sunset view of the Poconos mountain

First Time Visiting the Poconos? Here is Your Guide!

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the Poconos, where natural wonders meet historic communities, and each season unfolds a unique tapestry of experiences. Is this your first time visiting the Poconos? Please keep reading for great information, and grab our FREE Vacation Guide!

Whether you seek the thrill of outdoor adventures, the honeymoon of a lifetime, a girlfriend’s getaway, a bachelorette weekend, or the tranquility of a spa retreat, the Poconos welcomes you with open arms. As a first-time visitor, we will guide you through the best times to visit, must-see destinations, and why the French Manor Inn & Spa is the perfect haven for an incredible getaway.

Best Time of Year to Visit the Poconos

The Poconos welcomes visitors throughout the year, offering a unique allure each season. Spring blooms with flora, fauna, and outdoor activities. Summers are alive with adventure. In fall, the landscape is painted with warm hues. Winter transforms the region into a snowy wonderland. No matter when you visit the Poconos for the first time, it is always the perfect time to visit!

Visiting the Poconos in Spring:

Spring unveils the Poconos in a palette of vibrant colors. Explore hiking trails amidst blooming flowers, enjoy outdoor festivals, and witness the mountain region come to life.

Visiting the Poconos in Summer:

Summers in the Poconos are a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The possibilities are endless, from water sports on Lake Wallenpaupack to thrilling zip-line adventures. You can plan a getaway for Father’s Day or the 4th of July.

Visiting the Poconos in Fall:

As the leaves transform into a spectrum of reds and golds, this season in the Poconos is a fall foliage visual feast. Take scenic drives, visit orchards, and experience the magic of autumn. Enjoy a Thanksgiving getaway like no other.

Visiting the Poconos in Winter:

Winter transforms the Poconos into a snowy wonderland. Ski down one of our favorite slopes, go ice skating, indulge in winter sports, and experience the cozy charm of the region’s winter festivals. A visit for ChristmasNew Year’s, Valentine’s Day, or anytime during February is a wonderful winter idea!

kayaker on the water

Best Places to Visit & Things to Do in the Poconos

Check out this list of the best things to do in the Poconos for your first visit! Head to our blog to discover more amazing activities and places to visit.

  • Delaware Water Gap: Witness the majestic beauty of the Delaware Water Gap, where the Delaware River cuts through the Appalachian Mountains, providing breathtaking views and hiking trails.
  • Lake Wallenpaupack: For your first time visiting the Pocono Mountains, be sure to try a few of these exciting things to do at Lake Wallenpaupack. No matter the season, a world of fun awaits you!
  • State Parks: For an experience like no other, we encourage you to explore Poconos State Parks. Outdoor enthusiasts and novices will enjoy the fresh air and time among the trees.
  • Breweries: If you’re looking for a craft brewery to experience, there are four breweries in the area that are worth your attention! Their extensive menus, warm atmosphere, and quality brews are second to none.
  • Wineries: At the French Manor Inn & Spa, we are pleased to be so close to so many excellent winery options. You can even enhance your romantic getaway with our Wine Lovers Weekend Special.
  • Annual Events & Festivals: Throughout the year, the area hosts various annual events and festivals that showcase what the Poconos has to offer.
  • Great Eats: Discover delicious cuisine tucked amongst the rolling mountains of the Poconos. With so much to offer, you won’t want to miss out on having a meal at the best restaurants in the Poconos.
  • Waterfalls: You’ll find some of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in the eastern U.S. within a short drive from The French Manor. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to have all your worries washed away by these captivating waterfalls in the Poconos!
aerial photo of Jim Thorpe, PA

Best Towns in the Poconos to Visit 

  • Honesdale: This mountain town is known for its historic charm, art galleries, and the Wayne County Historical Society.
  • Stroudsburg: A vibrant town with eclectic shops, restaurants, and a lively arts scene, Stroudsburg is a must-visit.
  • Jim Thorpe: Immerse yourself in history in Jim Thorpe, known for its Victorian architecture, scenic train rides, and cultural attractions.

Click for a year-round guide to the best towns to check out during your stay. It is the perfect accompaniment for your first time visiting the Poconos.

Where Should I Stay When Visiting the Poconos?

Perched atop Huckleberry Mountain, the French Manor Inn & Spa offers a luxurious retreat for first-time visitors. With elegant accommodations, sweeping views of the Pocono Mountains, and personalized service, this inn captures the essence of a tranquil escape.

Indulge in gourmet dining at their award-winning restaurant, sip fine wines by the fireplace, and rejuvenate your senses at the Le Spa Foret. The French Manor Inn & Spa provides a perfect blend of opulence and relaxation, making it an ideal home base if it is your first time visiting the Poconos.

First-time visitors are invited to experience the Poconos firsthand. Whether you’re seeking the vibrant hues of fall, the thrill of winter sports, or the serenity of a springtime retreat, this is where lasting memories are made. Amidst this enchanting landscape, the French Manor Inn & Spa is a luxurious sanctuary, ensuring your stay is as magical as the Poconos. Book our spa suites here!