Travelling to Pennsylvania this summer

  • britmed

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    Apr 17, 2014 8:06 AM GMT
    Hey all, I'm travelling from England to a summer camp in Pennsylvania this summer to teach kids with special needs. We get one day off a week, and although I'm sure other people will have some plans, is there anything in particular you recommend I do?

    I'll also be travelling around the states for about 3 weeks after but don't really have any ideas where I'll be going yet.
  • Import

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    Apr 17, 2014 8:26 PM GMT
    PA is kind of a big state.
    Where in PA will u be?

    Check out Philly. Pittsburgh.
    Couple of amusement parks like Hershey park and u can quite literally drive down the "hershey highway" icon_wink.gif

    Visit the Amish ppl in that town Lancaster.
    I've been to PA lots of time for work. It's pretty average. Philly is the big city tho. Lots going on there. Pittsburgh is pretty cool too.
  • germanguy888

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    Apr 17, 2014 8:48 PM GMT
    hey mate Do you know in what area you will be? I live in Philly and can reccomend a lot of good things to do in this area!
  • britmed

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    Apr 17, 2014 9:06 PM GMT
    Hah sorry I didn't specify. I'll be staying near Hawley, which is just East of Scranton. I plan on visiting Philly to see the zoo (first in America woop) and hopefully Pittsburgh as well. Just wondering if there were any places to eat or things to do you guys would recommend. Would love to hear cool things to do Philly! And visiting the Amish would be very interesting.
  • tj85016

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    Apr 17, 2014 9:17 PM GMT
    Independence Mall is my favorite place in Philly and the older streets like Oak St, Walnut St, Pine St. The Barnes Foundation and the Phila Museum of Art are good.

    Cape May, NJ is good for the beach as is Long Beach Island, NJ.

    Then there's New Hope and Washingtons Crossing (New Hope got a little kitchy).

    Boston and New York are better bets than Pittsburgh as far as the travel times go

    It all depends what you're into
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    Apr 17, 2014 9:38 PM GMT
    I have some easy half day trips from the camp for you.

    Sadly, the Arbys in Hawley closed; you haven't tasted America until you tried their roast beef sandwich and "Jamocha" shake.

    But you'll be right off Lake Wallenpaupack (huge lake, great boating) and a half hour from Milford (which in the last ten years or so began billing itself as a "gay" town with an "arts community" when NYC gays renovated an old hotel (http://www.hotelfauchere.com/welcome/welcome.php) and launched a PR campaign disassociating the area from "The Poconos" with the invented term "Delaware Highlands"). Milford is also on the Delaware River, a popular rafting destination, roughly a half hour north of the scenic Delaware Water Gap.
  • britmed

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    Apr 17, 2014 9:39 PM GMT
    tj85016 saidIndependence Mall is my favorite place in Philly and the older streets like Oak St, Walnut St, Pine St. The Barnes Foundation and the Phila Museum of Art are good.

    Cape May, NJ is good for the beach as is Long Beach Island, NJ.

    Then there's New Hope and Washingtons Crossing (New Hope got a little kitchy).

    Boston and New York are better bets than Pittsburgh as far as the travel times go

    It all depends what you're into


    Cool thanks, it sounds like it's a good idea to have one good day in Philly and then go a bit further out for other things.
  • britmed

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    Apr 17, 2014 9:42 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI have some easy half day trips from the camp for you.

    Sadly, the Arbys in Hawley closed; you haven't tasted America until you tried their roast beef sandwich and "Jamocha" shake.

    But you'll be right off Lake Wallenpaupack (huge lake, great boating) and a half hour from Milford (which in the last ten years or so began billing itself as a "gay" town with an "arts community" when NYC gays renovated an old hotel (http://www.hotelfauchere.com/welcome/welcome.php) and launched a PR campaign disassociating the area from "The Poconos" with the invented term "Delaware Highlands"). Milford is also on the Delaware River, a popular rafting destination, roughly a half hour north of the scenic Delaware Water Gap.


    Oh wow, Hotel Fauchere looks amazing! Loving the names; Fauchere, Highlands.. what are we gays like. Will definitely give Milford a look-see. Thanks for the tips icon_smile.gif
  • Timbales

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    Apr 17, 2014 11:39 PM GMT
    britmed saidHah sorry I didn't specify. I'll be staying near Hawley, which is just East of Scranton. I plan on visiting Philly to see the zoo (first in America woop) and hopefully Pittsburgh as well. Just wondering if there were any places to eat or things to do you guys would recommend. Would love to hear cool things to do Philly! And visiting the Amish would be very interesting.


    Scranton is not that far from NYC either, if you are interested in things like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, you can get a round trip ferry from New Jersey.

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    Apr 18, 2014 4:23 AM GMT
    britmed said
    eagermuscle saidI have some easy half day trips from the camp for you.

    Sadly, the Arbys in Hawley closed; you haven't tasted America until you tried their roast beef sandwich and "Jamocha" shake.

