My family and I went to Woodloch Pines Resort in the Pocono Mountains for a weekend right before Christmas when the area had its' first taste of snow. The resort was decorated inside and out with Christmas decorations and immediately got us in the mood for the holidays.
You'll pass several buildings before you get to the Main Lodge where you check in. The signage could be a little bolder for those night time arrivals. Check-in was very swift; it took no more than 5 minutes. This was one benefit of arriving after 5pm.
In your package you will get wristbands for everyone to wear. Since we had the three meal package, it allowed us to eat at the main lodge dining room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and granted access to all of the activities and amenities.
The Main Lodge is not where your room will be. Most of the guest accommodations are in walking distance from the Main Lodge. Here is where you not only check in but where you can go to the Gift shop just downstairs from the front desk, take family pictures in front of the Christmas tree or the dining room fireplace for Christmas cards, grab a cup of coffee any time during the day, and sign up for activities. It's also where we had all of our sit-down meals. Character dinners are really cute and fun for the kids. One of the characters from the Despicable Me movies showed up and the kids lined up to take pictures. Mine ran away! I took a picture instead but should have followed my kids' lead. The costume needed a little freshening up.
We stayed in the Edgewater Suite in the Mt. Laurel building. Our suite was on the bottom floor, offered a patio, and had a gorgeous view of a very frozen Lake Teedyuskung.
The suite was large with enough space for our family of four. Our 6 and 10 year old had plenty of space to run around and not feel like they were on top of each other. The kitchen had a refrigerator, microwave, sink, dishwasher, electric stove top and plenty of cabinet space. They supplied garbage bags, dishwashing lotion, paper towels and a sponge for your use in the kitchen.
A large open-door closet space sits to your left as you enter the suite. This is where we dumped our snow boots, luggage, and coats before we walked further into the room. The dining room table was able to sit 6 and there was a breakfast nook as well that had enough space for two more people to sit and dine.
The furniture was a little dated but I didn't mind it. It made the suite feel more relaxed and homely (though my furniture is more modern). The bedroom had two queen beds which were pretty comfortable. We prefer separate sleeping rooms for us and the kids but it worked out since we were out and about.
The bathroom had double vanities and entrances from both the bedroom and the common area hallway.
I really liked that there was a large air purifier in the room.
The guest information binder in the room is worth taking a read. It provides a telephone directory, history of the area and the lodge, a list of activities and amenities and dining times and information. We always knew where to look if we were trying to figure out what time a meal started.
Gratuity is added to your account automatically and they share that amongst all the staff.
Being an all-inclusive, we had the 3-meal plan which entitled us to sit down breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The meals were standard and to be expected of an all-inclusive. The stand-outs were the Sunday brunch and the homemade baked goods like their crumb cake which you get an order sheet for on the first day. You can order other items like their corn bread as well. The items will be ready for you to pick up on your last day at the resort.
DRESS CODE: For Saturday Theme Nights; jackets are optional, collared shirts are required and no tee-shirts. We always enjoy when there's a dress code. Everyone looked really nice at dinner and there were dozens of families there continuing their annual tradition of getting together at the resort for the season. It was nice to see. Wait staff and management knew all of the repeat vacationers by name it seemed.
Although there are two other places to eat on property, we never went to them.
There are so many family activities at Woodloch, it really feels like a cruise on land. The activity sheet gives you all the information on times and locations of all the activities. You get it at the front desk, on your breakfast table, or on Woodloch TV.
I saw the Festival of Lights. I was on a hayride wrapped up in blankets and my winter gear as the tractor pulled us through the decorated forest across from the lodge. It was pretty cold and I was glad that I left my youngest back in the room, otherwise he would've definitely caught a cold from the air. However, the lights and sounds were pretty. The ride lasted about 20-25 minutes. I'd suggest getting on the first ride while the sun is still out. If the weather is agreeable then take your kids, if not, I'd avoid it altogether. At the end of the ride there's hot cider to enjoy. My husband and son enjoyed some of the other activities like the bumper cars games and the game room. Although there's a large indoor pool and splash zone, we didn't go to it because of the weather and the other activities that we got involved with.
