How to Plan the Ultimate Weekend Getaway in PA

outside view of ledges hotelIf you’re looking for the ideal destination for a relaxing weekend getaway, you’re in luck! Hawley, PA, has the charm of a town in the Pocono Mountains and countless fun and exciting attractions in the surrounding area. Whether you’re planning a quiet weekend in the great outdoors or you’re looking for the thrill of zipping above the treetops, you can find something wonderful to do here. Plus, Hawley is home to some incredible annual events. So what are you waiting for? Join the celebration and start planning the ultimate weekend getaway in PA!

We’ve listed plenty of awesome things to do during your weekend getaway in PA, but there’s plenty more to enjoy. Download our free Vacation Guide to get a full list of annual events, attractions, museums, historic sites, and more.

Plan the Ultimate Weekend Getaway in PA

Have an Adventure

Skytop Adventure Center

This year-round attraction is one of the best places to visit for a high-flying adventure! In the winter, enjoy skiing, ice skating, and more cold-weather activities on the more than 5,500 acres of land. In warmer weather, you can challenge yourself to the Treetop Adventure Course, which includes rope ladders, elevated bridgeways, and 16 zip lines! This attraction also has a rock climbing wall, paintball course, and so much more. The fun never ends at the Skytop Adventure Center!

Skytop Adventure Center is a 35-minute drive from Ledges Hotel and is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Kittatinny Canoes

group of people rafting

For a one-stop-shop of river-based fun, check out Kittatinny Canoes’ amazing selection of packages. You can enjoy everything from white-water rafting to dual racing zip lines. Browse their canoeing, rafting, kayaking, and tubing packages to book today!

Kittatinny Canoes is 30 minutes from Ledges Hotel.

Explore the Great Outdoors

Lake Wallenpaupack

Grab your sunscreen and enjoy a day of gorgeous views and fun when you head to Lake Wallenpaupack. Our sister property, Silver Birches Resort, offers kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and power boat rentals. They make it easy to get on the lake! They also have lakefront classes, like stand-up paddleboard and kayaking lessons, as well as their popular Yoga on the Lake class.

Lake Wallenpaupack is less than a mile from Ledges Hotel.

Delaware Water Gap

Enjoy fishing and hiking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter when you visit the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. There are a score of stunning and well-maintained hiking trails on-site, as well as plenty of fantastic opportunities for fishing, rafting, kayaking, and boating.

Delaware Water Gap is about an hour from Ledges Hotel.

bushkill fallsBushkill Falls

Bushkill Falls is a privately-owned attraction with hours worth of fun. Hike their many trails to get a gorgeous view of the waterfall for which the park is named. There is also a mini-golf course, designated fishing area, paddle boat rentals, educational exhibits, and even a maze that guests can navigate.

Bushkill Falls is a 40-minute drive from Ledges Hotel and is open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Explore the Area on Horseback

Enjoy a leisurely horseback ride during your getaway! There are plenty of stables in the area that offer scenic and relaxing tours. Happy Trails & Riding Center is a family-owned business and is open year-round for scenic trail rides.

Go for a Bike Ride

If you’d prefer to explore the area by bike, we can help! Our guests are more than welcome to sign out a bicycle from our property. Our sister hotel, The Settlers Inn, also has a selection of bikes available. While you’re there, consider biking along the Lackawaxen River Ride, which is simple to access from the inn.

Get to Know the Area

There are some excellent educational centers, as well as world-class art galleries, in the Pocono Mountains region.

couple hiking and holding hands at sunsetPocono Environmental Education Center

Learn about the natural features of the Delaware Highlands when you visit the Pocono Environmental Education Center (or PEEC). There are six available hiking trails in the center, as well as a fun, kid-friendly Ecozone Discovery Room that features interesting exhibits that educate visitors about this region. Little ones will love interacting with the model of a fossil pit, bat cave, or beaver dam. There are also displays that focus on how everyone can work together to improve the environment. (Speaking of which, do you know the many ways that Ledges Hotel strives to remain environmentally conscious? Read about our many eco-initiatives here!)

The PEEC is just a 50-minute drive from Ledges Hotel. It is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Located just a short distance from the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, the Bethel Woods Center of the Arts has an outstanding museum as well as frequent performances and events that are not to be missed! The Museum at Bethel Woods teaches visitors about the Woodstock Festival. Before you visit, be sure to check out their calendar of events to see if you can attend any of the outstanding performances, movie screenings, or concerts.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a 50-minute drive from Ledges Hotel and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Attend an Event

Are you looking for something extra-special to do during your weekend getaways in PA? Check out these annual events.


Wally Wine Fest

There’s no better opportunity to enjoy a delicious glass of wine and a gorgeous view of Lake Wallenpaupack than at Wally Wine Fest. This annual event, which typically takes place in April, features local, national, and international wines. Whether you’re an experienced wine taster or you are a novice, you’ll be able to have a great time! Each table has a knowledgeable representative on hand who can answer your wine-related questions.

Blues, Brews, & BBQ 

Residents and visitors alike look forward to the return of the annual Blues, Brews, & BBQ! This summer-long event is hosted at our onsite restaurant, Glass – You’ll be treated to beers from a local craft brewery, delicious BBQ from our buffet bar, and live music from a featured performer. 

If you plan on attending this great event, consider including our Blues, Brews, & BBQ Lodging Package. It includes a Sunday night stay in the best available Contemporary Room, a dining voucher for the BBQ and a full country breakfast in the morning at The Settlers Inn.

Wally Lake Fest

Celebrate Lake Wallenpaupack with this fun three-day town-wide festival. Wally Lake Fest is one of the biggest events in Hawley and should not be missed. The festival features more than 60 events, including Wallypalooza, which is a concert that takes place on a floating stage on the lake. You can also enjoy open market fairs held in various locations, an antique car show, free kayak and SUP demos on the beach, a boat, watercraft and ATV show, and so much more. Wally Lake Fest occurs during the last weekend of August each year. It’s the perfect way to celebrate summer on the lake!

Wild Week

Get a little wild at Ledges Hotel! This week-long special is held in mid-April. Enjoy delectable dishes that feature exotic meats, grasshoppers, and more. This week is perfect for the most adventurous diners.

Winterfest Rockin’ Christmas

No one celebrates Christmas quite like the town of Hawley, PA! Hawley Winterfest takes place every year in early December and includes town-wide events that are tons of fun! From the local beer tour to the holiday-themed pop-up restaurant, there are plenty of awesome things to do to get you in the Christmas mood. Some of the signature events include the Virgin Consort, The Winterfest Brunch at Settlers Inn, sleigh rides, and so much more. 

Stay at Ledges Hotel

three young women enjoy a girlfriend spa getaway in PAAre you ready to plan a weekend getaway in PA? The first step is booking a room with Ledges Hotel. Our modern boutique hotel has comfortable accommodations, a fantastic selection of specials, and an incredible onsite restaurant. It’s the ideal place to stay for the modern traveler! For a truly relaxing experience, consider booking our Suite Serenity package! It is perfect for girlfriend getaways or romantic weekend trips. The package includes a two-night stay in an available suite, a couple’s massage at a local spa and salon, a gift basket of spa amenities, a welcome wine and cheese platter in your suite, and a full country breakfast for two each morning at The Settlers Inn.

Are you ready to book? Check our availability and book your room today! We look forward to having you.