This fall, Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau reached out to invite me on a press trip to the Poconos…and I said YES! This invite came just in time for my fiancé, Kevin, and I. I had been dreading the month of October for at least 2-3 months. By August, I knew that I had 4 speaking engagements, 2 weddings, and 1 international trip for a friend’s 30th birthday.
I get super anxious when I know I have busy month ahead because I’m a homebody at heart. But this provided me with perfect opportunity to sneak away for a weekend with my fiancé so we could have some quality time amidst the madness.
We arrived in the Poconos on a Friday afternoon and checked into our room at the Fairfield Inn and Suites. I’m a HUGE fan of the Marriott brand, so I was excited to stay in a brand new hotel that’s a part of the larger Marriott brand. We kicked off the evening at the Mountain View Vineyard.
Driving up to the vineyard was just gorgeous. It was way up on a hill, surrounded by absolutely nothing but trees. Kevin and I are big on fruity cocktails, so it was fun to try out some wine and meet a few of the other influencers on the trip. I generally prefer sweet, fruity dessert wines, and Kevin enjoyed their Black Magic wine that was a red wine mixed with a brandy. After the wine tasting and appetizers, we headed to the Hotel of Horror haunted house.
Now – let’s pause for a moment. If you know me, I don’t like being scared. I’m jumpy and I cannot stand Halloween season because even the commercials are too much for me. But, Kevin loves haunted houses so I wanted to give it a chance.
Let’s just say that I don’t think I’ll put myself through another haunted house anytime soon. I thought they were bad as a kid – but things have changed, ya’ll. People are getting a little too creative and realistic in these haunted houses for me. I left the first part of the haunted house sweaty and feeling like I was experiencing a mild heart attack. The “room” (which was really several rooms” was 30 MINUTES long. 30 minutes. I opted out of the second “room” because my heart couldn’t take it.
The next morning, we were able to have breakfast at the Fairfield and then headed to Bushkill Falls for a hike. I hadn’t been hiking since my Girl Scout days, and Kevin had never been so we had no idea what to expect. When the bus arrived, we had the choice of 4 trails which routes ranging from 15-20 minutes (easy) to 2.5 hours (difficult).
We opted for the “blue” trail which was about 90 minutes and then we looped back around and did one of the easier 15-20 minute routes. The trail was moderately difficult, but we got a chance to really talk which was so refreshing. Yes, we live together, but you never realize how much you don’t really talk-talk until you don’t have cell phones and you’re walking through the woods together.
After the hike, we had lunch in downtown Milford and walked through the town which was filled with a bunch of small shops. There were a bunch of home stores filled with items I need to find again and place on our registry… but I digress. By the time the bus was ready to depart and bring us back to the hotel, we were exhausted. We had a optional trip to Big Pocono State Park, but ended up staying in the hotel until dinner at Barley Creek Brewing Company.
Now – dinner was interesting… Kevin actually had a whole container of salsa spilled down his back from a
disgruntled server – but we ended up having a lot of fun chatting with the influencers next to us. The restaurant was super accommodating, and even gave us a free hoodie for the salsa mishap. And the food was pretty good!
Overall, this trip made me look at the Poconos in a brand new light! It was only 2 hours away from us, and I thought that it was all about the “love” resorts that you see on the commercials and snow mobiles. Corny, I know.
This will definitely be a place that Kevin and I will sneak back to when we need a mini-weekend. And thanks again to the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau for inviting us!
I was provided with a complimentary trip in exchange for sharing my experience. As always, all sentiments shared are my own… and Kevin’s in this case.