Welcoming generations of families since 1958
Perhaps it is the “gathering” that allows generations of families to return year after year to Woodloch Pines Ski Resort in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. A word coined by the Kiesendahl family, who have owned and operated Woodloch Pines since its inception in 1958, “together” means side-by-side activities. Brad Kiesendahl, a third-generation family member who is the CEO/Owner of Woodloch Resort Properties, explains, “People connect with each other here. It’s always nice to see parents, grandparents and kids interacting with each other, being silly and having a lot of fun.
Jami Weinstock, the matriarch of his family who started coming here in 2007, says, “The feeling you get here is that you really matter because everyone is so friendly and caring. Nicknamed the “stealth pigeons” because they “fly” from activity to activity, the Weinstock family often brings up to 40 family members. “The warmth, the creativity, the energy, the professionalism and the atmosphere of absolute joy is beyond belief. It is truly unique,” she adds.
“The whole family takes the time to come,” explains his daughter Jennifer Davis. “The social staff here are amazing, and social director Joey Ranner goes above and beyond the call of duty. There isn’t enough time to do everything.
Woodloch Pines, an all-inclusive family resort, is part of Woodloch Resort Properties. Woodloch Springs is an exquisite golf community with vacation rentals. The Lodge at Woodloch, a luxurious adults-only spa, has been widely recognized as one of the best in the country.
Service with a smile isn’t a cliché at Woodloch Pines, it’s the “culture” according to managing partner John Kiesendahl, a second-generation family member who is the face of the resort and is recognizable by his signature pants adorned with various character designs. His affable personality is contagious and can always be found with a broad smile welcoming guests into the dining room.
In fact, there’s no shortage of smiles in Woodloch Pines, from guests running from activity to activity (there’s an endless array every day) to caring employees who bend over backwards to make sure everyone’s needs are met. of each guest are met. “We try to treat each guest as if they were company in our own home,” says Brooke James, vice president of sales, marketing and hospitality/owner of Woodloch Resort Properties, a family member of third generation. “We ask our employees to be themselves by being authentic.” Here, everything is done for one purpose: to provide a “gathering” for families who want to spend quality time with each other.
Lake Teedyuskung is the centerpiece of the resort. As the source of the Delaware River, the lake is one of the purest in the Pocono region. Families meet at the edge of the lake to swim, fish and participate in many water activities. Multiple pools, both indoors and outdoors, include a kids’ splash pool equipped with spray jets and a mushroom waterfall and a shallow indoor pool with a variety of age-appropriate obstacles.
“Where do we start?” is a common question customers ask when they first arrive. With so many activities to choose from, it takes a bit of planning to create an itinerary. Do you feel competitive? Sports competition include beach volleyball, horseshoes, bowling and a home run derby. Test your intuitive skills on a treasure hunt or get a little silly with some Family Double Dare games. From bar games to bingo and amazing races to archery, the fun never ends. A program of activities via the Woodloch App is available.
Customers can choose from a variety of accommodation options including more than 160 rooms for up to six people each on the Woodloch Pines campus, and more than 70 private vacation rental homes available between the resort and nearby Woodloch Springs.
Food is never an afterthought at Woodloch. Although it serves up to 500 guests at each meal, Dining Room Manager Corey Neenan and a highly trained culinary team ensure that any special dietary requests are met. Guests who stay at the resort’s main property receive a meal plan with two or three meals a day served in the spacious main dining room. Not your typical banquet type fare. On the contrary, delicious food served fresh, quick and full of flavor is a staple of a Woodloch holiday. “The food is amazing and they always keep up to date with the latest food trends,” says Mike Bova, Weinstock’s son-in-law. “Meals are always cooked according to your preferences. Staying in Woodloch Springs offers more flexibility with the ability to add on a meal plan or dine in the area.
A highlight of the Woodloch Pines experience is the themed nightclub show produced by Joey Casella. Still rated ‘G’ for the whole family, the high-energy show features exceptional music and dazzling choreography, all provided by Woodloch at no additional cost. A family wooden horse race that allows friendly betting is one of the resort’s most popular events.
Over the years, Woodloch Resort Properties has grown methodically to meet the needs of a growing market, particularly customers in the New York metropolitan area, Philadelphia and New Jersey. “The evolution to the station it is today has been slow,” says Brad Kiesendahl. Built in 1992, the Woodloch Springs Country Club is home to a nationally recognized golf course.
Perhaps the most dramatic transformation occurred in 2006 with the addition of Woodloch Lodge. With a philosophy of personal enlightenment, the Lodge is a sanctuary for the senses. Whether you’re relaxing in the co-ed Whisper Lounge or soaking up the Aqua Garden’s hydromassage WaterWalls, you can choose to be as active or relaxed as you like.
Chris Barrett, President and CEO of Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, says, “The word ‘Woodloch’ has been synonymous with family vacations in the Poconos for nearly a century. The Kiesendahl family has welcomed successive generations of families to their properties in the best tradition of true hospitality. It’s not just for our customers, but also for the countless team members they’ve touched over the decades. Through responsible resort expansion, including the Lodge at Woodloch, a world-class destination spa, the Pocono Mountains are indebted to Woodloch Resort for its commitment to exemplary guest service and premium amenities that are a source of inspiration for our industry.
“I can’t imagine the level of care and attention displayed here, or the high quality, is unmatched at any other family vacation destination,” says Jami Weinstock.