Poconos Journals

Our Summer in the Poconos

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A travel journal to Poconos by zabelle

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Our Summer in the Poconos

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Overview

A little piece of heaven Photo, Poconos, Pennsylvania
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Recently we have become acquainted with the Northern Poconos because we bought a vacation home in the area. Normally, I’m sure most people would have fallen in love with an area and then begun to look for a home. Not us--we fell in love with the home, and now we are spending almost every weekend discovering the varied entertainment the area has to offer. Lakes dominate the scenery here. What really fascinated me was that most of them are man-made. Being from New England, I found this hard to imagine. I know of a couple of small ponds that are man-made, but never anything on the scope of giant Lake Wallenpaupak, with its 52 miles of unbroken coast line. Even our small lake is flooded f...Read More

Kundla's Western Beef Company

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Restaurant | "Kundla's"

Kundla's Western Beef Company Photo, Hamlin, Pennsylvania
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The smell of their barbecue should be declared a hazard to drivers. The outdoor pits send out the most delectable aroma that you would have to be a saint to resist. Located on busy route 348 in the tiny town of Hamlin this restaurant alone is worth the detour off of I 84.It doesn’t look like much from the outside. It took us several months to realize anything was there. There is a logical explanation for why we didn’t realize it was a restaurant by the smell; it is only open in the warm months. As soon as they started cooking, we started noticing.First let me warn you, parking can be a problem here. There is a Weiss Supermarket across 348 and it is often a good idea t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2002

Kundla's Western Beef Company
Route 590
Hamlin, PA 18427
(570) 689-7999

Keating's Heaven Gate Farm

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Restaurant

Keating's Heaven Gate Farm Photo, Poconos, Pennsylvania
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When was the last time you ate homemade ice cream on a farm? If you are like most of us its either been a very long time or never. Well look out Sealtest, Ben and Jerry’s and Brighams. Keatings is here. Keatings isn’t the kind of place that you just happen to pass. It's on a very back road in Cortez Pa. Cortez in located east of Scranton, south on Honesdale and right next door to our cottage in Mt. Cobb. Half the fun of eating there is finding it. There are signs more than 5 miles away advertising it along the road and the trick is to not get lost. Once you have found it, you are in for a treat. This is the old fashioned kind of ice cream bar located right at the farm. The drawback of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2002

Keating's Heaven Gate Farm
Route 296
Poconos, Pennsylvania

Kay's Restaurant

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Restaurant

Kay's Restaurant Photo, Hawley, Pennsylvania
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While visiting the restaurant across the street for breakfast one Saturday morning we noticed that Kay’s had a breakfast buffet starting up Mother’s Day, on Sunday’s only. We couldn’t wait to give it a try. The breakfast across the street was pedestrian and doesn’t warrant a write up. What a find this was. Randy and Carole Worhrle and their children provide a memorable buffet experience. This is not one of your usual buffets, nor is it brunch. It is breakfast offered with made to order omelets done for us on several occasions by daughter Leeann who really knows her omelets. This last visit of the summer had Randy at the omelet pan as Leeanne has gone off to college. The sons of the family Nicky ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2002

Kay's Restaurant
Route 191
Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania
(570) 698-9590

Cabin Cafe

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Restaurant | "The Cabin Cafe"

Cabin Cafe Photo, Moscow, Pennsylvania
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Every Saturday that we visit our cottage we head out in a different direction looking for someplace interesting to have breakfast. On this particular morning we headed southwest. We made a particularly lucky find in the Cabin Café. We have even broken our own rule and returned more than once before we have exhausted all the choices.The restaurant itself actually does look like a cabin with log walls and a large stone fireplace. The tables are all wood and no two are the same. As you walk in the door you are greeted by a large case filled with pastries on one half and penny candies in the other half. The restaurant was quite full but we had only a short wait to be seated at our table...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2002

Cabin Cafe
135 North Main Street
Moscow, Pennsylvania
(570) 842-2829

Raintree Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Rainetree Restaurant"

Raintree Restaurant Photo, South Sterling, Pennsylvania
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UPDATE 2008We ate here in June 2008 and even though they have changed owners there has not been any change in the quality of the food or service, both were excellent. Rainetree bills themselves as the "home of slow cooking" and certainly everything we have ever had there tasted like it had spent ample time in the kitchen being prepared. Located in the village of South Sterling which frankly is in the middle of no where the menu also gives their location with a tongue in cheek "in the center of the financial district". We love this place, what’s not to love about a place with a sense of humor and fantastic food?At some point in one of our many visits I must have sign...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 3, 2007

Raintree Restaurant
570 South Sterling Road
South Sterling, PA 18460
(570) 676-5090

Bushkill Falls

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Attraction

Bushkill Falls Photo, Poconos, Pennsylvania
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From our location in the North Poconos this was a bit of a haul especially on the scenic route that we took but the drive was well worth it. This is a beautiful place to spend a relaxing day communing with nature. Communing does not come cheap however, the entrance fee is $8 for adults and $4 for children 4-12. You enter through a small museum, which tells you about the wildlife in the area. You go through displays of stuffed animals, flora and fauna. It’s a warm up for what is to come. The area is divided into colored hiking trails that offer varying degrees of difficulty. The most popular trail takes 45 minutes to hike and leads you past the Main Falls. The problem the day we were...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2002

Bushkill Falls
Bushkill Falls Road / Rt 209
Poconos, Pennsylvania

Holley Ross Pottery

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Attraction

Holley Ross Pottery Photo, Poconos, Pennsylvania
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This is my new favorite store. It is located off the beaten track in LaAnna, Pennsylvania, and there is nothing sleek about it. It is an original factory outlet located at the factory. If you can visit Monday through Friday, you will be as lucky as we were last week to get to have a tour. It is a small tour--nothing like the one we took 5 years ago at the Royal Worcester Factory in England--but it offers the same insight into how pottery is produced. We were taken through the process from the pouring of the slag into the molds, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2002

Holley Ross Pottery
RR191
Poconos, Pennsylvania 18326
(570) 676-3248

Claws 'N' Paws

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Attraction | "Claws and Paws"

Claws 'N' Paws Photo, Poconos, Pennsylvania
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This is an old fashioned animal park in a deeply wooded setting. We visited here on a warm,sunny June day and there were busloads of people here when we arrived at about 10am. You enter through the gift shop so beware that your children will be tempted at every turn. We had a coupon from one of the tourist bureau brochures that gave us $1 off an adult ticket. We were a large group but I believe the adult tickets were still $7 and children not a whole lot less and even the 2-year-old had to pay to get in. No freebies here except for the month old baby. The first exhibit you pass is the lion. The animals are caged but they have large areas to roam. No it doesn’t look like the Saranghetti as most ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2002

Claws 'N' Paws
Rt. 590
Poconos, Pennsylvania
(570) 698-6154