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
We experienced 3 glorious nights at the Lodge this month. This was our first time and we most certainly will return! From the minute you enter the gate, the attendant, with his deep booming James Earl Jones-esque voice welcomes you. By the time you arrive at the front door, they are waiting for you, unpack your car and direct you to the front desk where they are waiting for you, know your names, and have a welcome packet for you which includes a tote bag w/water bottle and a sticker w/your name! By the time you walk down the hall to your room, the bell hop has hung up your clothes and put your bags in the room. The facility is immaculate, the staff are incredibly friendly and polite and never intrusive. The food is delicious! You can change the offering to your need/liking. The spa facilities are super relaxing w/several spots to lounge, relax, nap. Always tea and water, nuts and fruit available. It just goes on and on! There are 3-4 classes available every hour, a full gym, plenty of outdoor spots to wander. The pond is so relaxing...kayaking is a must! You can even pick your own cranberries! Do it all, or do nothing but relax...your choice. But to be sure, you'lll be thinking of the next time.....
J & D
When my friend suggested PA as our yearly getaway, I thought she was crazy. I know she won't read this, so I have to admit, she scored big time!! The location is amazing. Trees, wildlife, fresh garden, bee hives, and a lake make you feel that you have left the city for sure! The grounds are very well taken care of and it is just a beautiful place.
Now add food that is gourmet and an exercise program filled with different and fun courses and a spa full of amazing treatments. It really doesn't get any better. Great for a girlfriends weekend or a romantic getaway or a business meeting.
The area that shines the most here - the people. From the front door valet to the registration to the restaurant to the farm manager to the instructors to the spa helpers - everyone is soooooo freakin nice and friendly and not the fake kind of friendly either! Everyone is helpful and funny and kind. They make you feel at home and welcome to their little piece of this paradise. It was astonishing that we got amazing service every minute of everyday here. In a world of crazy, I am most grateful for this experience with kind people!
We were a group of six ladies on an overnight visit to celebrate a birthday. From the moment we arrived we were completely taken care of. Valet notified Reception of our arrival and they were already processing our check in when we arrived at the Front Desk. I would recommend taking the 10 minute tour of the facilities to get oriented - it was really useful!
There is something for everyone at the resort - a comprehensive guide of all the activities is available at Reception with numerous classes and sporting activities available as well as art classes.
The Lodge offers a number of rooms if you prefer to rest up and read a good book, and there are also walking trails and a beautiful lake if you prefer the open air.
We opted for some treatments at the spa and our concierge had taken great care to coordinate our appointments so that we were all within the same time slot. The spa facilities themselves are fabulous with a couple of relaxation rooms to have a sleep or read a book. There are a number of jetted tubs, steam and sauna rooms, as well as a pool.
I booked the tension tamer massage which was incredible! I was a little sore afterwards but it truly did the trick on working out the numerous knots in my neck and shoulders. I followed this with the floatation tank and thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Don’t be put off if you have a tendency to be claustrophobic - you have options to have lights and music playing, and can even keep the door open to the tank if you prefer. I switched off the lights and shut the door and truly relaxed and allowed my mind to wander. It’s a great experience if you are feeling a little stressed.
As part of our package, all meals were included and every one of them was excellent. The portion sizes were perfect and there were always salad bar and soup options with each meal and oatmeal and fruit for breakfast as appetizers.
The staff were exceptionally polite and helpful and were happy to accommodate my request to decorate the table for dinner to celebrate the birthday girl!
Truly I couldn’t fault anything about our stay and I’m desperate to go back again! If you are looking for ultimate spa luxury in gorgeous surroundings, then you would be hard pressed to top this!