Skytop Logde – Skytop, PA

Since it’s inception in 1928, Skytop Lodge has earned it’s reputation for the best place to travel to for outdoor adventure and family fun. Skytop Lodge is a majestic, all-inclusive family resort nestled right in the Pocono Mountains. They offer fun, adventure and a place to really get away!

My family and I spent four days and three nights at Skytop and came home with memories that will truly last us a lifetime! There is so much to do and so much to see I wanted to share with you a few of our very favorite things!

The Building:

Any way, any weather, any time you look at the large lodge building  your breath will be taken away. The building is gorgeous! Skytop’s story starts on the mountain summit in 1925 where John Stubbs, Frederic Smith, Earl Mayne and Sam Packer envisioned a grand resort on the peak of a high plateau in the Poconos.  They purchased eight tracts of land totaling 2,500 acres and hired a landscape architect to select the ideal location for the lodge and golf course. The Main Lodge was completed within three years. It was built to reflect the beauty of its surroundings. Stones and woods found on the property were used in construction.

In 1930 a dam was completed and the lake was enlarged to its present size. Later, cottages were built and the 2,000-acre Goose Pond area was acquired to create a 5,500 Pocono Mountains playground with hiking, skiing, swimming, and new adventures, surrounded by places of quiet beauty and restful charm.

Skylites:

The weekly Skylites are posted online and available at the front desk, they show special events and activities that will be held during your stay. Such as a special movie, lawn bowling clinic, picnic, playdoh play time, pony rides, petting zoo and so much more all depending on when your stay is! They also have a list of activities that are available at Skytop to do each and every day such as the library, games, puzzles, 34 miles of hiking trails, 6-Hole Miniature Golf, Ping Pong, Air Hockey, Foosball, Stacker, Mountain Bikes with optional Burleys, Paddle Tennis, Basketball, Croquet, Lawn Bowling, Putting Green, Play Ground,  Sand Volleyball, Archery and more! The Skylites were literally our guide to what we did each and every day! You can see an example by clicking here.

Adventure Center:

The adventure center offers activities such as Kayak Rentals & Lessons, Canoe Lessons, Laser Tag, Rock Climbing, Paintball Games,

Geo Caching and Wilderness Skills Classes by appointment. The activities are not included with your stay, but really get you out and moving on a day where the included activities may not be your cup of tea!

Camp In The Clouds:

Is a  fun day camp that is highly active, geared to the great outdoors, with a focus on sports and nature for children ages 3-12 years that are potty trained. Half-day sessions run from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. which includes lunch and afternoon sessions run 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. There were a few things we wanted to do (zip lining, boat rowing) that really could not be done with six kids. So we left the kiddos in Camp In The Clouds (included with your stay) and to be honest, they had more fun in the camp than they did with us! Activities at Camp In The Clouds include, but are not limited to slip and slide play, sprinkler play, fishing, bingo and water painting!

Windsor Dining Room:

Skytop is all-inclusive, which means with the cost of your room comes all of your food! The Windsor Dining room is casual dress for breakfast and lunch and more formal with jackets required for dinner which really makes dinner special! Skytop Lodge uses oil that contains no sodium, no trans-fat, and no cholesterol. MSG or flavor enhancers are not used in preparation of foods and all of your meals can be customized.  The food served in the Windsor is nothing but five star quality. What really set our dining experiences apart was Jeff- our waiter! I have been to a lot of resturants in my day

Cell Phone Use, Or Lack There Of:

Skytop asks all their guests to remember while they are at Skytop they are seeking a relaxing vacation! Sit back and enjoy a break from little (or big) stresses you face each and every day at home and leave the cell phone in your room! At first I thought it would be odd to see people not on their phones, but to be honest it was so nice. To see parents bonding with their kids instead of their phones was literally a breath of fresh air!

Jackie Speicher:

Ms Jackie is Skytop’s local and friendly naturalist! She knows practically every inch of  Skytop’s 5500 acre property and enjoys teaching guests young and old all about it. She took us to the beautiful Leavitt Falls, helped the kids find and pick wild blueberries and told them all about the story of the Indian man and the Sassafras plant! The kids loved her and were sad when our nature hike was over!

No matter your age, personality or desire, Skytop Lodge can make your next trip an unforgettable experience. Call 800 345 7759 or visit skytop.com

Skye About Skye

Real Mom Review's founder and main author, Skye Moyer is a 27 year old, stay at home mother of four beautiful children who is currently traveling all over the U.S. in her RV! She has been married to her best friend for almost 10 years and is happiest when surrounded by family & friends!

