Boating Safety Courses

April 6th, 2015 | Posted by Joan Pierce in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Safety on the water courses with certificate is required for those born on or after January 1, 1982.  If your boat is powered by a motor greater than 25 hp — this means you!  Classes will be given at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center on May 2nd and June 6th.  Bring a lunch and snacks for the all day course.  Cost is $10 payable to Fish & Boat Commission.  A certificate will be given after class.  You must be 12 years or older to register.

Classes will run on Saturdays from 9A-4PM.  For more info on upcoming boating classes visit the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s website at:  —  to register contact PPL at 570-253-7001 or email

Visit Grey Towers Online

March 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Joan Pierce in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

A new web-based virtual tour of Grey Towers National Historic Site is available to be viewed online.  Provided by the U.S. Forest Service, visitors can ‘walk’ through the landscaped gardens of this 102 acre estate as well as the 44-room French Chateauesque stone mansion once home to forester, eminent conservationist and Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot.  The virtual tour will provide glimpses of areas not usually shown to the public on daily tours, and also captures the exquisite views from the mansion’s terraced lawns, manicured gardens and landscape features.  This year marks Pinchot’s 150th birthday commemoration with a variety of programs planned to call attention to his professional and private accomplishments.  For more information, please call 570-296-9630 or email:

Think Spring and think of a return to your garden as temperatures moderate!  On Saturday, 5/2, the Penn State Master Gardeners of Pike County are hosting an all-day ‘GardenFest 2015’ conference at the Pike County Training Center in Lords Valley from 9A-3PM.  Beginning as well as experienced gardeners are welcome.  Vendor displays will include garden related tools, plants, accessories as well as gifts in time for Mother’s Day.  Advice on ways of adapting to new normal issues of invasive species, drought, extreme heat and early bud break followed by frost are some of the topics to be discussed.  Registration fee of $30.00 includes choice of speakers and vendors.  Box lunches are available and an early bird discount of $5 is extended to those who register before April 1st.  To register, go to:

A visitor information center for the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River is planned for the lower floor of the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen to orient visitors to the 73.4 mile Upper Delaware park.  Location of the Center will also return interest to Grey’s fame as a Wild West novelist.  The new center will be named the Upper Delaware Visitor Center at the Zone Grey House.  Plans to relocate the Delaware Highland Conservancy’s Eagle Institute winter field office to the Zane Grey Museum are also underway.  Other aspects of Zane Grey’s life – his dental career and baseball playing – will continue to be showcased at his former home.  Mr. Grey (1872-1939) lived in Lackawaxen from 1905-1918 writing novels here and fishing on the Delaware River.  He is best known for his novels describing the Western Frontier.  His most famous work ‘Riders of the Purple Sage’ was written in 1912.  Mr. Grey’s house was sold to the National Park Service in 1989.

The 7th annual Discover Pike PA guide & map is hot off the press.  This color guide is chocked full of reasons to visit as well as help those who would make this their weekend or full-time destination.  Inside the guide is info on transportation, climate, location, visitor centers, lodging, dining, outdoor recreation, data on builders, business relo, chamber of commerce, financial organizations, real estate, hospitals, health care and so much more.  For a copy of Discover Pike  PA Guide & Map, please visit my website’s home page and supply your mailing address to the questionnaire.  There is NO CHARGE to you for the mailing!

It’s winter, and POCONO skiing is THE BEST its been in a long time.   The Poconos are an easy morning’s drive from southern Pennsylvania or the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey & Connecticut).  Distances to our Mountains can be as short as 45 miles (Allentown), 85 miles (Philadelphia) or 93 miles (Long Island).  Try these well-known Pennsylvania skiing areas before the snow is gone —  We’re always OPEN for you!

Alpine Mountain – 5 Lifts/21 Trails/Vertical 500 ft. – Analomink, Pa. 18320  –  570-595-2150

Big Boulder – 8 Lifts/15 Trails/Vertical 475 ft. – Blakeslee, Pa. 18610  –  570-443-8425

Blue Mountain Ski Area – 14 Lifts/39 Trails/Vertical 1082 ft.  – Palmerton, Pa. 18071  –  610-826-7700

Camelback Mountain Resort – 14 Lifts/34 Trails/Vertical 800 ft.  – Tannersville, Pa. 18372  –  570-629-1661

Jack Frost – 10 Lifts/21 Trails/Vertical 600 ft.  – Blakeslee, Pa. 18610  –  570-443-8425

Shawnee Mountain – 10 Lifts/23 Trails/Vertical 700 ft. – East Stroudsburg, Pa. 18435  –  570-421-7231

Ski Big Bear – 6 Lifts/18 Trails/Vertical 650 ft. – Lackawaxen, Pa. 18435  –  570-685-1400


Welcome Tourists!

January 27th, 2015 | Posted by Joan Pierce in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Two premier resort projects will have a substantial impact on Pocono Mountain tourism in Monroe County this year.  Kalihari Resorts & Conventions will be opening a $230 million facility near Pocono Manor in June.  Phase I to include 457 guest rooms — and Phase 2’s opening will conclude with 900 guest rooms in total.  The resort will feature indoor & outdoor waterparks, a family entertainment center and 65,000 s.f. of meeting space.  March will bring the opening of another multi million dollar project at Camelback Mountain at Tannersville with 453 guest rooms.  The ripple effect of visitors to these attractions  is coupled with an expectation of guests returning and discovering the amenities of Pike and Wayne Counties.  For more info about these mammoth attractions, kindly visit

Winter Eagle Watching

January 27th, 2015 | Posted by Joan Pierce in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

January and February are the height of wintering bald eagle season in our region.  Spotters of these majestic birds have found the Upper Delaware and Lackawaxen river valleys idea for eagle watch sites.  The Delaware Highlands Conservancy and its partners are hosting a series of eagle watching events all winter long in PA and New York, including guided bus tours.  Bus tours are scheduled for January 31st, February 7th and 14th.  The trips start in Lackawaxen and run from 10A-1PM.  For more information please visit for updated information and other trips planned.

It’s wintertime — but we’re always open for business.  There’s always something happening in the northern Pocono Mountains; and here’s a list of 2015 events with websites for convenience in finding that special activity that will excite you.  Take a drive and find us — a unique area that waits to be explored!

Winter Lights Festival – Jan/Feb.

Crystal Cabin Fever – Feb 6-22.

Paupack Polar Plunge – Feb 14.

Hawley Earthfest – April 24-26.

National Trail Days – May 9-10.

Pedal & Paddle/Prompton Park Adventure – May 23-24.

Milford Music Festival – June.

Arts & Crafts Fair at Bingham Park, Hawley – June 13.

10th Annual Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival – June 20.

Fireworks Celebration – July 3 (Rain date July 6).

Fireworks over Lake Wallenpaupack – July 4 (Rain date July 5).

Hidden Treasures Sidewalk Sales – July 17-18.

30th Annual NEPA Audubon Art & Craft Festival – July 18-19.

Festival of Wood at Grey Towers – Aug 1-2.

153rd Wayne County Fair – Aug 7-15.

6th Annual Wally Lake Fest – Aug 28-30.

98th Greene-Dreher-Sterling Fair – Sept 1-7.

Arts & Crafts Fair at Bingham Park, Hawley – Sept 12.

National Public Lands Day & Ice Cream Social – Sept 26.

3rd Annual Pocono Lake Region 13.1 Run – Sept 27.

Black Bear Film Festival – October.

Hawley Harvest Hoedown – Oct 3.

Harvest & Heritage Days – Oct 10-11.

Honesdale for the Holidays – Nov 27-28.

17th Annual Hawley Winterfest – Dec 11-13.