As summer begins to end, you might be looking to experience one last vacation. A fantastic place to spend Labor Day weekend is the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. Whether you seek an opportunity to relax or you want to have some heart-pumping adventures, you’re sure to find both here in these incredible mountains. Request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide for a complete listing of all there is to do here in the Poconos.
A Guide to Your Poconos Labor Day Weekend
2018 Festivals in the Poconos to Attend on Labor Day Weekend
Head to downtown Stroudsburg on Saturday, where live music, a food court, and fun family activities make Main Street come to life during the annual Stroudfest. Stroll through the eclectic shops and grab a bite to eat at one of the delicious restaurants.
Greene Dreher Sterling Fair
Stop in at the Greene Dreher Sterling Fair for some laid-back excitement! If you visit between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., you can peruse the Indoor & Outdoor Flea Market and Craft Show for unique treasures. Marvel at the beautiful artwork, pick up some fresh preserves or homemade wine, and take a peek at all the animals. You can also participate or watch one of the many contests, which range from a farm tractor pull to a pie eating contest. Of course, it’s a whole different place at night, with the twinkling lights of the rides whirling about and the smells of fair food wafting through the air.
Pocono Garlic & Harvest Festival
Foodies and casual enthusiasts alike will enjoy the Pocono Garlic & Harvest Festival. From 10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, follow your nose to the over 60 food and craft vendors. You’ll find concoctions like garlic ice cream alongside garlic-themed pottery and paintings. If you’re feeling extra brave, take part in the garlic eating contest. Throughout the festival, live bands will play different kinds of music.
There are several state parks, forests, and national recreation areas to visit in the Poconos. Since the weather is beginning to cool down around this time, it makes for an excellent opportunity to hike a scenic trail or go horseback riding.
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a great place to go if you want to spend the day on routes that lead through meadows, along waterfalls, and to panoramic views. There are several waterfalls here in the Poconos, including Bushkill Falls, popularly known as the “Niagara of Pennsylvania.” You’ll also want to check out Hickory Run State Park and its unique Boulder Field.
If you’re more interested in catching glimpses of native wildlife, visit the Thomas Darling Preserve or the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge, where you can find a variety of thriving flora and fauna.
For a high-speed adventure, go whitewater rafting on the rushing Lehigh or the Delaware Rivers. If you’d prefer to take it slow, float down the river on a raft or a tube.
Experience excitement at high altitudes at Camelback Mountain Adventures. Choose from the various zip line adventures available and treat yourself to breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery. Or, try your hand at the Treetops Adventure Course and walk across swaying bridges, climb vertical cargo nets, and more!
Wine, Dine, Shop
Unwind with a glass of wine at one of the local wineries and look out across the expansive views. Or, you can sip at one of their tasting rooms that are convenient to the charming, bustling downtown areas of the local cities. Grab a craft brew in historic Jim Thorpe and browse the collection of shops. Stop in at one of the art galleries in downtown Stroudsburg, or pamper yourself at a day spa.
You’re bound to work up an appetite during your weekend in the Poconos. There is a wide range of restaurants in the Poconos providing fine dining, casual bites, and quality farm-to-table meals, poised to satiate even the pickiest palate.
Relax at Mountaintop Lodge
You’ll find all the kinds of activities mentioned above on the grounds of Mountaintop Lodge. Look through a window of the lodge or step out onto the front porch and the great outdoors will lay at your feet and above your head. Our rustic retreat borders the pristine beauty of Lake Naomi, which has several beaches that you can lounge on. Or, take a boat out into the water and go fishing. The onsite Lake Naomi Clubhouse features dining with views of the lake, so you don’t have to go far to get the most out of your Poconos vacation.
What better room to finish out the summer in than our Summer room? This third-floor suite offers privacy as well as views of the beautiful backyard and 60-year-old apple tree. Wake up in the morning and enjoy a homemade breakfast downstairs in the dining room. Come back after your day exploring the Poconos and curl up with a book by the fireplace, or soak in the private bathroom’s spacious tub.