The fresh air and wide array of outdoor activities in the Pocono Mountains will be sure to whet your appetite, and unique creations from local chefs won’t fail to satisfy

Waterfalls cascade into clouds of mist. Quiet hiking trails open onto sweeping vistas while rivers and creeks beckon paddlers. Following the curve of the mountains, you’ll discover small towns tucked away, rich in charm and history.

Two hours away from Philadelphia and New York, the Pocono Mountains has attracted visitors seeking outdoor adventure for over two hundred years. Peaceful mountain paths and waterways perfect for fishing, swimming and boating offer a serene escape from the everyday, while thrill-seekers will discover zip lines, adventure courses, ATV rentals, whitewater rafting and much more. Bordered on the East by the mighty Delaware River, the Poconos region encompasses Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Carbon counties in Pennsylvania, a total of 2,400 square miles of natural beauty to savor. And when it’s time to eat, there’s no need to leave the scenery behind.

Dine in Stunning Surroundings

On a Mountaintop

Diners at Slopeside Pub & Grill atop Blue Mountain are treated to a panoramic view of Little Gap Valley along with their meal. Delicious burgers, sandwiches, soups and more are served up both on the expansive outdoor patio and in the spacious indoor dining room, where every table is a window seat.

By a Waterfall

For lovers of the region’s many beautiful waterfalls, a meal at the aptly-named Ledges Hotel in Hawley, perched alongside the impressive Paupack High Falls, is a must. The hotel’s restaurant, wine bar and kitchen “Glass” specializes in small plates and an all-American wine and beer list. New greenhouses on the Serenity Deck overlooking the falls provide a unique and secluded dining experience you won’t forget.

In the Woods

If woodland and riverside scenery are more to your taste, Grant’s Woods at The Settlers Inn, also located in the small town of Hawley, offers private dining in rustic log cabins set amidst the trees along the Lackawaxen River. The award-winning menu at The Settlers Inn is shaped by the seasons and highlights produce from local farmers.

Add a Side of Small Town Charm

A visit to the Poconos isn’t complete without a stroll through the area’s idyllic small towns. Along the inviting, old-world streets of Jim Thorpe, you’ll find the newly-renovated Marion Hose Bar, located in a historic firehouse. Pull up a seat at an outdoor table in the brick courtyard and enjoy lunch, dinner or drinks. In the heart of picturesque Honesdale, Black and Brass Coffee Roasting Company brews up organic beans roasted on-site. Need something sweet to go with your coffee? Don’t miss a stop at Kitchen Chemistry while in downtown Stroudsburg to sample gourmet cupcakes.

Follow the Trail

After a day spent following the region’s canoeing, biking and hiking trails, it’s time to hit the Pocono Beverage Trail! What better place to enjoy the warm weather and greenery than from the deck of an area vineyard? At Mountain View Vineyard, Brewery and Distillery near Stroudsburg, you can sample your choice of spirits and take in the view from the 2,200 square foot wrap around patio. Craft brews are on tap at local favorite Barley Creek Brewing Company in Tannersville, along with a full menu of flavorful brewpub fare.

When it’s time to turn in for the night, you’ll find area accommodations ranging from one-of-a-kind bed and breakfasts perfect for a restful weekend retreat to full service, highly-rated resorts with luxurious services and amenities. Those views you’ve been admiring? There’s a good chance there’s another one right out your window.