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I've been invited to the Poconos!!!

What should I expect? I've never been!

by Anonymousreply 4504/10/2013

Words of advice; Keep your expectations low.

by Anonymousreply 104/06/2013

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).

by Anonymousreply 204/06/2013

[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?

by Anonymousreply 304/06/2013

Kosher food.

by Anonymousreply 404/06/2013

Lots of fat sloppy Italians and bathtubs shaped like hearts or champagne glasses.

(R4 - the kosher food is in the Catskills)

by Anonymousreply 504/06/2013

Please share your pix, R2.

by Anonymousreply 604/06/2013

It's lower-middle-class trash's idea of luxury and class.

Sort of where Snooki would go after squeezing out her third kid.

by Anonymousreply 704/06/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 804/06/2013

When I was little I wanted a pocono, which is odd cause now that I'm grown I hate horses.

by Anonymousreply 904/06/2013

You'll have a GREAT time! I wish I was going too!

by Anonymousreply 1004/06/2013

Don't leave the grounds.

by Anonymousreply 1104/06/2013

I stayed at Mt Airy lodge once years ago. It smelled like a gym locker.

by Anonymousreply 1204/06/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1304/06/2013

'gym locker' hot, really hot.

by Anonymousreply 1404/06/2013

No, R14, it wasn't. At all. It was a moldy smell.

by Anonymousreply 1504/06/2013

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

by Anonymousreply 1604/06/2013

What are the towns (Stroudsburg etc.) like outside the resort areas?

by Anonymousreply 1704/07/2013

My Aunt Agnes in Flatbush though it was the Pinocchio Mountains.

by Anonymousreply 1804/07/2013

Cove Haven advertises a lot on New York television.

by Anonymousreply 1904/07/2013

Will Baby Penny and Johnny be there?

by Anonymousreply 2004/07/2013

If your hosts are Jeff and Tony, expect to pay them back by fucking both of them most of the weekend.

by Anonymousreply 2104/07/2013

Went home with a guy I met at the Blue Bugle in Stroudsburg. His "home" was a tent on a barge on the Delaware River.

by Anonymousreply 2204/08/2013

That actually sounds kind of cool, R22.

by Anonymousreply 2304/08/2013

Is there an alternative vacation area nearby that is a little more upscale? R2's description scared me away.

by Anonymousreply 2404/08/2013

R24, New Hope is pretty, has lots of great restaurants, galleries, antique shops, etc. and is gay friendly.

If you like B & B's, The Inn at Bowman's Hill is gorgeous

by Anonymousreply 2504/08/2013

Ticks, hillbillies and anal rape by 2-toothed yokels.

by Anonymousreply 2604/08/2013

"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.

by Anonymousreply 2704/08/2013

"The Poconos" is a pretty general area. Does OP have a more specific destination?

by Anonymousreply 2804/08/2013

[quote] One of my funnest nights

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 2904/08/2013

r28...I'm going to East Stroudsburg!!! Dish!!!

by Anonymousreply 3004/08/2013


by Anonymousreply 3104/10/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3204/10/2013

[quote] They do love their guns and hate churches up there.

They hate churches there?

by Anonymousreply 3304/10/2013

Wear bright colors so a yokel doesnt mistake you for a deer--especially if you're anywhere near the forest.

by Anonymousreply 3404/10/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3504/10/2013

The exclamation points suggest that OP is going to be very disappointed.

by Anonymousreply 3604/10/2013

If you are expecting to ski there in mid April I think you will definitely be disappointed.

by Anonymousreply 3704/10/2013

you should expect to see mountains.

by Anonymousreply 3804/10/2013

Make sure to get an "I Got Poked in the Poconos" T-shirt.

by Anonymousreply 3904/10/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4004/10/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4104/10/2013

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!

by Anonymousreply 4204/10/2013

Take her to Honey. It's amazing!

by Anonymousreply 4304/10/2013

Thanks for that tip, dude!

(Sorry for my snarkery. I like to snark!)

by Anonymousreply 4404/10/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4504/10/2013
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