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From the Ears of A Woodloch Reservationist ...

  
  
  
  
  
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~Shared by T. Compton

Talking is my favorite.

You know how people always ask: What are your hobbies? I generally flounder for an answer.

I like to sing, shop, read books, watch movies … make my family crazy :), make others happy, stuff like that. But then it dawned on me. I also like to talk, which I guess comes in handy since I work in the reservations department at Woodloch Pines Resort.

But then again, what’s even better than talking? Yeah, you guessed it: listening.

I’ve learned that when you listen, when you pause that extra moment, that people sometimes let you in. That they share. Their lives, memories, happy moments, trying times, and triumphs.

Like the middle-aged man struggling to survive an aggressive cancer, who promised to fight with every last breath, wanting nothing more than to get away with his family.

Or the military man, soon to be deployed, whose thoughts were of his young family and wanting to give them a fun-filled weekend at Woodloch before he has to leave.

And the hard-working husband trying to book a last-minute anniversary reservation to celebrate 10 amazing years with his wife and two youngsters.

Or the daughter wanting her dad to experience the wonder of Woodloch firsthand. And how he wouldn’t come if he couldn’t bring his paralyzed pup, a little dog that had one day gone limp and was outfitted with a cart so that it could remain mobile. Learning that Woodloch has pet-friendly homes relieved their fears about travelling.

And that’s just some of the stories. Trust me, there are many. Each one is special.

So, I definitely subscribe to the saying, “Listen twice as much as you speak.” As the Bible shares, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” - James 1:19 King James Version.

It kind of makes sense: two ears, one mouth.

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The Sweet Sounds of Summer at Woodloch!

  
  
  
  
  
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~ shared by Tammy Compton

Listen.

Do you hear that?

A child’s engaging giggle.

Water gently lapping at the shoreline.

Birds tweeting their sing-song message overhead.

A chorus of friendly shouts and laughter down at the lake.

If memory-making moments have a sound, then that’s it. And trust me, you never get tired of hearing it.

The boss pointed it out to me the other day. Our shift had ended, and we were walking towards the staff parking lot when she turned to me with a question:  “Do you hear that?”

“That” was the joyous sound of children playing in the lake. Their shouts brought an instant smile to our faces.  How could they not?

“That just sends a shiver because to me it’s just the greatest joy to hear a child interacting with another child where they might normally be playing (alone) with electronic devices instead of  enjoying the type of games that we have here,” said Lynn. “They’re actually communicating and interacting between themselves and others."

Lynn VanBlarcom, my boss, is the Reservations Department Manager. She’ll mark 30 successful years at Woodloch at the end of August.   

 “It does your heart good to be able to hear the sounds of summer at Woodloch. It never wears out,” Lynn said.  

And she’s right. There’s something about the sight, the sound and the summer smells at Woodloch.

Take the weekly cookout for example, chock full of summer favorites complete with corn on the cob, grilled burgers and hotdogs, sauerkraut and chili, pulled pork sliders, bags of steamers, and then some.  

There’s just no beating that barbeque smell, and as Lynn calls it, “family togethering” on the front lawn.

The other day, I was savoring my BBQ Woodloch lunch on the lakeview deck, just enjoying those sights and sounds we’ve been discussing. The sun was shining off the crystal blue waters  of Lake Teedyuskung as Woodloch speedboats cut circular paths with water skiers in tow.  Paddleboats, sailboats, kayaks and canoes gently bobbed on the waves with their captains at the stern. And a little girl with a bright green bucket carried pailfuls of sand to her beachfront creation.  

“You’ve got the best view in the house,” I told the elderly gentleman to my left.  “I know,” he agreed, enjoying our shared view.

He and his family started coming to Woodloch 30 years ago, but he’s enjoying it anew through the eyes of his grandchildren.

“Woodloch certainly is beautiful,” I said.

Looking up from leisurely reading the newspaper, he considered for a moment before summing up Woodloch in one word.

“Wholesome,” he said.

I agree.

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Health Benefits of Vacation - Part 2

  
  
  
  
  
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~shared by J. Ranner

Hopefully, you've had a chance to read up on some of the healthy benefits of deciding to take a vacation.  We sincerely hope that this alone was enough to encourage you that vacations are a good thing, and you should embrace the opportunity to go away and take one.

Yet, I know for a fact that despite all of the scary things that go along with neglecting time off, I still will not get through to some people. So, with that in mind, I will try to appeal to another state of well-being: your career.

