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Talent comes in all shapes and sizes. This is especially true at Woodloch Pines Resort in the lake region of the Pocono Mountains of northeast Pennsylvania, one of the country’s premier family vacation destinations.
Woodloch Pines Resort has been hosting generations of families since 1958, and it shows no signs of slowing down. On the contrary, each year the offerings seem to get better. If you can’t find an activity here for everyone, from the youngest to the elder statesmen, then you aren’t looking very hard.
In addition to hundreds of indoor and outdoor activities, along with scrumptious meals befitting a king, the resort caps off the evening with a stage performance that rivals an Off Broadway production. Featuring precise choreography, pulsating music and very gifted performers, this year’s theme, “Woodloch Celebrates the Wonderful World of Television,” is the best show in the Poconos, and beyond. There are many New York City or Las Vegas shows that don’t boast this amount of energy on one stage.
This being the small town of Hawley, it’s a wonder where they find this collection of talented people, and the hour long show is pure enjoyment from start to finish.
The cast takes the audience down memory lane by reenacting music from such popular TV shows as “Bosom Buddies,” “Friends,” “Cheers,” and others. A soulful (pardon the pun) rendition of “Soul Train” is a magical moment that bursts with expression. However, it’s a lip synch contest between two hilarious male cast members, one dressed as a big-bosomed female, which brings down the house. Woodloch excels at producing these kinds of shows and they’re part of the appeal that has guests returning to the resort year after year.
Prior to the stage show, families are treated to a feast that comes complete with choice of soup, salad, appetizer, several different entrees (fish, fowl, meat and veggie) and decadent desserts. Despite the fact that the chefs are serving hundreds of people within an hour’s time, the meals are skillfully prepared and served by an attentive, affable staff. No one leaves the table hungry. After dinner, a parade of cartoon and TV characters marches through the main dining room to the sheer delight of everyone. The young ones can hardly contain their excitement.
The resort’s accommodations feature 160 guest rooms in four different categories. Best known for the nostalgia factor that guests experience, the authentic hospitality and memorable experiences are Woodloch’s trademarks.
There is an ever-changing lineup of activities for all ages. Indoor activities such as pools, a Woodloch Forest Playground, gymnasium, toddler room, arts and crafts room, Arcade Center and more will keep everyone busy. Outdoor activities include nature trails for hiking and biking, lake activities such as boating, water-skiing, and kayaking, bumper cars and boats, miniature golf, climbing wall, seasonal snow-tubing, a new zip-line course, batting cages, Segway excursions and more.
It’s no exaggeration to say that everyone at Woodloch wears a happy face, which is undoubtedly genuine. The Kiesendahls, owners of the resort since its inception 58 years ago, wouldn’t have it any other way.