They encourage you to pack a separate bag and arrive early to enjoy the facilities and activities. There's certainly a lot to do even before you check in at 5.
I absolutely loved the late check-out time of 3:00 pm, it gave us an opportunity to have breakfast before we hit the road. This allowed my husband to do his spa day on Sunday and not feel rushed.
Overall, we had a great time and I can't wait to visit Woodloch when the weather is warmer and we can do more outdoor activities.
Disclosure: I was invited and hosted by the Woodloch Pines Resort to experience and review the property. No compensation was exchanged for this review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.
If you're looking for a great family experience with plenty to do for all ages, Woodloch Pines resort is the perfect opportunity! It's got it all!
Rooms at Woodloch Pines are designed with families in mind. During our stay here in September, we had a two-room suite with plenty of room for sleeping and relaxing. Our room faced the lake for great views of the water. Two queen beds and a pull-out sofa offered plenty of sleeping room, and the two sofas during the day gave us a place to sit and relax. It was nice having the ability to separate the rooms via the folding accordion door. This would be great if you had a child who naps or a parent who likes to watch TV after the kids have gone to bed. You don't keep everyone up when you can separate the rooms.
We had plenty of closet and drawer space as well as room amenities such as coffee maker, iron, small shampoos and lotions, hair dryer, two TVs, small refrigerator, safe, complimentary WiFi, and optional crib (for a small fee) or rollaway bed.
Hate going to resorts and having to then send an arm and a leg for food? Woodloch gets that and they provide meals as part of your plan. You have the option of a two or three meal schedule, and it works almost like a cruise line. You eat at the same table for all meals and have the same waitstaff. You have choice for what you'd like to eat and drink, and you can eat until you're full. Pay attention to when meals are served, as you don't want to miss your meal, but they are also flexible if you're running a few minutes late. We found the dining to be pleasant and not too noisy even when the hall was full. Lauren, our waitress, was very nice and made our dining experience so enjoyable. You will need to dress up a bit for meals, but this makes for a nice presentation when you're among the other patrons. Everyone tends to act a bit nicer when they're dolled up a bit!
One thing of note here is that I defy you to leave hungry. There is no shortage of food, and there are options for both kids and adults. They serve everything from appetizers to salads to soups to entrees, desserts, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more. Good thing they have activities to help us burn it all off!! We also found the meals to be fairly mild, so that if you have a family member who hates spicy things, this would be a good place for them, as things were never too highly seasoned or strong-tasting to turn people away.
Woodloch Pines Resort has groups who come back to stay year after year because they know what families like. They cater their activities to accommodate individuals of all ages, and they allow you to participate in things together. Make memories on the go-cart track or play mini golf together. Try out archery (which my kids were thrilled to do), get soaked on the bumper boats, swim together in either the indoor or outdoor pool (so fun), boat, waterski, kayak or paddleboard, rock climb on the climbing wall, take a spin on a bike (so easy and enjoyable) and so much more! You can purchase an all-day activity band which allows you to participate in the majority of the activities, which we did, and then just choose from the pay-to-play activities as you want. We really had plenty to do! It's a great way to get your kids active and involved, and the perfect way to include family members of all ages and activity levels in the fun. The key to really enjoying yourself here is to get involved and give the activities a chance – I had fun participating in things I wouldn’t normally have jumped at, but were quite entertaining once I got into them! There are scheduled events like a carnival, a petting zoo, game show-type activities, shows, magicians, and more as well so that there’s always something going on. In addition, there are also indoor options such as a large gym, arcade room, and indoor climbing playground that little ones will not want to leave. You won’t be lacking for something to do no matter when you stay! It’s got year-round options!
One of the things I have noticed about the Poconos in general is the fact that the people are just very nice. Woodloch is no exception. Their staff was very nice and willing to help if they can. We had people stop to talk to us at dinner and many times during our stay. They are approachable and try to assist you if possible, or sometimes they just want to know how your stay is going.
