(POCONO MOUNTAINS, PA) – The only thing better than golf in the Pocono Mountains is fall golf in the Pocono Mountains. While the season is winding down in the Northeast, the area’s brilliant foliage and unbeatable rates make autumn the best time of year to tee it up.
Autumn’s spectacular hues have begun to spread across tree canopies in the Pocono Mountains’ three distinct color zones. The peak colors in each zone are projected to be Oct. 8 (Northern), Oct. 12 (Southern) and Oct. 15 (Central). Below please find just a few of the many value-laden vacation deals and activities available this fall, available at www.800poconos.com.
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, $108: There is still great golf to be played during this centennial year of the resort – which hosted the 1938 PGA Championship. Through Nov. 20, enjoy Shawnee’s Golf Package, which includes overnight accommodations, breakfast, cart and green fees on the 18-hole championship island course surrounded by vibrant foliage (pictured at left). Midweek rates start at $108 per person, per night. Visit shawneeinn.com to book.
Fall Fun near Shawnee: The Shawnee Autumn Timber Festival is Oct. 8-9. Shawnee is located in the lower section of the Delaware Water Gap, with hiking, biking and fishing available through fall.
Woodloch Springs Resort, $159: Tee off amid stunning fall scenery at the immaculately conditioned Country Club at Woodloch Springs, nationally recognized by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. The resort’s PMVB Special includes overnight accommodations, dinner, 18 holes of golf with cart, range balls, yardage book, 10% discount for additional meals and pro shop purchases, use of all resort activities and entertainment. Available seven days a week, excluding holidays, Oct. 11-31. Rates are $159 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and availability; includes tax and service fee. Call 800-453-8263 and mention code PMVB to book.
Fall Fun near Woodloch: Woodloch offers a Haunted Hayride through October, but the most thrilling adventure might be a turn on its new EagleEye Zipline through the mountains. In the northern regions of the Pocono Mountains, you’ll see fall color here first.
The Inn at Pocono Manor, $271: Fall is a great time to play the same 36 holes graced by LPGA and PGA Senior event participants, as well as legends such as Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead and Art Wall Jr. The Golf Fling Package – based on availability – includes unlimited play on 36 holes of classic golf, green fees, cart, beautifully renovated guest accommodations, a four-course dinner in the resort’s Mountain View Dining Room, and a hearty breakfast the next morning. Available Sunday through Thursday, through Oct. 31. Rates start at $135 per person, per night; $271 per person for a two-night stay. Ask for the Golf Fling Package to receive all benefits. Book at poconomanor.com.
Fall Fun Near Pocono Manor: See fall foliage at its best on horseback through the Pocono Manor Stables, which offers guided tours through the woods, over trout streams and past a captivating waterfall.
Fernwood Hotel and Resort, $50: This great family resort’s Bushkill Falls Autumn Hikers Package encourages guests to relax, unwind and hike through scenic Bushkill Falls or the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area against the backdrop of fall’s beautiful colors. The package – available seven days a week through November 27 – includes hotel accommodations and two tickets to Bushkill Falls. Play a round of golf, swim in the indoor pool, shop at The Crossings Premium Outlets or do nothing at all. Rates start at $49.50 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Reservations required. To book visit fernwoodhotel.com.
Fall Fun near Fernwood: The Ironman 70.3 series runs October 2 in the Pocono Mountains in the nearby Delaware Water Gap area. Cheer on your favorite athlete, or enjoy the fun Elvis Festival at Fernwood October 21-23.
See www.800poconos.com for a complete list of golf, accommodations, fall festivals and events listing through the four-county region in northeastern Pennsylvania, within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey.