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
After an incredibly stressful year, I could not shake the fantasy of treating myself to a solo getaway -- a place that would have nature, a variety of classes, good food. I've never done this before. What I thought would be a "once in a lifetime" type trip has had lasting effects (I am writing this review a month after my trip), and I know I will be trying to make this a more regular part of my self-care. What I found in The Lodge at Woodloch exceeded all of my dreams. I definitely can't wait to return.
Most of the guests were couples or groups of women, but I have to say that being on this trip alone was the BEST thing I could have done for myself. I was able to take all the classes that interested me (meditation to Rumi poetry, Zendala drawing, breathing, yoga, forest bathing, moonlit yoga, sunrise photography) without having to compromise with a friend or partner. I was there mid-week in July, and though the weather did not fully cooperate (cloudy), it was uncrowded. Many of my classes had just 3-4 other people. Two of them were private, just me and the instructor.
I ate meals alone with an excellent book, and the staff was incredibly gracious. (* side note -- OMG, people are addicted to their phones; in spite of the gentle 'no cell phone' policy, they were everywhere, especially in the dining room). The food was excellent. The setting was gorgeous.
I splurged on the Rosemary Awakening treatment at the spa and absolutely felt better than I have in months. I loved the waterfalls and the quiet room.
Everywhere I turned, there was something wonderful to discover, from the vegetable garden and orchard, to the hidden hammocks, to the meditation labyrinth. I never felt concerned, unsafe, or self-conscious about being here alone. I can't say enough wonderful things about the staff and the facilities! Truly, one of the very best experiences I've ever had.
My only regret is not making this trip a little longer. I live about 5-6 hour drive away, but The Lodge at Woodloch allows you to take advantage of its facilities and programs before check in and after check out. Next time, I will plan my days better to include those extras.
My friend & I just enjoyed a 3 day visit to the Spa at Woodloch. It was our 2nd visit and the place is better with each visit. The food, accomodations and attention to detail are the best. The spa treatments are a little pricey but always good quality. Something to do every hour. Highly recommend
This was our second trip to The Lodge at Woodloch. It is the only place I’ve been on vacation that truly takes care of ever thing. Very relaxing and rejuvenating. They are so efficient with check in luggage and check out. When we left, they had the car pulled around and the luggage in as we were walking out the door. No waiting at all! I took the stone beads class which I really enjoyed. The cost is pricey but to receive that kind of experience, it is well worth it.