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Take a Break in the Pocono Mountains

When you live in a bustling town or city, getting away from it all in the mountains is a great way to recharge your batteries. The Pocono Mountains, covering 2,400 square miles in northeast Pennsylvania, are a great option for your next vacation to help you forget your worries.

What to do

The Pocono Mountains are the perfect place to get in touch with the natural world. If you’re ready to get up high in the treetops, there are several ropes courses in the area for you to try, like the Treetop Adventure Course at Skytop Lodge and the Aerial Park at Blue Mountain Resort. On these aerial playgrounds, you’ll take on obstacles high above the ground to build self-confidence and exercise your body. Several of these courses also offer zip lines, which allow you to clip in above the trees and fly through the forest like a bird.

If you’re afraid of heights, there are still plenty of things to do outside in the Pocono Mountains. Several state parks, like Prompton State Park, Promised Land State Park, and Lehigh Gorge State Park, offer opportunities for adventure. They all have hiking and biking trails to take you and your family through the region. The area’s waterways are ideal for kayaking, canoeing and whitewater rafting, and there are several companies to provide you with equipment and guidance about the best places to paddle. Many of them also offer guided river trips if you want help trying out a new sport.

While a lot of the attractions in the Pocono Mountains are focused on the natural world, there are several indoor options. If you’re a fan of NBC’s popular comedy “The Office”, consider heading to Scranton, Pennsylvania. Its Steamtown Mall has a display of show memorabilia, including the iconic “Scranton Welcomes You” sign from the opening credits. There are also several indoor options if you’re traveling with kids. Callie’s Candy Kitchen lets young ones learn more about their favorite sweet treats in its candy museum and lets them shop for goodies to take home.

Where to eat

As in many other regions of the United States, craft beer has taken off in the Pocono Mountains. After a long day of exploring the area, consider heading to one of the local breweries, like Jam Room Brewing Co. in Newfoundland or Barley Creek Brewing Company in Tannersville. Several of the breweries offer food pairings to help you make a complete evening out of your visit. If beer isn’t your thing, there are also local wineries in the area that offer tastings, like the Three Hammers Winery in Hawley and Blue Ridge Estate Vineyard in Saylorsburg.

Restaurants in the Poconos have diverse offerings to satisfy your cravings while you’re on vacation. The Stone Row Pub and Eatery in Jim Thorpe serves a meat-friendly menu that focuses on local ingredients and refined comfort food. For something more low-key, the Village Diner in Milford, housed in an authentic ’50s-era diner, offers homemade food with vegetarian and gluten-free options to make sure everyone leaves full and happy.

The Pocono Mountains cover a large region, so you are bound to find something to suit you and your friends. Consider heading here when you need to escape from the chaos of everyday life.

This article is presented by BMW of Cincinnati North.
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