14 Top-Rated Resorts in Pennsylvania
Known affectionately as the "Keystone state" for its pivotal role in the formation of the USA, Pennsylvania offers plenty of great accommodation options, whether for romantic getaways or extended family vacations.
The state offers numerous fine choices for those who enjoy a little (or a lot) of luxury. Leading the way is the top-rated Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, especially popular for its connection to the area's famous hot springs. Head over to the beautiful Poconos Mountains region, and you'll be rewarded with the chance to stay at luxurious establishments such as The Lodge at Woodloch and the Skytop Lodge, while families seeking more affordable options can enjoy locations such as the kid-friendly Woodloch Pines Resort and Great Wolf Lodge. Find a resort to suit your taste and budget with our list of the top-rated resorts in Pennsylvania.
1. Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford
As its name suggests, the luxurious Omni Bedford Springs Resort is all about the hot springs... and pampering. The Bedford Springs have been attracting tourists for two centuries for their rejuvenating qualities - something that this luxurious resort has tapped into with its full-service spa, which offers world-class treatments and facilities that maximize this natural phenomenon. Also available for guests' enjoyment are five great restaurants (including in-room dining), as well as amenities and activities such as golf, conference and meeting rooms, an aquatic center with an indoor swimming pool fed by the mineral springs, along with some 25 miles of hiking trails across the resort's 2,200 acres.
Guests can choose from 216 guest rooms and suites, featuring attractive décor and quality furnishings, spacious balconies with great views (some with rocking chairs), mini-fridges, and desks. A great choice are the larger and uber-luxurious spa suites.
Accommodation: Omni Bedford Springs Resort
2. The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley
Located in the heart of Pennsylvania's famous Poconos Mountains vacation area, the luxurious adults-only Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. While part of the attraction is the setting - the resort boasts 400-plus acres of beautiful land, along with its own lake - the real draw are the accommodations. Consisting of just 58 luxuriously appointed units, the rooms or suites comes with upgraded bedding, marble bathrooms with a separate bathtub and shower, mini-fridges, and furnished private verandas with either lake or garden views.
In addition to offering plenty of pampering at its full-service spa, guests will enjoy excellent on-site dining, a number of swimming pools, as well as fitness and wellness programming. Cooking classes and outdoor adventures can also be arranged.
Accommodation: The Lodge at Woodloch
3. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington
There's plenty of adventure on hand at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington. Guests will enjoy such activities as off-roading, ziplining, and animal safaris at the resort's unique wildlife sanctuary. The resort's "Paradise Pool Complex" also promises plenty of fun for grown-ups in its adults-only pools and hot tubs, while youngsters can splash about in their own kids' pool (there is also a lap pool and an infinity edge pool). Other amenities to make use of include a full-service spa, fine-dining, and golf.
The rooms at the resort are high-end, especially those in the Lafayette Club Level. Features of these luxurious, spacious accommodations include butler service and your private access, and a lounge area offering culinary treats throughout the day. The rooms at this level come with king beds, separate seating areas, and large bathrooms with stand-alone showers and jetted tubs.
Accommodation: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
4. Woodloch Pines Resort, Hawley
Another top-rated Poconos vacation destination worth considering, Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley is great for families and couples alike. The rooms are well-appointed and bright, and consist of a mix of standard hotel offerings and larger suites. Popular choices include the elegant lake-view rooms, which feature two queen beds, along with a living space and pull-out couch. These rooms also come with furnished balconies or patios. Larger two-bedroom suites can also be booked.
On-site amenities include plenty of outdoor adventures. Highlights are the championship 18-hole golf course, a rock climbing wall, as well as kayaking on the nearby lake. Other features include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, go-karts, and bumper cars (and boats). Come winter, the outdoor fun consists of ice skating and snow tubing.
Accommodation: Woodloch Pines Resort
5. The Lodge at Glendorn, Bradford
As part of the Relais & Chateaux group of luxury hotels, The Lodge at Glendorn must offer its guests a superlative luxury experience. This it does... in spades. The luxury extends from its attractive and authentic public spaces (the resort was built in the 1920s) to its elegant rooms and cabins. The latter is a great choice for those seeking an intimate getaway, and they come with a master bedroom with its own wood-burning fireplace, separate living room (also with a woodstove), separate his-and-her bathrooms, plus a furnished screened-in porch complete with outdoor bed loungers. Other cabin options include kitchenettes and bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
The resort offers plenty of world-class amenities and services, too. Of these, the most notable are fly fishing in the on-site ponds and streams (including equipment use), an outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis courts, kayaking and paddleboarding, hiking and biking trails (bikes provided), plus great dining (breakfasts are included).
Accommodation: The Lodge at Glendorn
6. Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Macungie
Boasting an appealing ultra-modern design that very much takes into account its beautiful surroundings, the four-season Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie is a great choice for a Pennsylvanian vacation. Of its room options, popular choices include the spacious and elegant king suites, which come with microwaves, mini-fridges, living areas with fireplaces, plus dining tables. Another great option are the queen suites with kitchenettes, which can handle up to six people comfortably thanks to their pull-put couches.
On-site amenities include a shop selling gifts, souvenirs, and clothing; a fitness center; business center; indoor and outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs; tennis courts; and basketball hoops. Water-based activities include kayaks and paddleboats. There's also a games room for youngsters to enjoy, as well as on-site dining that include kids menus.
Accommodation: Bear Creek Mountain Resort
7. The Suites at Hershey, Hershey
Located in the chocolate capital of the USA (and an easy drive to the famous Hershey's Chocolate World attraction), The Suites at Hershey offer a variety of great vacation experiences. Resort amenities include large indoor and outdoor swimming pools; barbecues and gazebos sprinkled across the property; and a games room, basketball court, and playground for the kids to enjoy (they'll also love watching the trains deliver cocoa to the nearby factory from the dedicated observation tower). Other features include a well-equipped fitness center and on-site dining.