I know, I know- I can hear you already. "My job is just way too important. Can't take any time off. Too bad, so sad- end of story." Personally, unless your career involves single-handedly saving the world from incoming asteroids or extraterrestrial invasions, I respectfully disagree (And even Superman has the whole Justice League to back him up... no excuses).  

Although, 100% of the blame cannot be pinned on the individual.  Although I am a proud American and know that we became great largely due to hard work, let it be known that the United States is the only industrialized nation in the entire world in which employees are NOT guaranteed any time off by law.  Attempts have been made to mandate at last 2 weeks of paid time off (PTO) but to no avail.  Canadians are given a guaranteed 10 vacation days per year, while Europeans enjoy 20. 

Being able to afford a vacation is another issue in itself, yet less of a an issue than one may think. To break down the financial abilities to travel:

  • Two-thirds of Americans really do have the means to travel. 
  • 50% of Americans have the money to travel and simply choose not to.
  • Only about 27% of Americans routinely take vacations.
So in other words, we've become stubborn and guilty. And again, this all goes into affecting your overall health.


HOPE ON THE HORIZON


So if it's your career that you are concerned about, I have good news for you. Taking that annual vacation that you deserve might actually in the long-run benefit your career. 
"How?" Glad you asked!
  • Traveling (and even better, scrapping the cell phones, laptops and concerns of the outside world) will provide a "respite effect" that will ultimately help a weary brain relax... and allow you to catch up on some much needed sleep!
  • With that clear mind, you can obtain fresh perspectives on things... and along with that, new and creative ideas for when you eventually (but not too quickly) return to the work world.
  • Harnessing new and revitalized energy. John Kiesendahl, president and general manager of Woodloch Pines Resort says  “It amazes me every time, I watch families arrive at Woodloch tired and stressed but when I greet them at breakfast before they check out they have a renewed spirit, are reenergized and ready to get back to work.” 
couples retreat, golf vacationsAnd the benefits aren't necessarily limited to employees.  Employers who are willing to let their employees take some time off are rewarded with sharper and happier workers- studies by the U.S. Travel Association have found that travelers tend to perform at least 25% higher in vigilance tests after returning from break. Tired and stressed employees will ultimately cost employers in mistakes- plus studies have found that workers achieve almost as much in a 40 hour week than they would in a 50 hour week- the "burnout burden" hurts everyone.


So the next time you're considering getting away, you now have even more reasons to say "yes." No more sorry excuses. Have that talk with your bosses, level with them, and make the rational decision.  And I hope this article provided a few more compelling arguments for you to strengthen your case!
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Health Benefits of Vacation - Part 1

  
  
  
  
  
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~shared by J. Ranner

One of the most important lessons I've learned growing up was learning the distance between a "need" and a "want." When you're younger, it takes a few experiences to learn why purchasing a car is more worthwhile than a jet pack (in most cases, anyways). After years and my share of ridiculous purchases, I like to think that I can fairly assess the difference between things I need and things I would just like to have, as most adults would.

I'm here to tell you that adults can still be wrong . . . especially when it comes to vacationing.

While some of us make vacationing a routine habit, others are not as easily persuaded. There's always "better" ways to spend the time and resources, right? And that's where the guilt comes in. 

Which, if the medical research serves us correctly, is the complete wrong way to look at things. Don't get me wrong; I'm a proud American, and I know that we have things good in this country because of a lot of HARD WORK.  Yet at some point, the "workaholism" turns toxic. Shying away from taking a break will slowly but surely poison your body, mind, and relationships.

And with that, your life may start to suffer.

So let's start with the basic foundations of happiness: feeling alright.  If you were to survey a large group of people, I think you would find that the number one reason people take a vacation or break of any sort is to relive stress, the silent killer.

Effect of stress on health

 

By deciding to take a vacation, you are given the opportunity to leave your problems at home, look at things objectively in a comforting yet different environment

Vacation can improve cardiovascular health with lower risk of heart attack and stroke. Men who skipped vacations for five consecutive years or more were 30% more likely to suffer heart attacks than those who took at least one week of vacation each year, according to Dr. Glenn Braunstein of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Similar studies have reached the same conclusion for women. Further, an annual vacation can cut the risk of heart disease by up to 50%.

Lower stress levels may be linked to slower “aging.” Your chromosomes are much like a length of rope; the more turmoil in your life, the strands start to fray and shorten, leading to accelerated outward signs of aging. When you see someone who looks haggard and old, especially at a young age, it’s a telltale sign of a stressful life. Thus making that effort to vacation at least once a year can keep you looking and feeling good.

