Pocono Mountains Honored with two new Four Diamond Properties


AAA Annual Awards Recognize Distinction in the Region

Pocono Mountains, PA – The Pocono Mountains (www.800poconos.com) is proud to announce the designation of two new AAA Four Diamond properties. The announcement came late October from the AAA annual rankings that The Lodge at Woodloch of Hawley and Mount Airy Casino Resort of Mount Pocono would receive the high honors for the year 2010.

According to AAA’s website, Four Diamond properties “are upscale in all areas. Accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.”

Overall, just 4% of the more than 31,000 AAA rated lodgings and 2.8% of the 27,000 AAA rated restaurants were awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond designation this year. The two new properties are in the company of The French Manor Inn and Spa in South Sterling and The Settlers Inn in Hawley, who have both received the recognition for both their lodging and restaurant amenities.

“The fact that only 16 properties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have received the distinction and we boast four of the facilities is a true testament to the area,” said president and CEO Carl Wilgus. “We look forward to more additions in the future.”

To learn more about the AAA rankings, visit their newsroom at http://www.aaanewsroom.net/main/default.asp?categoryid=9&subcategoryid=22.

About the Pocono Mountains

With 2,400 square miles encompassing Pennsylvania’s Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the Pocono Mountains region is home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers.  Winters offer guests the opportunity to ski, snowboard, snow tube and even snowshoe their way through snowy wonderlands encompassing over 185 ski trails, while summers also cater to the active traveler allowing exploration of 261miles of hiking and biking trails, over 35 golf courses, whitewater rafting, boating, fishing and open access to nine state and two national parks.

Any time of year is a good time to visit the Pocono Mountains, located within driving distance of most major East Coast cities.  This region teeming with history offers year-round cultural tours and art exhibitions, abundant antiquing and brand-name shopping and a full calendar of festivals showcasing the heritage, music and food of the Pocono Mountains.

Even the most discerning traveler will find comfortable accommodations in the Pocono Mountains, which offers an eclectic mix of resorts, distinctive properties and quaint, country inns and bed and breakfasts.

Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at www.800poconos.com or by phone at 800-POCONOS (800-762-6667).  Follow @PoconoTourism on Twitter to stay current with up-to-date information.  Established in 1934, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit, membership organization.  The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne in northeastern Pennsylvania.