I peed in the woods this summer. Twice. That may not sound like a big deal to you, but having spent three quarters of my life living in NYC, peeing in the woods is not a usual part of my day. Poconos Mountain camping is not a usual thing. Ditto camping along the Delaware River. Let’s face it, nature is not a usual part of my day. But this was not a usual trip. This was the brand-spanking new Shawnee Inn Camping Experience, at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in the Poconos, and it was the perfect introduction to camping for this city girl.
My First Time Camping ever.
Yes, it’s true. I have never before been camping. I know. But one of the things about camping is – someone needs to know how. And my husband is even more citified than I am. When he wants greenery, in the immortal words of my late great friend David Rakoff, he “orders the spinach salad.”
The new Shawnee Inn Camping Experience takes care of that problem by doing all the tough stuff for you. (Except peeing in the woods, that’s on you.) Here’s how it works:
You arrive at Shawnee in the late afternoon and have dinner at the Inn (not included, but I highly recommend the River Room, upscale cuisine and a great wine list, or the Gem Stone – great salads, burgers and the like, both at the resort.) Get there as early as you like – you can walk around and enjoy the resort, only a 75 mile drive from NYC. The property boasts 45 holes of golf, three places to eat, newly old world charm (it was built in 1911), and brand new amenities like a “pick your pillow” service in the resort, an indoor pool, and a full spa. Not to mention its incredible views along the Delaware River.
When it’s time to meet your team in the lobby, you’ll all head to the riverbank to board your canoe for the (almost too) short paddle to the camp site, which sits along the edge of the river bank on a small, uninhabited island that’s part of Shawnee’s property. Here’s what we saw when we arrived at the canoes. (You could choose a raft or kayak, too.) Breathtaking, isn’t it?
When you arrive at the campsite, it will be to a roaring fire, tents already set up (including blow up mattresses), all of the fixings for S’mores, plus beer, wine and soda, and a Shawnee guide to help you with whatever you need.
No tents to unload and set up, no fire to struggle getting started, no schlepping food stuff. The kind folks at Shawnee have done it all for you.
I was there with a family with school aged kids, four twenty-something women, and another couple. Everyone had fun. The site can take up to seven tents for two, and I plan on returning with a few families and taking over the whole thing.
In the morning, when we awoke, it was to another roaring fire, (more peeing in the woods, too. Though there was a port-o-potty in a small tent, the woods seems the less icky option), and a breakfast cooking over an open flame: bacon, eggs and hashbrowns. Someone had even paddled over fresh milk, orange juice, coffee and fruit salad.
After a quick (30 minutes) stroll around the island. (They call it a hike…but it isn’t, really), you board your canoe once again, and either paddle straight back to the resort, or take your time, as we did, and enjoy a glorious canoe ride along the Delaware.
All in all, it was a super-fun, super-easy introduction to camping. I’d highly recommend it.
Even if I did have to pee in the woods.
The Shawnee Island Camping Experience is available from Wednesday through Saturday until October 17, 2015. Rates
are $ 129 midweek and $169 weekend (per person per night) and include overnight accommodations in a fully-stocked
tent located on our private island, Outdoor Camping Guides, evening bonfire and s’mores, a camp breakfast, AM hike
around the island, full access to the Shawnee Inn’s resort amenities, and one of a kind memories. Click here for
(And if you don’t want to pee in the woods, there’s the Shawnee In Glamping Experience, too.)
About The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is conveniently located 70 miles from New York City, 100 miles from Philadelphia, 150
miles from Albany, N.Y. and 200 miles from Washington, D.C. Three airports – Lehigh Valley International, Wilkes-
Barre/Scranton and Newark International – all are within easy distance of the property.
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, rich in breathtaking views, features 80 rooms in the historic Inn, 12 rooms in the
Delaware Lodge, plus six suites and two cottages in Shawnee’s luxury accommodation, the Legacy Collection. Shawnee’s
varieties of recreational facilities make it an ideal destination for any event. Choose from Shawnee’s 27-hole
championship island golf course, Great Bear Golf Club’s 18-hole Nicklaus Signature course, skiing at Shawnee Mountain,
mountain biking, or hiking on the scenic Appalachian Mountain trails, canoeing, rafting, fishing, kayaking, indoor pool,
fitness room, tennis, professional theater, and Spa Shawnee and Salon.
I visited the Shawnee Inn and took part in the camping experience as part of a media press trip. All opinions are my own.