This time of year, the area springs to life with an abundance of special events and activities. Here’s our pick of 21 things to do in the Poconos this spring. Stay at The Settlers Inn in Hawley and enjoy all the area has to offer this season, from art-centered affairs to happenings for outdoor enthusiasts. After a day out and about, return to the Inn for an unforgettable farm-to-table dinner and accommodations that surround you in comfort. Be sure to spend some time exploring the grounds, which include an artfully designed garden. Our Arts and Crafts style lodge borders the Lackawaxen River and is surrounded by woodlands.
Wally Wine Fest
April 3-5 (Rescheduled November 20-22)
Savor a weekend of tastings, food, shopping and seminars overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack. Over 100 domestic and international labels from around the world are featured at this one-of-a-kind wine festival at The Waterfront at Silver Birches Resort in Hawley. The event draws wineries from as far away as New Zealand, Italy, France, Napa Valley and the Pacific Northwest as well as varietals grown and produced in the Pocono Mountains region. Several restaurants and resorts in the region host exclusive wine dinners throughout the weekend to celebrate Wally Wine Fest. A Marketplace features fine food, gift items and décor for wine lovers, plus bottles of every featured wine are available for sale. Festival hours are noon-5 p.m. each day.
The Museum at Bethel Woods Opening Day
Be among the first to view the 2020 special exhibit, Lights, Color Fashion: Psychedelic Posters and Patterns of 1960s San Francisco. Collector Gary Westford shares pieces he’s gathered that represent the cultural scene from 1964 to 1972. Included are works from some of the best known poster artists of the time- Victor Moscoso, Rick Griffin, Wes Wilson, Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley. A light show created by renowned light artist BIll Ham enhances the immersive experience. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the historic grounds will host a large-scale outdoor photography exhibit with an Earth-focus. Distance from Hawley: 32 miles
Easter Egg Express
April 4, 5 & 11
Hop on board the Stourbridge Line for a train ride with the Easter Bunny. The two-hour excursion will include lots of fun and festivities for families. Children may have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny and each child will receive a special gift upon return to the station. Departures are scheduled for 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. each day. Distance from Hawley: 9.5 miles
Bridge the Gap: Bike the McDade
Join the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingmans Ferry for an organized group bike ride in Delaware Water Gap National Scenic Area. The popular trail features views of the Delaware River, babbling streams, open fields, lush forest and historic properties. PEEC provides all the equipment and transportation. Riders are encouraged to bring a water bottle and wear sturdy footwear. The ride is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Distance from Hawley: 28 miles
Milford After Dark
The many galleries, shops and businesses in downtown Milford stay open late on the second Saturday of every month to welcome visitors. The charming downtown historic district is full of diverse art galleries, eclectic shops and a variety of restaurants. Milford After Dark offers special art openings, live entertainment and events. Stroll the streets and browse the offerings in downtown Milford until 8 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month. Distance from Hawley: 25 miles
Spring Thaw Ice & Wine Festival
Sculpted Ice Works in Lakeville celebrates spring with this annual event. Taste offerings from local wineries such as Lucchi Family Wine Cellars, Deep Roots Hard Cider and Renegade Winery. A variety of specialty gift and food vendors round out the festivities, which are planned from noon-5 p.m. Every admission includes a commemorative wine glass. Distance from Hawley: 8 miles
Earth Week Walk
Delaware Highlands Conservancy, SEEDS and NEPA Sierra Club join forces for a guided tour along the newly opened Hawley Trail Extension. The scenic path connects Canal Park at Lock 31 to the Riverside Park Trail. The trail traverses the Lackawaxen River and through the property at The Settlers Inn. The walk will last three hours from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Distance from Hawley: 1.2 miles
Earth Day Festival
Get back to nature with this one-day celebration at Pocono Environmental Education Center in Dingmans Ferry. Activities include hands-on learning stations, interpretive hikes, conservation exhibits, crafts, food, live music and more. Festival hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5 per car. Distance from Hawley: 28 miles
Foods of the Delaware Highlands
Savor farm to fork cuisine in celebration of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s 25th anniversary. Dishes prepared with locally grown, organic ingredients are paired with fine wines. The evening will also include exciting live and silent auctions with exclusive items up for grabs. The fundraiser gets underway at 5:30 p.m. at The Waterfront at Silver Birches Resort in Hawley. Advance reservations required.
