Companies in the U.S in search of destinations close to home to stretch their budget for incentive travel or corporate retreats, don't need to look any further than the Poconos. While this mountainous area of north eastern Pennsylvania is best known for resorts catering to honeymooners and couples, it is also one of the best kept secrets for business meetings.
During the summer, groups can keep busy with canoeing, tubing, rafting and a range of beach and water-park activities. There are rolling hills, spectacular waterfalls, rivers, streams, lakes, and seemingly endless trails for horse riding, cycling, and hiking. (I remember coming across deer when hiking in the woods.) The Carbon County Fair and Pocono Garlic Festival take place in the summer.
The fall foliage is almost as colorful as a Canadian autumn, and Pocono autumns are warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities like golf, horse riding and hiking. Take in the Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm depicts life in 19th century Pennsylvania. They have an annual Harvest Festival.
The Poconos are far enough North to receive the blanket of snow that transforms them into a picture perfect winter playground, an ideal setting for skiing, dog-sledding, snowshoeing and snowboarding.
Places to Stay
From mountain inns and lodges to family- friendly resorts and 5 Star hotels, there is accommodation to fit virtually every budget including state-of-the-art facilities for& conferences and meetings at:
- Chateau Resort & Conference Center (Pet friendly.)
- Mount Airy Casino Resort
- French Manor Inn and Spa, a stylish 19 room bed and breakfast
- Pocono Valley Resort (Opening 2014)
Family Friendly Resorts
- Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains
- Bushkill Inn & Conference Center
- Kalahari Resorts Pocono Mountains (Opening 2015)
For more information about The Poconos, consult the Cvent Pocono Mountains, PA Meeting Planning Guide. Search the Cvent Supplier Network for hotels and resorts in The Poconos.