This year was our first time at Woodloch. I say that because about 75% of the guests are repeat guests. You would think that we (my wife and 9yr old daughter) would feel like outsiders but that was not the case. The great thing about a Woodloch vacation is the many activities available each day. Many of these are group competitive games (Amazing Race, Scavenger Hunt, Pool Olympics...), for which we had no problem finding teammates (usually teams are about 10 players). Bring your competitive spirit, because people are serious (but good-natured) about winning. We never had a dull moment. Every day there was something fun to do for any age group.
The lake is beautiful. Boats (canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddle boats, sunfish, plus a ski boat) are available for use, and there is a nice (if a bit small) swimming beach with a good swimming platform out in the deeper water. I didn't bring my fishing gear (I will next time!) but I saw plenty fishing. Kids were catching sunfish off the dock and the Dads were not having too much trouble pulling in bass.
The staff is very friendly, courteous, and ubiquitous. The make a great effort to welcome their guests and make them feel part of the family.
The food here is included in your package, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food was good if a little uneven. Some nights the dinners were truly special, while others were so-so. There were always enough choices to get something you liked, even the kids. Alcoholic drinks are not included in the package price. I usually have a glass of wine with dinner, but I found the coordination between the bar staff and food staff (which are different) lacking, so that when I ordered wine to go with my food, it often did not arrive in a timely fashion. I ended up foregoing wine with dinner for this reason. Drinks are also available at the lake-side bar. Another option would be to bring your own stocked cooler to the lake and save a few bucks.
We had a small 1 BR cabin on the grassy slope near the lake, perfect for our small family. The cabin was "historic", but clean and comfortable, with a perfect balcony overlooking the lake for a pre-dinner cocktail.
Overall, the activities, staff, and the lake (boating and swimming) made this vacation for our family. As soon as we left, our daughter asked if we could return next year. We haven't re-booked yet (many guests re-book at checkout), but we probably will soon.
- 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