The Lodge at Woodloch is the ultimate urban escape. Set on 150 pristine acres, the setting is unmatched. It is located in Northeast Pennsylvania, less than three hours from New York City, so it boasts the luxury of proximity. The spa facility will impress the most demanding visitor, yet it’s unpretentious. If you’re in need of stress relief, the all-inclusive pricing means no sticker shock when you’re presented with your departing bill, the essence of relaxation.
The 40,000-square-foot Spa is a sanctuary. Immerse yourself in the therapeutic soaking pools, hydro-massage area and eucalyptus-scented steam room. An infinity-edge outdoor whirlpool overlooking the lake is icing on the cake.
Spa services focus on natural ingredients, incorporating therapies from across the globe with indigenous elements. The signature body treatment, Rosemary Awakening, is a 100-minute journey that will introduce you to this herb’s detoxifying properties. A stimulating scrub, pampering massage, warm wrap and a luxurious scalp massage are catnip for body and soul.
You may book treatments à la carte, or choose one of the packages that include a spa service allowance.
The 57 guest rooms present pedigreed views of the lake or the rock garden waterfall from their private verandas. Understated interiors strive to connect guests with nature’s restorative qualities. Heirloom Cherry Bed frames, whimsical terrariums, fresh clipped seasonal flowers and air purifying Himalayan Salt Lamps are just a few of the nature-splashed amenities. They don’t skimp on the creature comforts; the bed is a slumber-inducing nest and a menu of pillow options assures sweet dreams.
Three daily meals are included in your room rate. This is spa cuisine, so it not only tastes good, it’s good for you. Menus are enhanced with herbs and produce grown in the property’s own gardens. Don’t expect deprivation; each meal is a multi-course feast of perfectly sized portions. Craft cocktails, wine and desserts come along for the ride. Floor-to-ceiling windows exploit the lake view and live music creates an evening ambience that is romantic and refined.
The Lodge at Woodloch is a nature-lover’s dream. Enveloped by wild flowers, fern-carpeted woodlands, rambling trails and a naturally occurring cranberry bog, its commitment to sustainable practices is evident from the moment you arrive. Woodloch’s Master Gardener Alison Peck practices ecologically sound landscaping and pesticide-free gardening techniques. Green practices include companion planting, crop rotation and utilizing local heritage seeds.
They recently broke ground for a new orchard that will yield a harvest of apples, pears, peaches and plums to supplement the already robust garden-to-table offerings.
The property casts a wide net when it comes to recreation, and the only stress you may encounter is how to fit it all in. Equipment is included in the rate, so it’s tempting to try everything. Bike, hike, or jog the pine-scented trails, spying the Great Blue Herons and Osprey who thrive in this habitat.
The crystalline lake presents a summertime splash of water activities. In winter, snowshoeing is a serene way to traverse the grounds, followed by a hot toddy in front of the fireplace. Archery, fishing and kayaking are just a few of the many diversions. Exercise options include several styles of yoga, Pilates, aerobics, kickboxing and more. Indoor studios have sweeping views of the grounds.
A range of art workshops, wellness lectures and cooking demos augment the daily schedule.
After all the activities, a refreshing nap in one of the strategically placed hammocks is an appropriate indulgence.
Get There from NYC
Ride the Short Line bus from Port Authority to Hawley, PA in under three hours. The Lodge offers complimentary pick up in Hawley. They also offer private transportation when you book the Door To Door Relaxation Package.
oM readers are already acquainted with Woodloch Pines, the Lodge’s sister property. This resort has been a family favorite for generations. It strives for the same perfectionism as The Lodge at Woodloch, but substitutes boisterous fun for tranquility. For the complete story, click here.
Photos: Andrea Killam Photography, The Lodge at Woodloch