Pocono Mountains Attractions
The Settlers Inn offers many quiet, comfortable spots for reading, meditating, playing chess, or simply relaxing in our garden swing perched along the scenic Lackawaxen River. The Inn’s garden has a series of sculptures by local artist Tom Holmes, reminiscent of Andy Goldsworthy’s style.
Across the street, Hawley’s Bingham Park offers tennis courts, a playground and a walking trail. The town of Hawley also offers a two-mile scenic walk through the park and along the Lackawaxen River. Guests will enjoy the area’s lush grasses, abundant bird inhabitants, and fresh rolling water.
Downtown Hawley also features many fine specialty shops such as Penny Lane Candies & Candles and Miss Elly’s Antiques and Such. The Downtown Hawley Partnership hosts a series of seasonal special events like First Fridays, the Hawley Harvest Hoedown, Wally Lake Fest and Hawley Winterfest.
Pocono Mountains: Things to Do
Lake Wallenpaupack, the centerpiece of the Pocono Mountain Lake Region of northeastern Pennsylvania, defines a rural landscape recognized for its year-round natural beauty and historical interest.
Set off for a sunset stroll or morning run on the trail along the lake. Offering one of the best vantage points to enjoy the scenic beauty of the lake and the groves of trees along its shores, the trail gets rave reviews from locals and visitors alike. It follows the lakeshore and creek for 2.1 miles, from dike to dam flowline. An innkeeper would be happy to direct you to the trailhead, which is located near the bench shown in the photo at right.
From outdoor sports to quiet relaxation, the area near The Settlers Inn offers a variety of activities to please our guests’ diverse interests.
Local Outdoor outfitter Alice’s Wonderland can get you geared-up for your adventure.
Things to Do in Hawley PA
Antiquing: Antique shops abound in downtown Hawley and in some of the historic barns and buildings along near-by back roads and in many of the quaint river towns along the Upper Delaware. Carriage Barn Antiques is a popular shop offering unique items, quality trinkets, jewelry and furniture of yesteryear. Ask at The Inn’s front desk for a list of stores and directions to many spots of all sizes and specialties.
Boating: Lake Wallenpaupack is a popular spot for sailing, motor boating, water-skiing, and jet-skiing. Enjoy the day fishing, water skiing, sailing or just relaxing on your own boat. Visit Lighthouse Harbor Marina’s web site to view their daily boat rentals. Or perhaps you would prefer a guided scenic boat tour? Please visit Lake Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tours for more information. Promised Land State Park offers canoeing and kayaking, and the Delaware River is a favorite for canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and tubing. Kittatinny Canoes is our pick for canoe and kayak rentals.
Coffee House: The Cocoon Coffeehouse & Bakery, just a half-mile stroll from the inn, is owned by our The Settlers Inn proprietors and is a great place to hang out with a rich “cuppa joe.” Cocoon Coffeehouse & Bakery partners with Electric City Roasting Company in Scranton, PA to bring you the best selection of locally roasted coffees from the major coffee producing areas of the world.
Fishing: The Lackawaxen and Delaware Rivers are both widely recognized as excellent fisheries for trout and shad, among others. Lake Wallenpaupack is popular for bass fishing. Ask us about our special fishing packages, with a half-day guided trip on the Delaware.
Hawley Silk Mill: The location of our Cocoon Coffeehouse & Bakery, this stunning former silk mill is developing into a vibrant center of commerce offering education, history, a sense of community and continuing the tradition of economic contribution in Hawley. It’s also the home of Lake Region Fitness, offering yoga, spin and a variety of other fitness classes, as well as free weights, machines, and cardio. The Settlers Inn guests receive discounted privileges at Lake Region Fitness.
Hiking: The Delaware River Highlands is unsurpassed for hikes and splendid views of all kinds—especially the amazing network of waterfalls that cuts through the area’s rugged escarpment and spills into the scenic Upper Delaware River.
From Shuman Point and the Ledgedale Area on Lake Wallenpaupack to Lacawac Sanctuary, Dorflinger-Suydam Sanctuary, Promised Land State Park, and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area our abundant near-by trails offer a seemingly endless supply of new and exciting outdoor adventures. These are also delightful spots for birding and photography.
Eagle Spotting: In the colder months, the Hawley area is a great place to spot wintering bald eagles. Read more about bald eagles and find information on guided excursions at the Eagle Institute Website. Or, simply take our Scenic Back Roads Tour with a pair of binoculars and you’ll most likely spy them along the way.
Golf: Tee off in style at the beautiful Woodloch Springs Resort (570)685.8102 or the Cricket Hill Golf Course (570)226.4366. Call the golf course to arrange a tee time.
Performing Arts: The Ritz Company Playhouse, in downtown Hawley, features stage productions of musicals, comedies, and mysteries each weekend through the summer season, and the Wildflower Music Festival offers a delightful series of summer outdoor concerts.
The Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts presents a variety of artists and performances, including classical, pop, rock and country. A 40-minute drive from The Inn, Bethel Woods is located at the site of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival. The Museum at Bethel Woods, which tells the fantastic story of the 1960s and the Woodstock Festival, is also located on-site.
Skiing: Downhill and cross-country skiing are popular winter sports in the Delaware River Highlands. Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain is within minutes of The Inn, and offers excellent weekday and weekend downhill adventures and snow tubing.
The marked trails through the Dorflinger-Suydam Sanctuary and the nearby state parks and forests offer miles of cross-country excursions. Ask at The Inn’s front desk for additional information on places for snowmobiling and sledding.
Spa Services: Indulge in a day at the Spa at Woodloch. Enjoy hydro massage waterfalls, a stunning horizon-edge outdoor whirlpool and customs men’s and women’s retreats with fireplaces, private shower/changing rooms, steam, saunas, whirlpools and private screened porches.
Swimming: Lake Wallenpaupack has a fabulous public beach, and Settlers Inn guests receive discounted pool privileges at the Woodloch Springs Sport Complex.
Winterfest: Venture to this lovely small town in winter and you will find a jolly dose of delightful activities waiting for you at every turn. This annual holiday time celebration has become one of the most popular events in the Poconos and all of Northeastern Pennsylvania – so plan ahead!
Yoga & Pilates: Lake Region Fitness has a wide range of exercise class offerings. Check the Fitness Class Calendar for times and offerings.
The Mountain Laurel Pilates Studio, offers private, semi-private, and group instruction by Certified Power™ and Peak Pilates™ Instructors.
Other Activities & Tourism Sites
- Visit Hawley Pennsylvania
- Northeast Wilderness Experience
- The Delaware River Highlands
- Dorflinger-Suydam Sanctuary, Glass Museum, and Wildflower Music Festival
- The Chamber of the Northern Poconos
- Pike County Chamber of Commerce
- Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
- Upper Delaware Scenic Byway
- Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River