Travel Blogs from Skytop
... is pretty intimidating) we sailed through and it only took about 3 hours. Lots of traffic and it was nothing we would have been comfortable driving the RV through but it all moved along nicely and we were very pleasantly surprised! Our incentive for doing this side trip was to see Chad, my stepson, who had flown in from Boise to meet some of his extended family for the first time. He was staying on Long Island so that’s where we went.
We left Massechusettes (and the 10,689 Dunkin Donuts..actually its suppose to only be 294 but they lie, lie, lie) and decided it was time to head South..we have been so blessed with beautiful weather this entire trip so far. Like all good things though, that too will come to an end and the cold is forecast to head in full force over the next few ...
So we get up at 0 dark 30 to get an early start only to find Wade has a low pressure warning on his tire. It started yesterday but clearly not a fluke. We decided it was off to Rusty Palmer to check it out. Sure enough, there is a nail. No fixing that so new tire and breakfast and 20 miles in the wrong direction. Oh well. At least they have sausage gravy and ...
Having worked all day, I drove to the Lake Wallenpaupack an arrives around 9 pm to find my friend in digestive distress. Unfortunately I failed to give him a key for the deadbolt so he had been waiting for an hour or so on my deck. He looked like ****. We got the cars sorted away and he ...
... were buckets with thongs, bug spray and sunnies
. There was a photo booth!!! (My favourite)
The appetisers before the main meal I think were the best. Coconut shrimp, hommus, bruschetta. The main meal was a buffet of meats and salads. Dessert was also a buffet of cupcakes and treats.
At the end of the night we caught the big yellow bus back to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Skytop Lodge
We stayed at Skytop in August, 2005. What a wonderful experience! We have been to many, so called, first class resorts, and Skytop was one of the best! The grounds, buildings and accommondations were absolutely fabulous! The food was gourmet and first class and our servers friendly and most accommodating (Eva was especially sweet)...we could not have asked for more.
My husband and I just got back from a relaxing weekend at Skytop. We stayed in the main lodge. It is an old-fashioned, grand resort. Very charming and well maintained. The grounds are beautiful, and include a mountainside with hiking trails, golf course, lake, flower gardens, etc. The price is quite high (about $700/night for a lodge room, fully loaded for taxes and a 15% gratuity automatically added to your bill). However, the rate includes all meals, and our particular rate (romantic getaway) included greens fees/cart, aerobics classes, robes, champagne in room, etc. We had the same beautiful table for two overlooking the garden for every meal. Dinner has 5 courses--alcohol is extra. Breakfast is great. We had an outdoor picnic for lunch that was excellent. The gym is quite nice, and there is an indoor and outdoor pool that are both very nice. The are wired for Wi-Fi, but we couldn't get it to work. There were several weddings during the course of the weekend, but they did not interfere with us at all. The lower level includes a kids area that has minigolf, arcade games, card tables, etc. Kids seemed to love it. The lakefront also had a trampoline in the water. We would like to return in the winter with our daughter, but I will inquire about alternative lodging, which I understand can be much cheaper. They are near a small ski area, and they have a very cool-looking toboggan sled (about 2 stories high) that they run into the lake after it is frozen. It looks really fun. Overall, I loved the feel of the place, the food and service were quite good, and the programs they offer are very good.
After a long search for the perfect family reunion place we settled on Skytop lodge. It was absolutely beautiful and my entire family loved it. They have a lot of activities for adults and children. The activity room is great in the main lodge for the children it includes mini golf, arcade games, ping pong - there are outdoor and indoor pools that accomodate children of all ages (including infants)The food in the main lodge was outstanding it was worth the jacket required for men. The grounds of the resort are endless and the service and the staff were all professional and very courteous.
As a family we have already decided to return for next year's reunion.
At Skytop Lodge, there is not one problem. Their campus is beautiful, including renatal cottages, a huge castle like hotel building and on the golf course, right on their private lake, another beautiful hotel. It is one of those places, where you could never leave their property untill it was time for you to go home. We have been going there and did not go yet this month but will be going soon. It is a very high end place. Along with its beautiful seanery, there is also a playground for children, a beautiful golf course, a lake, indoor and outdoor inground pools, archary, a game room in the basement and a great resturant. To anyone concedering going to Skytop, I highly reccomond it. Although the price is high, at the end of the vacation you know it was well worth your money. For more information about the best vacation resort go to www.skytop.com.
