I’ve been thinking about fall getaways. Nothing too far away but just enough of a trip to put my mind in vacation mode. A fall getaway would be the perfect to appreciate the turning foliage and regroup from a busy few months. I’ve focused my search to resorts in Pennsylvania as most are within six hours of driving distance from Washington, DC. This to me seems like the furthest I’d like to travel for a long weekend trip. Don’t be concerned about heart shaped bathtubs in the Poconos. That stereo type barely still exists but so does lovely grand resorts for your entire family to enjoy. (I’m sure you could find a champagne glass filled with bubbles if that’s your style). A bit closer to the DC area are a few wonderful resorts as well. A shorter drive means the more time to relax and maybe fit in another spa appointment. All the resorts should have beautifully colored foliage by early October.
Woodloch Resort is an all inclusive family resort. It’s the perfect place for canoeing, hiking, and s’mores. For the kids that never want to be out of the pool they do have an indoor water park.
their sister property, Lodge at Woodloch, is an adult only property. This sounds like a wonderfully peaceful retreat. Billed at a destination spa resort, I could certainly get behind a weekend of massages and gazing at brightly colored leaves.
Skytop Lodge is another family friendly getaway. Dating from 1925, Skytop has been a Pocono grand resort for generations. A fall getaway would be the perfect time to enjoy the over 5,000 acre property.
While not in the Poconos but on the New York state boarder, Hotel Fauchère surprises guests as a boutique destination with an outstanding restaurant. This is less of an outdoorsy getaway. Think along the lines of stopping by little antique shops in small towns near by.
The Lodge at Glendorn, in the Allegheny forest, is anther grand old resort from the 1920’s. Fly fishing, hiking, riflery, and lake activities are all available.
A bit closer to DC is the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. The Woodland’s spa and their two golf courses are on the top of my list of reasons I’d take a weekend jaunt here. Being only three hours from DC this makes this an easy weekend getaway!
The quaint Bedford Springs Resort has had a hotel on the property since the early 1800’s. It’s a beautiful and relaxing place. Reading a book in a rocking chair on your room’s porch while gazing at the beautiful foliage would be a highlight as would be a massage in the spa.