And of course, vacationing has been linked to better sleep habits, and we ALL can benefit with more sleep!

These are just a few examples of how vacations can benefit your physical well-being. And guess what- there are even more advantages yet! Stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out all of the great specials that Woodloch as to offer! 

 

 

 

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A Leaf Peeper’s Paradise in the Pocono Mountains

  
  
  
  
  
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Woodloch's All Inclusive Family Resort in the Poconos: An Autumn Getaway Ideal for Leaf Peeping

Leaf Peeper. noun. Refers to a person, esp. a tourist, who takes pleasure in viewing fall foliage.

It’s a thing, we swear. In the likely chance you haven’t heard of it check out this blog on Squidoo offering a list of top peeping destinations. (We’re not just saying that because we made top 10 either.)

So now that we’ve established Leaf Peeping is a thing you’re probably asking yourself "When is the best time to see fall colors in the Pocono Mountains?"

The Answer: Early October. Depending on summer weather, the leaves in the Pocono Mountains begin changing mid to late September and are in full color as early as the first week in October! VisitPA.com does a great job of monitoring and reporting the fall foliage throughout the season.


Travel just 95 miles from NYC through scenic mountain tops, winding river side views, and tree-shaded flames of orange to our richly colored outdoor activities and stunning lakeside amenities, Woodloch offers an array of ways to experience autumn.

So if you’re anxiously awaiting this year’s display of reds, oranges, and yellows look no further than Woodloch Resort in the Pocono Mountains… after all a true peeper couldn’t resist soaring through the trees on our 600ft zipline, just saying.

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There's No "Cooler" Place to Spend Your Summer Than at Woodloch!

  
  
  
  
  
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~ Shared by J. Ranner

For the past week, it seems no matter where you've traveled to for Independence Day, a crazy heat wave has taken the nation by storm. And there's a perfectly rational scientific explanation for all of this: it's JULY. 

While folks at home are cranking up their A/C units seeking solace in the shade, vacationers at Woodloch should be willing and ready to embrace the heat. With so many ways to stay cool on a hot summer day, your biggest concern will be whether or not to order another pina colada (an easy YES for me). Indeed, Woodloch has three key locations that are always chill, no matter what the thermometer reads.

First and foremost, behold the power of the great Lake Teedyuskung! Our spring-fed lake is filled to the brim with clean water. It's ready for you to perfect your cannon-ball form! Thrill seekers can rejoice over the options for both waterskiing and our waterslide. Or if you prefer to stay dry, sailboats, paddleboats, kayaks and scenic boatrides are viable options. It's not a stretch to say that you can easily stay situated at our lake from sunrise to sunset on any given summer day.

Next, nestled against a picturesque wooded Pennsylvania backdrop, lies our bumper boat facility. This heat-conquering amenity marries good old-fashioned bumper cars with the element of water, and the results couldn't be better! Not only will cool water splash onto your friends and family as your boats collide, but each machine includes a mounted water gun for soaking from a distance! No matter your age, you are bound to leave with a smile!

Perhaps the most exciting outdoor cooling amenity for 2013 is our pool facility. Along with our outdoor kiddie splash park (which adults have also been spotted enjoying), this year brings a complete facelift to our outdoor pool! The pool deck has recently been resurfaced and the pool has been re-tiled. On top of that, there is a brand new pool bar featuring fantastic new sandwiches, salads and snacks as well as your favorite summertime cocktails. Relieve the stress of a tough day of Pool Games in the brand new outdoor hot tub! And just in case we happen to get a little bit of moisture that falls from the sky (we don't use the "R" word here), remember that our indoor pool stays open!

The sun is shining, and with good fortune it will throughout the whole summer. You owe it to yourself to take that refreshing dip into the lake . . . so what are you waiting for? 

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Woodloch Takes You "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" this Summer!

  
  
  
  
  
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~Shared by J. Ranner

As I start my 15th year of employment at Woodloch Pines Resort (how time flies), time after time I’ve heard guests simply refer to the resort as “HOME.”

And as a sweet Midwestern girl with ruby red slippers once said, “There’s no place like home.”

How fitting, then, that during Wednesday mornings throughout the summer of 2013, you will be whisked away by a whirlwind of fun with our all-new “Oz” games by the lake. “It’s timeless, really. The movie and the book offer a great story to all ages and tastes,” says Social Director (and “Man Behind the Curtain”) Joey Ranner. “So why not incorporate the love that we share into some great games?”

