Visit a winery, micro-brewery or sample distilled spirits at locations around the town. Pocono beer, wine and spirits are curated for your enjoyment using local ingredients while crafting their specialties. Once you find your favorite, take a case, bottle or growler home with you.

1. Blue Ridge Winery

Enjoy 360-degree views of the vineyard and local mountains at Blue Ridge Winery nestled in the hills of Saylorsburg, PA. A family-owned business, the vision was to create an elegant, yet relaxing and informal experience. Owner and wine maker Randy Detrick has years of crafting world class wine experience and is now sharing it with his customers. Free wine cellar tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday along with live music. Wine tastings are daily from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and extends to 9:00 PM on Fridays. A catered gourmet dinner is also featured on Friday evenings, no RSVP required.

2. Mountain View Vineyard Winery

Mountain View Vineyard has become the perfect destination for a relaxing afternoon. Try some of the finest wine, beer, and distilled spirits produced in the Poconos. The vineyard provides products made with the least amount of chemical intervention in the vineyard, winemaking, and brewing process. After a tasting, enjoy food from the bistro and enjoy the views of the beautiful mountain ranges from the wrap around porch.

3. Pocono Brewery Company (PBC)

Come to Pocono Brewery Company to enjoy one-of-a-kind craft beer, hand tossed pizza, and pub classics. PBC owners, the Vitiellos, have a philosophy of “finding those few key, quality ingredients and letting the flavors come together into a tasteful masterpiece.” Visit the family-friendly restaurant located in Swiftwater, PA that strives to create an atmosphere of excitement and comfort. The Vitiellos also recently opened a PBC Taproom in Lehigh Valley that serves a more limited food menu than the Swiftwater location but still features their signature crafts and pizzas.

4. Barley Creek Brewing Company

Labeled the Pocono Mountains’ original brewpub, Barley Creek has brewed more than 100 different styles of beer and opened a small-batch distillery for vodka, whiskey, rum, and other spirits. Barley Creek serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night fare seven days a week. Beer and spirits are made on site and brewery tours are offered every day at 12:30 PM. Taste and unwind at this microbrewery, distillery and restaurant.

5. Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyards

Located in the heart of Cherry Valley, enjoy the lovely views of the surrounding mountains while at the vineyard. Sorrenti is known for its variety of wines that offer flavors to suit any palate. Wine tastings are offered daily from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, as long with a pizzeria that serves small plates, salads, and brick oven pizza. The winery also allows entrance to the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Guests are invited to explore the reserve and learn about the diversity and importance of the area.

6. Tolino Vineyards

Tolino Vineyards is a family owned business that is committed to growing the finest grapes and hand crafting artisanal wines. The unique terrain of the vineyard aids in the creation of an impressive selection of wines. Visit the tasting room in Bangor, PA to sample the collection of wines and enjoy cheese and other light snacks. Tolino Vineyards holds year-round events which includes live music, Family Friday Nights, Summer Sangria Sunday, and more!

7. Raw Urban Winery & Hard Cidery

An urban winery is where the wine producer chooses to locate their winemaking facility in an urban setting rather than the traditional rural setting near the vineyards. Raw Urban Winery does not have its own vineyard but instead sources its fruits from farmers. The winery tasting room is a few feet from the Barrel Room where guests can tour and see the tanks and equipment. Raw Urban looks to share views of their wine making with the public and educate those who have a passion for wine.

When winter comes calling in the Pocono Mountains, don’t feel trapped inside if skiing is not in your skill set. The area’s 2,400 square miles are home to a rich range of snowy adventures that stretch far beyond the ski slopes. From adrenaline-pumping pursuits like dog sledding and snow tubing to relaxing jaunts like snowshoeing, there is plenty to keep you entertained. So even if you’re not a skier, don’t let that stop you from experiencing winter adventure in the Poconos. Here are 10 outdoor and indoor winter activities to get you started.  

Check out Galactic snowtubing at Camelback Mountain, with an impressive 40 lanes, music and a light display at night. Explore the Pocono’s  cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at Promised Land State Park. Ice skating is  available at either Promised Land, or Tobyhanna State Park. Enjoy a serene winter day on a horse drawn sleigh ride through Daisy Field Farm or liven it up by riding an all-terrain vehicle through Pocono Outdoor Adventure Tours. Play a game outside at Paintball Asylum.

