Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Pocono Mountains, a guide for meeting professionals. A strikingly beautiful and adventure-rich locale, the 2,400-square-mile Pocono Mountains region combines four seasons of natural beauty with a unique cultural heritage and a variety of outdoor activities, ranging from skiing to kayaking on the Pocono Mountains' 150 lakes. Event venues in the Pocono Mountains comprise luxurious resorts, theaters, entertainment facilities and elegant restaurants, while recreation includes casual pubs and shopping ranging from outlets stores to antique shops.
The Pocono Mountains region is easily accessible; thanks to its six interstate highways, the area is a quick drive from Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, southern New England and Washington, DC. It is also easily reached via air travel, thanks to its proximity to both the Lehigh Valley International Airport and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. (Travelers may also use Philadelphia International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.) The Lehigh Valley International Airport, just an hour south of the Pocono Mountains, serves about 875,000 annual passengers and offers nonstop flights to such cities as Atlanta, Chicago and Orlando. Located just 30 miles south of the Pocono Mountains region, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport serves as the gateway to northeastern Pennsylvania and the Pocono Mountains, providing one-stop service to hundreds of destinations worldwide.
When it comes to meeting in the Pocono Mountains, the 1,200-acre Split Rock Resort and Golf Club is a full-service, four-season resort perfect for business and leisure. The expansive resort sits on the 125-acre Lake Harmony and is located just 30 minutes from the Wilkes-Barre International Airport and 50 minutes from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Split Rock features 60,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, including 23 meeting rooms and two grand ballrooms, accommodating up to 2,500 people. Other resorts in the Pocono Mountains include the Skytop Lodge, which rests on 5,500 acres and includes the 125-room historic main lodge and various guest rooms in outlying cottages, plus a total 15 meeting rooms that include The Executive Conference Center, with 10,000 square feet of space, and the 57-room Lodge at Woodloch, a resort-within-a-resort at Woodloch Pines Resort that works well for executive retreats.
Accommodating a variety of group events and meetings, the Pocono Mountains region is lined with entertainment spots, resorts and other unique meeting spaces. The Mt. Laurel Pocono Mountains Center for Performing Arts is a premier outdoor amphitheater that seats 2,500 under cover and 7,500 on the lawn; thanks to its retractable rear wall, the theater is equipped for year-round events. For more intimate events, the 45-room Inn at Jim Thorpe is a charming spot in the heart of historic Jim Thorpe.