In case you are a Woodloch rookie, Wednesdays in the summer host a new type of theme game on the shores of Lake Teedyuskung every year.  In the past, we’ve pushed the adrenaline with “Fear Factor,” saluted Hollywood’s biggest movies with our “Blockbuster Games” and even paid tribute to real-life heroes with our “Firefighter Games” and “Police Games.”

Planning for this year’s festivities started months ago. Since then, the Woodloch team has been had at work trying to get things just right. “We either go big or don’t go at all,” says Ranner. “With every game that we do, things have to be new, they have to look good, and most importantly, they have to be FUN.” After months of brainstorming, drafting, and ultimately crafting  the new games, “Oz” is ready for its summer run.

So to shake things up, this year’s games will follow the Yellow Brick Road to great times with family and friends.  The Social Staff have crafted 6 unique relay events that take elements from the beloved movies and add the thrill of competition. This year, guests can expect:

  • Working together to pave a Yellow Brick Road of your own
  • Helping the Scarecrow put himself back together again
  • Using the natural resources of the lake to bring justice to that Wicked Witch…
  • Tracking down ruby red shoes…
  • Flying high with bellman monkeys
  • Enjoying delicious Oz treats with “munchkins!”

And it simply wouldn’t be our Theme Games without a little bit of flair. The Social Staff will be running these games in the full costumes of your favorite Oz characters- but that’s all we will say about that.

So when you do click your heels three times this summer, you’ll be magically transported somewhere over the rainbow to the Emerald City of Woodloch

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One Woodloch Employee's Very Special Father's Day Wish

  
  
  
  
  
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"My father means the world to me. I can’t imagine my life without him."

There's no mistaking the love that Colleen Mitchell holds for her family, especially her dad. Soon to be 64, Glenn Mitchell will blow out his birthday candles the day after Father's Day. But then again, every day is Father's Day for the Mitchell family. Every day is a gift from God as Glenn awaits a much needed heart transplant.

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"My family has been through a hard time, but what family hasn't,” Colleen shared. “When my mother was in labor with me, my father was in another hospital with my brother. My brother had a very rare cancer which is called Burkitt's Lymphoma. At the time, one out of a million was diagnosed with this horrible disease. My brother was two-years-old when he passed away in my father's arms, a week after I was born.”

"Ever since I took my first breath into this big huge world, my father has been my protector. The perfect saying is, "I am 'Daddy's Little Girl.'" I was very lucky to be born into such an amazing family. My father is one who I look up to for everything. We call him Mr. Encyclopedia. Any question you have, he knows the answer! There has not been a moment where we could stump him on a question. My father is a very strong man - a fighter - a person who doesn't quit. Give him a task and he will accomplish it and never go down without a fight."

"My father has taught me so many things throughout my life. He was always by my side: teaching me how to swim (I love the water, I was a little water bug); teaching me how to drive; going on college tours, helping me to pick the right university; and helping me land the perfect job. He pushed me through everything in my life. If it wasn't for him, I don't know where I would be today.

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"My first date was with my current boyfriend Kenny, which was back in the summer of 2007. When my father did meet him for the first time, he drilled him with the 20-questions game. My father does that with everyone; he loves talking and could talk to you for days about anything. He is a very down-to-earth type of guy.”

The best advice he's ever given her? "Never give up, never start a task without finishing it. Always stay positive and most importantly, if you want something in life, you have to go out and work for it," Colleen said.

When it comes to things that make her laugh about her dad, Colleen says it's definitely his crazy endearing personality. "You never know what's going to come out of his mouth next. I definitely see my dad in myself by the way I talk and certain things I do. I realize I act just like him."

"Recently, back in January, my dad's health went downhill. He was at a hardware store with my brother and blacked out. My brother helped him slowly to the ground. He had arrhythmia, which is a problem with the rate/rhythm of the heart beat. Thankfully, he has a defibrillator that was put in three years ago that saved his life," Colleen said. 

A trip to the hospital found Glenn deciding to update his defibrillator. "The new defibrillator would connect on both sides of the heart," Colleen explained. "He went through the surgery on a Friday. Saturday he was released from the hospital. That evening is when he went completely downhill. My family from New York had left after dinner. My father was on all new medication; he had two more pills to take that evening. No more than 10 minutes after, my brother heard gurgling. He ran to my father, and I hurried behind him shortly after.

"When I walked into the room, I saw my brother behind my dad, holding his body on the bed. My father's face was drooping. He was slurring his words and drooling. I knew this night was going to be bad. Scared completely, I frantically called 9-1-1," Colleen remembered.