If you want to escape the cold, check out indoor waterparks such as Camelback’s Aquatopia or Kalahari, the largest indoor waterpark in the country! Ride go-karts at S&S Speedways or try an Escape Room. If you want more of a physical challenge, Pocono Rocks has a great “Ninja Warrior” course, with similar obstacles to the ones you’ve seen on TV. Check out the Pocono Vistors Bureau blog for details and have fun! www.poconomountains.com

Visit a winery, micro-brewery or sample distilled spirits at locations around the town. Pocono beer, wine and spirits are curated for your enjoyment using local ingredients while crafting their specialties. Once you find your favorite, take a case, bottle or growler home with you.

1. Blue Ridge Winery

Enjoy 360-degree views of the vineyard and local mountains at Blue Ridge Winery nestled in the hills of Saylorsburg, PA. A family-owned business, the vision was to create an elegant, yet relaxing and informal experience. Owner and wine maker Randy Detrick has years of crafting world class wine experience and is now sharing it with his customers. Free wine cellar tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday along with live music. Wine tastings are daily from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and extends to 9:00 PM on Fridays. A catered gourmet dinner is also featured on Friday evenings, no RSVP required.

2. Mountain View Vineyard Winery

Mountain View Vineyard has become the perfect destination for a relaxing afternoon. Try some of the finest wine, beer, and distilled spirits produced in the Poconos. The vineyard provides products made with the least amount of chemical intervention in the vineyard, winemaking, and brewing process. After a tasting, enjoy food from the bistro and enjoy the views of the beautiful mountain ranges from the wrap around porch.

3. Pocono Brewery Company (PBC)

Come to Pocono Brewery Company to enjoy one-of-a-kind craft beer, hand tossed pizza, and pub classics. PBC owners, the Vitiellos, have a philosophy of “finding those few key, quality ingredients and letting the flavors come together into a tasteful masterpiece.” Visit the family-friendly restaurant located in Swiftwater, PA that strives to create an atmosphere of excitement and comfort. The Vitiellos also recently opened a PBC Taproom in Lehigh Valley that serves a more limited food menu than the Swiftwater location but still features their signature crafts and pizzas.

4. Barley Creek Brewing Company

Labeled the Pocono Mountains’ original brewpub, Barley Creek has brewed more than 100 different styles of beer and opened a small-batch distillery for vodka, whiskey, rum, and other spirits. Barley Creek serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night fare seven days a week. Beer and spirits are made on site and brewery tours are offered every day at 12:30 PM. Taste and unwind at this microbrewery, distillery and restaurant.

5. Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyards

Located in the heart of Cherry Valley, enjoy the lovely views of the surrounding mountains while at the vineyard. Sorrenti is known for its variety of wines that offer flavors to suit any palate. Wine tastings are offered daily from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, as long with a pizzeria that serves small plates, salads, and brick oven pizza. The winery also allows entrance to the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Guests are invited to explore the reserve and learn about the diversity and importance of the area.

6. Tolino Vineyards

Tolino Vineyards is a family owned business that is committed to growing the finest grapes and hand crafting artisanal wines. The unique terrain of the vineyard aids in the creation of an impressive selection of wines. Visit the tasting room in Bangor, PA to sample the collection of wines and enjoy cheese and other light snacks. Tolino Vineyards holds year-round events which includes live music, Family Friday Nights, Summer Sangria Sunday, and more!

7. Raw Urban Winery & Hard Cidery

An urban winery is where the wine producer chooses to locate their winemaking facility in an urban setting rather than the traditional rural setting near the vineyards. Raw Urban Winery does not have its own vineyard but instead sources its fruits from farmers. The winery tasting room is a few feet from the Barrel Room where guests can tour and see the tanks and equipment. Raw Urban looks to share views of their wine making with the public and educate those who have a passion for wine.

When winter comes calling in the Pocono Mountains, don’t feel trapped inside if skiing is not in your skill set. The area’s 2,400 square miles are home to a rich range of snowy adventures that stretch far beyond the ski slopes. From adrenaline-pumping pursuits like dog sledding and snow tubing to relaxing jaunts like snowshoeing, there is plenty to keep you entertained. So even if you’re not a skier, don’t let that stop you from experiencing winter adventure in the Poconos. Here are 10 outdoor and indoor winter activities to get you started.  

