What We Love
- Indoor and outdoor pools for splashing in all seasons
- Afternoon milkshakes in the Tea Room
- Beaver pond hikes with naturalist Rick Koval
What To Know
- Families flock to Skytop in all seasons
- The resort is a popular spot for weddings and corporate gatherings
- Jackets and slacks are required for dinner in the Windsor Dining Room
- Streamside Cabins and Inn rooms are separate from the main Lodge; it’s a five-minute walk or a quick ride in a resort shuttle
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
The road from Pennsylvania Highway 390 to the 5,500-acre grounds of Skytop Lodge winds past a lake and through an oak and hemlock stand before the stately 1928 stone Dutch Colonial manor lodge comes into view. Days here are spent golfing a rolling mountain course, fishing babbling creeks, paddling on a forest-lined lake, playing grass-court tennis and hiking more than 30 miles of trails. The lodge is the heart of the resort. Families gather in the sun-filled lobby with its enormous stone hearth and plush couches and chairs before heading out for adventures, or plop down there for tea and refreshments at the end of an exhausting day.
Bed and Bath
The historic lodge has been updated with modern conveniences but maintains its charms. No two of the 125 rooms are alike, but all are done in a simple English country style with burgundy couches, floral-patterned drapes, wood dressers and tables and plaid throws and accent pillows. When the lodge was built in 1928, bathrooms were bunkhouse-style — meaning the new bathrooms built in each room are smallish (though sparkling). Eighteen newer, more modern accommodations are found in the Inn tucked between Skytop Lake and the golf course. That country style still sticks, but bathrooms are bigger (Suites add Jacuzzi tubs), gas fireplaces lend a touch of romance and private balconies look out over the lake or golf course. Four-bedroom Streamside Cottages, between the first fairway and a babbling brook, have gas fireplaces and expansive porches and are perfect for family reunions.
Skytop’s three dining rooms serve delicious seasonal dishes. For an elegant dinner looking out over the resort’s pristine gardens, book a table at the Lodge’s Windsor Room. For pub grub and a pint of local craft suds, slide downstairs to the Tap Room, a Prohibition-era wood bar with flat-screen TVs adding a sports bar feel. And for dinner with a water view and a casual vibe, check out the Inn’s LakeView Restaurant. For kids, a game room with an arcade, ping pong, putt-putt and 1950s style soda fountain serves up seriously delish milkshakes, while on the top floor, an intimate spa is quiet and offers spectacular mountain views with a range of relaxing treatments.
In the Area
Skytop’s 6,656-yard par-72 golf course winds around the lodge, through forest-flanked dales and over lakes and streams for a superb round. Highlight holes include the par-4 10th, where you have to pitch your tee shot over Skytop Lake in full view of diners in the LakeView Restaurant. If tennis is your game, the resort offers five new Har-Tru courts and the Poconos’ only grass court. Sharpen up your game during the week or test your skills against fellow guests in weekend round robins. Miles of trails meander through the property, allowing guests to truly get away from it all. Favorite hikes include the Upper Falls Trail, which climbs through a beech, birch and maple forest to a cliff overlooking a waterfall, created by the Leavitt Branch, that cascades into a deep ravine. For a glimpse of wildlife, including the deer, beaver, black bears and songbirds that call the Poconos home, book a hike with resident naturalist Rick Koval.
How to Get There
First visited Skytop in 2006 and has been a family staple ever since. A great resort that never disappoints. Endless activities to participate in along with a truly wonderful staff. Indoor pool and hot tub this time of year was perfect. Hiking trails are a must see activity. Main hallway in the lodge has spectacular holiday lighting display that makes the fireplace sitting area extra cozy. Tap Room menu has greatly improved. Familiar employees are a pleasure to see time and time again such as Robert, Corey, Rey, and Claire. One employee who stands out is Zoe who works in the Windsor dining room. Her professionalism and courteous manner is something that should be recognized by management. Will continue to visit this great resort for a lifetime
Having been to The Poconos several times throughout the years, as I visit family and friends in NEPA, I actually found this lovely place by accident! I was going through an old photo album, didn’t label the pics and decided to look for the place online, which isn’t there anymore and this lodge came up! When I told some of my family and friends that have lived within an hours drive of the lodge, where I was going to stay, no one had heard of it! Yet, an acquaintance of my husband here in south TX had played golf there a few years ago. Go figure!
Well, What a charming area and what a charming, lovely, quaint, historic, well kept place!! We were there the Sunday after Thanksgiving and it was rather quiet but that was fine with us which made it even more cozier. All of the staff was friendly. Our room was perfect, overlooking the garden. We did open the windows, even if it was cold out, as we are hot natured and there’s a note about the thermostat in the room, which was nice to read and didn’t have to call and say hey it’s too hot in our room. The price was right for this time of the year, our package included a nice tray of fruit, veggies, crackers and cheese and mints along with bottles of Pellegrino water and the paperback book written about the lodge and breakfast buffet for the both of us.
We enjoyed all of it. And we enjoyed eating in the Taproom for dinner. Would have loved to have seen the water fall, but time didn’t allow for it. (So glad we didn’t stop at the outlets in Tannersville before hand as planned or we wouldn’t have seen half of what we did get to see before dark!)
Looking forward to a return trip next fall!
My sisters, niece and I stayed for a weekend girls' getaway to celebrate a milestone birthday.
We stayed in the main lodge. Our room was spacious but wish the bathroom was a bit larger.
We found that the weekend wasn't long enough to experience all that the resort has to offer in the way of activities. Those that we did do and would highly recommend: History tour, lake trail, guided hike with Rick on stable trail, Grand March.
We enjoyed looking at the historical photos displayed throughout the lodge.
We had great meals in the Tap Room and Lake View restaurants. Our server, Chris, in the Tap Room was excellent - attentive and entertaining. We appreciated the birthday dessert that completed both dining experiences.
The breakfast buffet in the Windsor dining room looked more impressive than it tasted. The made to order omelets were pretty good.
Overall, we had a very enjoyable stay. We found the staff to be very friendly and accommodating.
My husband and I wanted to stay somewhere cozy for our short mini-moon. I wanted somewhere in the Poconos that was not cheesy or commercialized, and found just the right place. The view is breathtaking upon arrival and continues to get better during your stay. The lodge is just incredible - I highly suggest the history tour with Claire. There is so much to learn about the property. The food is delicious with great menu choices. Also, you must add the breakfast package to your room - totally worth it. Carlo and Fernando in the Windsor Dining Room take care of your every need. The Corner Roast is also a great place for a quick cup of coffee and a snack. The Tap Room is phenomenal and you must try the Apple Cider Pierogis!! So good!!! Also, make sure you visit Mike in the Library Lounge. He is awesome too! We stayed at the Inn and the room was immaculate and super comfortable. The best part was having our own fireplace and balcony view of the lake. There are a million and one things to do here, you will not be disappointed. Thank you so much for making our first few days of marriage nothing short of amazing. We can't wait to come back!
The grounds and hotel are beautiful. Full agenda provided at check-in with hourly activities for all ages. The rooms were small, but comfortable and very clean. The beds provided a wonderful night's sleep. We went to the Pub for dinner and the food was delicious. Prices were pretty high, but the food quality was on point. We felt the drinks could have been more reasonably priced. The zip-line tour was so much fun and a great day trip. My husband and I had a blast. The tour guide was wonderful as well. My husband and I stayed for only one night, but there are definitely tons of things to do and we would love to go back with the kids.