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Albuquerque, NM

Among many other things, the American Southwest is famous for its adventure, its spirit of fun, and its beautiful scenery. Nowhere do all these things come together like on a family vacation in Albuquerque, New Mexico...

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The Pocono Mountains Region, PA

In the midst of 2,400 square miles of wooded peaks and valleys with lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, in northeastern Pennsylvania are literally hundreds of attractions and places to stay, making the Pocono Mountains the perfect place to vacation year-round. Only 90 minutes from New York City and less than 2 hours from Philadelphia, the four counties spanned by the Poconos include Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne. Each have their own special appeal, making the Poconos ideal for a family vacation, reunion, meeting, convention, honeymoon, couple’s getaway, or bus, car or RV trip.

History

The Pocono Mountains have been a perennial favorite for resort visitors since the early 1800’s, when Philadelphia Quakers started the resorts of Buck Hill Falls and Pocono Manor. By 1900, the high altitudes brought thousands of visitors from the growing cities of Philadelphia and New York for summer vacations.

The year-round appeal of the Pocono Mountains was boosted by the opening of Pennsylvania’s first commercial ski area, Big Boulder, in 1946. The popularity of family-owned and operated resorts with all the comforts of home soared in the 1950’s, and the Poconos provided the ideal summer vacation including picnics, zany games, group sports and outdoor activities.

In 1963, the first heart-shaped tub was introduced at Caesar’s Cove Haven in Lakeville, PA. Life Magazine’s photos of this novelty generated a flood of publicity, and the Poconos became famous as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World.” In the 1980’s, the growth of whitewater rafting, golfing, outlet shopping and other attractions further broadened the appeal of the Pocono Mountains as a vacation destination. Today the area boasts year-round attractions, from natural wonders, cultural events, and historic museums to relaxing spas, romantic retreats and active adventures for all ages.

Attractions

Opened in 2003, the Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts in Bushkill offers performances ranging from symphony orchestras and piano concerts to country legends and rock n’ roll shows, in a center dedicated to the arts, education and the environment.

Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, PA opened its 2½ mile super speedway for Indy racing in 1971, and NASCAR soon followed in 1972, bringing over 100,000 race fans to the area twice every summer.

Golfers can play over 35 courses here, including courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, AJ Tillinghast and Donald Ross.

Stressed out professionals, leading increasingly hectic lives, want to be pampered during their vacations, so the resorts of the Pocono Mountains began adding on-site spas.

Outdoor Wonders

The Poconos are a mecca for outdoor adventure enthusiasts for hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing and whitewater rafting, with 7 state parks offering snowmobile trails, snowshoeing, and eagle watching. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, and Steamtown National Historic Site are not to be missed offering a wide variety of activities for the entire family. The mountains are home to 150 lakes, 18 waterfalls, 170 river miles and Lake Wallenpaupack, a 5,600 acre lake with 52 miles of shoreline. Hunters can pursue white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, and other area wildlife. In the southern Poconos, the northern end of the Appalachian Trail is a major flyway on the autumn raptor migration route, home of the nationally renowned Hawk Mountain sanctuary.

Recently, the Pocono Mountains celebrated the opening of the northeast’s largest indoor waterpark with 90,000 square feet of water slides, a lazy river, an interactive treehouse waterfort, a wave pool and much more. Check out Great Wolf Waterpark for all the fun details

Ski areas in the Poconos are not particularly large and do not have large vertical drops (Sno Mountain and Elk Mountain, with 1000' vertical drops, are the largest), so runs tend to be on the shorter side. However, the Poconos do offer conveniently located skiing, and many areas also offer night skiing. Many Pocono ski resorts cater to both winter and summer, transforming themselves into waterparks for summer visitors.

Do You Believe in Magic?

The Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA, is dedicated to keeping the memory of the World’s Greatest Magician alive. The only museum in the world entirely devoted to preserving the legacy of legendary escape artist Harry Houdini, this 12-year-old museum and house of magic on North Scranton, PA’s Main Ave., attracts curious visitors to the region with daily shows, tours and an annual Harry Houdini séance. In addition to unique T-shirts, posters and postcards depicting the mysterious Houdini, the museum's gift shop offers tricks of the magical trade for the aspiring magician. The museum’s programs are seasonal, and reservations are recommended. Visit www.houdini.org for contact information and more details on the museum’s eclectic offerings.

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Wren's Nest Village Inn
Portsmouth, NH
United States

On site restaurant. You'll find that not only The Wren's Nest, but the entire area has something to offer every member of the family. Located in the heart of the New Hampshire seacoast region.

Wren's Nest Village Inn

Contact Information

3548 Lafayette Rd
Portsmouth, New Hampshire  03801
United States
603-436-2481
Toll Free Reservations:
888-755-9013
General Manager:
Pamela VanGrestelen
Email:
wrens.nest@comcast.net
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