5K Trail Race: Run, Hike, Crawl
Immerse yourself in nature to help the environment. This 5K event encourages participants to run, hike or walk through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to support the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC). The course stretches through a variety of woodland habitats along two loop trails in PEEC’s campus. The race begins at 10 a.m. Distance from Hawley: 28 miles
5th Annual Toast to Milford
Raise a glass to Milford. The historic town plans a day of tastings and special events. Visitors are invited to stroll the charming downtown district, browse the shops, businesses and galleries and sample the food and drink offerings available at select locations. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Distance from Hawley: 25 miles
Mother’s Day Limited & Mother’s Day Tea
Spend some quality time with your mom aboard the Stourbridge Line. A special Mother’s Day train excursion departs Honesdale at noon and 3 p.m. for a scenic spring ride through the Northern Pocono Mountains. Every Mom receives a special gift. Distance from Hawley: 9.5 miles
Spring Wild Edibles Walk
Stroll the grounds of Lacawac Sanctuary in Ledgedale. Nathaniel Whitemore from Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society will lead the guided walk and offer insight on the property’s wild edibles and explain how they’re enjoyed by humans and wildlife. The hike will begin at 10 a.m. and return by 11:30 a.m. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Distance from Hawley: 15 miles
Wine and Birds by the Lake
Enjoy a spring evening of simple pleasures beside Lake Lacawac. Sip wine, listen to live music and watch for spring migrants including warblers, Osprey and waterfowl. Birding expert David Trently from the NEPA Audubon Society will lead the entertaining and informative program. Bring along your binoculars. The program takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. Distance from Hawley: 15 miles
Spring Tea and Watres Lodge Tour
The historic Watres Lodge on the grounds of Lacawac Sanctuary welcomes visitors for an intimate country tea. Table settings from Lacawac’s collection give visitors a glimpse into entertaining at the turn of the 20th century. In addition to hot and cold tea, the menu features egg salad and chicken salad sandwiches, scones, cookies and pastries. Guests should plan on attending from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $27.50 per person. Distance from Hawley: 15 miles
The Big Sip
Join in a spirited kick-off to the summer season. Enjoy unlimited samplings of your favorite adult beverages including spiked seltzer, wine, beer, mead and cider. Held on the scenic grounds of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the day also features outdoor lawn games, activities and food. The Gin Blossoms will headline a day of live entertainment. The first festival of the Bethel Woods season will run from 1-5 p.m. Distance from Hawley: 32 miles
Gleneyre Limited & Gleneyre Express Train Rides
Travel the rails to Glen Eyre, former site of a historic depot for the Erie Railroad on the Stourbridge Line. The train departs Honesdale at noon and Hawley at 12:45. Enjoy the views along the historic route, which traverses the Lackawaxen River Valley. Distance from Hawley: 9.5 miles
The beautiful blooming garden of The Settlers Inn in Hawley is the setting for this annual event. Enjoy a tour of the Inn’s manicured gardens and a talk at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. Meet other gardening enthusiasts, bring a perennial and take home a new favorite.
Mountain Jam 2020
Relive the Woodstock era with this three day outdoor concert event on the grounds of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Now in its 16th year, Mountain Jam is the longest running music and camping festival in the Northeast. Distance from Hawley: 32 miles
Blues, Brews & BBQ
One of the most popular events of the summer returns! Listen to live blues music by talented artists, enjoy local craft brews and savor a barbeque style meal while overlooking Paupack High Falls. The event at our sister property in Hawley, Glass- wine.bar.kitchen at Ledges Hotel is a signature of the summer season in the Lake Region. Blues, Brews and BBQ happens every Sunday during summer from 5-9 p.m.
Lacawac Sanctuary taps into the knowledge of the Pocono Avian Research Center for an evening all about bats. Sample brews as you learn about the mysterious mammal. Take a short hike to see bats at flight in the evening sky. Distance from Hawley: 15 miles
Your Spring Escape Awaits
Book our Bed, Breakfast and Dinner Package, which includes an overnight stay and dinner for two at our award-winning restaurant. Make The Settlers Inn your home base while enjoying all of the things to do in the Poconos this spring.