The Lodge at Woodloch
What We Love
- Daily meals plus the use of all lodge facilities are included in the flash rate
- Sparkling 40,000-square-foot spa and fitness center
- Idyllic Poconos setting on Lake Teedyuskung
- Daily class and activity offerings range from painting and drawing to fly fishing and kayaking to cooking demos and wine tastings
- Delicious, healthy farm-to-table fare at Tree restaurant
What To Know
- Best for couples, girlfriend getaways and golf outings — not families, as children are not allowed
- Alcohol is not included in the rate
- Some classes and activities are for an extra fee
- A two-hour drive from New York City and a three-hour drive from Philadelphia
Nature nurtures and inspires at this stone and wood lodge built in 2006 amid 150 acres of rolling woodlands and lakes. Public spaces, like an intimate fireside lounge, welcome the outdoors through floor-to-ceiling windows in shades of sage, stone, bark and merlot, complementing the Poconos’ seasonal grandeur, whether snowy white or lush green. In hallways connecting the spa, lobby and guestrooms, the natural ornamentation is swapped for works by local artists including Laura McManus and Chris Magdini.
Bed and Bath
The 57 guestrooms and suites are tranquil retreats that offer a seamless mix of nature and modern luxuries. All are airy and spacious, with full walls of windows and furnished private terraces overlooking the woods and lake or the rock garden waterfall. Large bathrooms have double vanities, enormous rain showers with a bench, and enclosed toilets, and come stocked with Essential Elements amenities and plush robes. All the mod cons are here too, including flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and desks with plenty of outlets.
The sparkling 40,000-square-foot spa is the lodge’s crown jewel, and no amenity is missing in its secluded treatment rooms, state-of-the-art fitness center or indoor/outdoor pool complex. Both the men’s and women’s locker rooms includes a fireside lounge with forest views along with a sauna, steamroom and hot tub. Outside, an infinity whirlpool and outdoor pool are sybaritic swimming holes amid the trees. The signature treatment is a Rosemary Awakening massage with just-picked herbs from the lodge’s seasonal Healing Garden, and there’s a phalanx of therapists who will tailor facial, massage or bodywork to your every whim. The fitness center is stocked with Cybex equipment, and trainers are on hand to get you in shape or just show you how to turn on the TV on your elliptical machine. For foodies, the aptly named Tree restaurant is a farm-to-table showstopper with cathedral ceilings supported by wood columns and a towering window wall that makes you feel as if you’re perched among the treetops.
In the Area
While nearby Hawley has a certain Norman Rockwell charm, everything you could possibly need or want is on hand at the lodge and its sister properties. Bordering the lodge, the Country Club at Woodloch Springs has been recognized as a top golf course by Golf magazine and Golf Digest. The 18-hole championship course winds over 6,579 yards of forest, wetland and meadow, with a signature 14th hole requiring duffers to carry 220 yards over a gaping river gorge. Tennis, anyone? Head over to Woodloch Pines Resort, where there are four new hard courts for match play. This neck of the woods is renowned for its trout fishing, and the lodge offers fly-fishing and fly-tying classes along with private instruction and trips. Learn to cast in the waters of Lake Teedyuskung or set out for the Lackawaxen River, a tributary of the Delaware that teems with wild brown and rainbow trout. And whether you want to find your inner Picasso in an oil painting class or learn how to illustrate with traditional quill pens and ink, there are more than 20 classes offered all week long in the lodge’s inspiring art studio.
How to Get There
My first 'destination spa' experience so don't have a lot to compare to. Liked the fact that the Lodge is very unostentatious despite the cost. Staff in the lodge and the spa were uniformly highly trained, professional and extremely courteous. Rooms were comfortable and quiet with all necessary amenities (no coffee in the room though) although not over the top.
The grounds are lovely and in the summer, I can imagine spending a lot of time outside communing with nature. It was just as well that it was cold, since the Lodge offers many many classes all day. All classes I took were entertaining and well run and thoroughly enjoyable. Spa offerings were also overall excellent. All massages I had were terrific. The multiple hot tubs on the property were also wonderful. Although there were many people staying that weekend, the hot tubs were never overcrowded.
The food was excellent as well. The dinner menu changes daily and every dish I had was very well prepared. There are multiple options for breakfast and dinner with daily specials. You are charged extra for the alcohol which is perfectly reasonable. Service in the restaurant was unfailingly excellent.
The only minor glitch was housekeeping on my first full day. My room was not cleaned until close to 3.30 pm despite the fact that I had been out since 7.30 am. I had to call to get it cleaned. Moreover, the cleaning appeared to have been done in a bit of a hurry - the bed had a clear hand impression on it and the bathmat had been removed but not replaced. On the positive side, I appreciated that the Lodge did not remove towels that were hung up (many hotels remove them despite saying they won't) and they no longer use those single serving plastic bottles of shampoo etc.
But overall - that's a minor complaint. The Lodge/Spa delivered on its promises.
Woodloch is the ultimate destination for excellent service all around. My husband I went there for the first time this past week. We found every detail to be above our expectations. The food was delicious. The spa and exercise facilities were immaculate and staffed by knowledgeable employees. We also took advantage of a cooking demonstration, art class, a guided nature walk on the property and an excursion hike. All of the staff we encountered were extremely polite, professional and experts in their disciplines. I cannot wait to return!
The perfect couple getaway in an adult setting that will pamper you and take of your wants and needs to perfection!
Our stay was the best! Can’t wait to return!
Will recommend Woodloch highly to friends and family.