Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau

October 5-8, 2014

Applications Due by July 30, 2014

With 2,400 square miles encompassing Pennsylvania’s Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the Pocono Mountains region is home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers. Winters offer guests the opportunity to ski, snowboard, snow tube, and even snowshoe their way through snowy wonderlands encompassing over 163 ski trails, while summers also cater to the active traveler allowing exploration of 261 miles of hiking and biking trails, over 35 golf courses, white-water rafting, boating, fishing, and open access to nine state and two national parks.

Any time of year is a good time to visit the Pocono Mountains, located within driving distance of most major East Coast cities. This region teeming with history offers year-round cultural tours and art exhibitions, abundant antiquing and brand-name shopping, and a full calendar of festivals showcasing the heritage, music and food of the Pocono Mountains.

Even the most discerning traveler will find comfortable accommodations in the Pocono Mountains, which offers an eclectic mix of luxury hotels, distinctive boutique properties, and quaint, family-run bed and breakfasts. The Pocono Mountains welcomes families, couples and business travelers.

The Objective of this Media Trip is to showcase the Farm-To-Table dining in the Pocono Mountains as well as the outdoor recreation and history that is available to visitors in the four-county region.

There is a lot of walking planned for this MEDIA tour. It is strongly recommended that each journalist have comfortable footwear and confidence in their mobility.


Up to $200 will be credited.
–Writers flying in on the day the media trip begins and out the day it ends will be transported to and from the airport by the hosts. Once the hosts know where everyone is flying from they will recommend the airport they should use and the times they’ll need to arrive/depart.

Ground transportation:

Up to $100 will be credited.
–Writers should submit receipts for their ground transportation and hosts will provide the refund credit.

What will be included in the trip:

Single room hotel accommodations, meals, admission price to attractions, luxury coach transportation with a professional driver between sites/hotels/attractions.

Number of writers that will be accepted:

Maximum 13 and no guests.

No Pre- or post-trips offered. We will work with media interested in extending their stay in developing an itinerary and offering media rates if applicable.

Tentative Itinerary

Sunday, October 5, 2014
  • Check-in at The Inn at Pocono Manor
  • Welcome Reception, The Inn at Pocono Manor
  • Dinner at the Inn at Pocono Manor
Monday, October 6, 22014
  • Breakfast at The Inn at Pocono Manor
  • Arrive in Jim Thorpe

    • Group A – Outdoor Recreation
      • Hiking
      • Biking
    • Group B – History/Shopping
      • Tours of Mansions
      • Old Jail
      • Mauch Chuck Museum

  • Check-in at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
  • One hour free time to write
  • Tour of property including Great Shawna Island and brewery
  • Dinner at the Gem and Keystone Brewpub
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
  • Breakfast at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
  • Depart for Day of Exploring

    • Group A – Outdoor Recreation
      • Kittatinny Trip
      • Ziplines
      • Canoe on the Delaware River
    • Group B – History/Shopping
      • Grey Towers
      • Columns Museum
      • Downtown Milford

  • Tour of Anthill Farms
  • Check-in at Settlers Inn and Ledges Hotel
  • One hour free time
  • Dinner at Settlers Inn
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
  • Check-out at Settlers Inn and Ledges Hotel
  • Cocoon Breakfast to go
  • Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tour
  • Depart from the Pocono Mountains



Asa Packer Mansion, Jim Thorpe, Pocono Mtns

Biking, Lehigh Gorge Fall, Jim Thorpe, Pocono Mtns

Birds eye, Jim Thorpe, Pocono Mtns

Biking, Lehigh Gorge Fall, Jim Thorpe, Pocono Mtns

Applications due by July 30, 2014

Media selected to participate notified by August 30, 2014

Registration Form

Post Trip #1

Post Trip #2

Post Trip #3

Pre-Post Registration Form

Supplemental Material