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A Romantic Weekend Getaway May Be Just What You Need

Escape to The Lodge at Woodloch

Article by Ashley Barrett Kanoff

Photography by Andrea Killam Photography and The Lodge at Woodloch

Originally published in Newtown City Lifestyle

Between family demands, overwhelming work schedules, and constantly staring at our phones, it is so easy to get swept up in the whirlwind of life. Sometimes it may seem impossible to keep the romance alive in your relationship. So this Valentine’s Day skip the box of chocolates and roses, and instead plan something you both need- a romantic weekend getaway. 

The Lodge at Woodloch is the perfect setting for your romantic escape. Just a two and a half hour ride from Newtown, The Lodge at Woodloch is an adult-only elegant spa resort, nestled within 150 acres of woodlands in the Pocono Mountains. A short weekend getaway is all you need to rejuvenate your relationship, and yourself! The Lodge at Woodloch is one of the finest all-inclusive luxury destination spa resorts in the country, we're lucky it's just a car ride away. Woodloch has so much to offer including complete spa programs, treatments, outdoor adventure activities, golf, classes and packages for you to enjoy in a pristine mountain retreat environment. 

The Lodge will give you the opportunity to disconnect from all of your stresses and re-focus on each other. The middle of winter can be so dreary, the resort will help you forget those freezing temperatures and provide you with a warm, comforting oasis for your personal renewal and awakening. The Lodge at Woodloch offers over 35 classes per day for you to explore your passions, discover new hobbies, or re-discover your interests. They have a team of experts to help you with recommendations of classes that pair well together. You will be happy to find their classes compliment each other in unique ways. 

The weekend away is also the perfect time to go on a digital detox, sometimes you just need to disconnect in order to reconnect. Soak in everything Woodloch has to offer and immerse yourself in the serenity of this incredible resort. Grounding is a wonderful digital detox practice, and you can explore grounding through many classes during your stay at The Lodge. Whether you are a seasoned yogi, or new to the practice, there is a class for you. Hatha yoga, guided meditation, or restorative yoga for more peace, clarity, and stability in life, are just some of your options. Detoxify and cleanse your body with a soothing treatment that will leave you and your partner feeling deeply relaxed and renewed with energy. The Lodge at Woodloch encourages both of you to take a path less known, challenge yourself and each other and push your limits. You may end up finding a deeper understanding of yourself, your partner, and the world around you.

After your classes you can unwind in the heated HydroMassage pool at the 40,000-square-foot spa or head over to their main restaurant, TREE Restaurant and Bar. What is there not to love about a lush bathrobes, soothing music, and some pampering? Even the vibe at TREE is so casual you can wear your bathrobe there for breakfast or lunch. Dinner is a slightly more formal, and if you're in the mood to indulge they have excellent wines and desserts, too. You will fall in love with their delicious gourmet spa cuisine, naturally-raised meats and seasonal farm-to table meals made with ingredients sourced from the on-site garden while enjoying a view of the treetops. Chef Josh Tomson and his talented team have created dishes that will appeal to all types of eaters, from vegan and gluten-free to those who are just looking for the perfect piece of filet. Join Woodloch's very own sommelier for a tasting and have an in-depth look into the various characteristics of wine varietals from around the world. You will find yourself savoring every moment!

Have you heard of kombucha but still aren’t sure exactly what it is? You can learn about this wonder drink, its origin and the myriad of health benefits it offers. The Lodge at Woodloch even has a Certified Herbalist on-site to help you discover what edible and medicinal plants you may need and even have growing near you. Or you can explore the different vegetables in season with their Holistic Nutritionist and discuss their health supportive properties and nutritional values. There are cooking demonstrations where you can learn new cooking techniques, healthy and surprising ingredient swaps, and how to create an elegant presentation. 

One of Woodloch's favorite mantras is: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away! By the end of the weekend, you will be thrilled you both took the time to experience and care for yourselves in a way you aren't able to at home. For this very reason, you may be booking your next visit as soon as you leave. 

The Lodge at Woodloch, 109 River Birch Ln, Hawley, PA 18428    thelodgeatwoodloch.com

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1. Aqua Garden & HydroMassage WaterWalls 

The Aqua Garden features co-ed soaking pools with heated HydroMassage WaterWalls, dramatic indoor pool specifically designed for aqua classes and water volleyball, and the breathtaking outdoor Horizon Edge Whirlpool for year-round use. 

2. Therapedic Eco-Gel Mattresses

The Veranda classic standard rooms have all of those luxe essentials that help to make The Lodge at Woodloch one of the best resorts. Cushy Therapedic Eco-Gel Mattresses and 8 specialty pillows will ensure a restful night’s sleep. Enjoy your marble walk-in shower or the view of the private lake, Little Lake Teedyuskung, and woodland gardens or the rock garden wall from your private veranda. Small details such as Himalayan sea salt lamps, freshly-snipped flowers in vases and botanical print drapes and wallpapers help guests feel connected to nature even when they're indoors. 

3. Delaware River Stone Massage
Warmed Delaware River stones are incorporated with classic massage techniques in this deeply relaxing full-body massage with your choice of aromatherapy oils. The Lenni Lenape, an indigenous Native American tribe, have  believed for centuries that Delaware River stones contain an energy that accelerates change and energizes one’s entire aura. 

4. The Whisper Lounge 

Relax after your spa treatment in one of the co-ed post-treatment relaxation rooms. Whisper is a silent sanctuary, or Gather, a social suite. There is also an outdoor screened-in porch with cozy seating. 

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