Consisting of spacious suites, the accommodations offer plenty of room to relax and unwind. A nice feature is the inclusion of a full kitchen, complete with modern appliances and dishes, as well as a dining area.
Accommodation: The Suites at Hershey
8. Silver Birches Resort, Hawley
The family-friendly Silver Birches Resort in Hawley is another great place to stay in the popular Poconos vacation region. With regionally-inspired décor and furnishings, the resort's quaint cottages are extremely popular when it comes time to bed down for the night. Notable features of these delightful, two-bedroom, bunkhouse-style units are their spacious master bedrooms, bunkbed rooms, large bathrooms, and authentic porches overlooking the water (they even come with traditional Adirondack chairs).
Thanks to its location on Lake Wallenpaupack, the resort offers plenty of excuses to get out and explore by kayak or canoe. Other outdoor fun includes swimming pools, mountain biking, hiking trails, and campfires.
Accommodation: Silver Birches Resort
9. The Woodlands Resort, An Ascend Collection Hotel, Wilkes-Barre
One of the top-rated boutique hotels in the Poconos, The Woodlands Resort in Wilkes-Barre - part of the Ascend Hotel Collection - is a particularly popular choice for couples seeking a romantic getaway. Consisting of traditional hotel-style units, the accommodations come with either a king or two double beds, each featuring an HDTV, a work desk, and coffeemaker. The slightly larger king rooms include a sofa bed, as well as a kitchenette with a dishwasher, mini-fridge, and microwave. (Some pet-friendly units are available.)
The Woodlands Resort also offers a variety of amenities. Highlights include indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools plus a hot tub, a fitness center, two restaurants and a café, a beauty shop, and basketball court. Your stay also includes a buffet-style breakfast.
Accommodation: The Woodlands Resort, An Ascend Collection Hotel
10. Skytop Lodge, Skytop
For somewhere truly luxurious to let down your hair when in the Poconos, look no further than the elegant and historic Skytop Lodge. Since its establishment more than 90 years ago, this delightful lodge-style resort has offered guests the chance to be spoiled while staying in one of its quaint 18 guest rooms. Features include a mini-fridge, sitting area with a fireplace, as well as a furnished balcony. Two luxurious executive suites are also available, which come with large jet tubs, along with stand-alone cottages.
Part of the fun of a stay here is exploring the 5,500 acres on which the lodge sits. Here, you can wander the network of trails, play a round of golf on the championship course, as well as enjoy a great meal. Also available for guests are outdoor and indoor heated swimming pools, tennis courts, and a full-service spa.
Accommodation: Skytop Lodge
11. Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains, Scotrun
Operated by one of the country's best known providers of quality family vacations, Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains is a no-brainer for those looking for somewhere fun to take the kids. The fun starts the moment you check into your spacious accommodations, each themed in traditional wilderness lodge fashion. A great choice are the family suites, which come with a separate bedroom with two queen beds, a large separate living area with pull-out couches, and spacious patios and decks.
And as you'd expect at a Great Wolf Lodge location, there's plenty of fun around the property, too. The main event is the huge indoor waterpark, where you can let the kids explore and enjoy watery fun activities, including slides and rides (a favorite is the lazy river). Also available for guests to enjoy are on-site restaurants, a spa, and fitness center.
Accommodation: Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains
12. Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center, York
As its name suggests, Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center in York is a great location for families and groups to visit, whether for business or pleasure. In addition to its championship golf course and driving range - there's even mini-golf for the kids - the resort offers plenty of fun things to do, including hanging out at the swimming pools, relaxing at the spa (there's also a hair salon), or enjoying a dining experience in one of its two restaurants.
A variety of accommodation options are available. Standard room features include upgraded beds and bedding, HDTVs, quality furnishings, work desks, and handy mini-fridges and microwaves. Pets are welcome, but be sure to let the resort know when making a reservation.
Accommodation: Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center
13. The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, Shawnee on Delaware
One of the oldest resorts in the Poconos - and also one of the top-rated in the region - the charming Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort is set amid one of the most attractive settings in Pennsylvania. In addition to simply spending time enjoying the views over the beautiful Delaware River, you'll enjoy such perks as concierge and valet parking, and great amenities such as an indoor swimming pool and hot tub plus a private beach. Also featured are a fitness center, tennis and volleyball courts, archery, bocce ball, and a games room.
Consisting of 80 elegant rooms and suites, the accommodations suit couples and families alike. A popular choice for those seeking a romantic getaway are the king suites, which come with a large jetted tub. Other options include a number of stand-alone cottages with great views over the Delaware.
Accommodation: The Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort
14. Kalahari Resort Pocono Mountains, Pocono Manor
The Kalahari Resort Pocono Mountains is undoubtedly one of the best resorts in the Poconos for those seeking a great family vacation. The quality of the rooms is a definite plus, especially in the spacious family suites. These units come with two queen beds plus a king bed (as well as a queen-sized pull-out couch), bathrooms fitted out with jetted tubs, large separate living areas featuring a fireplace, plus a very handy wet bar with a mini-fridge and microwave.
Then, of course, there are the amenities. The center of attraction are the resort's two fun waterparks, which are included with the cost of a stay. While one is indoors and open year-round, the second outdoor park is seasonal. But whatever time of year you visit, you and the kids will enjoy the many slides and watery play areas. There's also a zipline adventure, as well as mini-golf and mini-bowling. There's plenty of on-site dining, along with a spa.
Accommodation: Kalahari Resort Pocono Mountains