Written by MCJ graduate on 02 Jul, 2005
You may automatically think that all you can do on the Bushkill property is view the falls. This is false. This property is very expansive and has a variety of things to do. After viewing the falls, you may want to have lunch at the…Read More
You may automatically think that all you can do on the Bushkill property is view the falls. This is false. This property is very expansive and has a variety of things to do. After viewing the falls, you may want to have lunch at the snack bar, which has pizza, hamburgers, and drinks. Or you may want to just have an ice-cream specialty at the ice-cream parlor. There is also a shop called the Fudge Kitchen, where you view fudge being made and/or purchase the fudge. Lastly, concerning eating, there is the option of bringing something to grill and cooking it on one of the grills provided or bringing a sack lunch and eating at one of their picnic tables. We brought a sack lunch and consumed it at one of the picnic tables. This place provides a great picnic area that has it all.
Besides eating at Bushkill, you can do a variety of activities here. You may want to tour the Pennsylvania Wildlife Exhibit and/or the Native American Exhibit. You can also mine for gemstones, putt a few rounds of golf, rent a paddleboat, fish, or just walk around the Twin Lakes area of the complex. The following are charges for these activities for the 2005 season. Mining for gemstones is $8 for a large bag, and for a small one, it is $6. Miniature golf costs $5, but it includes a souvenir ball you receive. The Paddleboat rentals are $3 per person, and a putt and paddle combo is $7. A fishing permit is $2, and fishing rentals are $5.
We walked the whole complex and also toured the gift shops. My partner, Sharon, purchased a cute polo shirt that has a small bear and Bushkill Falls embroidered
on it. I purchased a collector’s plate that has Bushkill Falls scrawled on it with a waterfalls and a deer in the background. We also purchased postcards of the individual waterfalls as well. The prices of the items we purchased weren’t any higher than any other tourist shops. For Sharon’s polo we paid about $21; for my plate we paid under $5; and for the postcards we paid a $0.25 a piece. We purchased these at the store called the Trading Post.
The phone number of Bushkill Falls is 888/628-7454. The admission rates are the following: Adults are $9, seniors are $8, children 4 to 10 are $4, and children 3 and under are free. Group rates are available, too. This place is open on various dates from April to November 2005.
In order to get to the Bushkill Falls attraction, you need a few items. These include comfortable shoes (preferably hiking boots with a non-slippery sole), the map of the trail, and bottles of water. If you are in pretty good condition (not necessarily the Iron…Read More
In order to get to the Bushkill Falls attraction, you need a few items. These include comfortable shoes (preferably hiking boots with a non-slippery sole), the map of the trail, and bottles of water. If you are in pretty good condition (not necessarily the Iron Man or Woman condition) and can walk extensively through varies terrains, such as slippery, wet ground; rock; boardwalks; bridges; etc., you will probably enjoy the hiking. You will see not only the gorgeous falls, which are centuries old, but also the other parts of the natural environment. For instance, at the headwaters of Bushkill Creek, there is a fantastic marsh that is vibrant, with wild birds present. It is not uncommon to see a variety of local and migratory bird species here. These include song birds and birds of prey, like hawks, eagles, and owls. You may even see wild turkeys, ducks, geese, white-tail deer, red and grey fox, skunk, rabbit, squirrel, chipmunks, etc., on other parts of the trail. We saw squirrels and a couple of deer while we were hiking. Also, at the bottom of the Main Falls (Bushkill Falls), you will notice a deep pool of water. This is surrounded by wild flowers, mosses, and ferns. You will also view gorges, mountain pants, trees, and enormous boulders on your trails. Lastly, nature hikers will be elated about the walk to Bridal Veil Falls. At this place, you can follow a trail by the Pond Run stream. The mountain path runs deep in the forest. Here you will view spring-fed waters trickling down the mountainside in a trio of falls. These are the ones called Bridesmaid Falls #1, Bridesmaid Falls #2, and Bride Veil Falls.
What is nice about hiking here is that you don’t have to take the avid hiker trail if you don’t feel comfortable doing so, but by doing this, you will not see all the falls either. At this attraction, the staff here will assist you in deciding what trail is right for your individual abilities or concerns. The trails here vary in both difficulty and length. For example, the green trail only take 15 minutes to travel, and the red one is 2 miles long and possesses all the seven falls. This trail takes over 2 hours to hike. But it doesn’t matter which trail you take because you will be exposed to great scenery.
The phone number of Bushkill Falls is 888/628-7454. The admission rates are the following: Adults are $ 9, seniors are $8, children 4 to 10 are $4, and children 3 and under are free. Group rates are available, too. Then there are various prices for the other attractions at this complex. This place is open on various dates from April to November 2005.
