By Tom Wilkins
While I was working for Caesar’s Pocono Resorts at Cove Haven, a guest once said to me how lucky I was to work in “The Land of Love,” which was written on a sign we had at the resort’s entrance. At first I didn’t quite understand, but then I reflected on how fortunate I am to live here in the Pocono Mountains. I know that sometimes we all take our surroundings for granted, but we really do live in a great area that offers a fantastic lifestyle.
A beautiful nearby natural attraction can be found on both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey sides of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Christine and I recently had the pleasure of touring the park with Kristy Boscheinen, the Division Chief of the Park Service. This park offers the best in hunting, hiking, camping, swimming and, my personal favorite, fishing. The exciting opportunities available to us in nature are breathtaking.
For summer activities, there are over 20 golf courses between the Pocono Mountains and Lehigh Valley areas, and nationally known water parks in two of the best-run resorts I’ve seen in a long time. During the colder months, the Poconos offer the best in winter sports with Camelback Mountain, Shawnee Mountain, Blue Ridge Ski Area, Jack Frost Ski Area and Big Boulder Ski Area.
There are countless attractions that draw visitors into the Poconos—the wide variety of wonderful restaurants, The Crossings Premium Outlets with its 100 retail shops, Mount Airy Casino Resort, our own “Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls and the myriad of other natural landmarks throughout the area’s National Parks to be explored.
Whether you are a full-time resident or have a vacation home, the lifestyle here has something for everyone—from the serenity of nature, to diverse activities—you’re looking at living a Pocono lifestyle. Welcome to the Poconos, the land of love.
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