One of my favorite local vacation spots–for any season– is Woodloch Resort in the Poconos. Called one of America’s “Best All Inclusive Family Resorts,” Woodloch stands out from other vacation locations with an emphasis on activities that families can do together.
Situated on a beautiful lake in between glorious mountains, Woodloch in Hawley, PA, has been owned and operated by the same family since 1958, and perhaps that’s why I find it reminiscent of the Catskills resort made famous in the movie “Dirty Dancing,” albeit with a modern twist.
See what I mean?
Our family made the two and a half hour trek from New Jersey in the winter right before my now 5-year-old daughter began to crawl. We also visited there last summer to enjoy the resort’s beautiful lake. Recently, we couldn’t resist the allure of a family-style 80s fall weekend, because of how much I love the 80s and of course, the original mother of reinvention, Madonna.
Each season offers something for every member of the family. For me, the spacious cabins (there are a variety of housing choices), beautiful lake, wide expanse of picnic-ready green grass and delicious food make it worth the trip. My daughter loves the indoor bumper cars, year-round nightly shows of magicians, animal acts and Broadway-type revues, the indoor and outdoor waterpark-like pools, game arcade, and the three-level indoor ‘Woodloch Forest” playground complex, comprising a climbing structure and jungle gym. My husband enjoys getting his competition on with the family games, Jackpot Bingo, miniature golf, ping pong or bumper pool.
Channeling Madonna at Woodloch
For the 80s “Dirty Dancing” weekend, from November 14-16 (in 2014 Woodloch hosted back-to-the-80s-focused weekends in March and twice in November; crossing my fingers for one in 2015), we joined friends and I also brought along my parents. We participated in an 80s trivial pursuit contest, a Name That Tune musical challenge (taking us all the way back to the dawn of MTV), a family breakfast wars contest (where we had to use breakfast items to recreate an image from the 80s-harder than it sounds), and there was a costume parade, where everyone dressed like their 80s idols.
I scoured my closet for the appropriate clothing to look like Madonna, or what I remember Madonna dressed like in the 80s.
True confession: I’ve been to every Madonna concert since I first saw her perform at Escapes in Long Island right before she released her first album. I felt chills while listening to her dance and sing to songs from what would be her first self-titled record, “Madonna”, and knew that I was in the presence of greatness. Decades later, I even attended her concert at the Garden in NYC when I was six months pregnant with my daughter.
I remembered that Madonna used to wear a lot of lace, and as luck would have it, I had a Bobeau white and peach lace front sweatshirt from Nordstrom, that I thought fit my needs perfectly (did you know that peach was a huge color in the 80s)?
I paired the lace sweater with a Gap jean jacket, black Not Your Daughter’s label jeans (perfect for curvy figures, like mine), a wide black suede leather belt, gray knit leg warmers, black Uggs (for comfort), a stretchy lace bow headband, and red lipstick.
At the end of the weekend, I found a lace front jersey tee with raglan sleeves by Olivia Moon in cool gray and white to wear for our family holiday photo.
I wore the same black jeans (tip: always pack a pair for easy dressing while traveling) and Uggs, but this time my look was thoroughly modern.
I was so glad to have a family getaway weekend at Woodloch. It wasn’t as long a vacation as our family trip down under to Australia, this past spring, but it was still a chance to unwind with loved ones.
Like Madonna says in her song, “Holiday:”
If we took a holiday.
Took some time to celebrate.
Just one day out of life.
It would be. It would be so nice.
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