Get Back to Nature at Woodloch Resort
~ shared by Dan Hodges
Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery. A place to escape the urban concrete and traffic congested city.
Just two hours from New York City and three hours from Philadelphia, the all-inclusive Woodloch Resort is a nature lover’s paradise. It’s easy to find your zen while glancing at the sunlight slanting through the trees, and waves in the lake lapping up against the sides of boats.
Lake Teedyuskung is a private, spring-fed lake at Woodloch Resort where you can boat, swim or water ski. There’s also ice skating in the winter and fishing year round. The lake is home to pike, catfish, largemouth bass and walleye.
You’ll find plenty of green space here to help you relax and get back in touch with nature. There’s also lots of “blue space.” Researchers have been touting the benefits of green space for decades. They’re now seeing the same benefits with how blue space affects stress and depression. Basically, if you’re in sight of a body of water, it’s good for your psyche. And that means Lady Teedyuskung is good for your mental health, so come on in!
You can also enjoy the nearby Delaware and Lackawaxen Rivers as well as Lake Wallenpaupack, by taking a tour of the Poconos. Don’t feel like boating or kayaking? Take a horseback ride with a stable down the road. Don’t be surprised if you see bald eagles flying overhead.
You can walk it or run it. Either way, Woodloch’s nature trail is a mile-long paved footpath, where you can enjoy all that the Poconos Mountains have to offer. This is where you can really feel like you’ve gotten out of the city and let the stress slide away as you take in the native plants and animals of Pennsylvania. The butterfly milkweed blooms throughout the spring and summer, attracting bees and butterflies. And that feeling of relaxation isn’t all in your head. The World Health Organization notes that physical activity in a natural setting helps with depression, and reduces stress.
They call it “shinrin-yoku” in Japan. In English, it translates roughly into “forest bathing,” and it’s more than just a little stroll in the woods. Proponents say the practice reduces stress and blood pressure while improving your mood and boosting your immune system. Certified forest bathing instructors at Woodloch Resort can help you become one with nature. Think of it as meditation meets nature walk, a way to get your mind and body in tune with your surroundings.
There are lots of other activities at Woodloch where you can enjoy the great outdoors — including golfing, zip lining, kayaking, and snowshoeing, and tubing. Explore the Poconos and the surrounding area on skis. Just being outside at Woodloch is proven to improve your mood and reduce your stress. There’s also the benefit of improved social interaction, whether it’s with your family, or those folks you just met who are also staying at Woodloch.
Dan Hodges is a writer and travel expert. He has a passion for trying new restaurants and new foods around the country.