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COMING SOON TO A LAKE NEAR YOU: Woodloch Summer 2016 Preview PART 2

Posted on Fri, Jun 10, 2016

~shared by J. Ranner

“Pop in my CD and let me run a rhyme- and put your car on cruise and lay back cause this is SUMMERTIME”

- The Fresh Prince

Just when you thought things couldn’t possibly get any better… they absolutely can. 

A few weeks back, we were happy to announce that we would have all sorts of new and exciting games and events for you this summer on your Pocono mountain vacation. Well, guess what? The list just got a bit longer!

We’ll get right into it!

  • Kitchen Pandemonium – “Don’t play with your food!” Yeah… for anyone that’s tried our Bakery Wars, you already know that rule doesn’t apply to us! Bring your culinary skills and expertise to the North Lodge and try out this new competition!
  • “Spirited Art” – Speaking of food, I just KNOW there are a lot of wine fans out there! This summer, adults can grab a glass and a paintbrush to create a masterpiece with our instructor.
  • Boat Regatta – We’ve decided to share our most popular corporate teambuilding activity with our guests this summer! Fashion yourself a sloop out of our finest cardboard and test her seaworthiness… a treasure trove of gold medals awaits the champions!
  • Game Night – Sometimes, it seems like we’re all too reliant on our phones for entertainment. Therefore, Woodloch is kicking it old-school with Sunday Game Night! Kiddies will play a collection of classics (with a Woodloch spin!) while adults (and adults ONLY!) retreat to play our newest creation: Cards Against WOODLOCH!
  • New Nightly Acts – We’re gonna mix it up for everyone a bit this year. We’re happy to welcome a few NEW acts to the Woodloch stage for summer 2016, including acclaimed hypnotists, jugglers and comedians! And for those aspiring to one day take the Nightclub stage themselves… take the first step in doing so with our Balloon Workshop!
  • Killer Classics – You know all of those great Woodloch vacation memories you made with games like Double Dare, Pool Games and Olympics? Good news… they are ALL back for 2016 with ALL NEW challenges awaiting you! We’d let you know exactly what we mean… but we think it’s much better if we leave it a SURPISE!

It’s inching closer and closer by the second… and we can hardly contain our excitement! We are looking forward to celebrating a year like no other here with all of our guests… and, as always, it will be a pleasure to share it with you!


Tags: Summer

NEW FOR 2016: "Loch-Toberfest" heads to Hawley!

Posted on Thu, Jun 02, 2016

~shared by J. Ranner

 We are ready to get our OOMPAH on... are you?

The summer solstice is just around the corner, and we know we're not alone when we say that we are EXCITED for summer! In just a few short days, we're going to be rolling out all sorts of new events and activities for our guests!

We are particularly delighted to share our featured Monday night entertainment (starting July 11th). While Woodloch features a beautiful large indoor venue for most of our shows and entertainers, it's just too nice outside to not sneak out for some fun while the weather is warm! We are pleased to announce that 2016's featured outdoor entertainment will be Loch-Toberfest, our homage to the German Oktoberfest celebration! 

A brief history lesson for you: Oktoberfest originated in Munich, Germany in 1810 as a celebration of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese's wedding. The royal couple decided to share their special day with the ENTIRE city of Munich and invited everyone to a day full of delicious food and drink, fun and games, and a grand horse racing event (to showcase their prominent agricultural strenghts) to close everything up. With all of that considered, it seems to be a perfect fit for a Woodloch Summer Celebration! 

Germans loved the festival so much that they made it a tradition- 6 million visitors from around the world migrate there every fall, but guests can get a taste of the fun HERE this summer!


