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A return to the old at Pocono Manor

Courtesy Inn at Pocono Manor

POCONO MANOR, Pa. — The Pocono Mountains’ oldest continuously operating resort is more authentic to its 1902 roots following two years of renovations and upgrades. Some $5 million was spent on the main lodge at the Inn at Pocono Manor.

“Our goal was to remain true to the inn’s 110-year heritage of hospitality,” said Lisa Green, general manager. “A century ago, this was a resort where guests could get away from the city, reconnect with nature and their loved ones, and renew. We think we’ve restored that sense of nature and serenity, and now have a main lodge that complements this with comfort and beauty, and which is true to the period in which it opened.”

Work encompassed the lodge’s upper and lower lobbies, its 25,000 square feet of event and meeting space, its restaurant and lounge and 190 guest rooms. The AAA Three Diamond resort has a total of 237 guest rooms.

Fieldstone fireplaces in the lobby and restaurant were reopened. When carpet was peeled back in the massive dining room, original hardwood floors were revealed. They have been restored.

Adding layers of rich fabric draperies to the dining room’s restored columns made that large room feel more intimate. New furnishings and lighting fixtures throughout the lodge restored the character, luster and charm of the late Victorian era.

Among the popular additions are historic photos that hang in public areas and guest rooms. The inn also  had an art competition to showcase the area’s talented artists. The three winning pieces were purchased and are displayed in the main lodge.

The oldest of the resort’s two golf courses, the East Course, celebrated its centennial in 2012.

On the National Register of Historic Places, Pocono Manor is within two hours of New York City and Philadelphia.

In addition to golf, guests at the 3,000-acre resort can ride horses, swim in indoor and outdoor pools, shoot clay pigeons, cross-country ski and visit the Laurel Spa.