Great Getaways: The Lodge At Woodloch!

I had the absolute pleasure of visiting my favorite spa for my birthday again this year, and I could not have been more delighted. The Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley, PA is one of the top destination spas in the country and is a great mid-week or weekend getaway. I usually stay two nights and three days, which I find is plenty of time if you only have a few days off work to drive down to the Poconos for the weekend. There is so much to see and do at The Lodge at Woodloch, and this year I got the chance to partake in some fun outdoor activities!

Usually, I am not the outdoors-loving type, however, when I am at Woodloch, something in me changes. I embrace nature when I am here, and it feels really great to connect that way since the grounds are absolutely beautiful. Even in the winter, this Poconos resort is stunning. Here you experience three incredible meals a day and when booking your stay and deciding what to do, I recommend arriving for lunch, and leaving with breakfast. The menu is farm fresh and always changing. In the three times I have visited, there has not been a single meal that I have not enjoyed. Between the fresh ingredients, the variety of menu items, and expert culinary team, The Lodge at Woodloch will absolutely exceed your culinary expectations.

I always enjoy having lunch on my arrival, because it’s a nice break after a 2-hour drive and they have a great cocktail and wine selection. Another perk in dining options is that every meal offers specials on top of the regular nice sized menu. My favorites from this year for lunch were the Cauliflower and Leek SoupEdamame Dumplings, Steak Frites, and the Burger. Between the endless salad and soup bar to the wonderful array of lunch options, your palate will be pleased when you arrive until it’s time for check-in.

Want to read about the incredible meals here? Click HERE for a full review of just how much you will enjoy in two days here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

After check-in, I always head towards the hot tub and spa. Nothing is better than an outdoor snowy soak in the hot tub before a wonderful dinner. The spa has an incredible outdoor spa where you can relax outdoors while staying warm. If you don’t want to be outside, but still want to enjoy nature views, you can take a dip in the indoor pool or massage waterfall jacuzzi, which are enclosed in glass, giving you full nature views from inside.

Each room is visually appealing and comes with a private balcony and a great view. I enjoy all the floors, and have stayed both on the nature side, and the waterside and feel there is no bad view here from any floor or balcony.  The in-room amenities are also quite luxurious with their pillow menu, in-room treatments for your hands, feet, and hair, as well as the signature scented bath products. I also love that one of the sinks in the bathroom also has filtered water; it’s a really nice touch. The spa and gym are state of the art and absolutely stunning. This past year they renovated the spa and really added in even nicer touches (which I didn’t think was even possible, it was already so amazing). In the past, I have enjoyed a Beer/Hops Body Scrub, and a Chakra Massage, but this year I went for The Lodge Massage. The treatments here are extraordinary because of the spa products they use and the professionals they have on staff. My masseuse Drea was phenomenal for a full body massage and will work anything you need out. I was so relaxed, during the massage and when I left the table I felt more energized and flexible than I ever have!

Besides massages and hot tubs, I tried some other fun activities on my weekend away here. What peaked my interest this year was Bald Eagle Viewing, Winter Foods Cooking Demo, and a Wine and Chocolate Pairing Class. The Bald Eagle viewing I did right after my massage, and I was in such a relaxed state that I did not think I could go on a nature trip. I was pleasantly surprised however and it was so much more fun than I expected! The tour guides are very knowledgeable and have binoculars for everyone, so you can see the large majestic birds. 

After an incredible dinner, I went to the Garden Room for a Wine and Chocolate Pairing Class with the Sommelier and Wine Director of The Lodge at Woodloch, Leslie. She is one of my favorite people to visit while here because she knows so much about wine and her passion for developing a great wine program is what shines here. She is funny, charismatic, and friendly when teaching her classes or discussing wine on the floor. She does not make wine pretentious and even I always learn something new in her classes. I highly suggest booking your dates at Woodloch around one of her wine and food or chocolate pairing classes, you won’t be disappointed!

Want the scoop on wine and chocolate pairings? HERE were my favorite wines and chocolate pairings from Leslie’s wonderful class!

If you’re seeking the perfect getaway, head to Hawley, PA to The Lodge at Woodloch! Every season here is beautiful, and I feel like there really is no bad time to visit. Spring is on the way, so be sure to book your stay, especially if you enjoy flowers, outdoor activities, luxurious accommodations, and farm to table excellence!

 

 

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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