I know I owe you all a post about my adventures in Thailand months ago. But I wanted to write this post about the awesome time I had staycationing at The Lodge at Woodloch while the memory was fresh on my mind.
I wrote an article about the lodge a few years ago for Travel Noire and listed it as a great destination for an East Coast getaway. The team at the resort reached out to me this past fall reached out to me to invite me up for a stay and I was ECSTATIC to go visit. This is the elevator pitch I wrote for TN about the resort:
This destination spa and resort offers a stress-relieving retreat in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania. Situated on 150 acres, guests have the opportunity to disconnect from the world and relax in their own way. The lodge offers everything from art classes to hiking to cooking demonstrations to wellness classes. If you just want to relax you can also just enjoy the beauty of the resort which has a lake, golf and tennis, and beautiful spa facilities. The resort also offers adults-only accommodations for those who want to stay overnight and great packages for couples, mancations, girlfriend getaways, and foodie experiences.
So reading that sounds good and all. But to actually visit and experience all the amenities was awesome.
Picking the date in October I didn’t know two things: 1. I’d be going during temperatures so frigid it would be called a “bomb cyclone” and 2. That I’d be having a procedure the day after my return so I couldn’t eat my last day *insert sad face*. But in spite of those two things the experience was great.
So on to the adventure.
We left on a Friday afternoon and drove up from DC. It was COLD like single digit into negative digits COLD. And it took us about 4.5 hours to drive up. When we arrived we were greeted from the second we pulled up onto the property. The guard pointed us toward the main building, the bellmen were there to take our bags, and the front desk greeted us with our tote bags and water bottles for the weekend (the resort has filtered water and tea that you can fill your bottles up with, so no need to be wasteful with water in your room). We were given a quick tour and then guided to our room.
When we arrived in the room I saw the resort spoke my love language… there were strawberries, treats, and prosecco. The room was also modern but with a rustic lodge feel. There was a patio that had a beautiful view of the snowy forest and details in all the amenities. You also receive housekeeping twice a day with turndown service, chocolates and motivational messages in the evening. The first there were rose petals all over the room.
After settling in we had dinner. In my opinion spa resorts usually, have decent food, more focused on health but meh flavorwise. But the food at Woodloch was absolutely amazing. TREE, the resort restaurant made you feel like you were in a treehouse with floor to ceiling windows and great views outdoors. Our package had all three meals included and I can say that we had excellent meals at each seating.
The executive chef, Josh Tomson, places an emphasis on flavor and real-life choices and uses naturally raised meats and fish along with fresh, local ingredients, including items from the resort’s own gardens.
We were too busy eating to get a lot of photos but here are a few.
The spa is reason enough to go visit, even if just for a day trip. There is a coed Whisper Lounge an Aqua Garden, with therapeutic soaking pools and hydro-massage
WaterWalls. There is an indoor pool where you can swim or enjoy classes, and an infinity-edge outdoor whirlpool overlooking the lake (which we braved in 1DEGREE weather). The locker rooms have fireplace lounges, sauna, steam room, you name it. Plus a gym, yoga and dance studios. On top of that, there are 27 treatment rooms for spa services.
So this post doesn’t go on for days I’ll share a few other highlights.
- Chef’s Kitchen – Cooking demonstrations and chef-hosted dinners (we got a great recipe for butternut apple soup and learned how to make cashew cream)
- Art Studio – Painting, sketching, wild-crafting and other creative arts classes (I took a great watercolor class – check out the gallery for pics)
- Living Room with stone fireplace and lake-view porch
- Tea bar (you know this made me happy)
- Game Spaces (We had a good game of connect four)
- Outdoor relaxation spaces
- Fire Circle (they offer blankets if you want to sit out in the cold)
- Crystal Chakra bowls in the lobby ( that I WANT for whatever home I buy)
All this said the lodge was a BEAUTIFUL experience. I’m so grateful for the chance to visit for the weekend to relax and unplug. It was a well-needed getaway and put my mind in the right place before my procedure Monday. I am already plotting and saving so that I can return (in warmer weather). I had no expectations going in and this resort was above and beyond anything I could imagine!
- 2016: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award- Top 22nd Hotel in the United States (of 37,000), #6 Destination Spa in the World by Travel + Leisure; #2 Resort in the NY and Mid-Atlantic Area by Conde Nast Traveler; Top 10 Hotels by Organic Spa Magazines
- 2015: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame; #1 Resort in the NY and Mid-Atlantic Area by Conde Nast Traveler; #4 Destination Spa in the World by Travel + Leisure; Top 10 Destination Spas by Time Out Magazine
- 2014: #10 Destination Spa in the World– Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Award; #3 Destination Spa in the World– World’s Best Awards by Travel + Leisure; Award of Excellence- Wine Spectator
- 2013 Top 10 Spa- Organic Spa Magazine; Top 25 Spas in the World- Celebrate Living