We had a great time here. This was our first time at a nudist resort (or anything nudist) and we were not sure how it would go. After checking in at the office and before we made it to the room we had rented a couple of people stopped to talk with us. I think that helped break the ice. We had a momentary hesitation before leaving the room after disrobing but then just stepped out and in no time at all we felt like we fit right in. When it came time to leave I did not like the thought of the vacation ending and having to put on clothes as going without clothes seemed so natural and comfortable. This is despite the pre-visit concerns about how we would react to/adapt to this environment. I do believe that it was the friendly environment and how welcoming the other people were that made this a very easy and enjoyable transition and experience.
When we found out about this resort, the weekend nights were sold out for the rooms so we checked in on Sunday afternoon and stayed into the week. I wish we could have stayed longer but had other commitments. The weekend is very different from the weekdays. Sunday afternoon the pool area was fairly full with lots of sunbathing and conversations going on. The pool had mostly people standing around and talking. The lounging area around the pool included both sunny and shaded spots so you could control the amount of exposure to the sun. But despite that you should make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen.
Monday was a lot quieter but still nice and we spoke with many interesting people. We got some good suggestions about the area (including several to visit Jim Thorpe which is a nearby town) and other nudist resorts closer to where we live.
Monday night was karaoke night at the poolside bar and we enjoyed listening to some very talented singers, interacting with the others, and dancing. Some of them seemed to be regulars who come there and sing frequently. One in particular worked hard at making everybody feel comfortable and trying to get people involved when he was not singing. There is a different theme each night.
The breakfast (which was included in the room rate) was very good and had very large portions. The dinner we had (eating outside in front of the restaurant by the pool) was good as well as some of the specialty drinks.
Even met the owner and spoke with him a couple of times. When asked, he said that there were many who lived there year-round (as he does). He did indicate that the resort was very crowded during the recent bare bear bash. We wandered the property (including some nature trails) when not by the pool or exploring outside the resort.
Other reviews mention cliques. There were some who stuck together (obviously coming there on a regular basis). But most mingled and were happy to meet others. On Sunday night there was a younger group holding sway in the conversation pool, but that was more an age difference thing. Overall, a wide range or ages was represented, not just the young that make up a good part of their photo gallery.
Whenever we mentioned that this was our first experience in a nudist setting, the people we were speaking with really wanted to help us feel comfprtable.
The staff was always very pleasant and helpful. The room we rented was fairly basic but then you do not come to a place like this to spend a lot of time in your room. I wsh we could give fractional ratings as the room was really the only thing that was not a 5.
All in all, a great time, a great first experience of the nude lifestyle, and some good memories. A very welcoming and relaxing environment. I just wish that it was not so far away from where we live. It would be nice to be able to drop in for the day.
- Also Known As:
- Sunny Rest Hotel Palmerton