We did have an incident on their ZipLine, and their personnel were helpful and concerned. Follow up to their Director of Safety as well as the owner have assured me that our specific issue has been duly addressed, and that safety is a huge concern of theirs. They take any and all issues and injuries seriously.
Rates at Woodloch include all of your meals. You can opt for a three meal plan or a two meal plan depending on your needs and budget. Also, you are able to stay in a larger vacation home yet still enjoy all Woodloch has to offer if you so choose. There are costs for this option, but it may be the best fit for your larger family. Rates in Summer are a bit higher than in the other seasons, as this is when they get the majority of their guests, but any season is enjoyable here.
New this year at Woodloch are their Ultimate Play Date Package (for single parents or parents traveling without their partner) and their Road Trip Concierge Program. See their website for complete details.
Overall I would rate my stay here as a success. My kids were thrilled with all of the activity options and we didn’t have to worry about tearing them away from the TV or video screens. They were treated well by the staff and had plenty to eat and drink and do. The area Woodloch is located in is very scenic and a great place to just get away from it all. I would recommend this place to families for a great way to reconnect and enjoy some time together!
**Disclosure - This review is based on a complimentary visit to Woodloch Pines. I received no other compensation and the business owner did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view. The opinions I express are entirely my own.
My family and I recently spent a few days at Woodloch in Hawley, PA, a family owned and operated all-inclusive resort. I’ll sum it up in just a few words: families are in heaven here.
I’ll begin with our room accommodations. We stayed in the Springbrook building in a two room suite. The room was clean and spacious, perfect for our family of 5. The living area has 2 large sofas, one of which pulls out to a sofa bed (which was surprisingly comfortable!), a table and chairs, a flat screen television, a sink and refrigerator. It leads out to a balcony that offers a picturesque view of the lake. An added bonus is a large walk-in closet and a bathroom. The bedroom offers 2 queen size beds, a second television, another roomy closet and a large bathroom. I loved having 2 bathrooms; it made the bed time routine go much quicker! Having a separate bedroom is also invaluable. Even when we are on vacation I like to try to get the kids to bed a decent time. However, I am not always ready to go to bed as early as I put them down. Being able to put them to bed, close the door and relax in front of the TV in the next room was a great way to end the day.
They have various room options available as well as rental homes available just a few miles away. Summer rates begin at $348 per adult per night and $112 per child per night. Rates include almost every activity available and meals. Be sure to sign up for their email updates to get information and specials delivered to your inbox.
Next are the meals. You can choose from a 2 or 3 meal plan. Each family is assigned a table in the Main Dining Room. Let me just say this, you will NOT go hungry during your stay! Food is plentiful and delicious, comes out promptly and there is plenty of staff on hand to make sure you have everything you need. Each sit down meal offers a selection of 3 or 4 different entrees in addition to family style side dishes that are served. There are also kid selections such as pizza, chicken fingers and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Two of my children eat plain peanut butter sandwiches almost every day for lunch and they were very happy to provide those to my picky eaters. To switch things up a bit from all sit down meals, they occasionally throw in a cook out at lunch time and a buffet at dinner. We really enjoyed the cook-out which was offered on our day of arrival. There are also character meet and greets at every meal.
Last but not least are the activities. We noticed several families that were there with multi-generations. There is truly something for everyone. If you like to have a relaxing vacation you can lay by the pool (indoor and outdoor pools open as well as kiddie pool and splash areas) or down by the lake for the day. However, if you like to partake in something more adventurous then be sure to consult your activities directory which will be waiting for you at your breakfast table. There are planned activities throughout the day that are run by the very enthusiastic social staff. You can participate in pool games, scavenger hunts, trivia contests, sporting events, the Summer Olympics, the Amazing Race and so much more. For the 6 and under set, they have Boomer’s Cub Club with games that are aimed for the younger kids.
