it's within driving distance of our home in NJ - no airfare - what a bonus! LOVED that the meals were included and the food was VERY GOOD! The homemade baked goods, which appear at each meal, are wonderful - now I understand why everyone was placing orders 'to go' for when they checked out!
Here's the breakdown - we were four total, two adults and two 9-year olds:
~Accommodations - we were in a one-bedroom suite in the Springside building. All rooms have a lake view (right on the lake!). Bedroom has 2 queen sized beds - and THANK YOU for having comfortable beds! The best beds we've had at a family resort! The attached 'living room' (separated by a door), has a pull-out couch and love seat. Two TVs and two full baths. Mini refrigerator, porch, Perfect. Clean, updated, and overall a great room. This building is centrally located to pretty much everything - with a short walk to most facilities, venues, etc.
~Food - since it's included, you should know that it's good! Selections at every meal, kids choices at every meal, great desserts (at lunch & dinner). You pay for alcohol, or bring your own and store in the refrigerator in your room We had the 3 meal plan, but I hear you can do 2 meals a day and receive a 10% discount. Honestly, 2 meals might be enough - I felt like I was on a cruise and all we did was eat. Meals are served during specific windows - so if you like to eat early/late, you might be out of luck. Table service or buffet; tons of servers. My kids think this is the best restaurant ever because you got served so quickly. Everything was tasty!
~Activities - tons of stuff for the kids, and adults, to do - but let's be real, it's about keeping the kids busy and entertained. Aside from the outdoor activities (i.e., go carts, batting cage, rock climbing wall, paddle boats, mini-golf, etc) there are TONS of indoor games and activities. We loved the Woodloch Horse Races and my daughter has now turned into a bingo diva. Real money can be won, which makes it more exciting! At times, it felt like there was too much stuff to do all at the same time - so it was necessary to manage time and be on a schedule (...schedule?!?!? No schedule, I'm on vacation!). For many events, the kids need to be supervised, or maybe it was just me - but I felt like all I did was usher my kids around the resort from one activity to the next. I was completely beat by 4pm each day - having been on the run with them each day from breakfast (8:30). I would LOVE if they had a kids program similar to Club Med - this was a huge hit with our family as the kids could be with other kids having a great time doing all the games & activities (supervised by a Group Leader), but Mom and Dad could also do their thing...relax, golf, spa, etc. Surprisingly, Dad DID manage to get in 18 holes at the Woodloch course and said it was very nice. Not surprisingly, Mom did NOT get in a visit to their world renowned spa - as I was running around with the kids all day. As they get older, I'm guessing they can do some stuff on their own; however, there did seem to be some activities that required a parent or guardian to be present. My favorite activity was the pontoon boat ride of the lake, I could have stayed on that all day! I thought we'd spend more time at the indoor pool, but the kids were too busy with all the activities. One night time visit was all we could fit in. The pool, Jacuzzi and splash area all looked nice. Only my daughter went swimming and she said it was awesome because it was so warm (and it was 45 degrees outside). The outdoor pool was covered, but the pictures look awesome.
~Service - Extraordinary. Excellent. Everyone was very service oriented, pleasant, and went out of their way to make sure we were having a good time. I LOVE that this is a family owned/operated resort and there are members of the family at EVERY meal welcoming you into the dining room and visiting tables to hear from everyone. Nice touch - great service!
~Entertainment - We went to three of the evening shows (shows/entertainment every night). The Saturday night show was a big musical show and I was really impressed. Sets & costumes were much better than I would have imagined, performances were very good. We all enjoyed it. Some of the shows didn't start until after 8 which was pushing it for our kids, but they made it...barely.
This is a four season resort, we were there in Fall which was beautiful. Crisp, but gorgeous. I'm sure summer is phenomenal since the resort is right on the lake and there are lots of swimming docks, slides, boats, etc. I liked the off-season feel of the resort, it was crowded on the weekend, but it cleared out on Sunday after lunch. Many fewer guests on Monday & Tuesday, but I hear it starts picking up again the closer you get to Friday.
Off-season is much more reasonable than holiday weekends or summer. This trip was about HALF of what I was quoted for President's Day Weekend last year. If you plan to go, choose your time wisely - but know that you'll have a great time!
We will be back! Thanks Woodloch!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This exceptional Poconos resort, nestled in a pristine mountain lake setting, is regarded as one of America's "Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts". Their traditional warm hospitality has been nurturing and embracing the spirit of spending quality time with family and friends for over fifty years. This Pocono Mountains resort provides a four-season, fun-filled, lakeside escape for your entire family with endless activities and entertainment for all kids from 2 to 92. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Woodloch Pines Hotel Hawley
- Woodloch Pines Hawley