Bushkill Falls is centuries of natural beauty. It is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. The owners of this extraordinary attraction are the Peters family. The forefather of this attraction, Charles E. Peters, first opened this place up in 1904. Then it had…Read More
Bushkill Falls is centuries of natural beauty. It is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. The owners of this extraordinary attraction are the Peters family. The forefather of this attraction, Charles E. Peters, first opened this place up in 1904. Then it had a single path and a swinging bridge over the main falls.
Although it is billed has having eight falls, it really only has seven. They are the following: Upper Canyon/Laurel Glen, Bridesmaid Falls #1, Bridesmaid Falls #2, Bridal Veil Falls, Lower Gorge Falls, Bushkill Falls, and Pennell Falls. These have either the Little Bushkill Creek or Pond Run Creek as their water cascades.
The two falls (Upper Canyon /Laurel Glen), in the same location, hardly even consist of one. Both falls are 3 to 4 feet high. You will find that the Upper Canyon is upstream of Laurel Glenn, with Little Bushkill Creek squeezing by a gorge with high canyon walls. To be frank, the gorge is more interesting than the cascades, since they are so small. However, in high water, the Upper Canyon is more volatile and therefore receives more of your attention. Concerning Laurel Glenn, it is the mouth of the Upper Canyon, where the river gets a little bigger. Here, during high water, the small cascades are pretty breathtaking, but in the lower water, they are not. There is also a bridge that goes over the cascades. Overall, this area is scenic to walk through, since you can walk so close to the stream but is not very impressive.
Bushkill Falls probably has been a tourist attraction since it was founded by the pioneers in this region. It is this waterfall that is the main one in this area. As a result, the whole attraction is named after it. Why Bushkill Falls is dubbed "Niagara of Pennsylvania" is beyond me. It is not powerful, large enough, or gorgeous enough to even come close to Niagara Falls. Instead, what is here is a pretty good-sized version of a mountain waterfall that blossoms in size around spring time. But in the drier months, it possesses a few small cascades. The water here falls in two parts out of a gorge fanning out as it descends. You will see that one side of the deep pool at the bottom half and tall cliff walls as its landscape. I think this is the most enchanting fall this attraction has. In addition, it is the highest-volume waterfall here. Bushkill Falls is 100 feet high.
Bridesmaid Falls #1 is a smaller waterfall, but worth checking out. It is one of three falls on Pond Run, which has a "bridal"-name theme to it. It is in the same vicinity of the other Bridal Falls. Bridesmaid Falls #1 of the two bridesmaids is the more downstream one. It consists of ledge cascade that drapes half the height of the falls and then spreads out into several wider cascades, where it lands. During periods of medium-to-high water levels, this falls is beautiful, but in lower water times, it is not intriguing. The falls is 25 feet in height.
Bridesmaid Falls #2 is another small waterfall that is part of three falls on Pond Run. This one, like Bridesmaid #1, possesses the bridal-theme name. It is located in between the two other bridal-theme falls. However, this one is more upstream then Bridal Falls #1. It is made up of two sets of cascades, which descend down the rock face into a pool encompassed by rock walls about 20 feet high. This fall’s appearance and landscape is one of the prettier falls here. Bridesmaid Falls #2 is 20 feet high.
Bridal Veil Falls is the last small waterfalls that make up the trio of all the falls that go by the "bridal"-name theme. It is in the same area as Bridesmaid Falls 1 and 2. This falls is dubbed Bridal Veil Falls because the bottom half of the falls off a ledge in a cascade, which looks like a veil. But you don’t see this water formation all the time. This is because it only happens in higher water. In lower water times, in August and September, this cascade just becomes more of a slide down the falls’ face. Therefore, the best time to see in is before August. This falls is 30 feet in height.
Lower Gorge Falls is another falls that has been around since this area was discovered by pioneers. It doesn’t matter when you come see this falls, it is still intriguing. What makes this falls more appealing is that there is a bridge that is right above the falls. The falls here descends through a narrow gorge, which doesn’t let you view it from the front on the path, so this bridge is the only view of the falls that you are likely to get. This falls is very volatile and powerful in the springtime, when water levels are high because all the water that dumps over the wider Bushkill Falls (just above Lower Gorge Falls) has to now channel through a narrow gorge. It is 30 feet in height.
Lastly, Pennell Falls is my least favorite falls. It is pretty boring seeing it. This falls is created by several cascades in wide stair-stepping rock ledges going into a small pool of water. If you are lucky enough and see these falls at high-water times, you may see three streams of water form one wide cascade. But if you are not lucky, you will see two or three small streams of water. Pennell Falls is 10 feet in height. The only positive thing I can say about this waterfall is that it is peaceful to look at, but if you can’t hike anymore due to exhaustion, you are not missing much if you skip this waterfall.