Comments

  1. Chasity Boatman says:

    This sounds amazing!

  2. Rita Spratlen says:

    It looks so fun!!! I live in Oregon and this reminds me of Mt Hood.

  3. Sharon Hamilton Freeman says:

    I would love to be able to treat my family to a vacation at Skytop Lodge!!! It looks beautiful and full of fun activities!!

  4. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) says:

    Wow, this looks like a great place to visit.

  5. Melissa O says:

    Wow! This place looks gorgeous!!!

  6. What a great place to go for a vacation… I could see my relatives all meeting up there for a reunion. Lawn bowling? Kayaking? Rock climbing? It’s got something for everyone!

  7. This looks gorgeous! Wish we could go visit!

  8. Diane K. Brimmer says:

    That is absolutely breath taking! How gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Denise Weatherly says:

    Being outdoors isn’t something I really enjoy, but from the pictures and write-up, it could
    be a very relaxing event.

  10. Shanon Bramblette says:

    This sounds amazing! The perfect getaway. Immersed in loads of activity, fitness, & nature. It sounds pretty much all-inclusive, as long as you participate in the Skylites, as opposed to the costly activities. It looks BEAUTIFUL! T-y for sharing your experience. I’m convinced! I live in NJ so not too far, either. Def. gotta look into this, for my next vacay.

  11. kelly willis says:

    wow this looks so pretty

  12. What an amazing place to truly get away from it all! I love the photo featuring your entire family and am so happy you all had a blast.

  13. What a gorgeous place to visit! It looks like you had a lot of fun! So many places to explore, and I bet your children had a blast! What a nice picture of you and your family!

  14. Suehey De Jesus says:

    GREAT!!!

  15. how absolutely beautiful!~ my family loves the outdoors and we’d just love to take in such natural beauty!

  16. Nena Sinclair says:

    Wow! What an amazing place! I would love to vacation there with my family one day!!

  17. A.Smith says:

    What an amazing place! I love the lack of cell phones so parents can bond with their kids instead of being present but not really there. Great adventure awaits here for sure!

  18. Patricia Williams says:

    I was so surprise to see that this is close to me. What a great place for a family get a way. Or even just a mom and dad escape .

  19. Marilee says:

    Skytop Lodge looks Awesome!!

  20. Deborah Hogue says:

    Skytop Lodge looks like it has something to please every visitor. I live in Oregon but If I were to ever travel, Skytop Lodge is definitely a place my whole family would enjoy

  21. Christy Maurer says:

    It is beautiful! I’d love to visit!

  22. Britni Bradford says:

    This looks awesome! What a great trip for yall.

  23. Lily Kwan says:

    Skytop Lodge looks very fun. I can’t wait to go too!

  24. Looks like a dream vaca to me. I love the outdoors and this place is perfect, if only closer

  25. Malea Gardner says:

    Just beautiful!!

  26. Sue Hull says:

    That waterfall took my breath away! That’s Gods beautiful country.It looks like an amazing place to go on vacation. Thank you so much for sharing!

  27. jade tallen says:

    so beautiful! great place to go 🙂

  28. jill kossar carroll says:

    You can hop over to the casino!

  29. Pinky Sade says:

    Wow, this place looks so much fun! Gorgeous and has tons of activities! Great for the family!

  30. Jess Benoit says:

    Wow! This looks & sounds so nice.

  31. cathy ferguson says:

    i would LOVE to stay here! absolutely amazing! thanks for sharing!!

  32. Barbara Platt says:

    looks like fun, thanks for sharing

  33. Rhonda C. says:

    I love this! very nature oriented.

  34. Nena Sinclair says:

    I would love to stay at Skytop Lodge, it’s beautiful and I like that it’s family oriented and there’s so much to do!

  35. Lisa Brown says:

    This place is beautiful. Great place to stay.

  36. darlene bohannon says:

    wow! such an amazing place,it is so beautiful,now i call that a great vacation spot!!!!

  37. Carla Bonesteel says:

    This is my favorite place!! I love it, near where I live!

  38. Andrea byrne says:

    beautiful and fun, whats not to love!!

  39. Jenn McCullar says:

    Looks so beautiful, love the nature.