Tests at the hospital revealed a blood clot on the right side of his brain. He was having a stroke. Life-flighted to Lehigh Valley Hospital, he underwent emergency surgery to remove 90 percent of the clot; the remaining 10 percent would dissolve on its own. Having suffered paralysis on the left side of his body, each day Glenn was improving. "He shocked everyone, even the doctors. My father is a fighter. With the love and power of prayer, he made it through," Colleen said.

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He has overcome so much, yet the family knows he willl have to have a heart transplant in the future.

"His heart fraction level bounces from five to 15 percent which is not good. It should be about 55 to 70 percent," Colleen explained. The heart ejection fraction (EF) measures how well the heart is pumping out blood, and it helps to diagnose and track heart failure.

“If he gets a transplant, the first year survival rate is 90 percent, then up to 10 years it is about 70 percent,” Colleen said.  “To receive a heart, it costs about a million dollars. We’re hoping and praying insurance covers a large majority of it because at this point my dad is in critical condition.”

As of Tuesday, May 28, 2013, my father passed all the tests and was put on the waitlist for a heart. They’re praying for a miracle. “The two biggest concerns are getting a heart in time and praying the new heart does not reject,” she said.

Since her dad has O-negative blood, he can only receive a heart from an O- or O+ donor.  He will also require eight pints of O- blood for the surgery, which is the only type of blood he will be able to receive. "O negative blood is the rarest and can be difficult to get," Colleen said.

Please contact Colleen if you'd like to be considered as a blood donor.  

“My father means the world to me. I can’t imagine my life without him. He is the one I turn to for everything in my life. He calls me every night just to see how my day was and to make sure that I’m home safe. I’m grateful to still be blessed with his presence."

Colleen Mitchell is in the Management Trainee program at Woodloch Pines Resort and works at the Front desk and Reservations department.   

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Summer Dining Options at Woodloch

  
  
  
  
  
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So you did it! You’ve booked your summer vacation at Woodloch, one of the top 10 resorts in the world, and you’re gearing up for your Pocono Mountains summer vacation.  Now chances are at some point in between all of the fun-filled activities, endless amenities, and spectacular evening entertainment, you’re going to get hungry.  Whether your package includes two or three meals daily, or you’ve selected one of our guest homes and do not have meals included in your package, this guide will help you understand what options Woodloch has to offer in the summer.

Woodloch Pines Resort Options

The Main Dining Room at Woodloch Pines:  Woodloch’s classic family-style dining featuring at least four entrée options, soups, salads, and appetizers.  A children’s menu is always available.  This menu changes daily and is posted outside the entrance to the dining room.  Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Inn at Woodloch:  Offers family-style dining along with an upgraded option to an à la carte menu for dinner.  Featuring at least four entrée options, soups, salads, and appetizers.  A children’s menu is always available.  Open daily for breakfast and dinner.

The North Lodge and Sports Bar:  Offers fun snack foods such as nachos, personal pizzas, hot pretzels, cold sandwiches, hot dogs, and salads.  Open daily from 11 AM to 2 AM. 

The Country Store:  Located at the Inn at Woodloch, the Country Store offers a full-service deli in addition to soups, salads, sandwiches, hoagies, fresh baked goods, and snacks.  They also carry grocery items: milk, eggs, etc.  Open seven days a week!

The Beach Bar and Grill:  Located by the beach, offers a full-service bar along with burgers, hot dogs, and chicken off the grill.  They also offer salads, nachos, snacks, and ice cream treats.  Open daily in the summer from 11 AM to 5 PM. 

The Outdoor Pool Bar:  Located at the Pool & Sports Complex, they offer wraps, salads, nachos, hot pretzels, hot dogs, fresh fruit, ice cream treats, and a full-service bar.  Open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM.

Woodloch Springs Options

The Grille Room and Awning:  Located in the Clubhouse at Woodloch Springs overlooking the golf course.  The Grille Room provides a casual atmosphere (TVs, tables, and bar) and features American fare with an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner.  Breakfast also available. 

The Vista and Terrace Dining Rooms:  Located in the Clubhouse at Woodloch Springs.  Offers a more formal atmosphere for dinner.  Menu options include seafood, steaks, pasta, veal, and fine wines.

The Lodge at Woodloch Options

Tree:  Located at our sister destination spa, Tree features organic, gourmet spa cuisine daily in a beautiful dining room overlooking the forest and a small private lake. 

