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Meet at a resort in Pennsylvania

Teams can race on the new tandem zip line at Camelback Mountain Resort. Photos courtesy Poconos Mountain VB

With mountains, lakes and attractions both natural and historic, Pennsylvania has long been a hub for resorts.

One of the state’s best-known areas, the Pocono Mountains, continues to see enhancements.
Camelback Mountain Resort, home to the popular water park Camelbeach, recently added the 4,000-foot tandem Zip-Flyer, which lets competitors race alongside each other at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.

The heart-pounding attraction proves Camelback’s dedication to warm-weather options.

“It’s amazing,” said David Jackson, vice president of sales for the Poconos Mountain Visitors Bureau. “They just keep adding and adding.”

Visitors will find Segways, disc golf, a treetop adventure course and a 4,500-foot gravity-fed mountain coaster that careens down the slopes sans ski or snow.

August saw the reopening of the Bushkill Inn and Conference Center, formerly the Pocmont Resort, after extensive renovations that converted the landmark into a luxury hotel. “They turned the place upside down,” Jackson said.

In addition to 166 guest rooms, cabins and suites; a 3,500-square-foot spa; and a kosher kitchen for Jewish groups, the conference center has more than 13,000 square feet of event space, including a 400-seat amphitheater.

The resort hopes to attain AAA Four Diamond status, which would put it in the same league as Mount Airy Casino and Resort.

Mount Airy was a honeymoon hideaway before it closed in 2001. The 188-room property reopened in 2007 with 7,000 square feet of event space and a new golf clubhouse outfitted with a restaurant, a lounge, lockers, and a deck.