  40. Lori Alcorn says:

    Wow this looks like a really fun place to relax and have fun 🙂

  41. Janet W. says:

    Absolutely stunning scenery! Beautiful!

  42. Cassandra Eastman says:

    This is sooo pretty! What a neat place to take a vacation! Looks very relaxing and fun 🙂

  43. Jennifer Hall says:

    This looks great

  44. Devin M says:

    Sounds Amazing! Stunning

  45. We are a very active family so I think we would like this

  46. InezbyDesign says:

    This is a beautiful spot with the kind of activities available that we would enjoy, canoeing, hiking etc. The cottages as lovely and just waiting for us to move in.

  47. Wow, such a beautiful place! I can totally picture myself relaxing there. And NO cellphones!

  48. Christopher Roundell says:

    Looks and sounds like a beautiful place to stay.

  49. This place looks amazing! The Skytop Logde looks like a place where everyone in the family can have fun! I would love to stay in this place right in the Pocono mountains!

  50. What great pictures! I never even thought about vacationing here, but now it’s on our list! I love, love, love all of the fun activities!!!

  51. WOW… this destination looks absolutely STUNNING!

  52. Trinity Bains says:

    This sounds like my kind of place: beautiful scenery, relaxing, fun for the kids!

  53. Sarah (La Profesora Frida) says:

    WOW. This place looks AMAZING.
    My husband and I just spent our honeymoon out in Yellowstone, and he loves all things RUSTIC! He would LOVE this place! I’ll keep it in mind for next summer!
    Thanks for the review!

  54. Michael Crowley says:

    Looks like an amazing place to stay with plenty to do!

  55. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    This place looks awesome! And even though it would “kill me” not to have my cell phone – it would def. be good for me! And I live in PA so it’s not too far away!

  56. Looks like a great place to stay — excellent review!

  57. JENNIFER HART says:

    WHAT AN ABSOLUTLY BEAUTIFUL PLACE. YOU MADE IT LOOK LIKE A FUN PLACE TO GO WITH YOUR FAMILY-THANKS FOR THE REVIEW

  58. Lisa Jestes says:

    Beautiful!!

  59. This place looks awesome. I love historical buildings.

  60. Wendi Scharrer says:

    Gorgeous! Lucky you guys. I wouldn’t wnat to leave!! 🙂

  61. Tricia R says:

    The pictures are gorgeous and breathtaking! I’ve always wanted to go somewhere in the mountains but was afraid there wouldn’t be enough to do for the kids. This looks like they’d love it!

  62. would love to vacation there

  63. Kristin Gilbert says:

    This place looks so nice. My family would love a vacation like this. I am glad you enjoyed this. Getting down and dirty in the day and dressing up for dinner- I love it!

  64. looks incredible

  65. Looks like a great place to take the whole family.

  66. Sky Top Lodge i very beautiful and with o many activities to choose from the entirte family will have a great time!

  67. Wendi Scharrer says:

    I would love to visit here. I love nature…so beautiful.

  68. Sounds heavenly!

  69. It’s great to see some of the old-school resorts still hanging in there!

  70. rust hawk says:

    Sounds breathtaking …and a place I have always wanted to visit!

  71. AUTUMN KELLY says:

    Now this is a place for me . The wonderful outdoors with plenty to do.

  72. Leona Evans says:

    so nice!

  73. Samara Overturff says:

    This place looks beautiful! Thank you for your review, I’ll definitely have to check it out!

  74. tiffany dover says:

    What I wouldn’t do to take my family here!

  75. This looks absolutely amazing. I love the historical education it comes with too! 🙂

  76. Looks amazing! Want to go!

  77. Chevelle Sopkin says:

    What a breath of fresh air that looks like! Wow. My husband & I could sure use a trip like this. I think our 3 yr old son would enjoy it a lot too. Your photos are fantastic! And I like the fact that they remind/ask you to leave your phones in your rooms & RELAX! It seems so hard for us to do these days, doesn’t it? Even our form of what we “think” is relaxing, is still much more a form of busy work in this techie age. I wan to go to there (in the voice of Tina Fey via 30 Rock 😉

  78. @dinahsaur74 says:

    that looks just beautiful and completely relaxing 🙂

  79. That looks amazing! I have been to Pocono before and just love it out there. It would be so wonderful to stay in the mountains at such a nice place!

  80. wow, this really doess seem perfect for family vacay. beautiful nature but still with beautiful lodge.