In addition to those scheduled activities, there is miniature golf, bocce ball, go carts, bumper boats, bumper cars, a climbing wall, movies and more! You can take a paddle boat or canoe out on the lake or a take guided boat tour. Don’t miss the indoor climbing playground, the Forest. My kids LOVED this. If you need some unstructured time to be creative be sure to check out the craft room. There are bins of supplies that you can help yourself to and make your own creation. Have tots with you? Be sure to check out the tot room which has age appropriate toys.
The fun continues at night. They have comedians, staff shows, live bands and more. They offer more than one choice each evening, some are for 13 and older, while others have no age limit. You can arrange for babysitting services if you’d like to put the kids to bed and go to the night club. Our entire family attended the staff show and we all enjoyed it very much. The theme of the staff show changes each year, but I am sure it is always entertaining. There are some very talented people among the Woodloch staff!
We visited in the height of summer but don’t despair if you are looking to have your adventure in another season. Woodloch offers seasonal activities and events all year round! Check for their theme weeks.
All of the staff was very friendly and accommodating. The social staff gets big kudos for all of their enthusiasm to round up the crowds and run activities. From the time of check in all the way through check out we felt welcomed and comfortable.
Time to leave:
On our day of check out, we needed to be out of our room by 11am but were invited to stay the rest of the day to enjoy the activities. We used that time as an opportunity to do a few things we hadn’t yet had a chance to try.
My children have moved Woodloch to the top of their all-time favorite vacation spots and before we had even left were asking when we could come back. All 5 of us had a wonderful experience and cannot sing their praises enough. Thanks Woodloch!
Disclosure: This review is based on a complimentary visit to Woodloch. I received no other compensation and the business owner did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view.
When thinking about our family vacation this year we wanted something different. With two small little ones we wanted something that everyone in our family would enjoy; something that didn't cost an arm and a leg. For us it was a tall order to fill. We were traveling with 2 adults, my 15 year old, a 14 year old cousins, and our 3 year old and a 7 month old, so we really needed something for everyone. We new that places such as Disney weren't the best option for the 7 month old as it's hot and he'd be stuck in a stroller all day, and we searched and craved for something different than the same old thing. We thought and contemplated several locations but in the end we kept going back to a childhood favorite of my husband, Woodloch Pines.
Woodloch Pines is located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains in Hawley, Pennsylvania. Woodloch Pines in one of the best all-inclusive family resorts out there. They literally have something for everyone. They have scheduled activities such as good old Scavenger hunts, which is no old school scavenger hunt (hint: bring your laptop), Bingo, Double Dare, Family Olympics, and the list goes on. When you aren't attending a scheduled activity you won't have to look far for things to keep you busy, such as the mini-golf, go-karts, the numerous pools, the lake, boats, and again the list goes on.
The best thing about Woodloch is that it brings the family together while still allowing for some alone time. There is something for EVERYONE at Woodloch. It includes most of the activities, 3 full meals a day and a variety of different accommodations.
See their website for a full list of activities and to start dreaming about your next vacation.
If you follow Route 590 east from Hawley, you’ll arrive at an excellent family resort, Woodloch Pines Resort, named “one of the most exceptionally family-friendly resorts we’ve seen in many years” by Family Travel Network. Woodloch Pines was established as a small inn back in 1958. Since then it has grown into a complex with 160 hotel rooms, a nightclub, several restaurants, game rooms, recreation complex, and morefamily activities and children’s programs than you can cram into a seven-day stay.
The resort is located right on Lake Teedyuskung, sixty-five acres of crystal-clearwaters with a sandy swimming beach and rowboats, paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, and sailboats for exploring on your own. Woodloch Pines has the space and the layout that allow some families to be quiet and relax with one another while other groups applaud and cheer one another in games and contests. Other seasonal activties include hiking, biking, golf, snowtubing, snowmobiling, ice-skating, bumper cars, go-karts, rifle range, batting cages, and more.
Woodloch Pines rates include three meals a day, activities, and entertainment. For families who prefer a more independent vacation, homes are available for rent at Woodloch Springs, a planned village centered around an award-winning golf course. Rates vary according to package length and accommodation type. Please call for current rates and availability.