    But you'll be right off Lake Wallenpaupack (huge lake, great boating) and a half hour from Milford (which in the last ten years or so began billing itself as a "gay" town with an "arts community" when NYC gays renovated an old hotel (http://www.hotelfauchere.com/welcome/welcome.php) and launched a PR campaign disassociating the area from "The Poconos" with the invented term "Delaware Highlands"). Milford is also on the Delaware River, a popular rafting destination, roughly a half hour north of the scenic Delaware Water Gap.


    Oh wow, Hotel Fauchere looks amazing! Loving the names; Fauchere, Highlands.. what are we gays like. Will definitely give Milford a look-see. Thanks for the tips icon_smile.gif


    Not sure how the gay scene there is nowadays (it's no New York, but what is), but do find out if there's still a "gay" night at the Fauchere's chic modern basement bar: http://www.hotelfauchere.com/dining/barlouis/bar.php

    Even further in the Delaware Water Gap region is the less stylish and far more "Poconos" Rainbow Mountain Resort: http://www.rainbowmountain.com/
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    Apr 18, 2014 4:42 AM GMT
    eagermuscle said


    Even further in the Delaware Water Gap region is the less stylish and far more "Poconos" Rainbow Mountain Resort: http://www.rainbowmountain.com/


    Oh, Gawd...I was there a couple of years ago. Good food included with the price of admission but the bar...geez....not enough pharmaceuticals in the world...or to be more specific, the locals...icon_eek.gif

    Except for a nice 20-something guy named Ian who very much wished to accompany me and my guy to our room for a three-some... sadly, my significant other was not having it...Perhaps I should have gone alone.icon_mad.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 18, 2014 2:15 PM GMT
    You are just east of Scranton, check that city out because it is supposed to be successfully revitalized from the bad old days of industrial and coal mining decline. Also check out Philadelphia, there is so much to see and do in that amazing, historic metropolis. Great museums, historic sites, beautiful parks, tremendous ethnic diversity, excellent food, great architecture, and HOT GUYS all over the place. Philadelphia men of both Italian and Hispanic ancestry are especially hoticon_biggrin.gif Philadelphia and Scranton are on either ends of the I-476 section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike so getting to either city is quite easy, though watch your speed because Pennsylvania State Troopers are very strict with speed limits. Explore the rest of Pennsylvania as well, it is a very beautiful and scenic state with gorgeous, forested mountains and verdant valleys. Most of the commonwealth is very mountainous and there are several wild, scenic rivers in Pennsylvania if you are into white water rafting. You picked a very beautiful and historic state to spend your summer, get out and explore it when time permits. You will have 45,333 square miles of geography to explore so pick your destinations wisely.
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    Apr 18, 2014 4:56 PM GMT
    bon_pan said
    eagermuscle said


    Even further in the Delaware Water Gap region is the less stylish and far more "Poconos" Rainbow Mountain Resort: http://www.rainbowmountain.com/


    Oh, Gawd...I was there a couple of years ago. Good food included with the price of admission but the bar...geez....not enough pharmaceuticals in the world...or to be more specific, the locals...icon_eek.gif

    Except for a nice 20-something guy named Ian who very much wished to accompany me and my guy to our room for a three-some... sadly, my significant other was not having it...Perhaps I should have gone alone.icon_mad.gif


    I was being kind.

    britmed might do well at Fauchere but at Rainbow Mountain he'd be Catch of the Season. I was taken there (late night, off season) once for a celebration. I'd wanted to see this Delaware Water Gap natural wonder that everyone was talking about, which wound up being at the epicenter of a Route 66-ish throwback Poconos with ticky-tacky motels, casinos and cheesy romance lodges suites featuring round beds, mirrored ceilings, champagne flute-shaped jacuzzis and heart-shaped pools, I kid you not:



    britmed's from a foreign country relegated to a summer camp in downmarket, semi-rural, straight Hawley (though there's big money around adjacent, enormous, Long Island Sound-like Lake Wallenpaupack). Even with the best, purest intentions he may go so homesick and out of his head that he'll be desperate for gay companionship. I'm merely providing that service (albeit not in person).
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    Apr 18, 2014 5:09 PM GMT
    Now here's an off-everyone's-radar recommendation for OP britmed given his summer job - Edgemere.

    Edgemere, about a half hour away en route to Dingmans Ferry on Silver Lake Road, is practically a state secret, almost un-googleable (it may as well be "Torchwood"), practically invisible to spy satellites and nearly impervious to visitors. It's a group home and/or camp for the (developmentally only?) disabled on hundreds of acres encompassing a large, uniquely beautiful lake and a stunning vintage stone lakefront estate, all presumably left in trust to the facility. Given your summer job, field of study and Englishness you might be able to finagle an invite singly or with your campers, but check with your future bosses first - I once made a wrong turn onto their private road and those people are nasty!