Check out Galactic snowtubing at Camelback Mountain, with an impressive 40 lanes, music and a light display at night. Explore the Pocono’s  cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at Promised Land State Park. Ice skating is  available at either Promised Land, or Tobyhanna State Park. Enjoy a serene winter day on a horse drawn sleigh ride through Daisy Field Farm or liven it up by riding an all-terrain vehicle through Pocono Outdoor Adventure Tours. Play a game outside at Paintball Asylum.

If you want to escape the cold, check out indoor waterparks such as Camelback’s Aquatopia or Kalahari, the largest indoor waterpark in the country! Ride go-karts at S&S Speedways or try an Escape Room. If you want more of a physical challenge, Pocono Rocks has a great “Ninja Warrior” course, with similar obstacles to the ones you’ve seen on TV. Check out the Pocono Vistors Bureau blog for details and have fun! www.poconomountains.com

To showcase some of the incredible businesses located in The Pocono Mountains, we’ve created a new feature — The Pocono Spotlight.

The Crossings Premium Outlets is located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains region (just off I-80, Exit 299) and open every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The outdoor outlet center features a collection of more than 100 sought-after brands with savings up to 65 percent off every day. Style the whole family in winter fashions or wrap up holiday shopping at stores such as White House Black Market, Kate Spade New York, Nautica Factory Outlet, Hot Topic and more. Shoppers can fuel up in the food court or enjoy the center’s microbrewery and wineries.

For more information, visit thecrossingspremiumoutlets.com.

Embrace the nature of the Pocono Mountains as you experience the many activities the area has to offer. Feel your adrenaline rush as you zip through the trees, slingshot through scenic roads or skydive from the clouds.

Here are just a few things you can do as Summer winds down.

1. Pocono Slingshot

Stand out from the crowd as you tour the best scenic roads in the Northeast. Let Pocono Slingshot Rentals be your go-to destination to truly experience the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. With the beautiful natural scenery, historic towns and over 100 lakes there is no better way to enjoy it than with a 360-degree view from an open-air cockpit. Rentals are available between the months of April and October. Click here to learn more.

2. Sky’s the Limit Skydiving Center

Sky’s the Limit prides itself on being family-orientated and goes out of its way to make your tandem skydive or fun jump the best it can be. Get the ultimate experience with fully rated USPA instructors, an owner with more than 30 years of experience and an elite aircraft fleet. Visit skysthelimit.net for more information or to schedule your first/next plunge.

3. Moyer Aviation Tour

You will be at the controls of an aircraft through the pre-flight, taxi, takeoff and landing — all under the supervision of one of Moyer Aviation’s FAA certified instructors. Experienced tour pilots will brief you on the aircraft and sights of the surrounding area. They will also be glad to give you information on learning to fly. Visit moyeraviation.com for more information and take to the mountain skies today.

4. The Paintball Asylum

The Paintball Asylum is located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains at 145 Camelback Road in Tannersville. Playing on more than 30 acres of wooden terrain and on a regulation speedball field, the Asylum is sure to get everyone’s adrenaline pumping. Don’t have the necessary gear? Not a problem at all as packages include everything you’ll need to play, including markers, goggles and jumpsuits. The Asylum even offers young guns paintball for kids 6 and older and a Weekend Night Lights from 7 to 10 p.m.
For more information, visit thepaintballasylum.com.

5. Poconos Zipline

Safely harness as you zip through the trees at up to eight stories above the ground! Race a friend or family as you speed through nature. This adrenaline-inducing adventure is a fun way to see the scenery of the Pocono Mountains. While the zip line adventures at Camelback Mountain Adventures offer more thrill and excitement, the destination aims to teach, protect and learn more about nature and our surroundings.

6. Mountain Coaster

The signature 4500′ steel-track mountain coaster zooms through the trees and down the steep slopes of Camelback Mountain. Climb aboard by yourself or with a friend to experience Pennsylvania’s only mountain coaster. The cross between an alpine slide and a traditional roller coaster lets you pilot your own car where you can control the speed. The cars use the mountain’s natural slopes and topography to create the ride through the woods.