The phone number of Bushkill Falls is 888/628-7454. The admission rates are the following: Adults are $ 9, seniors are $8, children 4 to 10 are $4, and children 3 and under are free. Group rates are available too. Then there are various prices for the other attractions at this complex. This place is open on various dates from April to November 2005.
Written by cg1955 on 25 Sep, 2005
Last year we stayed at Tree Tops at the Fairway. What a terrible experience we had! We were reluctant to try again, but after being assured that we would be in a new four-bedroom unit, we decided to give the Villas a try.…Read More
Last year we stayed at Tree Tops at the Fairway. What a terrible experience we had! We were reluctant to try again, but after being assured that we would be in a new four-bedroom unit, we decided to give the Villas a try. Let me tell you, it's like the other reviews of the place say. If you get one of the 3800's or some of the 3400's, you won't be disappointed. Otherwise, you might want to rethink your stay. The four-bedroom units are between 2 and 7 years old and much, much nicer than the older units built long ago. These are very spacious and comfortable. There were 9 of us in the unit that sleeps 12, so we had plenty of room. The bedrooms are very spacious and the master suite has a sauna and Jacuzzi in it as well as an electric fireplace. (That's really neat once you figure out how to use it, as the directions for it, as well as most things in the unit, are missing.) The lock-off fourth bedroom also served as a studio/one-bedroom. It also has the fireplace, sauna and Jacuzzi, and separate entrance. The living room has a fireplace, sofa chairs, and TV. The kitchen is very large and backed up by an efficiency one in the lock-off. That also gives you a full refrigerator and mini fridge for you food. The one negative is that the dining area table only seats six, but there is a breakfast-bar area, which the grandkids enjoyed. The second bedroom has a queen with its own TV and the third has two full beds with a TV. There is also a powder room off the living area and a third bath between the second and third bedrooms. There was a laundry area on the second floor in the bath area and also one in the fourth bedroom area as well, so there was no problem doing your laundry.
We got a midweek cleaning service, which, as we understood from the owners we spoke to, doesn't happen in the older units. The pools were very nice and the outdoor ones were open over the weekend we stayed (9/16). There are also activities each day for the kids, and many sightseeing activities are offered at a nominal charge through the resort.
There are many restaurants in the area as well as on the resort itself. If you eat on the resort, be sure and go to Wintergreens, but go hungry, because you won't leave that way!
The only problems we had were that the main fitness center has several broken pieces of equipment, although it was never really busy, and the arcade had many games that were out of order, which was disappointing to me, as I'm a video-game junkie! Also, they have a really neat system of a charge card for the resort, so you can give one to your kids and not worry about them carrying money and also limit what they spend. It works in the arcade, snack bars, and other areas of the resort.
Check-in and -out was very easy. But I was disappointed in that we were never called to take a sales preview (yeah, right!). That was the first time that has ever happened to us!
Written by mariaurchick on 12 Dec, 2003
This was our second time staying at this resort. We love its location, and love that it's a short drive to any of the big cities. We also love the units themselves. We stayed in a three-bedroom unit that was very spacious. The kitchen was…Read More
This was our second time staying at this resort. We love its location, and love that it's a short drive to any of the big cities. We also love the units themselves.
We stayed in a three-bedroom unit that was very spacious. The kitchen was open to the living room area. This unit sleeps 12 but eight privately. There were two and a half baths in this unit, a TV in each of the rooms, two gas fireplaces, your own washer and dryer, an iron and board in the room, and a deck patio off the back with deck furniture.
The setting is beautiful being in the Pocono mountains. One evening as we were coming back to the unit from dinner we seen two baby deer just wandering around outside of the complex. I loved seeing that.
For golfers there's an 18 hole golf course. The resort is really spread out so you'd pretty much need a car to get around. The resort has three restaurants that are all located in the Fernwood Hotel. That's where you check in and out at. It's not far from the resort, just down the road. They also have video rentals you can rent off the main lobby in the hotel. Just a warning: they aren't really up to date, so if you want to see something just released you can rent a movie from the local video store down Route 209.
They do have daily housekeeping available but there is a fee for that service. They also charge you everytime you pick up the phone to call anywhere other than the resort grounds. I think they even charge for calls made with your calling card.
Go horseback riding if you get the chance. I thought it was worth it. The stables are right on the resort grounds. We also went to go see Bushkill Falls, which was right off of Route 209. I'm not going to say it was the best thing to see, but it was very pretty. Don't think it's going to be a casual walk through the park because there was a lot of going uphill. It'll get even the physically in shape people's hearts pumping.
We also went to New York for the day. It's not a long drive, and I have the perfect way to go. Drive into Staten Island and take the ferry over into the city. If you need directions contact me. I kept the directions that we took to get over there. It'll definitely be the way we go next time we're in the area.
