Last weekend my family I drove up to Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains and went back in time to an earlier era during our three day, two night stay at The Inn at Pocono Manor. If you have ever wanted to live on the sets of The Grand Budapest Hotel or The Royal Tenenbaums, then this is the place. We had a otherworldly, magical, family-focused time. It was awesome!
The ambiance of the entire hotel is like a retro Christmas dream, with dozens of decorated trees and holiday charm everywhere.
We spent a good hunk of our time at The Inn at Pocono Manor enjoying the Magical Fireside Christmas activities for families. Magical Fireside Christmas is an onsite ski chalet for kids packed with Christmas activities. You can meet and take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, drink cocoa, decorate cookies, admire a miniature train display, ogle a playhouse-sized gingerbread house, watch Christmas kid movies and make a huge selection of Christmas crafts. There are even deer to feed. The kids made about seven ornaments each, helped by the elf-suited staff. Chris and I enjoyed the on-site bar in this Christmas land where parents were welcome to give their hot cocoa a little kick.
Another hit with the kids was signing up for some of the outdoor activities on offer through Manor Sports. In true Anderson style, we elected to practice our aim on the BB gun and archery courses.
Our large suite had plenty of room, and beds, for the five of us. Even though we had one of most-well appointed rooms in the place with a glorious mountain view, you can snag this room for just $179 a night, and standard rooms can be booked for less than $120 (depending on your dates). What a deal!
The kids loved swimming in the indoor pool and it was the perfect bathwater temperature.
The family game room was packed with pool tables, air hockey and board games. The children made new friends in there while Chris and I read our books in front of the roaring lobby fire.
In the evening, the pub had a live guitarist and Alice took to the dance floor to dance to the ’70’s and ’80’s tunes. Charlie and Eve opted for blowing their allowance in the the arcade.
Our lazy booties loved that we did not have to leave the resort for meals. The morning breakfast and evening dinner buffets were hearty and stocked with lots of traditional and delicious choices. There are two pubs and a pizza place at the Inn as well.
We did leave the Inn for a little Poconos sight-seeing, such as The Candle Shoppe of the Poconos, which boasts The Haunted — a historical tour of an old monkey research laboratory. (This video explains.) The guided tour was simply historical, but the decorations are campy Halloween macabre. The children loved it and this outing played right into our back-in-time weekend vibe.
The Inn at Pocono Manor would be a fab place to go skiing in the winter, with its proximity to lots of ski resorts as well as its northern location making it a surer bet for fresh snow than the usual Maryland and Virginia spots. Check out the Inn’s Ski and Stay and Snow Tubing packages. There are also New Year’s Eve family promotions if you feel like celebrating 2017 immersed in charm. And in December, January and February, you can enjoy sleigh rides and more winter activities during your stay.
All five of us loved snuggling by the fires, eating the comfort food and spending time together as a family at The Inn at Pocono Manor. You should check it out! I recommend the lobby for prime people watching and fireside reading.
Our stay was hosted by The Inn at Pocono Manor. Some activities and meals were covered by us, but everything else was comped. No monetary compensation received. All opinions and movie references are mine.