I love traveling with my boys, ages 5 and 7. But, the key to a successful trip with kids is a lengthy activity list to keep them busy. They have short attention spans and lots of energy. Which is why the Woodloch Pines Resort located in Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains is such a fabulous weekend getaway. Here, the top five reasons why this is a huge hit with our family.
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Woodloch Pines has 160 guest rooms in 4 different room categories. It’s a great spot for multi-generational travel because they have a lot of interconnecting rooms. Our room had two double beds, a separate seating area, a lovely patio and two big bathrooms which was ideal for our four-person family. The Pines has a high repeat visitor rate and in large part it’s because the grounds are so spacious and pretty. There are plenty of walking trails in front of the lake and along the property.
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We took part in the all-inclusive plan. It includes three meals a day, including appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts. They offer a wide selection of dishes including prime rib, haddock, salmon, chicken, pasta, fresh salads and soups. Kids are welcome to choose from the regular menu or sample some of the kid’s favorites including, pizza, peanut butter and jelly, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese and macaroni and cheese. Breakfast is served over several courses including: fruit, pastries, breads, cereals, egg dishes (omelettes, frittatas and eggs served any style), plus bacon, sausage and other meats. Our servers, Judy and Samantha, made sure to remember our likes, bringing us water without ice, skim milk for coffee and cereal, and my chamomile tea.
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So the activities are really what made this resort such a big hit with my kids. Each day, a daily schedule is presented at breakfast and you can easily fill each hour of the day doing things including arts & crafts, bumper cars, soccer, basketball, miniature golf, bocce ball, paddle boats, tennis, kayaking, biking, water-skiing, hiking, bumper boats, climbing wall, batting cages, the indoor Woodloch Forest playground and several different outdoor playgrounds as well. What’s especially nice is that there are plenty of indoor activities in case it rains (which happened on our first full day at the resort). We went back and forth between the indoor playground, the indoor pool, the indoor bumper cars, the gymnasium (where the kids played soccer and basketball) and then we ended up at the arts and crafts room.
In the summer, the lake and beach area are great spots to laze around for the day. In the evenings, my kids loved the magic show, plus they offered live music, Broadway-style... shows, dance parties, horse races and movies.
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As much as I loved all the activities at the resort as well as the food, the spa was my favorite spot. Located about 2 miles from the Woodloch Pines at The Lodge, the award-winning spa is ranked as one of the top destination spas in the country. And for good reason. The massage itself was fabulous, but so was the whole spa area. I could have spent all day with the water features. An outdoor Jacuzzi (which is perfect in cooler weather), which overlooks the lake and biking trails. Then there’s the large indoor pool, several indoor Jacuzzis with HydroMassage WaterWalls, steam room, sauna, relaxation room and the whisper lounge (where it’s completely quiet for meditative purposes).Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Many hotel pools are not overly warm, which makes going in not so appealing. However, this is not the case in the Woodloch Pines Resort. The water was nice and warm and the basketball hoop and countless balls made for lots of fun. Plus, there’s an indoor slide for the daring, and splash pads for the junior set. In warm weather, there’s an outdoor splash area with a giant frog sprinkler and a mushroom fountain.
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