As we mentioned in our last post our latest vacation was at a resort in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania. We knew that we would be visiting the area a little before the fall colours would be in their beauty but were looking forward to the escape. Our resort of choice was the Split Rock Resort. Being a timeshare member we chose the Westwood at Split Rock – a townhouse type accommodation.
Leaving right from work on Friday night we drove from our home in southwestern Ontario, crossed the border and had an overnight stay at the Country Inn and Suites in West Seneca, New York.
After a nice complimentary breakfast at the hotel we drove a scenic route heading for the Poconos. Upon entering Pennsylvania we stopped at the Pennsylvania Welcome Centre, a beautiful building and wonderful view.
The information we received about the address proved to be less than accurate. We were told that the resort was at 1 Lake Rd. There was nothing there when we arrived with the help of our GPS. The address is really Moseywood Road. There was a set of traffic lights on the highway at the corner of Moseywood Road along with a large sign.
We checked in and went directly to our unit. It was a two level residence with a split entry. The upper level had a kitchen, dining and living spaces, an upper deck as well as a two piece washroom. The lower level was the bedroom level. There was a small common area at the bottom of the stairs with a closet and a desk.
From this area you could enter the master suite with a tub and shower, a large vanity and a toilet in a separate little room. An exterior door led to the lower porch. The second bedroom had a door to the second bathroom which had a shower, vanity sink and toilet. A second door in this bathroom led to the common jetted bathtub area. The large two person tub had tub-to-ceiling mirrors which created an interesting effect. In this room was a sauna area as well.
Three washrooms, two bedrooms and all the living space – It was almost bigger than home… and certainly much bigger than was necessary for two people.
After enjoying our first supper at the resort we decided to walk over to the Galleria. This is the large main building for the resort. It houses the large water park and the indoor pool. There is a large dining room style restaurant, gift shop, pizza shop and ice cream shop. But it doesn’t stop there.
The building also houses an arcade, a bowling alley, a games area with pool tables, table shuffleboard and ping-pong tables, the fitness center, tennis, basketball and racquetball courts, a bar and hotel rooms.
There is a lake – Lake Harmony – at the resort as well. Vacationers can enjoy boating and swimming, canoeing and kayaking. We did not partake as the weather was not warm enough although we did see water-skiers.
On the resort are two golf courses. One is nine holes and the other is eighteen. They wind through the woods and are somewhat difficult courses to play (especially for the hit-and-hunt crowd like us). The sixth fairway on the nine hole course passed right by our condo.
Outdoors there are also tennis courts, basketball courts, horseshoe pitches, a swimming pool and a mini-golf course which was quite fun to play. It had some interesting variations to the holes.
All around the resort you could see wildlife. As I mentioned earlier, on the first night we walked over to the Galleria to take advantage of the free wi-fi. On the way back to the condo we saw a group of six deer grazing on the lawns and shrubs of the condos. We were quick to get pictures on our Ipad. Little did we know that there would be plenty of photo ops with the deer.
We woke up one morning to find a deer lying in the grass just a few feet from our back porch. Another morning we had four deer at the back all looking for a handout. My wife got the bag of carrots that we had purchased and gave them all a treat.
While golfing we saw four wild turkeys feeding on the grass seeds in a rough area adjacent to one of the Tee blocks. The chipmunks and squirrels were quite active as well. On a couple of evenings we watched deer on the parking lot of the restaurant. Our waiter had said that he tried to go out the rear door one evening and had the door push back. A deer was up on the deck and leaning against the door!
Over-all the resort was very pleasant with lots of amenities. Many of the building were a little tired. Our condo was definitely not five-star quality but more cottage-like and comfortable. It is not what we would have expected when booking a time-share. We did however totally enjoy our vacation break here. The resort was not busy due to the time of year we visited so it was very quiet and relaxing.
We have discussed whether we will return to Split Rock. This trip we did do a lot of off-site day trips so there would be less for us to see another time. (You can check out our day trips in the next blog post.) I’m sure that we have only touched the tip of the iceberg though so maybe…