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If you are driving through the area, and would like to see an excellent view of the surrounding area. It is worth the trip up to Big Pocono State Park. It is on the top of Big Pocono Mt. From the top you can drive around a loop and see the Appalachian Ridge cut by the amazing Delaware Water Gap. However, the encroachment of housing developments, and tourist attractions can detract from the natural beauty.
Updated Sep 1, 2007
Address: Big Pocono State Park
As you near the top of mountain while riding the quad Stevenson Lift, look out to the trees to your left, and you will see the Bra Tree. A growing collection of bras decorate this tree. Women, whether you decide to also adorn the tree, well, that's up to you...
Updated Dec 20, 2005
A large, long, red barn, with over a hundred different sellers.
What to buy: So many stalls, your eyes go dizzy after a while. Not a whole lot of furniture here.
Thursday through Monday 10-5
What to pay: We found the prices here to be much higher than what we pay down our way in Mullica Hill, NJ, or Salem, NJ. There were only a few sellers' prices in keeping with what we are used to.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Route 611, Tannersville (heading south)
Small, but chock full of cool items.
Lots of cuckoo clocks and other clocks.
Tons of beer steins, imported and Budweiser. Lots of nutcrackers and Smokers. Many collectibles.
Open daily: 10-6
What to pay: Wait for a Sale--good deals to be found!
Written Dec 31, 2004
Address: Rt. 611 Tannersville
If you're not a skier, or are up for the weekend, you can spend a whole day shopping at the outlet stores.
What to buy: Lots of great stores here! A few:
What to pay: less than premium
Updated Dec 31, 2004
Address: Juncture of Sullivan's Trail and RT. 715
Phone: 570 629-4650
We invested in a couple of $12 ski locks. Lots of people lock up their equipment along the deck of the lodge.
If you don't have a lock, start saving your quarters--you can lock up your gear at Camelbacks ski/board racks.
Bring even more quarters if you want to rent a locker for your street shoes/clothes, etc. Bear in mind that everytime you open your locker, you have to repay!
Written Feb 15, 2004
Luggage and bags: The temperature in the area changes greatly from the morning to night. Being there in April, it was warm enough in the day to go out without a jacket. However, by dinner a winter coat was needed.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For some unknown reason, whenever we go to PA it always rains. So for my family we always bring the raincoats and umbrellas.
Photo Equipment: There are great scenic spots along the highways to take nature picutes. So bring the camera along.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are a few ski slops in the area for winter fun. In the summer, Camel Back ski slope becomes Camel Beach, a water park. So depending on the time of year, pack accordingly.
Written Oct 4, 2002
It's not well marked, but there is an inside locker room. With all the lockers available outside, it took us a few trips to actually find this large, spread your gear out all over the place, place! I think they like to keep it quiet...
The lockers do a pretty fine job of ripping you off; it got us, and then all the others around us, so I know we weren't just being dunces! What happens: you put in your 3 quarters, shut the door, turn the key, but it won't come out, so you let it return to the upward position, and sha-zam, you lost your money. When you turn the key, you really have to struggle to pull it out! If you give up, flooop, it returns up, and you lose! Careful!
Bear in mind you have to go down a few flights of stairs, so much fun in ski boots!
Updated Dec 31, 2004
Favorite thing: The lodge sits at the bottom of all the slopes. The food here is like all the ski resorts in the Poconos--expensive! But there are lots of food areas, so the lines don't go on forever.
Plenty of parking. If you arrive after the front lots are full, a shuttle runs around to pick you up and deliver you right at the ticketing area. Oh, yeah, speaking of expensive, lift tickets aren't so cheap either. $52.00 open to close on a weekend day. We buy our tickets from a ski shop though--they always offer discounts.
Fondest memory: I like the outdoor grill that they fire up on the weekends. If it isn't too cold, we eat outside on the deck.
Updated Feb 1, 2009
Favorite thing: We get our best skiing in when we arrive early. Camelback opens at 8 am. If you can be on the slopes by nine, you almost have the place to yourself. (Which you can hardly believe when you see how full the parking lot is!)
By ten, you see the crowd building.
We eat lunch at 11 am, so that when everyone else is lunching noon-1ish, we are back out.
By 2, the lift lines are getting long-phooey! The lifts at the outer edges are usually more crowded than the ones in the middle though--a little secret....shhh...
Written Feb 15, 2004