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JAN 2014

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SPA HOPPING Manhattan Transfer Urbanites flock to The Lodge at Woodloch in Pennsylvania's Poconos. The Lodge at Woodloch in the eastern U.S.' picture-perfect Poconos gives stressed-out city slickers room to breathe. By Shari Goldhagen When it comes to outdoorsy getaways, New York City urbanites suffer no shortage of options. Upstate New York, with its lush orchards and quaint B&Bs; the mountain retreats of the glorious Catskills; and the pristine sand beaches of the Hamptons are all within a 150-mile radius of NYC. Which is why, when Big Apple residents plan a weekend escape, the Pocono Lake Region in Pennsylvania may not immediately spring to mind. But at just 90 miles—about a two-hour drive—from Manhattan, the Poconos make for an easy, scenic getaway. The area is a nature lover's paradise, proffering miles of unspoiled woods punctuated with hiking and biking trails, and dozens of lakes and streams perfect for fishing and water sports. The region also has a legacy of conservation that goes back to the days of Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946), the first director of the U.S. Forestry Service under President Theodore Roosevelt. Nowadays, in addition to wooing environmentally minded thrill-seekers, the area lures sophisticated city slickers eager to switch off and let go. And that's thanks to 16 DAYSPA | JANUARY 2014 The Lodge at Woodloch, a $42 million destination spa resort that opened by Woodloch Springs in the small borough of Hawley, Pennsylvania, in 2006. "Our guests typically hail from the New York City and Philadelphia metro regions, but we have a growing market in the Washington, D.C./Maryland area too," explains Brooke Jennings, The Lodge's director of marketing and PR. "But wherever they're from, they're all in search of a fully integrated experience of health, relaxation and personal growth… in other words, some serious 'me time.'" STATE-OF-THE-ART NATURE Situated on 150 acres of woodland, The Lodge at Woodloch boasts 57 guest rooms and suites, each with a balcony featuring views of the resort's private 15-acre lake or Rock Garden waterfall. Modern touches such as marble bathrooms with walk-in showers and rainshower heads, high-speed internet and flat-screen TVs prevent guests from experiencing complete culture shock.

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