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.