Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A week-end break – to the “endless mountains” of northeastern pennsylvania

Mother’s day week-end (May 13th) seemed precisely the right week-end for a short get-away to an area beyond the Poconos in eastern Pennsylvania, due west of Scranton.  In fact, we had planned the trip a few weeks ago and were heading to Eagles Mere, PA – “The Town Time Forgot” – and, specifically, the Eagles Mere Inn, a distinct part of the town and local heritage since 1878. Situated about 3 hours via Route 80 west from NYC and northern NJ (best to have your GPS handy), Sullivan County, PA, is one of a 4-county region identifying itself as the “endless mountains” and Eagles Mere, really just a small village, is the region’s quiet, calm, laid-back, picturesque (with a small lake quite close to, well, everything!) crown jewel. The immediate area features historic villages, antiques, winter sports of every variety, nature/hiking trails (in and out of state parks, and, in Eagles mere, on trails protected by a nature conservancy), covered bridges, World’s End State Park (with hiking, fishing, swimming, camping, c