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The Lodge at Woodloch

The AAA Four Diamond Lodge at Woodloch is an award-winning destination spa where the forest and foodies unite.

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The Lodge at Woodloch is one of the finest all-inclusive luxury destination spa resorts in the U.S., offering complete spa programs, treatments, outdoor adventure activities, golf, classes and packages in a pristine mountain retreat environment. Located on over 500+ wooded acres with a private lake in the Lake Region of Northeast Pennsylvania, The Lodge provides an oasis for personal awakening and renewal just 2 ½ hours outside of New York City. The award-winning property features 58 luxury accommodations, a 40,000-square-foot spa, gourmet restaurant and more.

Recently, The Lodge at Woodloch’s spa underwent a multi-million dollar facelift of the relaxation areas at the spa. The Lodge at Woodloch understands more than most that everyone needs a little pampering…including the spa itself! After eleven years of pampering others, the award-winning spa relaxation area received a full facelift.

The modern rustic renovation has added much-needed seating in the men’s and women’s retreats to meet the increased demand of spa treatments. The women’s retreat has more than doubled it’s seating and relaxation areas and the men’s retreat has gained an additional thirty percent in seating. Additionally, another room was added, Gather. Gather: A Social Suite which showcases seating in small groups to encourage quiet conversation while relaxing after a treatment is now available.

The renovation’s architectural strategy and interior design was executed by D’Aquino Monaco, an award-winning architecture and interior design firm that aims to create timeless environments that inspire. Carl D’Aquino and Francine Monaco created a timeless and inspiring environment that is in tune with the traditional architecture and rustic elegance of the building. The dynamic design can really be seen in the modern detailing and finishes, from the soft crème white paneling to the tongue and groove wainscoting to the custom furnishing in the new men’s and women’s retreats.

The post treatment relaxation rooms, Whisper: A Silent Sanctuary and Gather: A Social Suite features design that focuses on bringing the outside in. The furniture is set in non-conventional arrangements for quiet contemplation or relaxed socialization in Gather. The artwork in Whisper and Gather was commissioned by Kiesendahl + Calhoun Fine Arts and features a local artist from the Hudson Valley of New York, Dawn Watson. The serene lakeside images capture Watson’s artistic talents of highlighting the myriad of ways people inhabit an interior and external world.

Outside of Whisper: A Silent Sanctuary is a new screened-in porch to continue the relaxation in the nest of nature. Hanging swings, outdoor loungers and pendant bells from a local artisan helps envelope guests in peaceful contemplation while breathing in the fresh forest air throughout the seasons. The bells were hand spun by renowned potter, David Greenbaum of Shohola Bells. He makes each bell upon request and no two bells look or sound the same. The deep sound resonates in the soul for a truly peaceful experience.

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The Lodge at Woodloch has been serving artfully crafted meals with a healthy twist long before it become a trend. The award-winning destination spa embraces guests’ desire to know where their food comes from and how it is prepared. Guests can tour the on-property Blackmore farm-to-table garden, where the chef and garden team grow herbs and vegetables for the restaurant and spa. The orchard, bee hives and healing garden are also huge draws, but the forest that surrounds the beautiful property is where the real harvest can be found.

To meet the high demand for foodie offerings, the Lodge at Woodloch team has expanded offerings to include Edible Plant Walks, Seasonal Foraging and Forest Bathing. One of the most popular new offerings, the Edible Plant Walk led by naturalist Heather Housekeeper ends with a gourmet tasting of what can be found on our forest nature trails, including delights such as Stinging Nettle Pesto on Cucumbers, Fiddlehead and Chanterelle Risotto, and Potato Ramp Soup. The class is often an awakening for guests because they realize that plants they sometimes consider to be weeds can be packed with nutrients and prepared to impress guests!

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Lodge offerings designed to educated foodies about the exciting world of health conscious gastronomy include the following:

  • Cooking and baking demonstrations
  • Wine-tasting classes
  • Creative cocktails classes
  • Detoxifying green juice classes
  • Chef-in-residence series
  • Food-inspired spa treatments such as beer-inspired treatments, a caviar facial and the Rosemary Awakening Body Treatment
  • Cooking demos and workshops led by a nutritional counselor
  • Edible plant walks
  • Themed weekends throughout the year, such as Food & Wine Month in November.


Get the full foodie experience by booking the Lodge at Woodloch’s
Gourmand Getaway Package:

  • Luxurious accommodations in a deluxe guest room
  • Bottle of wine, Lodge at Woodloch wine key and cheese plate upon check-in
  • Cooking and baking demonstrations
  • One recipe notebook
  • Custom amuse bouche with dinner
  • One Lodge at Woodloch cutting board and two Lodge at Woodloch aprons to take home
  • Our chef’s signature trail mix as a ride-home snack.

 

The package requires a two-night stay and is based on the Intro to Spa Package. 

 

The Lodge at Woodloch, 109 River Birch Lane Hawley, PA 18428, 1-800-WOODLOCH, www.thelodgeatwoodloch.com

 

About AAA Diamond Properties
AAA Four and Five Diamond properties represent the best of the best. Of the nearly 28,000 hotels that AAA reviews each year, just 5.9 percent are rated as Four Diamond properties. Five Diamonds are awarded to even fewer properties—just 0.4 percent.

What distinguishes these elite few? AAA members can rest assured that any AAA Approved hotel will be satisfactory, but a AAA Four or Five Diamond property will be extra special, with inviting public spaces, superior guest rooms, upscale décor and linens, and extensive amenities. Onsite restaurants will offer high quality food in appealing surroundings, and service will be exceptional, from the front desk to the bellhop to the concierge.

Choosing a AAA Four or Five Diamond lodging guarantees AAA members that their hotel will be much more than a place to sleep at night. It will be a cherished part of their vacation memories.

 

This hotel was originally featured in the 4 and 5 Diamond Section in the November/December 2017 digital version of AAA World.