A Winter Weekend at Woodloch
We’re not a skiing family. Zach is from Texas and I grew up in Florida so you can’t really blame us. Zach took a yearly trip to Colorado, with family, for several years, but didn’t really kept up with it. I went a few times in college and tried snowboarding while I was in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, but that’s about the extent of it. (Après ski, on the other hand, I excel at.) So since we’re not avid skiers, it hasn’t been a priority or even an inclination for us to spend our winter weekends doing that with our kids. But, while we’re not skiing every weekend, I love the idea of taking the kids on a long weekend to a nearby resort to get our winter activity fill.
Two years ago, we went to Camelback. Last year was a bit crazy. There was so much personal stuff going on that we stayed put. This year, we knew we wanted to continue our new tradition, but weren’t sure where to go. When Woodloch came to us about spending a weekend with them in the Poconos, we knew we’d found our spot. It’s a quick 2-hour drive from NJ (as it would be from NYC), which is the perfect amount of time in the car for us. It’s about all we can handle right now!
What I loved most about the idea of Woodloch was all of the activities they had to offer from ice skating and snow tubing, to swimming, theater, games and arts and crafts. Lilly and I are doers on vacation. While we love a good pool day and reading in our room as much as the next person, we also like checking out classes and trying new experiences. But, since we’d never been there, I obviously had no idea what to expect when it came to actually staying there and doing the activities.
Well, my friends, Woodloch surpassed my hopes for a fun-filled family weekend. First of all, the grounds are gorgeous. As I said on Instagram, it’s like a painting. I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was. And, there were fireplaces and pits everywhere making it the perfect place to cozy up and enjoy the breathtaking views.
I can’t recall the last time we had as much fun as we did while snow tubing. All four of us got in on the action, going on countless runs, laughing, smiling and squealing down the hill. It’ll forever remain a life highlight. It was a perfectly sunny, mild day, we had the slope pretty much to ourselves and my crew, for the first time together, snow tubed ourselves silly.
Everywhere you turn, there’s something different to do. Mini golf in the middle of winter? Yes, please.
We participated in Family Olympics (basketball, golf, tubing, etc.), which was so fun, but our little guy is a bit too young to participate and wasn’t happy about it. I can’t wait to go back when he’s older so we can do it altogether. The sheer size (1,700 acres) and tons of activities make it the perfect place to go as a big group. The entire experience lends itself to family reunions, group vacations, etc. as there’s something for everyone, but so many opportunities to do things together as well. We’re already talking about going back with family and friends.
From snow to swim…
There’s an indoor pool complete with a kid’s play area, a big waterslide and splash pad, in addition to 2 hot tubs and a baby pool). Lilly and Oliver could’ve stayed there all day!
They also have a bar (genius!) so Mama treated herself to a spritzer.
There’s nightly shows (We went to the kid friendly one at 5pm and all loved it- it was fun to sing and dance along.), characters (Paw Patrol, Toy Story, a minion, etc,) that greet you at every meal and so many things available, that we barely scratched the surface. I want to go back to do everything else we missed. (We were supposed to go ice skating Sunday morning before we left, but Lilly got sick and we had to head home early.)
At dinner each night, there’s specialty drinks and flair for the kids.
Lilly was all about it.
Afterwards, there’s marshmallow roasting.
Right next to the fire pit are shuffleboard and bocce ball courts.
There’s a big indoor playground…
… and several arcades filled with lots of games.
Another highlight was bumper cars. Lilly and I went over and over again (while Oliver was back at the room napping with Zach). They also have go karts and bowling.
We then hit up an arts and crafts class. (The next day, while I took the napping shift, Lilly and Zach participated in a Gingerbread decorating competition. They made Whoville with Thing One and Thing Two. I wish I had photos!)
We love a good photo booth. At least, the idea of it. Oliver never sits still long enough so it’s always Lilly, Zach and me with a blurry fireball squirming and sliding out of frame.
When I told you there is something to do at every turn, I wasn’t kidding. This checker board was in the pub where we went for warm chocolate chip cookies after snow tubing.
While the views are incredible and the amount to do is impressive, the staff sets it apart. The owner greets you at every meal and everyone is so friendly and accommodating and always goes the extra mile.
At the first meal we had there, we moved all the china and flatware away from Oliver’s reach. We let him have a spoon. He then stole my spoon and played with both. Every meal after that, for the rest of the weekend, two spoons, only, were waiting for him when we arrived. Our servers knew Lilly and Oliver’s names and preferences and happily fulfilled every request.
And, the first night, I had Oliver in the bath and realized we forgot his baby wash. I called down to the front desk to see if they, by chance, had some. They said they sold it at the market 2 miles down the road. When I not to worry, that he was already in the bath and I couldn’t leave, they said they’d go and get it for me. 10 minutes later, the exact wash we needed arrived at our door.
It was that attention to detail and care that made our stay even more enjoyable.
It was such an amazing weekend that provided us memories to last a lifetime. Thank you Woodloch! We’ll absolutely be back. We can’t wait to check it out in the summer (It’s supposed to be equally amazing with so many outdoor and water activities.) and I’m absolutely coming back with girlfriends some time for a little R&R at the world-renowned spa, The Lodge at Woodloch.
This post is sponsored by Woodloch. All opinions are my own.
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