The creation of Woodloch Pines Resort is a love story.
In 1939, two high school sweethearts named Harry and Mary made a life-long pact on Lake Teedyuskung, a little-known lake in a dense forest in Hawley, Pa., in the Northern Pocono Mountains. Years later, married and raising a young family in New York, Mary longed for the lake she loved. Then, fate intervened: While seeking an escape from the city, Harry saw an ad for a small resort on a private lake in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It turned out to be Teedyuskung. They jumped at the opportunity to return to the place where they fell in love.
The couple opened Woodloch Pines on their beloved childhood lake in 1958. The resort continues to be family-owned and operated by the Kiesendahl children and grandchildren, who continue the foundation of excellence and warm hospitality. The resort remains a family affair, just as Harry and Mary intended. The family mingles with guests in the dining room to make sure meals are to satisfaction and treat the resort staff as an extension of their family. As a result, many staff members have been serving guests with smiles for years.
Nestled along 12 acres of shoreline, Woodloch Pines Resort offers all-inclusive vacations to generations of families. Woodloch sits on over 1,800 acres and offers three distinct, award-winning properties, including an 18-hole championship golf course and community, Woodloch Springs, as well as sister property The Lodge at Woodloch, an award-winning luxury destination spa.
Families can select from guest rooms — most featuring private balconies overlooking the lake — as well as guest homes with full kitchens, an outdoor gas barbeque grill and gas fireplace.
Golfers will delight at Woodloch Springs’ par-72 golf course, which is set on over 600 private acres and winds its way over 6,579 yards of fern-carpeted forest, lush wetlands and broad upland meadows.
While dads hit the links, kids can enjoy a variety of daily planned activities, including a scavenger hunt, hoops contests, kickball and softball, “Zombie” bowling and activities for the under-6 set. Families can bond over games like Family Olympics, The Amazing Race, In It To Win It and Family Feud.
Opportunities to explore the natural splendor of the area abound. Woodloch offers a one-and-a-half mile paved nature trail, plus a three-mile natural terrain trail (bicycles available), a white sandy lake-side beach with swimming and water slide, waterskiing, paddle boats, row boats, canoes, kayaks and sailboats. Other water features include an indoor and outdoor pool; indoor Splash Zone and outdoor kiddie pool.
Exhausted from the day’s fun, each night families can unwind and watch a variety of performances, ranging from live bands, magicians and comedians to a Broadway-style theme show. It’s the perfect culmination to the memory-filled days that Harry and Mary envisioned over six decades ago when creating this woodland-and-lake escape cherished still by so many families.
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More Activities at Woodloch
28-foot climbing wall
Batting cages with electronic pitcher
Bumper cars, bumper boats and go-karts
Four tennis courts
Guided Segway excursions
Horseshoes, shuffleboard, bocce ball court
Indoor and outdoor basketball
Outdoor sand volleyball court
Nine-hole mini golf course
Woodloch World-Famous French Crumb Cake
1 2/3 c granulated sugar
4 oz butter
½ tsp salt
4 tsp cinnamon powder
½ c shortening
½ c brown sugar
1/3 tsp vanilla
2 ½ c flour
½ c butter
1 c sugar
2 large eggs
¾ c milk
2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease a 9-inch x 13-inch cake pan and set aside.
Make topping: Mix butter, salt, granulated sugar, cinnamon, shortening, brown sugar and vanilla. Add flour. Mix until flour is incorporated.
Make cake: Mix butter and sugar. Add eggs, milk and vanilla. Scrape mixing bowl and mix again until ingredients are combined. Add flour and baking soda and mix until combined. Scrape mixing bowl and mix again until batter is smooth. Spread batter in an even layer into the cake pan.
Cover the top of the batter with about 1 inch of crumb, covering the batter evenly. Bake for 40 minutes. Insert a toothpick. If it comes out clean, it is done.