Spending Time with Family at Split Rock Resort
We were invited to join the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau for a winter media FAM tour. We were given an opportunity to ski, snowboard and snow tube at Jack Frost Mountain ski area and stay at Split Rock Resort & Golf Club, in exchange for our honest review. You can find more information about Split Rock Resort on their website. Sometimes it’s confusing for us in New Jersey to find the right vacation spot in the Poconos, especially if we want one that is high quality. However, in recent years a number of great resorts have been developed to cater to some of us more discriminating vacationers. One of these is Split Rock on Lake Harmony.
Split Rock is a full service year round resort in the middle of the Poconos primarily targeting families and skiers on a 1200 acre property. The resort offers a wide range of activities on the premises, including an indoor water park, bowling alley, movie theater, and a number of restaurants and snack bars. It’s ideal as a ski resort because there is much more than skiing there to round out your experience (or satisfy those in your family that don’t ski). They recently changed management, and they are undergoing a significant investment program to modernize their facilities, upgrade the quality, and offer more to the local population.
We stayed there for a weekend trip, arriving early Friday afternoon for the kids to take advantage of the large indoor water park. During the facility tour we learned that you can rent the whole water park out. They also do Birthday parties - $400 for 10 kids, which includes 1 full day, pizza and ice cream cake. It’s a great deal, but you’ll need to bus them all from Madison. There is also a teen night every Friday from 5-8 pm, with a DJ for ages (13-19) in the water-park. It’s huge and felt like a sauna in the middle of winter.
New management in September started renovations inside in October, with a new snack bar and gift shop, new carpets, and paint everywhere. It looks clean and fresh. The Split Rock Grill "SRG" has a new menu as well. We had two dinners and two breakfasts in the restaurant, which is highly recommended. The review of the restaurant is found in another blog post (coming soon). I will mention the breakfast, though. The breakfast buffet was of a very high quality. The highlight was the omelet / egg / waffle station, manned by a good chef that wasn't afraid to make the omelets really how you wanted them. They were big, and there was a wide selection of ingredients to choose from.
After dinner, we headed to our rooms to get ready for an early day skiing at Jack Frost, which is reviewed separately here. We stayed in the Willowbrook suites, with modern and clean comfortable rooms. They are a 3-4 minute drive from the "Town Center" where the indoor activities are.
After returning from skiing we enjoyed a late afternoon in the bowling alley. Split Rock includes an 8-lane bowing alley with cool red-green-blue lighting, and an arcade / amusements area. The bowling alley is as modern as they come, and was a welcome addition.
There is one movie theater with only one movie showing at a time. We didn’t have time to go to – but we learned there’s always a family film with reasonable prices for tickets and refreshments (how refreshing). In fact, all of the prices at the snack bars, cafe and gift shop were reasonable.
We learned they are making a big push is to make the resort appeal to locals to use the faculties (pool, restaurants, movie theater and bowling alley). There used to be a $1 toll to get on the property but now it is gone. Options are limited for the residents out there - it's the closest location for many to go to a bowling alley or theater.
Great ski combo deals with Jack Frost or Big Boulder ski resorts (just minutes away) are offered regularly in Groupon. The hotel starts at $119 per night.
All in all, we enjoyed our stay at Split Rock Resort and would recommend it to others. It has something for everyone in the family, and it’s only 90 minutes from Madison. Be sure to check it out!