Woodloch Resort -what is it?
Woodloch Resort is America’s #1 rated, family resort according to USA Today! We last visited the all-inclusive, Woodloch Resort during the winter season and I wrote all about the 5 reasons families must visit in this post. THIS post features what’s NEW at Woodloch and what to expect during the pandemic. And it will showcase all the family-fun recreational activities to be had during the spring and summer seasons. Read on and make sure to share with another family that would love this! We actually went with another family the last time and it’s such a popular place to travel with family, and is a popular meeting place for reunions and team-building groups. But before we get into that, here is a quick overview from Trip Advisor.
Why Woodloch Resort?
If you’re looking for a family road trip from the NY area, THIS is the perfect spot. Just 3 hours away from NYC, Haley, PA will transport you from the concrete jungle to a woodsy, secluded area in the pristine, Pocono Mountains lake region. Here, you’ll immerse yourself in nature, breathe fresh air while frolicking through its 1200 acres, and enjoy lakefront views like this. It’s a serene and much-needed getaway for most New Yorkers. And it will truly feel like the escape you needed after a long lockdown. You’ll be surprised to find that while being a rural getaway, it’s so easy to jam-pack with so much family fun! Normally, I’m the social director of the family – researching, planning, and figuring out how to occupy our time while getting us place to place in the city. Here at Woodloch, there is so much to do and it’s all amazingly on-site making my activity coordination responsibilities SO much easier. Note, there is no traditional kids club where you can drop off your children. This family-owned resort is more about spending time together and making new memories. And I promise you, you WILL!
What to do at Woodloch
Family activities that encourage teamwork include options such as: family feud, Olympics, trivia contests, beach volleyball and scavenger hunts. There are also baking contests, carnival activities, petting zoos, and (for-an-additional-fee), jewelry making and painting classes.
J loved her painting class ($30) and the jewelry making ($5-10 extra). For the sporty types, there was golfing, tennis, basketball, rock climbing and archery. For water-lovers, there’s boating, paddle-boarding, swimming (indoors and outdoors), bumper boats and even a waterslide that drops swimmers into shallow lake water. For laid-back vacationers, there’s bocce, shuffleboard, putt putt, drum circles, cooking demos and bingo. Teens will love the zip line and climbing wall (both activities require you to be 13 and up), archery (10 and up), escape room (extra fee), dance parties, go karting, the arcade, and swimming. Little ones will love the bumper cars, junior go-karts, indoor and outdoor playgrounds (outdoor playground is NEW this year), the arts and crafts room, daily activities in the kids club, bumper bowling, the toddler indoor play space and (indoor) splash zone. You could stay there all week and still not be able to finish everything you want to – there is just SO much to do and try! NOTE – to keep safe during covid times, activities were booked through a new app registration system which allowed for ensuring limited capacity, contact tracing and proper sterilization of equipment in between bookings. Click here to learn more about Woodloch’s wellness standards and how they’re ensuring both safety and fun!
Dining at Woodloch
While enjoying all this old-fashioned fun, you’ll work up an appetite and totally appreciate their all-you-can-eat, meal plan. We had the 3 meal/day meal plan but honestly with their portions and knowing how much we ate at each sitting (could not resist anything it was so dang good!!) we could have gotten away with the 2 meal/day plan. I’m pretty sure I gained 5 lbs from this one weekend. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE walks away in awe of how tasty everything is. YOU WILL LOVE THE FOOD!! Their insanely delicious food coupled with their famously warm and genuine hospitality, will leave you feeling nothing but nurtured and taken care of. And isn’t that what we all need after this hard year? Plus their greeters and servers make you feel like you’re right at home (if home was a spectacular, never-ending playground with hundreds of activities awaiting you). Since 1958, families have been returning here with friends, families and groups. It is a popular place for reunions and I can understand why!
Woodloch’s LIVE entertainment
My favorite part of this trip post-lockdown life was the live entertainment and my spa day though. Who else craved live music and entertainment after this long pandemic period of staying indoors and having everything cancelled?? I cannot tell you how GOOD it felt to be sitting in a (socially-distanced) audience listening to a live band play favorite tunes from each decade.https://stylishlystella.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/img_5087.mov
It brought life back to my soul as I sang along and celebrated what most definitely seemed to be the end of this covid catastrophe. And the comedic magic show the 2nd night was so fun for kids of all ages from 2-92! Part balloon-artistry, part puppetry and packed full or surprises, it delighted us all and Juliet loved being part of the show! (They encourage audience participation which made the show all the much more memorable).
Woodloch’s must-experience spa
SPA? Did I say spa? YES! They have an award-winning spa on their 1200 acres and a mile-long lakefront. And it is the peace-filled, pampering that you NEED. My poor, neglected nails needed some loving so I opted for their 100-minute mani/pedi. Click here for the full 25-page spa menu which includes everything you can imagine plus float therapy, prenatal treatments, treatments just for him and couples’ selections. Voted into the top 10 domestic spas by Travel & Leisure, you will love this spa retreat!
The Lodge at Woodloch is the Woodloch Pines, sister resort – one that is also all-inclusive but adults only. It is consistently reviewed as one of the best wellness resorts and romantic getaways – just see this list of accolades and global awards!
Let me know if you have any questions about Woodloch or their spa in the comments below! I’d be happy to answer based on our two trips there. Again, see this post about all their winter activities and 5 reasons families need to visit Woodloch. And make sure to share this post with a friend!
Many thanks to the Woodloch team for hosting us! Your hospitality is unmatched and we have such fond memories of Woodloch and our stay there.
We were hosted but all opinions are 100% my own.