The Pocono Mountains are a wild and rugged part of the United States. If you're attracted to a more natural holidaying style, where you get to feel close to nature then these mountains provide the perfect backdrop. Of course, we're not suggesting you have to 'rough it' with this luxury weekend guide! The food, hotel, and places to visit are all truly exclusive experiences, but it's impossible not to feel connected to nature when surrounded by this dramatic landscape.
Stay (and play) at Mount Airy Resort
Sometimes resorts can feel a little as though you're not really visiting the heart of where you're holidaying to, but for Mount Airy Resort this couldn't be further from the truth. This imposing building sits proudly in the breathtaking landscape. The common areas have a rustic charm to them, whilst the rooms are distinctly modern. King-size beds, duck-down duvets, and all of the mod-cons you could ask for will be waiting in your room, but that's not all. Although pa online casinos have been going from strength to strength recently, their brick-and-mortar counterparts could use your support. Online casinos are able to offer incredible deals, but none of them can rival the views from the Mount Airy Resort. Once you've taken in the views you can find your way to one of the many table games on offer, or try your luck at a slot machine if you fancy it. The staff are incredibly friendly and always happy to help if you're a beginner at the casino.
Eat delicious, sustainable food
When you're so surrounded by nature, it ought to be natural to want to do your bit to preserve it. Nestled in the forests on the side of the mountain is TREE Restaurant and Bar. Part of a stunning resort, this restaurant offers perhaps the best fine dining in the Poconos region. The head chef Josh Tomson has a passion for local and sustainable produce, sourcing all of the meat used at the restaurant from local farms and even wild game. The vegetables are grown in the kitchen garden which is open to visitors and also bought locally, from organic farms, dependent on what is in season at that time of year. Being sustainable when we travel is enormously important, but being able to do so whilst tucking into top-quality food, overlooking stunning forests means that it needn't be even close to a compromise.
Swim in the Delaware Water Gap
Although this may look like a river, the reason the Delaware Water Gap is so named is that a water gap is actually a distinct geographical feature. In order for a river to be designated as a water gap, it has to have carved through a mountain. When a crack appeared thousands and thousands of years ago in the mountains here, the river trickled through it and over time wore a path through which it could positively rumble. Nowadays this area of the stream is a designated national park, meaning that the water here is absolutely crystal clear and perfect for swimming. Make your way down to Milford beach where all the facilities that you could need are available. Bring a costume and sink into the cool, fresh waters, born right from these very mountains.