Pocono Mountains Podcast

Pocono Mountains Podcast

Your guide to the exciting things to see and do in the pristine Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Everything from the history of the region which encompasses 2,400 square miles (bigger than the state of Delaware!) to the newest fun indoors and outdoors just a short drive from NYC, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Join host Jim Hamill for some conversations with the people who make us all #PoconoProud.

Episodes

July 17, 2024 23 mins
Season 4, Episode 15 - Brand new this summer, the Swiftwater provides a personalized, Poconos experience for guests. Featuring fine dining at The Olivet, plunge pools in six of the rooms, and neighboring sister property and destination in its own right, Desaki, the Swiftwater is really something to behold. Brianna got the full tour of the Swiftwater when it opened in June 2024. Now it’s up and running and providing an exceptional e...
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This month on Pocono Mountains Magazine: take a tour of The Swiftwater, the brand new luxury hotel now open in the Pocono Mountains, then join Brianna and Deanna for the launch of a new series, Bri & Dee, as they spend a day on the Delaware River with Edge of the Woods Outfitters. Learn how visitors to Camelbeach at Camelback Resort can check out 35 lifelike dinosaurs for no added cost this season as PA's largest outdoor wa...

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Season 4, Episode 14 - The agriculture industry is important in Wayne County by providing families with a way of life and our communities with local, healthy food. We’ve shared those stories of farms and farmers before on the podcast from Calkins Creamery, to Robinson Family Farm to Bialecki Farms and no one is more of an advocate for those farms and farming than Wayne County Commissioner Brian Smith.

Smith is as passionate as the...

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Season 4, Episode 13 - This time of year is THE time of year to be out on the river whether it’s the Delaware which just held its annual sojourn or on the whitewater rapids on the Lehigh River – with numerous outfitters on the Lehigh our Deanna Fontanez caught up with Jim Thorpe River Adventures in Lehighton recently – and river veteran Jerry McAward! He’s the guy behind the Lehighton Outdoor Center which serves all your needs out ...

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Season 4, Episode 12 - This Pocono People episode on the podcast features Mary Ravert who has devoted 50 years of her life to the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau and is calling it a career this month. From the early days as a Pocono Snow Bunny, working all the way up to the office manager and executive assistant, Mary has been a force for good, a role model, and the glue that keeps our nearly 100 year old organization together.

T...

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Season 4, Episode 11 - Grey Towers National Historic Landmark is more than a mansion. It’s the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot known as the Father of American Conservation. The historic mansion and its grounds are open to the public for tours and special events – the perfect tie-in to a visit to Milford – one of Jim's favorite Pocono Places!

Plus, we listen back to a discussion with America250PA from 2022 about the upcoming ...

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This month on Pocono Mountains Magazine: learn how Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is giving back to communities in Africa and how you can get involved with the life-changing mission. Start the summer season with a fun and affordable way to enjoy nature with your family, camping at Mountain Vista Campground, then head to Dunkelberger's Sports Outfitters for a candid conversation with the owner, Jere, about his beloved small ...

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Season 4, Episode 10 - 220,000 square feet, filled with wet, wild, fun. Kalahari Resorts & Conventions has been on the Poconos scene nearly a full decade. With its amazing facilities adorned by African artwork, the massive indoor waterpark, behemoth convention center and the food! It has everything for families, for business and leisure combo stays, and more and, its people – the ownership and those who lead the way at Kalahari are...
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Season 4, Episode 9 - Jim is fond of all things on the Pocono Beverage Trail. The people behind the brews, wines and spirits have such a great story to tell and we’re thankful to have so many stops along that trail where visitors can experience the Poconos craft beverage industry.

In Stroudsburg, there are two of those stops along the trail that really have some great stories and products to share: Bovino’s Brewery and Eagles Rest ...

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Season 4, Episode 8 - We recently introduced you to some of the folks at the Stourbridge Project in Honesdale – it’s a business incubator with a coworking space, prototyping lab and in a Keystone Innovation Zone which means the tech startups are getting a hand up to build their businesses right here in the Pocono Mountains. And one of the biggest partners in that effort is some 50 miles away on the campus of East Stroudsburg Univer...