  • Delicious German Food - enjoy a sample of Bavarian cuisine during our Monday Cookouts and even more snacks throughout the festival!
  • Live Music from THE OOMPAH BOYS - there's nothing quite like the joyous sounds of German musical acts! They will be entertaining all with festive German staples, as well as your favorite pop and rock songs with a Munich twist!
  • Trunk Show Crafts - handmade items will be available for purchase from local vendors- if you something doesn't catch your eye, you can always make your own!
  • Outdoor Pub Games - enjoy bar room style games for all ages like Table Shuffleboard, Mug Tossing and MORE
  • For the "Little Dumplings" - we've got a Petting Zoo, Alpine Slides and zee one & only Dr. Professor Balloonicus on call!
  • And Last but NOT LEAST - it simply wouldn't be Oktoberfest without delicious mugs of BEER! We are pleased to inform you that our friends at The Irving Cliff Brewery (just down the road from us!) will be on the scene to not only share their infinite wisdom about custom craft brew beers but will also have several of their locally produced brews on hand... only available at Woodloch!

We are very excited to share this event with you this summer. Of course, it's just one of many of the delightful activities you can expect on your next trip to the Pocono Mountains... so stay tuned for even MORE details!

Until then... auf wiedersehen!

Tags: Summer

COMING SOON TO A LAKE NEAR YOU: Woodloch Summer 2016 Preview PART 1

Posted on Tue, Apr 19, 2016


~shared by J. Ranner

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”
- Charles Bowden

Even as I sit right now trying to wrap up my work week, my mind is continually straying outside to a brilliant cornflower blue sky, warming beams of light casting shadows through the budding trees, and the squeals of giddy children (and possibly some adults) as they embark out on another day of fun and festivities here at Woodloch.

Gone are the days of cold and grey. Summer is coming. 

As we shed our sweaters for tee shirts and ditch the snow shovels for gardening equipment, so must we change here at Woodloch! Each and every season brings something new and fun to the table, and the summer of 2016 is shaping up to be one of our best yet. We have a whole list full of wonderful things heading to you this summer!

Without spoiling too much, here's what you can look forward to seeing at our resort this season!

  1. Wood-Loch-Tober Fest - We're not waiting until the fall to enjoy the fantastic experience of Oktoberfest! Join us Monday nights throughout the summer for live music, great German food, special draft beers (brewed right here in town!), crafts, games, dancing and more!
  2. Our Brand New TV Carnival - In perfect harmony with this year's Broadway-style Theme Show, Woodloch Celebrates the Wonderful World of Television with midway-style carnival games all centered around our favorite television shows! All ages can enjoy mini-games of skill and chance in order to win the Woodloch prizes they've wanted all their lives (maybe this year, you'll get that whoopie cushion we've seen you eyeing).mystery_machine.jpg
  3. Saturday Morning Cartoon Games - Speaking of television, perhaps you remember waking up early on weekends with a bowl of Lucky Charms and tuning in to see your favorite animated characters? Well, our Social Staff certainly does (being "cartoons" themselves) and this summer we thought it would be cool to magically reunite all of our guests with those shows in our brand new Lake Games. Word is that The Mystery Machine might even show up... ZOINKS!
  4. Donut Showdown. It's "the circle of life" that all started with a little cupcake. We then upped our game with gingerbread, rice krispie treats, and even pumpkins for our Halloween Wars. This summer, we're bringing you our "Donut Showdown"- the most ambitous "Bakery War" to hit Woodloch! Decorate your display and do your best to delight our judges...waterslide_splash_zone.jpg
  5. Start with a Splash - while warm weather means plenty of swimming in our beautiful lake and outdoor pool, we are happy to announce that we have a brand-new fully operational INDOOR waterslide and "splash zone" for your enjoyment! This means non-stop wet and wild fun night and day, 365 days a year!
  6. "The Cabin in the Woods"- By light, there's nothing more beautiful than a summer's day in the Pocono Mountains. By night... well, an evening in the dark forest can be an entirely different story. Our team of ghouls and goblins has a jump start on the Halloween season with our "Cabin in the Woods"- a walk through spooktacular maze for those of you brave enough to face it! Make it through, and you might just want to come back for our Haunted Hayrides in the fall!cabin_in_the_woods.jpg

...and you know what else? That's not all! We've still got a bunch of surprises in store coming your way as they are announced in the coming weeks, so be ready for good news coming down the pike!

We've got our sunscreen, tank tops and Strawberry Daiquiris ready- we can't wait for it all to begin!



Tags: Summer