Harry and Mary jumped on the opportunity to purchase this property from the current owners, the Svenningsens, and events steamrolled from there. In April 1958, Mary, her children and her parents moved to the Poconos resort, which they would now call home. During the week, Harry kept his Long Island business going and stayed with his family at what is now Woodloch Pines on the weekends.
The original 12-acre Poconos resort included a main lodge, annex and two cottages, all of which accommodated a whopping 40 guests. Woodloch’s popularity grew and grew, and by 1961, the Kiesendahl’s had doubled the size of the lakefront resort. By 1983, the resort had grown into 150 acres with almost a mile of shoreline and 135 rooms … big time stuff!
Fast forward to today, the all-inclusive resort spans more than 1000 acres and can accommodate over 900 guests, a far cry from the original 40 person max. And don’t forget that just down the road is Woodloch Springs, home to a championship golf course and sprawling vacation rentals, as well as The Lodge at Woodloch, one of the world’s best destination spas, a.k.a Zenned out bliss.
So what’s the secret to our success? Since our earliest beginnings, we have remained committed to a number of traditions, but by far the most important one is the way we treat our guests … “it’s as if they are company in our own home” (our original mission). This is what sets Woodloch apart from other places.
That said, we can’t thank our guests enough for their continued support. And if you haven’t been to Woodloch yet, we highly recommend that you make the trip soon. We can’t wait to share our tradition of excellence and warm hospitality with you.
The History of Lake Teedyuskung