TripAdvisor Names Woodloch Pines One of the Best Hotels

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newsWoodloch Pines, an all-inclusive family resort located in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, has been selected by TripAdvisor as the number two large hotel for families in the United States and the 17th best in the world in their annual Travelers’ Choice Awards. This is the sixth consecutive year that Woodloch ranks in the top three on TripAdvisor’s prestigious list. Woodloch Pines world-renowned sister property, The Lodge at Woodloch, also took the honor of the #22 Hotel in America.

TripAdvisor represents the world’s largest online travel community. The website is home to millions of unbiased and honest traveler reviews, and the travel community eagerly anticipates the annual release of the Travelers Choice Awards.

“We are thrilled to be honored by the TripAdvisor community again this year. It is humbling to see our resort, that has been in my family for nearly 60 years, among so many amazing properties and national brands. And to be included in the top three on this list for the past six years in a row, I can’t express the gratitude and emotions I feel,” said John Kiesendahl, CEO and President of Woodloch Pines. “This could not have been accomplished without the hard work and sincere hospitality of our staff members, as well as our loyal and passionate guests who want to share their experiences with the world. We thank you for standing by us all these years,” he continued.

Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews from travelers on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period with emphasis placed on reviews marked as family getaways. The award puts Woodloch Pines Resort and The Lodge at Woodloch in the top 1% of hotels worldwide. The full list can be viewed on TripAdvisor’s website here: Best Hotels for Family.

To obtain more information or to book a stay, please visit Woodloch.com, or call 1-800-Woodloch.

Woodloch Pines Family Resort Amps Up The Adventure

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Award-winning family resort adds a level of intensity to its Active Vacations Program starting this May

familyjogFamily travel trends have started to take an interesting swing toward the adventurous. In order to meet those needs, Woodloch Pines Family Resort is ready to roll out its VENTURE program this spring. Showcasing new adventure partners, expanded locations and extended hours, the Woodloch Pines team is ready to help families rise to the challenge this family-travel season.

“We have been seeing an increase in families wanting to take advantage of our adventure sports,” stated John Kiesendahl, owner and general manager of Woodloch Pines. “Beaches are for wimps! Families want adventure, challenge and unique ways to bond and reconnect. Of course we also offer a sandy lakeside beach for post-adventure relaxation,” continued Kiesendahl.

With strong support and loyal followers, the Active Vacations Program will be gaining intensity this May, just in time for National Family Wellness Month as it adds new activities and offerings to help vacationing families become more aware of how fun and easy it can be to keep an active lifestyle. The VENTURE program will be available beginning in April and will include the following:

· An expanded Archery Course to include evening archery

· New Stand-Up Paddle Boards available beginning Memorial Day Weekend for private lake experiences or group-led challenging exercises.

· Delaware River White-Water Kayaking Excursions with new partner Northeast Wilderness Experience*

· Hot Air Balloon Adventures for couples and families with new adventure partner Endless Mountains Hot Air Balloons*

· Challenging forest Paint Ball course*

· Zip-lining

· Climbing Wall

family· Nature Trails

· Trap Shooting

· Mountain Biking

· Water Skiing

· Lake Kayaking, Paddle Boats and Sail Boats

The Active Vacation Program takes a three-pronged approach to family wellness and awareness. Physical, emotional and nutritional components need to be addressed when aiming for integrated family wellness. The program includes:

Physical activities:

· Family Fitness Classes

· Family Fitness Exercises (done individually), developed by kids fitness expert, Steve Ettinger.

· In addition, there is a Passport to Fitness which highlights all of the social and physical activities that promote an active lifestyle. Passport holders will get “stamped” after participating and will potentially win a “Woodloch Medal” when the passport is full.

Emotional activities:

· Keep it simple, spend time with family

· Reconnect in meaningful ways with loved ones

· Bond-building games designed to reconnect and encourage families to unite together
Nutritional options:

· Woodloch Pines has partnered with Greener Fields Together™ to create a program that provides local meats and produce and promotes sustainable food sourcing.

· The family-style meals now feature kid favorites that are revamped to pack in nutrition. For example, macaroni and cheese and spaghetti entrees feature a vegetable-infused whole-grain pasta. Apples are options instead of French fries, and sugar-free desserts are now on the menu.

Designed to be informative and educational, the Active Vacations Program has been blanketed throughout the Woodloch Pines experience. New resources have been added to the website as well as to collateral materials and will continue to be added as the program evolves. The new VENTURE offerings and enhanced Active Vacations Program will kick-off in May 2014 during National Family Wellness Month.

All Active Vacation programming is included within the all-inclusive vacation price. Special May rates offer packages starting from $149 per person per night.
*Certain VENTURE program activities require a minimum age/height to participate and may have limits on the number of people participating. Those marked with an asterisk *also have additional fees that apply, and advance reservations are required.

About Woodloch Pines Resort:

Creating a magical experience for families since 1958, Woodloch Pines Resort’s signature warm hospitality keeps guests returning year after year and offers a truly unique all-inclusive family vacation experience fitting for everyone’s taste. An award-winning family resort, championship golf course and sister property featuring a luxury destination spa are just 95 scenic and convenient miles from New York City nestled in the Pocono Mountains Lake Region.