1 Skytop Lodge Rd, Skytop, PA 18357
It was time for our annual trip to Skytop Lodge in the Poconos. This time I decided to complicate the trip by stopping at Camelback Mountain on the way there and back. Clearly I survived so now I can tell you all about it.
If you read our review from our last trip then you know that we think Skytop Lodge is the Pocono version of Dirty Dancing. It is old and unhip but in the best way possible. This giant stone lodge has been around since the 1920’s and the hallways are lined with pictures to prove it. My crew and I are a little less chic then our roaring twenties, vacationing ancestors, clomping around in our Sorels and ripping through the great hall on the way to the pool, but so are most families there.
This is basically good old fashioned fun at its best. There is something going on every hour: hikes around the lake, a trip to the stables, crafts, BINGO (which I learned is hard to play with a 5 and 6 year old), and movies just to name a few things. Every afternoon at 4:00 they serve tea and cookies in the great hall. People walk around in their nice sweaters with their children in their nice sweaters looking at each and other talking loudly… It is like its own version of Rittenhouse Park in the summer at lunch time. Skytop is great but it does have its quirks. Read our tips below and it will help you be more prepared.
Here are some tips to make your trip to Skytop awesome.
- Do not read their website and get attached to doing anything specific. The reason for that is even if it is listed on the daily schedule that does not mean it is happening. I have no idea why they can’t keep it updated but I have just chalked it up to a Poconos / Skytop thing. For example, they offer dog sledding but there has to be a certain amount of snow. They have their own ski mountain but the day we wanted to go skiing it was closed because they were blowing snow. They have ice skating listed everyday on the schedule but the lake was not frozen over enough. Just because you can do it there does not mean you can do it while you are there.
- Bring a sound machine. Skytop is old and kids running down the hall or teenagers in the next room gabbing till midnight are very, very easy to hear. We had great success with room 271 which lacks a view but is at the end of the hall and is blocked from most of the noise. Do not stay near the elevator / ice machine. You will never be able to sleep.
- Stay at the Inn if you want peace and quite with a side of hassle. We were booked for the Inn but in the winter months that place is a ghost town. The restaurant and bar at the Inn does not operate in the winter. Located on the back side of the property it is just a short walk from the Lodge unless you are with children then you are either driving or listening to them whine. Stay at the lodge in the winter if you are with children. It will make it so much easier to go to the pool, arcade, breakfast and dinner.
- I have heard really nice things from friends about the cabins so that gets a thumbs up.
- You can go get pizza. The dinning room at Skytop is nice but I think it is overpriced and for kids it is your standard buffet of pizza and chicken finger for $19/ each. This time we went and grabbed pizza and the boys were thrilled. Local pizza places are not allowed to deliver to Skytop so the closest one is Cole’s then Capri and we opted for Kasa’s which is 16 miles from Skytop. It was good, the staff was incredibly friendly and it had a playplace inside so the boys were thrilled. Our last night there we grabbed dinner in the TAP Room. It is pub like food with a standard kids menu which is $9.50.
- Yes, I know you are not there to watch TV. However Skytop now has Roku so all I had to do was log into my Netflix and Hulu account and we were in business.
- There is a fridge in every room so I always bring snacks and drinks for the boys.
- Bring games. I pack a bag with cards and board games for the afternoon. We hit the great hall for tea and cookies then play some games by the giant fireplace. Go down a little early if you want to get a good spot. It is busy from 4-4:30 then dies down.
- Tipping is a little tricky at Skytop. In the dinning room gratuity of 18% is added to your bill. At the end of your stay the bellman will get your luggage but it is the guy outside that gets your car and packs it with your luggage. They do not share tips so make sure you divide it up.
- Taxes and fees. Watch your final bill. I ended up paying about a $100 in taxes and fees.
*The reviews on Trip Advisor for Skytop are never that great. I have to say I have never had a single staff member be anything more than polite and helpful to us. I mean the lifeguards at the pool were awesome. The boys can swim and with the lifeguard playing with them I was able to read a book and close my eyes for a minute. The boys did not give the lifeguards much of a choice but still they were awesome. If you go with the understanding that this is an old lodge with a ton of history, a little pomp and circumstance, and a super great pool and hot tub you will be more than fine. I look forward to Skytop and all its quirks every year.