Birthday Weekend at the Poconos

We love nature as much as we love cities and skyscrapers. We honestly love a good balance between the two. There’s beauty in experiencing both aspects of what this wonderful world has to offer us. Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes and we crave all the adventure we can get! That’s why he knew that surprising me with a weekend in the Poconos for my birthday would be ideal without having to take days off work.

The Pocono mountains are located about 1.5 hours west of NYC in Pennsylvania. This is a sparsely populated area of land that offers wonderful opportunities in the outdoors. There are plenty of places to go hiking, go river tubing, camping, exploring quaint towns, zip-lining, and other adventures. We left on a Friday night after work and came back on Sunday in time for dinner reservations for my birthday. We stayed at Crescent Lodge and Country Inn for 2 nights. Here are many of the adventures we squeezed in during our stay:

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This was our personal little cabin in the lodge area. There was a bedroom, bathroom, sitting area, and a Jacuzzi tub!

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After our drive, we were famished. We decided to stop by and eat at the restaurant on the property and were extremely pleased! You can’t go wrong with French Onion Soup!

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There were so many options and he chose the lamb chop which I have to say, stole the show that night. Delicious!

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We called it an early night and got up early in the morning to have breakfast. We came upon this sign that we found fascinating.01b3f34252920b02c0ede6fe704c49f9665a6b44c2

And of course, the actual breakfast. I was super excited about the plans for the day and couldn’t contain it. Our first stop was zip-lining, then an adventure treetop course, we spent some time in the the quaint town that had a great candy store and finished the day in our cabin.

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This particular zip line was located in Kittatinny and offered duel racing zip lines. We were able to go together at the same time on different ropes. It was such a great experience! We love zip lines and have a plan to zip line every one that we can in every country that offers them. More to come in future posts!

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We were off to our tree top adventure after the zip lines! We wanted to spend as much time as we could in the trees!

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I had to get strapped in and harnessed in order to do the adventure.

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There was a lull where he was in the trees and I had gone ahead of him (I tend to be good at these adventures).

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It was such a great time and offered us great picture opportunities. This was a treetop adventure in Skytop, PA.

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After both adventures, we grabbed a quick dinner in town and headed back to our lodge. The property offered different hiking trails and we wanted to take advantage of them prior to leaving.

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On Sunday morning, he surprised me with a horseback riding adventure! After our successful and memorable horse back ride in the hills of Ireland (you can check out the post in  my blog), this has become another passion for me. I want to ride horses with every opportunity I get! And this ride was so much fun! We were able to trot and gallop with the horses and we had never done that before!

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Once the horse back tour was over, we headed back towards the city. He made reservations at a great restaurant in our neighborhood. We toasted with a bottle of rose to a wonderful weekend that was a perfect mix of nature and adventure!

Let me know what fun adventures you’ve had for your birthday and if you prefer City or Nature adventures!

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