While I love spending weekends exploring D.C., I can never turn down a sporadic weekend trip. Especially when it’s somewhere I’ve never experienced before.
That was the case last month, when I visited the Pocono Mountains. Commonly known as the “Poconos”, we spent a weekend trying delicious foods and enjoying the outdoors.
The first thing I heard when I stepped out of the car was – nothing. The peaceful, quiet atmosphere was new to me. I was instantly relaxed, surrounded by luscious, green trees; crisp mountain air, and warm personalities.
A common honeymoon destination during World War II, the Pocono Mountains have transitioned into a skiing and waterpark mecca. I had never been to an indoor waterpark before this trip, but these “resorts” are very common up there.
Outdoor activities abound. We joined Whitewater Challengers for a four-hour day of whitewater rafting, despite the rain that literally did not stop the entire day. Our raft specifically spent a lot of time perched on rocks that we wiggled off of as we pulled one another out of the rapids. Maybe we weren’t the best at hitting those falls, but we had the greatest adventure.
My favorite meal was at the Shawnee Craft Brewery, where we were introduced to their microbrewery and locally-sourced foods. Eating at a large, family-style table, the conversation flowed as smoothly as the beer.
My favorite beer was the ShawneeCraft Berliner Weisse flavored with raspberry syrup. Apparently this is common in Germany; the sourness of the beer is diluted with the raspberry.
I definitely plan on returning to the Pocono Mountains. Maybe we’ll try camping.
Have you been before?
Disclaimer: Most of the activities and items listed in this post were complimentary for me by Pocono Mountains Tourism. All opinions, as always, are my own.