Written by mariaurchick on 13 Dec, 2003
The week we stayed at the Villas at Fairway in the Poconos we decided to take a day and drive over to NYC. It's busy, crowded, and very expensive, so if you don't like the big city life than I wouldn't waste a day going…Read More
The week we stayed at the Villas at Fairway in the Poconos we decided to take a day and drive over to NYC. It's busy, crowded, and very expensive, so if you don't like the big city life than I wouldn't waste a day going out there. I happen to love the hustle and bustle of the city, so we took the trip.
The best way to go is driving over to Staten Island and then taking the bridge over into the city. The drive took us about an hour and 40 minutes. There's a one way fee per car of $6 going over the bridge into Staten Island. Then there's a $6 parking fee for the ferry parking. If you want to park right in the ferry parking lot it's a little bit cheaper, but you'll need quarters for the machine. Then there's also a $1.15 turnpike fee each way and a $1.25 toll fee once you come back into PA's Water Gap. So I'd say it was roughly $16 to get there and back, but it's still cheaper than taking the tunnel over to NYC. We did that once before and once we got through the terribly long traffic line we had to pay $16 to go through the tunnel. Needless to say once we got there we had to find parking. It was a mess.
Going through Staten Island was much better for us. There isn't a fee for the ferry over to the city if you can believe that. It takes about half an hour to get across. I liked the ride over actually. It goes right by the Statue of Liberty which was nice to see. It was also nice to see NYC's skyline, missing the WTC, of course, which was sad. So if you decide to go this way make sure you have your camera ready.
Once we got into the city the best way to get around is on the subway. To get to upper Manhattan take subway N or R. It'll take you all the way up to Central Park. Taking the subway there's a $2 per person fee each trip. It would probably be cheaper buying a metro card while there and using it everytime using the subway. We didn't do this but will the next time we go. I'm not sure what they charge for this.
Before we got on the subway we walked over to see the WTC site. It was very emotional, sad, and upsetting to see Ground Zero and the memorial. It's still hard to believe something like that happened to all those innocent people.
We then took the subway and got off and on several times to see places like Madison Square Gardens, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and the Empire State Building. We went up to the observatory of the Empire State Building. The whole experience wasn't as exciting as I thought it was going to be. Maybe it's been hyped up so much from all the movies I've seen but it was almost like a letdown once I got up there. Who knows? Maybe I was expecting to see Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks when I was there. You do get a great view of the city below, but that didn't thrill me. I don't think I'd ever go again. I think it's worth it to go into the city to see everything that we did though.
If you'd like to go, try these directions: 80E to 280E to 95S to 278E. This'll take you over the bridge. Continue on 278E to Van Duzer-turn left. Go all the way down to the ferry. Very simple. Have fun!!
Written by hottice2nicky on 04 Oct, 2005
My daughter absolutely loved the falls due to the fact that she didn't have to worry about getting dirty. She had a blast on the trails (and it also tired her out). She was filthy when we were about to leave, but the only thing…Read More
My daughter absolutely loved the falls due to the fact that she didn't have to worry about getting dirty. She had a blast on the trails (and it also tired her out). She was filthy when we were about to leave, but the only thing I cared about was if she had fun. Close
Written by sedona14 on 21 Oct, 2004
THe facility offers nothing for small children, no parks. The indoor sauna is closed. There is Bushkill Falls with its nature trails nearby and of course in the winter, ski slopes.…Read More
THe facility offers nothing for small children, no parks. The indoor sauna is closed. There is Bushkill Falls with its nature trails nearby and of course in the winter, ski slopes. Close
Written by AandG on 01 Jan, 2006
For lovers of historic homes, Milford is a must. This delightful town has approximately 30 well-preserved historic houses. Some like the beautiful Grey Towers can be toured, but most can be viewed by walking down the shaded lanes and streets of Milford. Tree lovers rejoice…Read More
For lovers of historic homes, Milford is a must. This delightful town has approximately 30 well-preserved historic houses. Some like the beautiful Grey Towers can be toured, but most can be viewed by walking down the shaded lanes and streets of Milford. Tree lovers rejoice as Milford is also a Tree City USA and has 5 remarkable trees that must be seen. Information on the houses and the trees can be found in the "National Register of Historic Place, Milford Pennsylvania, Walking Tour" at which we found in the Grey Towers store and its well worth the two dollars so it cost. At Grey Towers you only get to tour about 6 or 7 rooms, but the condition of the house and the furnishings make this well worth the visit. The gardens and out buildings alone are worth a visit - even if you do not tour the house. And... if you happen to be in the neighbourhood over the Xmas holidays, apparently the house is open for Free. We ended our day with a meal and a couple of beers on the terrace of our hotel. Close