7. Sunset Hill Shooting Range

Sunset Hill Shooting Range is located in Henryville and has been serving the shooting community of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York for more than 70 years. They cater to a wide range of shooters, from beginner to experienced, and are considered to be one of the most unique shooting ranges in the country. For instance, Sunset Hill carries a range of shooting accessories to use at their pistol range, rifle range or trap range. Friendly instructors will assist you with more than 100 guns, including handguns, rifles, shotguns and airguns.

For more information on all of the great things happing in our mountains, visit poconomountains.com.

To showcase some of the incredible businesses located in The Pocono Mountains, we’ve created — The Pocono Spotlight.

The Paintball Asylum is located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains at 145 Camelback Road in Tannersville. Playing on more than 30 acres of wooden terrain and on a regulation speedball field, the Asylum is sure to get everyone’s adrenaline pumping. Don’t have the necessary gear? Not a problem at all as packages include everything you’ll need to play, including markers, goggles and jumpsuits. The Asylum even offers young guns paintball for kids 6 and older and a Weekend Night Lights from 7 to 10 p.m.

For more information, visit thepaintballasylum.com.

You may have fooled yourself into thinking vacations are strictly for mental health — but they’re not. They have a profound impact on physical and emotional health too. Vacations are essential for your overall health and well-being.

So, the next time you feel like you should skip the vacation and work yourself to death instead, just remember these 15 facts.

 

Vacations Decrease Depression

The Wisconsin-based Marshfield Clinic conducted a study that found that “the odds of depression and tension were higher among women who took vacations only once in two years compared with women who took vacations twice or more per year.” In other words, take more time away from the stress and tension of everyday life and you’ll be much less likely to feel depressed.

 

They Also Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease

The Framingham Heart Study, known as the largest and longest-running study of cardiovascular disease, found that men who didn’t take a vacation for “several years” were 30 percent more likely to have heart attacks compared to men who took regular time off. Women weren’t immune, either; the study discovered that women who took a vacation once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack compared to women who took a vacation at least twice a year.

 

Your Productivity Will Improve

Skipping a vacation might seem like it’s a surefire way to get more work done and cram in more productive hours, but it’s just burning you out. A 2010 study found that 35 percent of Americans are more productive after a vacation. By taking the time off to recharge your batteries, your brain will be well-rested and better able to tackle your workload.

 

You’ll Be Less Stressed

This one’s kind of obvious, but apparently, a lot of people still need to be forced to get off their stressed backsides and take a vacation. A study published in the “Journal of Occupational Health” stated that during a vacation, people feel healthier, more energetic, less tense and in a better mood.

 

You’ll Be More Creative And A Better Problem-Solver If You Take A Vacation

Allowing your mind to wander gives you perspective and helps your brain reset itself, leading to daydreaming and enhanced creativity, according to Daniel J. Levitin, director of the Laboratory for Music, Cognition and Expertise at McGill University. When you take the time to relax and not think about anything at all, you’ll often find that you stumble upon new ideas and great insight.

 

People Who Take More Vacations Are Happier

A 2010 study of Dutch vacationers discovered that people who are about to take a vacation are much happier than those who aren’t. It also found that post-trip happiness wears off relatively quickly; therefore, the author of the study suggested that people taking several short vacations a year will maximize their happiness the most since they experience more pre-trip anticipation and more post-trip happiness.

 

You’ll Live Up To 20 Percent Longer

A study from the State University of New York at Oswego found that of 12,000 men (ages 35 to 57) surveyed, the ones who go on vacation every year reduce their overall risk of death by 20 percent. Reduce your risk of death and go on vacation.

 

You’ll Be Happier with Your Marriage

Women who take vacations are not only less stressed, depressed and tired, they’re also happier with their marriages, according to Marshfield Clinic. The same study mentioned in Item One on this list found that “the odds of marital satisfaction decreased as the frequency of vacations decreased.” So, take more vacations for a happier, healthier relationship.

 

People Who Take More Vacations Are More Satisfied with Life

When researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s Mind-Body Center interviewed 1,399 study participants about their vacations, they found that people who participated in more leisure activities “reported more life satisfaction [and] finding more meaning in life.” So not only will taking time off make you more satisfied, but it will also make you feel more purposeful. Don’t be afraid to find the true meaning of life by relaxing on the beach.

 

Vacations Make People Closer to Their Families

A survey conducted by Expedia found that 53 percent of respondents came back from vacation feeling closer to and more reconnected with their families. If you want to stop feeling like a mindless, unconnected drone, your yearnings for a vacation are justified.