My husband and I recently went to Monhonk in New York (was dissapointed by the room and service) and tried the Skytop lodge for his birthday. What a wonderful place. It's huge, beautiful and much more modern and well cared for than Monhonk. I called the reservations desk directly (as was suggested on this website) and got our room for half price. We stayed at the streamside cottage- the newest rooms on the property- I highly recommend them. We had a King size bed, HD TV (no movie chanels though), DVD, VCR player and surround sound. There are only two cottages and they contain 4 rooms, you have your own porch and the room is like a small studio apartment. The Lodge is the oldest building and the Inn is the next newest. We didn't see the rooms in the Lodge, but the Inn room we saw looked nice as well. The food was great, service superb- the staff was friendly, professional, and helpful. The guests were diverse as was the staff. Food is served in two different spots- the Inn and the Lodge. We ate at the lodge because it provided buffet as well as menu ordering- both of which are already included in the price paid for the room. Alcohol is not included. There is also an icecream shop and tap room on the property (not included in the meal plan). We had a relaxing time and enjoyed the food and environment. Mailnly outdoor activities, so its great if you like that, or want to sit and read in a serene place.
We recently spent four days and nights at Skytop Lodge. We are a family of 5 with kids ages 8, 6, 2 and we were with another family of 5 with similar aged children. We really enjoyed Skytop. It is in a truly breathtaking setting. The kids loved it. There are plenty of activities for everyone. The food is excellent with two choices, the main dining room or the golf course restaurant. Although this resort is expensive and keeps up a formal image it is still basically a very friendly, laid back Poconos resort. The rooms and public areas were kept clean. The kids used the camp in the clouds club one rainy day and had a great time. The fishing is terrific. All of the children caught fish and were so excited. The hiking is great too. The only drawbacks are that the downstairs areas are a bit dated and the carpets could use some refreshing. Also, the service is not what you would expect in a five star resort with these kinds of prices. Friendly, but not impressive. Overall, we had a ball and I say give it a try!
I visited Skytop Lodge for Valentine's Day for dinner and I did not stay overnight, I just went there for dinner. I was blown away by the drive up to the Main Lodge, which is like a castle set in the Pocono Mountains. The main lobby was, however, I bit disappointing. I expected something a bit more grand for the lobby with high ceilings or something, but it was just a very long, large room with tons of furniture and families with children in it.
After doing research on the web for a family friendly resort located in driving distance from NYC, the name Skytop Lodge kept coming up so we took a 3 night trip there earlier this week. A tip that I read is to call the resort directly for special rates, and it is true. I got a rate of $325.00/night from Mon-Weds by calling directly to the hotel, the rates shown on the web were higher. The nightly rate includes 3 meals per day. There is an extra per night charge for children, and you will be charged a 15% service fee per night for all service tips. You are also automatically charged a 15% service fee on all beverage services, wine, etc.
I was a little nervous about going toa 5 star resort because of a bad experience in Jeckyll Island GA, although Skytop was the complete opposite. It was just fantastic, it is worth the jacket at dinner. The food was as gourmet as it gets. Service is better in lodge, especially our server Fernando(I would request him). It was like a honeymoon, we couldn't tsake one yet. Even the kids could order off the adult menu, they had filets and seafood every night. My husband is a big guy and loved ordering anything he wanted, even if it wasn't on the menu. The chef also catered to our diet needs, my daughter and I both have CELIAC DISEASE, we never got sick, which is a rarity when we eat out. The pools both indoor and outdoor were perfect for the kids. The arcade, indoor golf, pool tables, and pingpong were great. They even have a tea room next to recreation room open until 11pm, we got before bed milkshakes and rootbeer floats. My husband and I loved the hot tub. Pool and hot tub are open until 7pm then again 8-10pm on weekends. There was plenty to do. The messages were great, the kids rented a fishing rod and fished for a couple hours on the pier, and rented a paddle boat to do a little lake fishing. The candy factory was a dream especially for kids, you have to see it. Our room was huge- we had a king bed, pull out queen sofa for daughter, and brought a queen blow up bed for nephew (plenty of room) We will be going back in a few weeks. Call Skytop directly you can get almost 1/2 price specials. You can't beat the price and we couldn't be more pleased. I hope this would be helpful in making your vacation decisions.
We had heard from friends that Skytop was the ultimate family vacation and we were not disappointed. The Resort is a throwback to a time when standards of behavior, gracious dining and appropriate dress were the norm. While not stuffy, you won't find folks in flip flops and moo moos strutting through the lodge. Gentelmen and boys must wear jackets for the five course evening meal, ladies must dress appropriately. While the 90 minute evening meal was tough with a two year old, there were many families in the dining room so two year old antics were tolerated with grace. Older children, however, are expected to behave appropriately. We went this summer and there were seemingly endless things to do at Skytop...archery, lawn bowling, croquet, swimming (2 pools), rowing on the lake, lake swimming, horseback riding, hiking, golf, mini-golf, crafts and face painting for the children, etc. There is even movie night on Friday's and a traditional "Grand March" on Saturday evenings. The staff (all staff at all levels) were gracious and accommodating. Our only complaint was that we couldn't stay longer. The price is about what you'd pay at Disney World about $2500 for two adults over a holiday weekend), but all meals and most activities are included. We look forward to returning when our little one is a bit older so she can participate in the "Camp in the Clouds" program. This is not your typical Pocono resort with tacky champaign hot-tubs and sleeze. Skytop is first rate and entirely family appropriate.