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This month on Pocono Mountains Magazine: sip and sample some true Pocono craft brews and wines at Bovino's Brewery and Eagles Rest Cellars, two of many great stops along the Pocono Beverage Trail! Raise a glass at another winery on the Pocono Beverage Trail, Lehighton's Radical Wine Company, which is anything but your traditional winery, discover timeless treasures during part two of Antiquing in the Poconos, then cast your line wi...
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Season 4, Episode 7 - Discovering the love of the outdoors right here in the Poconos! Brianna Strunk visited Lilliana's Nature Discovery Area at Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center which is a great place for kids to discover nature, and the two and half miles of trails and observation dock on the two ponds provide plenty of vantage points to spot wildlife on land and in the water.

The Poconos is a year-round destination...

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Season 4, Episode 6 - Casting lines for another fishing season in the Poconos! Spring is in bloom across the region, wildlife is back too and so are the anglers who love to fish for trophies, for food and for family memories.

There’s always a great guide here in the Poconos to help you find the right spot to cast your line. Deanna Fontanez caught up with Captain Joe recently for the upcoming Pocono Mountains Magazine.

Plus, Jim Ha...

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Season 4, Episode 5 - We’re fortunate to have some really great stories of entrepreneurialism here in the Poconos. We’re just a couple hours from New York and Philly and attract some top talent to our communities including within two business incubators, one at East Stroudsburg University (future podcast episode) and the other, at the Stourbridge Project in Honesdale. In ten years, the business incubator has taken off, fertile soil...
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This month on Pocono Mountains Magazine: prepare for Pocono Mountains Restaurant Week coming up April 7-12, 2024! Get in the kitchen and chow down with the culinary crew at The Settlers Inn in Hawley plus meet the performer and host at Crazy Country Club, then experience delicious food and mountain charm at Sycamore Grille in Delaware Water Gap, some southern comfort at Willie Mae's Place and an authentic Victorian pub and rest...

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Season 4, Episode 4 - The partial solar eclipse is set to arrive in the Pocono Mountains Monday afternoon, April 8th. Jim discusses the rare astronomical phenomenon with a professor at East Stroudsburg University who was setting up telescopes to watch the eclipse unfold next week.

Plus, ⁠Pocono Mountains Restaurant Week⁠ runs April 7th to April 12th with signature dishes, deals and special menus at lots of locations throughout the ...

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March 27, 2024 35 mins

Season 4, Episode 3 - Pocono Mountains Restaurant Week runs April 7th to April 12th with signature dishes, deals and special menus at lots of locations throughout the region including the always special Settlers Inn in Hawley and for a different sort of experience, the Crazy Country Club just down the street. Also in this episode, La Posada in Milford.

The Poconos is a year-round destination for millions and with 24-hundred square ...

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March 20, 2024 16 mins

Season 4, Episode 2 - Get ready to tantalize your taste buds and embark on a culinary adventure. Pocono Mountains Restaurant Week runs April 7th to April 12th, 2024 when foodies and connoisseurs alike will have the opportunity to savor the finest flavors the region has to offer with exclusive, special menus a deep discounted dishes.  

With an extensive list of participating restaurants, this year's Pocono Mountains Restaurant W...

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March 13, 2024 50 mins

Season 4, Episode 1 - Another family legacy of hospitality in the Pocono Mountains. Jeanne and Grant Genzlinger have been catalysts for the amazing experiences countless guests have had at the Settlers Inn in Hawley and with the help of the next generation including son Justin, Settlers has expanded to multiple properties across the map raising the bar for the Pocono Mountains. Listen into an extended conversation with Chris Barret...

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This month on Pocono Mountains Magazine: celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Irish community in the Poconos as the PTN team visits Siamsa Irish Pub and Fitzpatrick's Irish & Celtic Store plus previews two can't-miss parades. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of The Swiftwater, the upscale boutique hotel opening in May, saddle up for a true winter adventure on horseback at Mountain Creek Riding Stables, and enjoy chatti...

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