  81. Patricia N says:

    Wow! The pictures are amazing! I’d love to visit, especially since I’m partial to mountains.
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  82. This looks waaay cool!

  83. Leslie Harris says:

    Stunning!

  84. Wow, this would be a wonderful place to take the family,lots of fresh air and miles of land for the little ones to run around in and activities.

  85. Looks so beautiful ..I would love to stay at a place like this with the kids

  86. Looks beautiful and has so many things to offer. I hope I can visit some day.

  87. such a beautiful lodge and the scenery is beautiful…so much to do…looks like you had a grand time!

  88. that looks so amazing

  89. Tiffany Kinney says:

    That looks so fun!

  90. Christy Maurer says:

    The pictures look gorgeous! This is definitely a place I’d want to go. It reminds me of the place in Dirty Dancing 🙂 I love the no phones thing! More places need that!

  91. Nicole Tackett says:

    I love this one!!!

  92. Danielle Papsis says:

    What a beautiful place!

  93. I live not far from the Poconos and this place is a refreshing change from the cheesy heart shaped or champagne glass tube. The main resort looks very tasteful and it’s good to hear there is good food there, some places focus on the gimmicks and the food suffers. Thanks for the review.

  94. devon mae says:

    This is so beautiful! My husband and I just got married but couldn’t afford a honeymoon, however, this would have been perfect. Would love to make it here sometime!!!

  95. Mary Withrow says:

    This is a great down to earth place, feels homey per say and a good family enviroment. You’ll get some excercise too! Lol

  96. Kathy Nitchals says:

    Skytop Lodge looks like a fantastic place to visit for the whole family! Activites for all and away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city!

  97. Being a country girl – this picturesque view is glorious. More than anything it is isolated, no horns, no sirens, no phones (well perhaps the cell phone) but total seclusion. What a great vacation place this would be for utter rest and relaxation, in every sense of the word. Great review – wish I could choose this place today. Fingers crossed and HOPE.

  98. Charlotte C. says:

    Looks like a beautiful, relaxing place to visit. I love the mountains!

  99. Larisa Kudisheva says:

    Skytop Lodge sound like heaven.

  100. This looks like a great family vacation spot.

  101. barbara tryon says:

    It seems awesome and just would love o elax there

  102. It looks so fun for a kid-friendly trip!

  103. Cynthia Brooks says:

    My hubby would love the majestic nature of this getaway.

  104. april yedinak says:

    I love the Poconos and this lodge looks lovely. Makes me long for a nice summer getaway.

  105. Jayne @ Mickey's Lamp says:

    That. Looks. Breathtaking.

    Every time I think of the Poconos, I think of “Dirty Dancing.” Strangely enough, I don’t get the feeling like much has changed and I think that’s a GOOD thing.

  106. A “Great Places to Stay” with a tag of Educational drew me right in 🙂

  107. This getaway looks so amazing! I love the trees outside; it looks so nature-y.

  108. Paul T/Pauline T says:

    my family would love this place ….so beautiful – – – Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  109. Michelle B says:

    Such a beautiful place! I am going to have to bookmark this for later when planning our family trip. I love the scenery and am sure that it would make an awesome family trip!

  110. This seems like a very nice place to visit.

  111. Christy Maurer says:

    This is such a beautiful setting! I would love to be able to visit. It sounds like a relaxing place.

  112. My mother went to the poconos for her honey moon. This looks beautiful!

  113. looks like lots of great activities for children and families – no tv etc, just fun outdoor, busy things to do!

  114. Jennifer Speed says:

    This looks absolutely amazing and relaxing….This would be a great vacation for the whole family…

  115. Christina Kelbel says:

    Beautiful! I want to go:)

  116. Betsy Barnes says:

    This place looks amazing! So much fun 🙂

  117. Colleen Fowler says:

    this place looks amazing, and like a great place to take kids!

  118. It looks like a glorious place & a wonderful spot to take your family to

  119. kimberly b says:

    oh my gosh i would love to go somewhere like this with my family. we rarely get to have family outings.

  120. Never been to the Poconos but this lodge has been dreamin

  121. Jayde Ann Shrew says:

    looks beautiful and sounds so fun! J Wresh

  122. Doreen Musson says:

    I would love to visit SkyTop Lodge!