 

Your Good Mood Might Be Contagious

The positive effects of taking time off aren’t just good for you, they could be good for your officemates, too. The more relaxed, more creative and happier you are can influence your co-workers, spreading the good vibes of your vacation around the office.

 

Woman relaxing on vacation

Our Current Vacations Are Pathetic and Reinforce Our Short Modern Attention Span

The pro-vacation organization Take Back Your Time notes that 20 years ago, 80 percent of families visiting Yosemite stayed overnight. Today, the average visit lasts five hours.

 

It Fans the Flames 0f Romance

A Nielsen poll found that 80 percent of people who take yearly vacations report that “romance is alive in their relationship.” Only 56 percent of people who never take a vacation said the same, leaving nearly half of them with romance that is dead and depressing.

 

Taking Vacations Keeps You from Losing the Benefits You’re Entitled To

Most workers are given paid vacation days. When they don’t take them, they lose them. The Nielson poll also found that 52 percent of people surveyed didn’t take all of their paid vacation days last year. On average, they forfeited about seven paid days of vacation a year. That’s a full week — or one business week and two business days — that could have spent on vacation while still being paid but didn’t go.

 

Vacations Make You Happier with Your Job

According to the same Nielson poll, 71 percent of people who take yearly vacations report feeling “satisfied to very satisfied with their job” compared to 46 percent of those who never take a vacation. You too could be among this privileged 71 percent. Just get out from behind that desk and go on vacation already.

To showcase some of the incredible businesses located in The Pocono Mountains, we’ve created  — The Pocono Spotlight.

Mountain Creek Riding Stable, located at 6190 Paradise Valley Road, Cresco, is the longest running horseback riding stable in The Pocono Mountains. Mountain Creek specializes in taking riders with no experience on horseback out for a ride for their very first time. No experience is required and you are always accompanied on the trail by friendly, professional riding guides.

In 2012, the business expanded and acquired The Ranch at Pocono Manor, which features more difficult terrain options and can cater to more advanced riders looking for a challenge. They also offer wagon rides as a perfect way for the entire family to enjoy a trek on the trails.

Open seven days a week year round, Mountain Creek Riding Stable can have you in the saddle and on the move in no time at all.

For more information, visit mtcreekstable.com.

Shoppers will be more than delighted while browsing boutiques, craft and specialty shops in the Pocono Mountains. Shop designer brands or visit local markets to purchase a taste of something truly unique.

1. Crossings Premium Outlets

The Crossings Premium Outlets features more than 100 designer and name-brand outlet stores offering savings of 25% to 65% every day. Located just a few minutes away in Tannersville, The Crossings Premium Outlets is open year-round.

2. American Candle

The boutique is filled with designer accessories, handbags and gorgeous clothing lines. A great selection of jewelry from Pandora, Alex and Ani, Swarovski and many others will please a diamond-shoppers dream. Kids can enjoy the huge candy room, featuring more than 150 barrels of candy. American Candle is open seven days a week.

3. Callie’s Pretzel Factory

Callie’s Pretzel Factory offers the largest variety of pretzels in the Pocono Mountains. There is also a huge selection of gourmet popcorn and the left-hand shop where you will find unique gifts for that special southpaw.

4. Monroe Farmer’s Market

This farmers market in Downtown Stroudsburg offers quality fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, eggs, dairy products, breads, jams, syrups, meats, herbs and more. In the warmer months, the market takes place in Courthouse Square. Live performances and special events are scheduled throughout the season.

5. Country Kettle

Established in 1986, the unique retail store features candy, candles, collectibles and crafts. Considered one of the largest shopping attractions in the Poconos Mountain, there are thousands of products to choose from.

6. Blue Ridge Flea Market

The Blue Ridge Flea Market affords a unique shopping experience every weekend. Nearly 300 vendors present an ever-changing array of treasures for your enjoyment. This country-oriented outdoor market features items ranging from local produce to jewelry, tools, antiques and outdoor gear. Concessions are available at the on-site KC’s Grill. The market runs April through October, weather permitting.

7. Nostalgia Candy Store

Nostalgia is a whimsical interpretation of a turn of the century candy store. Its colors, tempting delicacies and seductive aromas will lure guests to indulge in a sweet treat. Stop by this old-fashioned candy store to pick up some of your favorite sweets.

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