What makes the Poconos.. The Poconos?
Our Distinctive Districts
The mountain region is seamlessly divided into districts comprising of towns, villages, communities and state parks, each with it's own charm. This list of districts is by no means an official breakdown of the region, but one that is meant to make sense from the standpoint of our visitors, based on the number of attractions the average visitor will find in each area.
Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg are situated at the eastern entrance and are the hub of business and nightlife. Stroudsburg is the official governmental seat, has a small town shopping district and most of the "Big Box" stores. It also has many tourist attractions amongst its quaint streets.
Within each region are many small communities, neighborhoods and developments where you can Rent a Pocono Lake or Ski Cabin or Cottage and be near activities.
Lake Naomi / Pocono Lake region is a quiet, laid-back getaway section of the Mountains with vacation home neighborhoods scattered around 4 large lakes and 3 ski resorts.
In addition, there are many communities and neighborhoods in Northeastern PA area not in the actual Poconos. Towns like Jim Thorpe, Lake Ariel, Honesdale, Wilkes Barre are surrounding and have a somewhat "In the Mountains" feel.
The area was long inhabited by the native Leni Lenape people (also known as "Indians"), who lived off the land and wildlife found in the lakes, rivers and streams and who created a culture, including settlements, centered along the Delaware and Lehigh rivers. The first European visited the region in 1727, when explorers came in from the north by navigating down the Delaware river, after crossing from Kingston, NY. Around 1727 Nicolas De Puy established a general store in the Shawnee area near where the Shawnee Playhouse is today. The current owner of this web site is a descendant of the De Puy family. Much of the original settlement and pre settlement history can be viewed at the Pocono Indian Museum near Bushkill, PA and early settlement archives are located at the Stroud Mansion in downtown Stroudsburg.
Today, people come to the Poconos Mountains to stay at a hotel or Vacation Resort and the area is a destination for much of the Northeastern US. With the majority of visitors arriving from all of the Eastern United States. The region benefits most from tourism and conventions. Honeymooners have been coming to the Mountains since the 1800's some come for the activities and some just to get away. Read About Poconos Honeymoons Here.
climate here is rather complex however, and temperatures change rapidly
as one travels from the east westward and up to the Pocono Plateau where
temperature can be 3-5 degrees cooler than the Delaware River Valley region.
In summer, during the day, the temperature might increase as much as one
degree Fahrenheit for each few miles going west and up. In the winter,
especially at night, eastern areas are usually relatively milder. Some
valleys and other areas have significantly different weather due to terrain
and other factors. See Poconos
Web Cams - These "micro-climates" can sometimes be experienced
adjacent to the ski resorts with temperatures at the base of the mountain
being 8-10 degrees warmer than at the top.
People visit the Poconos to experience our couples resorts and our Family Resorts and Water Parks. Unlike other vacation destinations in the Northeast US, the Poconos has a distinct flavor. While some find it unexciting because you have to drive around and explore and some find it too exciting because they have yet to discover the "quiet corners," MOST visitors find it just right, with enough to do to keep them busy for months. AND, since the activities menu changes with the season, some of our visitors come only at certain times of the year for the activities they enjoy most.
We who live here, however, find that, except for spring, there is more to do than we can ever complete. The Activity Choices range from Skiing, Snow tubing, Snow Shoeing, Snow mobiling, Ice Fishing, Ice Skating, Ice Golf (Yes, there is such a thing!) in winter to Kayaking, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking, Biking (both road and mountain,) Festivals, Swimming, Picnicking, Camping, (now, also, Glamping") Theater, Downtown Nightlife, Concerts, NASCAR, Zip Lining, Golf, Tree Top Adventures, Horse Back Riding and Waterfalls in Summer.
For over 150 years visitors have been coming to our mountains for peaceful vacations and getaways. Thousands have visited to get married, too. A Poconos Romantic Wedding has been the choice of hundreds of thousands of couples.
If you live in New York City, on Long Island, in Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey or Maryland .... the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania are in your back yard. Less than 3 hours from even the furthest of these, you can be here after work on Friday to relax or play. From Manhattan, take the bus (Some resorts will pick you up at the bus station) From further away, fly into Allentown (40 minutes and the nicest small airport you'll ever visit) New York (EWR is 1.5 hours) or Philadelphia (a quick superhighway trip of 1.5 hours) Once here, you'll discover a wonderland of rivers, mountains, lakes, streams and activities for couples or families. The location of the Poconos is perfect for the timeshare resort industry where couples go on romantic getaways to relax and get to know one another better and for families who enjoy resort style vacations.
Our Hotels and Inns
Hotels and inns abound in the greater Pocono Mountain region. With a large selection of over 300 places to stay you'll need help in choosing, even if you've been here before. You'll be able to choose from hotels, resorts, Bed and Breakfast Inns, rental homes, motels and other types of lodging.The Poconos Reservation Call Center works for almost all of the accommodations and can guide you to the right place to stay for your vacation or romantic getaway. Call to talk directly to the Poconos and a expert on all types of places to stay here in the mountains.