I often wonder how to answer the question when asked, “Can you see the mountains from your B&B?” Is this person expecting to look out every window and see snow -capped peaks like in the Rockies? Perhaps they feel like they will be surrounded by craggy rocks to climb and all the other land is a flat plane with houses looking into other house windows? How do you explain that the Pocono Mountains are an experience?
First the Pocono Mountains are modest in elevation, the point highest is just under 2,700 feet. But there are highs and valleys, and hills and dips. Now it is the summer season, as one drives the roads, you are surrounded by green. The trees are green, and there are many, many trees, abundant, tall, branching and filling the view. The grasses and plants that stretch into the woods are green and dotted with wonderful colorful wildflowers. In the Northern Pocono region the roads wind up and down the hills and houses are amply spaced on several acres of ground. Farms, with fields of green hay are mixed into the landscape and where people have chosen to live now or long ago, trees have been removed leaving beautiful views of mountain ridges in the distance, dark blue, continuous along the horizon.
The mountains have many streams, and creeks that flow over rocks and tumble along through the trees making small rapids and waterfalls. Eventually these streams wind their way to the small rivers that fill the Delaware River on the Eastern edge of the Poconos. They make wonderful places to take a picnic lunch or a fishing rod. The landscape of the Northern Poconos is dotted with small ponds and pristine lakes, wonderful places to “throw in a line”. The water provides sources for wildlife, the greens for food, and the trees for shelter. Deer, squirrels, groundhogs, raccoons, opossums, chipmunks all find the wooded rolling and sloping terrain dotted with human population to be a comfortable home.
The Northern Poconos have small towns with quaint stores and friendly restaurants. People say “hi” on the streets and cars stop to let pedestrians cross. Honesdale, the county seat of Wayne County, has special events on their Main Street with local craft vendors throughout the year. Here’s America as it was, where there is free entertainment in the park, country fairs, and pride in their history. You can even help the townsfolk welcome Santa for the season with a parade and singing in the park. Hawley, another small Americana town located in Pike County also hosts several special events and has an indoor local marketplace of specialty items and local goods.
Visiting the Northern Poconos is not the tourist trap kind of place. Take a train ride through the country side and notice more of this relaxing pace of life in the mountains. Take a beautiful drive along our wooded roads, snap a picture of a deer, or capture the view over the clearing. It’s an experience. Wake up relaxed, take a walk in the woods, sit by a stream and listen to the birds. Unwind, Rejuvenate!