What I ate: Hawley, Pennslyvania

When some people think of vacation, they think of lazy afternoons spent on the beach. My oldest sister decided to treat my other sister and I with a ‘weekend retreat’ for her birthday. Two months later and with much excitement we roadtripped west to Hawley, Pennsylvania and possibly the most luxurious hotel digs I will ever stay.

To give you an idea of the clientele, I came across kayaking photos from Lucky Magazine’s editor in chief while browsing on Instagram.

As may be common with luxury spa resorts tucked into the Poconos, it was an all-inclusive experience. Meaning each day we received 1hr massages gratis at the world-class spa, and could enjoy over 20 activities and classes daily. Meals were included.

Suffice to say – this ended up being one of the best rejuvenating stays I’ve ever had. I worked out about 3 hours per day, tried out every single one of the 5 jacuzzis and whirlpools, swam (aka frantically doggy-paddled) in the heated pool, and fell asleep happy and exhausted.

But before getting too worked up about how awesome the hotel was, I wanted to share some of the lovely meals we had. Without much further ado, here they are:

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The morning view from the dining room. 15 ft floor to ceiling window views to the forest, with the lake peeking from behind the trees.

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A typical breakfast with a yogurt and baked goods buffet as well as complete meal. I had poached eggs over polenta and grilled tomatoes and squash.

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Grilled asparagus.


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Beets and baby arugula salad.

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Wedge butter lettuce salad.

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Braised, stuffed artichokes.

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Steak frites.

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Soft shell crab.

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Shrimp and grits.

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