Surrounding Area

The Boat House Restaurant:  A Woodloch-owned facility on Lake Wallenpaupack approximately 25 minutes away.  Serves American fare and seafood in a casual dining environment.  The Boat House is open daily for lunch and dinner.

Woodloch definitely has many options to suit your tastes.  If you would like more information or would like to make reservations, please call 570-685-8002.

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Woodloch's Famous Photo Ops!

  
  
  
  
  
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~ Shared by J. Ranner

You've all seen the pictures. A friend of yours who loves the Beatles travels to London and low and behold, a picture is snapped of him crossing Abbey Road. Your cousin Sally heads to LA on a business trip and sure enough is captured on film on next to Charlie Chaplin's star on Hollywoods "Walk of Fame." And we all know someone who has traveled to Italy and single handedly supported the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

No matter where you travel to, it's nice to know that there are trademark sights and landmarks that provide the perfect photo opportunities to document your escape. And while Paul McCartney has never stayed with us, and all of our buildings are structurally sound, I like to think that in the magical universe of "Woodloch Land," we have our own little features that define us and have provided families with awesome locations for that ever important group photo for the past 55 years.

So, I've taken the liberty of compiling a list of "10 Pretty Awesome Photo Ops at Woodloch Pines Resort." 

1. Fisherman- He's one of the first "personalities" you'll run into upon your arrival to Woodloch! Situated right outside our main registration desk, the classic fisherman has seen many generations of families grow up here at Woodloch. Year after year, he stays in the same spot; the fish must still be biting.

2. A photo with ___________ by the Front Desk- You never know who you might run into as you check in for your vacation experience at Woodloch. It might be an old friend, a favorite staff member, JK, or depending on the season, Frankenstein, the Easter Bunny, or Jolly Old Saint Nick! Be ready for anything...

3. Main Lobby Fireplace - Our resort has grown a bit since opening its doors in 1958 (understatement), but the main lobby fireplace has been a staple from the get go. Crackling fires burn throughout the winter, but our fireplace is the perfect place for your family to assemble for a portrait that says "we're classy . . . but here to party."

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4. Fishing Dock - To me, when I get a spare moment to soak it in, Lake Teedyuskung is breathtakingly beautiful, and any picture you take is bound to be an instant classic. However, migrate over to our small fishing dock next to the Tea House dock for a full beautiful view of the lake, passing boats, and of course all those "skilled" water skiiers.

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5. Waterslide- And while we're down on the lake, let's talk "action" shots. While there's nothing more adorable than watching your kids construct sand castles, it's hard to compete with the joyous smiles our guests share with us as they plummet down our waterslide!

6. The Inn Waterfront- Have you been plotting- I mean "planning"- your fairytale wedding since you were young? If so, I'd say there's an 83% chance you dreamed that it would take place at the Inn waterfront, even if you've never seen it before in your life. The tranquil water and astounding views will not only stir emotions in the manliest of men but also provide a pristine canvas for all of those lovely wedding photographs!

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7. Zipline- There's nothing like capturing your loved ones with an expression of pure enjoyment - or fear - in their eyes. Both are equally possible thanks to Woodloch's 600-foot Eagle Eye Zipline. Snap a shot as they zoom by at over 35 mph through the trees or as they free fall from our Tarzan Swing! Memories...

8. Climbing Wall- Yodel-ay-hee-hoo! Do you have what it takes to scale 30 feet vertically to the summit of Woodloch's climbing wall? If so, why not immortalize the moment with a proper photograph (taken from the ground, of course). 

spa resorts9. Theme Night- Staying with us on a Wednesday or Saturday night? You will regret missing the spectacle of Theme Night! As you arrive for dinner, snap a quick shot with our characters in the traditional greeting line, then catch a new set of characters parade through on parade! 

10. The Deer That Never Moves- Looking to spot some wildlife, but keep coming up short? Fear not, we've found a solution to this issue! Situated underneath a tree on our main lawn is a deer that never moves. A nice silver medal to actually having to track down wildlife to film, this ceramic creature will ALWAYS hold a special place in my heart,  and I have a feeling others will agree with me!

 

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT PHOTO OPS OF ALL...

.... are the ones that you create with the people you love most in the world! It doesn't have to be at a certain place or a certain time. Remember, a photograph captures a moment and immortalizes all of the feelings so that you can take them with you year-round! Plan as you might, the best pictures will set themselves up when you least expect it! And that's a BEAUTIFUL thing. 

WE'D LOVE TO KNOW- where are YOUR favorite photo spots? Comment below!

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