Woodloch Pines

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Woodloch Pines (also known as Woodloch) is an all-inclusive resort located in Hawley, Pennsylvania, on Lake Teedyuskung in the northeast Pocono Mountains Lake Region. The nearest large city is Scranton which is 40 miles away.[1] The resort has been owned by the Kiesendahl Family since 1958 and is open all year round. In recent years, Woodloch has expanded to include Woodloch Springs, a championship golf course and housing community, and The Lodge at Woodloch, a destination spa. Woodloch Pines, Woodloch Springs, and The lodge at Woodloch are all separate resorts.

History[edit]

Mary Mould had been vacationing at Lake Teedyuskung for years when she married Harry Kiesendahl in 1944. They settled on Long Island where they raised their 3 children, John, Nancy, and Steve. Harry saw an advertisement in the New York Times for a small boarding house for sale on Lake Teedyuskung. Soon after, the Kiesendahls purchased the resort. In 1958, Mary and the children moved to the resort while Harry commuted from Long Island on the weekends. Its original 12 acres (49,000 m2) consisted of a main lodge, an annex, and two cottages, which could accommodate 40 guests. There was no running water and one year-round employee. Around this time was when the reports started to come about Teedy, the mysterious lake monster who supposedly lives at the bottom of Lake Teedyuskung.[2]

In 1959, Mary and Harry Kiesendahl were joined by friends Don and Marge Kranich. After several years of building, Woodloch Pines had doubled in size. By 1983, the resort covered 150 acres (0.61 km2), 1-mile (1.6 km) of shoreline on Lake Teedyuskung, and had 135 guest rooms. Woodloch is currently on 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) and can accommodate over 900 guests. Woodloch is still run by the Kiesendahl family, with son John as the current president and CEO.[3]

Woodloch and the Boy Scouts of America[edit]

Daniel Carter Beard, one of the original founders of the Boy Scouts of America, once owned three parcels of land on Lake Teedyuskung and built the original cabin home of the Boy Scouts there. "Wild Lands" was the mess hall for the Boy Scouts and stood on what eventually became Woodloch property for over eighty years. In 2011, Woodloch donated "Wild Lands" back to the Boy Scouts. The cabin was disassembled and transported to the Goose Pond Boy Scout Reservation on Lake Wallenpaupack, where the ongoing project of reassembling the cabin in its original form is taking place.

Additions[edit]

Woodloch Springs, opened in 1991, is a community and golf course with over 400 homes of varying sizes that can be purchased or rented by Woodloch Pines’ guests. The Springs has also been used for corporate retreats.[4]

The Lodge at Woodloch is a destination spa that opened in 2006. The Lodge is a separate facility from the Woodloch Pines resort. It is five minutes away from The Pines, across the street from Woodloch Springs, on Little Lake Teedyuskung. The spa resort is operated by the Kiesendahl family.[5]

The Reserve at Woodloch is a real estate project that is currently in development.

Woodloch pines has won multiple awards like “#1 Best Resort for Families in 2019” by USA Today,[6] “Family Vacation Critic Favorite” by the family vacation critic, "TOP 25 HOTELS FOR FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES” by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards 2019,[7] “TOP 10 HOTELS & RESORTS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN” by grandparents.com,[8] “BEST RESORT FOR FAMILY REUNIONS” by ResortsandLodges.com,[9] and “THE NUMBER ONE PLACE TO WORK IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA” by BEST PLACES TO WORK IN PENNSYLVANIA.[10]

Rooms and Services[edit]

Woodloch Pines is an all inclusive family friendly resort open all year round. Woodloch Pines has hotel rooms and houses that can be rented which have 3-6 bedrooms.[11] Besides Lake Teedyuskung Woodloch Pines has 2 pools, escape rooms, staff shows, and special activities that you can earn the Woodloch Pines medal. [12] Woodloch pines has 2 American style dining rooms. [13]

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Hollow, Michele C. (April 29, 2012). "Pa.'s Woodloch Pines a family-friendly getaway". NY Daily News. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  • Bregman-Taney, J.; Clark, K.R. (2005). Pocono Mountains. Globe Pequot Press. pp. 52–53. ISBN 978-0-7627-3458-0. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  • Medgie, Raegan (April 3, 2012). "Woodloch Pines Resort Named Top Destination". WNEP. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  • O'toole, C. (2010). Fun with the Family Pennsylvania: Hundreds of Ideas for Day Trips with the Kids. Fun with the Family Series. Globe Pequot Press. p. 169. ISBN 978-0-7627-6277-4. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  • Squeri, L. (2010). Better in the Poconos: The Story of Pennsylvania's Vacationland. Keystone BooksÂŽ Series. Pennsylvania State University Press. pp. 214–. ISBN 978-0-271-02850-7. Retrieved June 26, 2016. (subscription required)
  • "Woodloch Pines drenched with record rainfall; Still open for business". The River Reporter. August 27, 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2016. (subscription required)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Emily. "Directions to Woodloch Resort | Pocono Mountains Transportation". Woodloch Resort. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  2. ^ Emily. "Pocono Mountains| All-Inclusive Resorts | Family Resorts | Woodloch". Woodloch Resort. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  3. ^ "General Information: History". Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  4. ^ "Woodloch Real Estate". Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  5. ^ "The Lodge at Woodloch". Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  6. ^ "Best Family Resort Winners (2019) | USA TODAY 10Best". 10Best. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  7. ^ "Travelers' Choice - Tripadvisor - Best Hotels, Destinations, Restaurants & Attractions". www.tripadvisor.com. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  8. ^ .com, Grandparents (2021-01-19). "Granpartents.com hotels and resorts for young children". grandparents.com.
  9. ^ "Top Family Reunion Destination Resorts". ResortsandLodges.com. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  10. ^ "Best Places to Work in PA". bestplacestoworkinpa.com. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  11. ^ Emily. "Poconos Accommodations | America's Best Family Resort | Woodloch". Woodloch Resort. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  12. ^ Emily. "America's Best Family Resort | Things to Do in the Poconos | Woodloch". Woodloch Resort. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  13. ^ Emily. "Poconos Dining | America's Best Family Resort". Woodloch Resort. Retrieved 2021-01-20.

Coordinates: 41°31′10″N 75°05′21″W / 41.51944°N 75.08917°W / 41.51944; -75.08917