POCONOS ! Waterfalls, Drive-Ins, and Wines

MAY 2016:  POCONOS, PENNSYLVANIA, NEW JERSEY
My husband and I spent a weekend in the Poconos last spring and brought Kiwie along.  It was great to get out of the city and commune with nature for a few days.  The weather was perfect the whole weekend !

ITINERARY
MAY 13:  New York City->Poconos [1]
MAY 14:  Poconos [2]
MAY 15:  Poconos->New Jersey->New York City

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MAY 13:  New York City->Poconos [1]
We left on a Friday after work and after rush hour.  The drive from New York City to the Poconos is about 2 hours.  We arrived in the late evening at the BAYMONT INN & SUITES BARTONSVILLE POCONOS.  The hotel is affiliated with Wyndham and is dog-friendly with a $10 pet fee, although they didn’t charge us
Kiwie

MAY 14:  Poconos [2]
After breakfast, which was included at the hotel, we set out for BUSHKILL FALLS.  Known as the Niagara of Pennsylvania (hardly but still beautiful), the park is a series of 8 waterfalls with hiking trails and bridges. 
Dogs are permitted, however, we didn’t bring Kiwie as she’s more of a city dog.  The hiking is easy and more like a nature walk with wooden walkway paths.  The park is mainly geared towards kids and there are several other kid-friendly activities offered
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There are 4 trail loops for every kind of hiker, ranging from a 15 minute to a 2 hour walk.  We took the longest route, the Red Trail, which is only about 2 miles.  The loop passes all 8 falls and has interesting nature features along the way
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I really liked the appropriately-named Bridesmaid’s Falls and Bridal Veil Falls
Bride Falls
The largest of the 8 falls with an 100 ft drop is the Main Falls.  There are viewing platforms from both the top and bottom of the waterfall
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Next, we went back to the hotel to pick-up Kiwie and then headed over to the POCONO BAZAAR MARKETPLACE in Marshalls Creek.  The flea market has shopping and food options, including THE BEARDED CLAM GUY.  We tried the Chincoteague, Virginia Oysters which were delicate and brinyOystersAfterwards, we stopped by SORRENTI CHERRY VALLEY VINEYARD in Saylorsburg.  The winery is dog-friendly and offers tastings of their red, white, blush, and fruit wines for a minimal fee.  They also have various flavors of sangrias.  We purchased a few bottles to take home, including a chilled bottle ready to drink.  Then we stopped by MAMMA LUCIA’S PIZZERIA, located right next door in a historical farmhouse, and picked up Supreme and Margherita Wood-Fired Brick Oven Pizzas to-go  [TIP:  To make a day of wine tasting, there are many other vineyards within the region along the various wine trails]SorrentiWith dinner and drinks in tow, we made our way to BECKY’S DRIVE-IN in Walnutport.  This was the first drive-in movie theater that we’ve been to.  We arrived early to check out the grounds and get a good parking spot (SUVs need to park towards the back).  Sound for the movies are broadcast on FM radio.  The ticket price for a double-feature was only $9 per person
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We watched the 8:30PM showing of Captain America and the 11:20PM showing of Cloverfield Lane.  [TIP:  If sitting in the car, make sure the car battery doesn’t die or bring a portable radio.  They do have a battery charger just in case.  If sitting outside, bring mozzie spray]Movies.jpg

MAY 15:  Poconos->New York City
After breakfast, we checked-out and made a quick stop at the THE CROSSINGS PREMIUM OUTLETS in Tannersville.  Then for lunch, there happened to be a food truck festival that day in Parsippany, New Jersey along our route.  We stopped by with Kiwie and tried the Lobster Roll and Crab Fries from THE ANGRY CRAB FOOD TRUCK
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For dessert, we tried the Frozen Chocolate Covered Cheesecake on a stick and Chookie (cheesecake cookie) from MADDALENAS DESSERT TRAILER.  [TIP:  We didn’t get a chance to go this trip, but along the way, stop by PUB 199 in Mt Arlington, New Jersey for deliciously cheap lobster and seafood.  No frills, cash-only, not dog-friendly]Cheesecake.jpg
Then it was back to home to New York City.  We had a really fun local weekend getaway and it was only 2 hours from the city !

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