  123. would love to take my family there 🙂

  124. katklaw777 says:

    I have always wanted to visit the Pocono Mountains…thanks for the thorough review.
    I put going there on my wish list…

  125. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    this looks like a great place to take a holiday – something for everyone

  126. Looks awesome, I would love to go there!

  127. This looks like too much fun! Next time take me along lol.

  128. Sherry Lochner says:

    Oh, wow! This looks amazing!

  129. This looks like an amazing family adventure!

  130. Joyce McDaniel says:

    I love the looks of the Skytop Lodge and have always wanted to go to the Poconos. Haved showed the picture to my husband and hoping to be able to take the family there next year. What a beautiful place to bring the whole family together to have fun and play. Thanks for letting me know about this beautiful place to stay.

  131. I would love to go there!

  132. Robin Quick says:

    Wow I wish this was closer to where I live! It looks amazing & fun! My family would love to vacation there!

  133. This is exactly the kind of place I’d want to take my family. It reminds me of the resort in Dirty Dancing 🙂

  134. Michelle Feliciano says:

    It looks so beautiful. Would love to go!

  135. Theresa J says:

    This would make an awesome family vacation and one to remember forever

  136. This looks like a great place to stay, and I can drive there! I especially love that they encourage you to put down the cell phone. I find it stressful, annoying, and rude that everyone is always glued to a phone these days, so that would definitely make for a more relaxing vacation!

  137. Kiki Bacaro says:

    This sounds heavenly!

  138. This looks like a really nice place. I have always wanted to go to the Poconos. This would be a great place for our next family vacation

  139. I’d like to stay there.

  140. Mia Dentice Carey says:

    Oh my….I’ve always wanted to go to the Poconos!!! What a cool family vacation! I might have to take a lil detour on our way to visit family in Pittsburgh!

  141. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    This is a wonderful place. I love that it is geared to families and has so many different activities to offer

  142. jill kossar carroll says:

    This is a great escape that is a hop, skip and a jump away from me! I’d love to visit!!

  143. Sylvia Ortiz says:

    I love the openness and greenery, the serene lake and the beautiful sceneries from your room.

  144. Those are some stunning views! It looks like a fantastic place to take the kids on our next trip.

  145. Natasha Brodsky says:

    This looks heavenly! How gorgeous!

  146. Looks absolutely amazing!! I would not mind a vacation like this 🙂

  147. Angela Neynaber says:

    Oh, I would love to go there!

  148. I could use a getaway. This place would be perfect.

  149. Richard Hicks says:

    This looks like a wonderfulplace to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Will keep it in mind for sure

  150. Aylin Barrios-Espinosa says:

    This would be a nice place to vacation, thank you for the awesome review

  151. What a beautiful place!

  152. Tammy Greenbury says:

    Love the waterfalls, and love that its all inclusive.

  153. Caroline Morin says:

    This looks like Heaven to me. I could lose myself in a place like this forever. How absolutely beautiful and refreshing it looks. I would love to spend some time here. Heck, I would love to live there!

  154. your description of the place has me seeming as if I am right there; a great place to get
    away for sure.

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  155. Lovely photographs and well written as always!

  156. Susan Slacky Faatz says:

    Looks like a real nice place to stay

  157. Clifford Perkins says:

    What a stunning place to spend sometime…I would love to take the family there for a week. Great to leave the cell phones in the room. All inclusive is what we look for when we travel.

  158. This looks so beautiful!

  159. this looks amazing!!

  160. I would love it here! It’s difficult to find an all-exclusive resort in this type of area/

  161. oh wow, now this is right up our alley! What a gorgeous get-away! Not sure I would want to come home 🙂

  162. Nichole O'Brien says:

    My husband would love this getaway…just the two of us! We celebrated our 5 year anniversary with a sick kid and he had to work lol!

  163. That place is beautiful. I would consider a family trip there again. The last trip my family I took was a road trip to the Poconos. I was very young so I don’t remember much but what I do remember was not being allowed to do much due to my young age. I think I was either 8 or 9 lol

  164. Oh my goodness. That looks like such a wonderful place to visit. It looks absolutely beautiful
    and there seems to be so much to for all ages. I know that it was so nice to just get away
    from the ordinairy hustle and bustle of everyday life and just enjoy nature.

  165. Thanks for sharing this cool place! 🙂

  166. I have never been over to the East Coast but by the pictures in this post, it is someplace I definitly want to visit one day. Absolutely gorgeous!

  167. This looks like an awesome place to take the family! The view is amazing 🙂

  168. Looks like a great place! And not too far from me. I’ll have to keep this one in mind!

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