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
Parking on site
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Historic lodge on a picturesque Poconos plateau, with golf, tennis, two pools and miles of hiking trails
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.