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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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~ 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."
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.
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!
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).
9. 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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Sometimes guests of Woodloch Pines Resort are totally unaware of what lurks in the shadows, or, as in most cases, right out in the open in the bright bright sun that only the Pocono Mountains can deliver.
You’re taking part in the Waterslide Contest, you get a good start, and right as you’re about to hit the water with your best “I’m about to be a fish” face, it happens. SNAP.
You’re chowing down face-deep in the “Find the Jellybean in the Cupcake” portion of Double Dare when you come up for air, and it happens. SNAP.
And speaking of cupcakes, your team just captured the gold in Cupcake Wars. You find yourself resisting the urge to shove your confectionary masterpiece into sissy’s face for a laugh as you pose, waiting for it to happen. SNAP!
Every day amateur and professional photographers roam around ready to capture those magical moments that make Woodloch Pines so special. They've got you covered even if you forgot your camera or were unable to bring it with you because, let’s face it, something called Pool Games probably does not bode well for any electronic devices. They are ready to freeze that moment in time; the smile as you see your child enjoying the go carts or Woodloch Forest; the laughter as you witness Grandpa turned into a human taco; and the pride as you and your loved ones hold up that gleaming gold Woodloch medal after beating out everyone else.
These photos can be purchased even after you leave Woodloch. They are always available at The Edge via http://woodlochedge.smugmug.com/. So if you want to cherish that Pocono Mountains experience forever, don’t forget to smile when you hear that snap!
P.S. Cupcake beards are a must at Woodloch. ;-)