Now that the Holidays are behind us, we thought it might be nice to start sharing some ideas on how to get through the remainder of the winter months with a little excitement — or at least with a few things to look forward to. With that in mind, The Bloomsburg Daily is starting a new series, Local Getaway, to help point out some amazing places all within an easy drive of our area.
First up is a quiet stunner in Hawley, PA aptly called, The Ledges. This eco-friendly, contemporary hotel is surrounded by some of the most amazing scenery one can hope for in a small out of the way location. It is a new hotel tucked into the lower portion of the historic Hawley Silk Mill complex. Only about a two hour drive from Bloomsburg, The Ledges provides an escape that you can’t imagine exists so close to home. Approaching the property you may not expect much from the nondescript grey stone building, but walk into the lobby and you can instantly tell you are in for a treat.
You are greeted by a sparse, but well designed entry area that houses the receptionist desk and a series of glass doors leading out to an observation deck. It is when you walk through those doors that you discover why this is such a special destination.
The hotel is built into the rock at the base of a series of absolutely amazing waterfalls that cascade from well above.The sound of the water is enough of a rush, but the views push it over the top. The prices aren’t cheap, but if you are like us, you’ll have no need to leave the property for the duration of the visit. Room rates vary throughout the year, but don’t expect something for under $100.00 a night. The standard hotel rooms are a bargain, but it is in the one and two bedroom suites that you are able to really enjoy what this boutique hotel has to offer — the sight and sounds of the falls!
Our one bedroom suite was a two story unit with a spiral staircase connecting the two spaces. The ceilings were no less than 12 feet and the suite could have easily slept two couples or more. The giant windows opened onto the rushing waters below and opening them provided the most splendid view and sounds. The hotel also boasts free wifi, wonderful marble and granite bathrooms, kitchens, flat panel televisions, and room service.
The attached Glass Wine Bar and Bistro serves mostly American fare, but it is the setting that is most special. Grab a seat on the covered porch, order a couple of small plates, and a glass of wine to really take advantage of your visit. If you want to save a little money we would recommend you ask for a room with a view of the falls, pack a bottle of wine, and some things to eat and just stay in your room with the windows open. You’ll be happy you decided to come as you sit, relax, and enjoy the roar of the rushing waters below.
A Pocono Mountains Boutique Hotel
120 Falls Avenue
Hawley, PA 18428
Lobby, Image One
Courtesy: The Ledges Hotel
Remaining Photo Credits
Copyright: Kristin Camplese