Romantic Road Trips
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The Poconos’ Highway 209
One of the joys of a Poconos honeymoon is being able to pack a picnic and hit the open road. Drivers are rewarded with dazzling views of forested peaks, roaring cascades, and rolling farmland. But considering the tangle of winding roads that covers the map, you’d be wise to limit your investigations to a manageable chunk of Pennsylvania. Our suggestion: Highway 209.
Your starting line is Jim Thorpe, a burg packed with so many cute boutiques, cafes, and restaurants that folks call it "Little Switzerland." As charming as it is, however, there are plenty of attractions yet to come. Roadside highlights include the scenic vistas of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the eight photo-op-ready cascades of Bushkill Falls, the antiques and galleries of Stroudsburg, and magnificent Milford—gateway to Lake Wallenpaupack. Without pauses, the entire trip takes about two hours, so allow more time if you plan to hike, bike, shop, or swim.
Where to overnight? Caesars Cove Haven, located a half hour from Milford (take US-6 west to Highway 590 west), offers the quintessential Poconos champagne-and-hot-tub experience. Along with those sexy suites, the region’s Caesars resorts are known for great nightlife. (Some of the country’s best comedians and musicians perform here.) So even if you don’t head straight back to your hot tub for dessert, you won’t have to travel far for après-dinner entertainment. Doubles from $215, June through October; Champagne Towers suites from $400, including breakfast, dinner, and activities, year-round; 800-238-2905, caesarspoconoresorts.com.