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Did you know that Woodloch is home to 9 dining facilities? With the opening of The Market at Woodloch, let’s make that 10. From our family-style, country-comfort cuisine in the main dining room at Woodloch Pines, to the epicurean inspired “farm to fork” spa gastronomy at The Lodge at Woodloch, we have to up our game to ensure a quality dining experience is had by all. Enter corporate executive chef, Stevan Sundberg.
When Stevan started here in the beginning of the year he came with lofty goals in mind for the all-inclusive Woodloch Resort nestled in the Pocono Mountains. One of these goals is love, a little TLC, “I think the food at Woodloch needs inspiration. I want every plate that runs out of any Woodloch kitchen to exude passion and heart.”
Just beyond the entrance to The Lodge at Woodloch is a dirt road that leads to a lush garden where the concept of “farm to fork” comes from. Growing freshly there is everything from baby kale to fresh peas nestled in their pods. In the midst of getting to know what Steven brings to the table, I was able to step into his element where he is most inspired to do what he does best. Steven thrives off the ability to give guests quality, inspired, fresh cuisine. He wants to leave each plate with something scratch prepared, not necessarily out of a can. One of the many unique elements of Woodloch culinary arts is the new ability to be able to give our guests healthy, well-balanced options that could easily have been picked fresh from the garden the day their plate hits the table; which will continue to grow, figuratively and literally.
Stevan comes to Woodloch with 29 years of service and experience as the former executive chef at Skytop Lodge. He brought with him an exuberant ambition to keep dining options here at Woodloch trendy, unique, and to create consistency within each menu. There will always be room for improvement, but when it comes to our food options here we must always aim high and raise the bar.
Another great asset the Stevan brings to the table is an externship development program. Giving externs an environment in which they can grow to become a key player and eventually a long-term teammate in the kitchens here at Woodloch. The short-term benefit to this program is giving Woodloch extremely talented chefs during the most peak season when demand is high. The externs always seem to bring in passion, positive attitudes, and professional pride to our culinary and pastry teams.
“At the end of their visit, I want guests to leave Woodloch saying, ‘Wow! This place was great. It had great activities, and fantastic entertainment, BUT the food was out of this world!’”
Cheers to the future of Woodloch dining, welcome aboard Chef Sundberg!
-shared by Sara Coons
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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.
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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Who in their right mind gets up at 3 a.m. to go shopping?!?
You know who you are :)
I took an office poll in Woodloch's Reservation Department only to find that I work with some determined strategists. Of course, there were those who swore they'd never repeat the Black Friday experience, while others seemed to not only thrive on it, but actually embrace it.
Woodloch's Special Events & Lodging Coordinator Karen Worzel says it's best to have a list and bring your coupons. Oh, and don't forget extra bags and perhaps a baby carriage. "You need someplace to put your stuff. They'll be out of bags and carts," she says.
"Never dress too warm because the stores are always hot," she tacks on. "And take bottled water and snacks because lines are long.
"I don't know if I'm an expert, but I go out every year. I've perfected my madness," she says with a glint in her eyes.
She's not kidding. They gather around the Thanksgiving table following dinner and the war strategy begins.
"All of my aunts and cousins all sit at the dining room table after its cleaned from dinner and we go through all of the circulars and ads," she says.
Look for her pulling into the store parking lot around 4 a.m. and not returning home until around 2 p.m.
"We're pretty much successful, each and every year," she says. It's a fun family tradition.
Reservationist Sara Hoey smilingly shakes her head remembering a friend who spent four long hours on line for a Black Friday door buster - a discounted iPod. But the friend was thrilled to claim her prize and save $50 bucks in the bargain.
"I went Black Friday shopping once. I don't even remember what it was for. I wore reindeer antlers and I got on the news. They had pictures of me coming through the doors," Sara says. She remembers other shoppers making shooting noises at her choice of head gear.
Front desk and reservation employee Sam Postrion says she hasn't been Black Friday shopping in over a decade. Just watching the mahem on TV is enough. Many moons ago, she accompanied her sister-in-law to help find some much sought after Cabbage Patch Kids; but found that limited supply can sometimes bring out the worst in people. "That was the worst because those women were out for blood."
Unfortunately, there are those who push and shove to get the upper hand. And that's sincerely sad. But Black Friday can also be inspiring.
This year, Woodloch Pines is donating a portion of its Black Friday bookings to aid Hurricane Sandy victims and ongoing relief efforts.
"Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The Woodloch Family will be donating a portion of all of the proceeds from this Black Friday special to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army," said John Kiesendahl (resort owner).
One Woodloch caller - exclaiming how wonderful it is that Woodloch throws its annual Black Friday booking sale on select vacation dates - commented how much easier it is to take advantage of Woodloch's Black Friday Sale from the comfort of your own office or living room.
However, that same caller did say when it comes to shopping Black Friday, it's no holds barred. It's a tailgate party, complete with a cooler full of turkey sandwiches and girlish giggles as she and her sisters head out for some "crack of dawn" bargains.
It's with a laugh that she admits that they usually end up buying things that could be bought "at a normal hour." But then again, it's still a blast.
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On June 21, 2012 Kara was getting ready to go to the Woodloch staff show with her friends and family as she has done every Thursday night for the past 15 years. Little did she know, her night was about to become much more special then she could ever imagine.
Connor, who has been accompanying Kara on her family vacation for a few years now, has known for quite some time that he would propose at Woodloch. Connor also knew he was going to propose to Kara before her 22nd birthday, which happened to be that very next day. Knowing Kara would love a public proposal, he figured there would be no better way than to propose to Kara on stage after the staff show in front of all her family and some close friends. With her birthday just hours away, it was the perfect way to disguise the proposal that was about to take place.
After the last song Kara and Connor were called up on stage where Kara was presented with a birthday cake, and Connor was given the microphone. Kara claims she had no idea what was coming. She remembers Connor acting a bit strange and fidgety during the staff show, getting up to go to the restroom numerous times, but she just thought he wasn’t feeling well. Even when she saw the small paper bag in his hands she convinced herself it was just a birthday gift. Connor then proceeded to tell his and Kara’s story to the audience while expressing his love for Kara. She still thought that this was just his way of wishing her a very public happy birthday. Then, Connor got down on one knee.
Although there were hundreds of people watching, Kara remembers it as if they were the only two people in the room! She was completely surprised and swept off her feet.
Kara remarked, "I have grown up at Woodloch, and I consider it to be a second home so it truly was the perfect engagement with the perfect ring and the perfect guy."
Woodloch would like to congratulate Kara and Connor once again and wish them the best of luck in the future!!