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Margaritaville the Poconos. The Pocono Manor was once of the most historic hotels in Pennsylvania and even featured a ski area for nearly two decades. The ski area closed though in the 1980s, and the hotel suffered a major fire in 2019. What seemed to be a bleak future for the historic property has become an exciting turnaround thanks to Jimmy Buffett.
Margaritaville Hotels and Resorts announced Tuesday that they will be converting the Pocono Manor into a Margaritaville property. There will be three lodging options at Margaritaville Resort Village: Margaritaville Hotel, Camp Margaritaville RV Resort, and Tiny Homes Bungalows. The hotel will draw inspiration from the Pocono Manor hotel, which opened in 1902, and will have similar amenities to Margaritaville properties. The RV Resort will have “suites that come with their own golf cart, covered charging station, hot tub, hammock, fire pit, Adirondack chairs, and a covered ‘living room.'” The Tiny Home Bungalows will have 1000 rentable cottages that are aimed at those who are looking to stay for longer vacations. It will be located close to the hotel, and have stone fire pits and country patios.
Some of the amenities will include swimming pools, a fitness center, a game room, restaurants, retail shops, a dog park, pickleball courts, wilderness gardens, and more. In the wintertime, the resort will have an ice skating pond with a bar/coffee and hot chocolate stand, LandShark Tube Slide Runs, and a winter market. It could also feature an Amtrak stop on a planned new route between New York City and Scranton. Margaritaville resorts are typically set in tropical and warm destinations, so it’s exciting to see a mountainous area get one, especially in a location that has seen its share of bad breaks. Construction will begin in 2023 and will open in the middle of 2024. Photos of the property are below, and you can read the official press release from Margaritaville Hotels and Resorts here. If you’re looking to learn more about the history of Pocono Manor and the ski area, check out this video from Avery Zucco. He shows many of the old relics of the hotel and ski hill, including lifts, lodge foundations, trails, and snowmaking pipes.
Image/Video Credits: Margaritaville Hotels and Resorts, Avery Zucco