well geographically the area is very beautiful and I think you will enjoy the views. There tends to be very congested areas, especially in the summer and fall as many tourists visit. It has a seedy side as it's become sort of a low rent Vegas wedding/honeymoon destination so is full of these tacky resorts mixed in with some really nice ones. There also are resorts that cater exclusively to certain fetishes - so I would carefully check out where you stay - we ended up for dinner at a place that people dress up as raggedy anne and andy and they were all playing leap frog in the outside play area (it made for good pictures anyway).
[quote] we ended up for dinner at a place that people dress up as raggedy anne and andy and they were all playing leap frog in the outside play area (it made for good pictures anyway).
Good God. That's what people do in the Poconos?
Lots of fat sloppy Italians and bathtubs shaped like hearts or champagne glasses.
(R4 - the kosher food is in the Catskills)
Please share your pix, R2.
It's lower-middle-class trash's idea of luxury and class.
Sort of where Snooki would go after squeezing out her third kid.
What R4 said. My family had a ski cabin there for years. Sometime in the 90s the area started becoming very popular with the Orthodox Jewish set. But I will say, its very pretty there. Growing up in a place that was as flat as a Chinese gymnast's chest, it was always a rush to see mountains.
When I was little I wanted a pocono, which is odd cause now that I'm grown I hate horses.
I stayed at Mt Airy lodge once years ago. It smelled like a gym locker.
I think a lot of country bumpkin type fundies go there for their family vacations in summer. There are a lot of "family friendly" camp grounds.
'gym locker' hot, really hot.
No, R14, it wasn't. At all. It was a moldy smell.
I lived up there in the early 90s near Shawnee Mountain. It's a beautiful area. Traffic really sucks on Rt 209 on weekends. My bf's parents have a house further up near the NY border. Really nice up there. Rent a condo at a ski area and avoid the hotels
What are the towns (Stroudsburg etc.) like outside the resort areas?
My Aunt Agnes in Flatbush though it was the Pinocchio Mountains.
Cove Haven advertises a lot on New York television.
Ticks, hillbillies and anal rape by 2-toothed yokels.
"His "home" was a tent on a barge on the Delaware River."
Sounds hot. One of my funnest nights was getting taken "home" by a guy who temporarily lived in a replica ship of Henry Hudson's Half Moon in Albany, NY around 1989. Plowed me bent over on the deck looking over the Hudson River. Ahh, sweet youth.
"The Poconos" is a pretty general area. Does OP have a more specific destination?
It's mountainy. If you don't like skiing you'll be bored. Don't forget you're in the heart of Pennsyltucky, so beware. They do love their guns and hate churches up there.
[quote] They do love their guns and hate churches up there.
They hate churches there?
Wear bright colors so a yokel doesnt mistake you for a deer--especially if you're anywhere near the forest.
If you're used to real mountains, you'll be sorely disappointed. And the "skiing" sucks. Overall, it was low budget and lots of fatties.
The exclamation points suggest that OP is going to be very disappointed.
If you are expecting to ski there in mid April I think you will definitely be disappointed.
you should expect to see mountains.
Make sure to get an "I Got Poked in the Poconos" T-shirt.
Oh, please, r25, don't go suggesting that New Hope is somehow better than the Poconos. New Hope is icky-trendy-yuppie-overpriced-and-inauthentic, and if "the Poconos" scares you away because it's "lower middle class," New Hope should scare you away because it isn't: it's got all the "tasteful" accoutrements of crass upper-middle-class commercialism, and it tells you repeatedly how fine and rarified it is.
Try Doylestown, which is not so far from New Hope - a little further northwest in Bucks County - and which is not as aggressively "quaint" as New Hope, though it has its quaint side. Nonetheless, it's pretty, it has a sweet little movie theater, Oscar Hammerstein lived nearby (and therefore so did Sondheim, off and on), there's a James Michener Museum! I've never been to it, but could you resist? And Jean Toomer lived there for a while long ago.
It has an arty past, if, alas, a touristy present. Nonetheless, it's further from both NYC and Philly than New Hope, and therefore less flooded with yuppie bankers and lawyers searching for "authentic Americana." And the original tavern that William Doyle himself built there in the 18th century is still standing - though of course there's a Starbucks in it.
Thanks for plugging my home town, prisspot, know it all, schoolmarm @ R40, but I'd still recommend a B &B in New Hope for a fun, relaxing weekend.
r25, what's the best restaurant in Doylestown? I grew up near New Hope, and it was fun way long ago when it was kind of a hippie town for ten minutes in the '60s, but it bugs me now. I worked in the Bucks County Playhouse parking lot one summer! Top that. (As it were.)
Love to hear your Doylestown dining tips. My mother lives in a retirement community nearby, and sometimes we take her out to dinner in Doylestown, and I don't know where to go!
Thanks for that tip, dude!
(Sorry for my snarkery. I like to snark!)
I live there, OP -- and I just moved there, so I have a newcomer's perspective.
I just went to the Rainbow Mountain Resort last weekend, and "rustic" doesn't even begin to describe the resort. The bar/restaurant area seems nice, but the cabins, etc., would only appeal to Manhattanites who like the idea of "roughing it." But I'm originally from (another area of) PA, so it takes a lot more than woods, shacks, and deer to impress me.
The college is boring as hell, and the "college town" is more like what I would call a "coal cracker" town than a "college town." However, if you go north to Mt. Pocono or Cresco, you may find some more avaunt-garde people and shopping.
That part of PA is populated for the most part with people we in PA Dutch Country used to call "hunky boys." We called them that not because they were hot in any way, but because that was our term for the big, flabby, pale, and not-too-bright spawn of relatively recent arrivals (late 1800s) to PA from Eastern Europe. Even we PA Dutch folk are better-looking and smarter than they, and my family's been in PA since the late 1600s. But I digress...
Most people up here who didn't move to the area from NYC (because PA is cheaper) are staunchly Roman Catholic. Like the "they have eight kids" kind of Catholic. Be prepared for lots of cabbage and other bad food.
Suffice it to say that when Obama referred to the people in PA who cling to their guns and religion, he was talking about this area.
If you like hiking in the woods and think a drive along the Delaware River might be fun, it may be a good vacation for you. You might even try a zip line at a ski resort (there's a few of them) or canoeing.
Otherwise, don't bother.