Location: 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono
Drive time: 90 minutes.
Cost: Rooms $99-$279; higher on holiday weekends.
The scoop: Forget about the heart-shaped tubs, threadbare carpeting and noisy radiators. This is not the Mount Airy Lodge of your youth. That was supplanted three years ago by a ski-lodge-on-steroids-style luxury resort. This summer, the casino—positioned somewhat discreetly on the second level—is scheduled to add table games to its more than 2,500 existing machines.
Amenities: Rooms feature pillow-top beds, oversized bathrooms with walk-in showers, and flat-screen TVs. On-site restaurants serve diner, buffet, steakhouse and Italian fare. The Spa at Mount Airy offers a full menu of pampering, and a round on the 18-hole golf course (the sole holdover from the old lodge) is a must. A pool and tennis courts are planned for next summer.
Don’t miss: A show at the resort’s intimate Gypsies Lounge & Nightclub. Venture into nearby Stroudsburg for a quaint stroll and a divine—and surprisingly cheap—breakfast or lunch at Mollie’s.
Contact: (877) 682-4791, mountairycasino.com