My lovely friend Linda found a Groupon for Shawnee Village Resort and since I’m always down for a road trip, we decided to journey into the unknown. I honestly didn’t even know where the Pocono Mountains were and just vaguely recalled seeing signs on our travels up to New York. I am a true nature lover and knew that it would not disappoint. The beautiful outdoors coupled with good friends and good food was a wonderful delight!
Our home for three days was tucked away right close to a serene river. Since we booked during off-season, the property was quiet and peaceful.
The accommodations were perfect for two couples or a family with several children. The kitchen was supplied with everything that you would need to prepare a meal, two full bathrooms ensured that we didn’t get in each other’s way, and the screened porch was perfect for chatting and burning my favorite incense. There was a wood burning stove which would be excellent for extra heat if needed or setting a lovely ambiance. The tub had us laughing and feeling as if we’d been transported to the 70’s.
The grounds featured plenty to do including a gym, game room, indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzi, sauna, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, mini golf, art and crafts, tennis and scheduled events.
One of my favorite parts of the weekend was cooking with my beautiful friends and husband. Linda really outdid herself with the most amazing kale salad. I felt as if I’d fallen into a five-star restaurant. Excellent. We also loaded up on lots of fruit at the Super Wal-Mart and made juices with the Vitamix that I brought to our party.
I totally recommend Shawnee Village Resort for a no-frills family or group quick weekend get-away. Even though we booked during off-season, there was still plenty to do and I had such a great time exploring both the downtown areas and the outskirts of the towns. I am looking forward to future trips to the glorious Pocono Mountains!
For more information about Shawnee Village Resort, visit their website at shawneerentals.com.
Photography by Ajua Hawkins.
Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins