A strikingly beautiful and adventure-rich locale, the 2,400-square-mile Pocono Mountains region combines four seasons of natural beauty with unique cultural heritage and a variety of outdoor activities, ranging from skiing to kayaking on the Pocono Mountains' 150 lakes. Event venues in the Poconos 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 Pocono Mountains 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.) The Lehigh Valley International Airport, just an hour south of the Pocono Mountains, serves about 840,000 annual passengers and offers nonstop flights to such cities as Toronto, 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 expansive 1,200+ acre Split Rock Resort and Golf Club is a full-service, four-season resort perfect for business and leisure. The 1,200-acre 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 77,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, including 23 meeting rooms and two grand ballrooms, including a 12,600-square-foot ballroom. Other resorts in the Pocono Mountains include the 125-room Fernwood Hotel & Resort, with 60,000 square feet of meeting space; the 193-room Skytop Lodge, with 20,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 167-room Woodloch Resort, which has 20,000 square feet of meeting space and the 56-room Inn at Woodloch, a resort-within-a-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 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 Inn at Jim Thorpe is a charming spot in the heart of historic Jim Thorpe.