Mountaintop Lodge is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the heart of the Pocono Mountains. The Pocono Mountains are home to 170 Miles of Rivers, 261 Miles of Hiking Trails, 81,859 Acres of State Forest Lands, and 7 ski areas, making it still today a tourist destination and great place to live. The Poconos have virtually every imaginable outdoor activity, from skiing and golf (miniature and regulation size) to white water rafting and hunting. Aside from the natural attractions that have made the Pocono Mountains so popular, the Pocono area offers endless afternoons of shopping (outlets, antiques, and quaint shops), and evenings of dining and entertainment all just minutes from Mountaintop Lodge at Lake Naomi.
There are Seven major ski areas all offering alpine skiing, snow boarding and snow tubing in the Pocono Mountains. Three of the slopes are within 20 minutes of Lake Naomi Club. Camelback Mountain, Jack Frost Ski Area and Big Boulder Park all offer lessons for all ages. Competitive ski and snow board programs are available as well. While the slopes may not be as steep or long as those found in Vermont, what they lack in size they make up in the fact that night skiing is available, extending your opportunity for getting on the mountain.
Lake Naomi Club boasts its own 9 hole executive course, but avid golfers can play on more than 35 golf courses in the region. Courses range from challenging championship courses to friendly nine hole facilities.
Arts & Culture
The Pocono Mountains proximity to New York City has created a lively arts community. Many artists attracted by the country air, mountains and water call the Poconos home. Galleries dot the area with many in Stroudsburg and Jim Thorpe. The Area Arts Councils organize shows for local talent as well as artist's studio tours and classes for painting, drawing, photography and sculpture.
The Shawnee Theater and Pocono Playhouse regularly present Broadway productions. Enjoy shows such as Cabaret, Grease, Hello Dolly as well a children's theater. The Sherman Theater in East Stroudsburg offers a variety of entertainment including theatrical productions, concerts and community events throughout the year.
Music is also an intricate part of the arts community in the Pocono Mountains. The Delaware Water Gap's Annual Jazz festival brings together local and national talents for a weekend of music. Additional musical festivals include the Blues Festival and Tribute Festival at Jack Frost.
Local museums and libraries also are a part of the cultural picture providing a backdrop to the region's interesting history.
Another focal point in the surrounding area are the many restaurants offering fine dining in many different cuisines. You can choose to try an old favorite or something new. If you are interested in learning you can take a private or group cooking class. Chef Alice Cooking
Even thought the Poconos are rural, there is still plenty of nightlife. Top Jazz musicians play in a number of places and you'll find bands from New York City often on the entertainment calendars of several bars and restaurants in the area. You can even find nationally known comedians at the Pocono Brewing Company on weekends hamming it up for two shows nightly. Mount Airy Casino, located 15 minutes from Lake Naomi Club, offers several dining and club venues as well as slots gambling. Local bars and restaurants, including breweries round out the offerings for nightly entertainment.
The Pocono Mountains offers plenty of choices for shopping. You'll find abundant antiquing, numerous unique shops and boutiques located in quaint towns and The Crossings Premium Outlets (home to over 100 name-brand factory stores).
- Crossings Premium Outlets
- Pocono Bazaar Flea Market
- Downtown Stroudsburg (Galleries, Shops & Boutiques, Restaurants)
- Historic Jim Thorpe (Galleries, Shops & Boutiques, Restaurants, Museums)
Whitewater Rafting & Canoeing
Whitewater rafting and canoeing/kayaking are favorite pastimes on the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers. The whitewater and canoe outfitters offer daily trips or multiple-day trips. Many also offer mountain biking, Skirmish, outdoor barbeques, group specials and themes.
- Lehigh White Water Rafting
- Pocono Whitewater Rafting
- Whitewater Challengers
- Kittatinny Canoes
- Adventure Sports
Pocono Raceway is home to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series; Pocono 500 and Pennsylvania 500. The two races during the summer months draw thousands from miles away to view the races. Now you too can experience the trill of driving in a race car on the Pocono course. The StockCar Racing Experience provides a thrilling opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Stock Car on the 2.5 mile Pocono Raceway course.
Camelbeach Water Park is located just 20 minutes from Lake Naomi Club and offers thrills for all ages. Attractions include a Flow Rider for surfing, huge slides, lazy river, wave pool and the Camel Cove family interactive play zone.
Hiking, Biking & Trails
With 261 miles of hiking trails, there is plenty to explore. You'll find quiet wooded paths, babbling brooks, waterfalls and beautiful mountain vistas. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area offers 70,000 acres to explore and access to the Appalachian Trail. Another noteworthy State Park is the 15,900 Hickory Run State Park. It has over 40 miles of hiking trails, but what attracts the most visitors is the Boulder Fields, a striking boulder-strewn area in the park that is a National Natural Landmark.
The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) enhances environmental awareness, knowledge, and appreciation through hands-on experience in a natural outdoor classroom. Programs year round for children, teens, families and adults.
The Nature Conservancy, an organization dedicated to preserving and protecting ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people, offers education and guided hiking trips designed to provide hikers with an opportunity to explore some of the Poconos unique habitats.