Last week I met my family in Pennsylvania for a quick, snowy getaway. This was our second year traveling to Camelback Mountain Resort and we were able to take what we learned from our first trip to make this one even more enjoyable.
Let’s take a look at what the resort has to offer:
- Indoor Waterpark: The indoor waterpark is advertised as the best on the east coast, and I can’t help but to agree. I’ve personally been to another Pennsylvania waterpark, that I can’t even recall the name of and the Great Wolf Lodge in Virginia. Camelback’s waterpark surpasses both of these by far. The park as 13 waterslides, a swim-up bar, private cabanas, wave pool, lazy river, splash park, flowrider, and a huge hot tub that extends indoors and outdoors.
- Skiing/Snowboarding: I’m not a skier or snowboarder myself. I attempted snowboarding once, but failed miserably at the stopping part. My bum still has not forgotten. Alas, due to my lack of skills, I cannot give a comprehensive review of this portion of the resort. I will say they have everything you need right there. Lessons, gear rental, various trails, lifts. I don’t know what else you might need, but it appears they know what they’re doing there and you can get your ski and snowboard on whether you are a novice or experienced snow bunny.
- Snowtubing: The resort boasts 42 lanes for snow tubing. Both times I have been, they only had half the lanes open, so that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Regardless, it’s still a wonderful time, and I highly recommend taking the time to check it out. Despite not having a lick of talent in the standing up snow sports, I can really rock a sit and slide sport like snow tubing. Our second day at the resort was spent throwing ourselves onto inflated inner tubes and hurtling down a hill as quick as gravity would take us. Zero talent or experience needed.
- Food: The resort has multiple restaurants directly on site you can feast. We enjoyed the buffet for dinner the first night. In my opinion the food was really good, but it was very pricey at $23/person. That evening my best friend and her husband arrived late and ordered room service. Again the food was good and the price seemed reasonable, but they automatically charged a $5 room service charge and 18% gratuity to the order which made the price not so reasonable anymore. The next day we had breakfast at the buffet (again overpriced). Lunch at the sushi restaurant was more reasonably priced and the roll I received was very tasty. My only note would be that there were not that many different options. That evening for dinner we opted to order pizza from a local business. I believe it was called Big Papi’s and it was absolutely great! The price was reasonable, they delivered quickly, and the pizza was delicious. Our third and final day at the resort we decided to eat at a local restaurant named Barley Creek Brewing Co & Distillery. I recommend this place a million times over!
- Indoor Activities: The resort does not stop at only offering skiing/snowboarding, snow tubing, and an indoor waterpark. There is also an arcade, indoor high ropes course, mini golf, laser tag, pottery painting, scavenger hunts, rock climbing, crafts and mini bowling. All of these activities are excellent, but come at an additional cost. I thought the price for most activities was comparable to anywhere, but in my opinion the arcade was grossly overpriced. Although, we had an absolute ball in the laser tag. Unfortunately we wanted to try the high ropes course, but it was closed for maintenance for our entire stay.
Some lessons learned were definitely to be more prepared in regards to food to save money. The convenience of eating directly on site was great, but I’m not sure the cost of the buffet really makes it worth it. At least not for me. If we return, I will definitely do my oatmeal breakfasts in the room and prepare lunch in the room as well. Although, I didn’t think the sushi restaurant was expensive, so that could be an option for one day. And then we’d probably eat out at a restaurant off resort for dinner.
Highlights from the trip:
- Indoor Waterpark: My favorites in the waterpark are the outdoor hot tub and the group slide, the Venus Slydetrap. Our first year at the resort in 2016 we probably went down the slide a dozen times. This year I only did it once and I wish I had done it more! Same thing with the hot tub. The first year we spent so much time in the outdoor hot tub. They even had some steps we’d brave standing on in the open freezing air for as long as we could bear before plunging ourselves back into the warmth of the hot tub. This year, I was saving the hot tub for our long day in the park, and then was greatly disappointed when only the indoor portion was open. Of course it was open again the day we were leaving. Go figure.
- Skiing/Snowboarding: I wish I had the skills needed to snowboard. I really want to try skiing because I feel like I might be able to do that better, but I’m also very cheap and didn’t want to spend the cash on lessons. Despite no one skiing or snowboarding there was still a moment that stuck out. My brother-in-law seriously contemplated trying it out, but was quickly deterred by a woman at the desk selling lift tickets and gear rentals. Her response to his request was, “Sir, are you sure you want to try, at this stage in your life?” Which of course we took as a stab at his age, and we laughed and laughed and laughed.
- Snow tubing: The highlight of snow tubing this year was no one having a bad time. Last year my sister-in-law almost fell from the magic carpet that pulls you to the top of the hill, and my brother lost his phone. This year was drama free and everyone simply had a ball of a time. Also, it snowed our first night there, which was super exciting since it’s been an unseasonably warm winter, so the snow was real and fresh!
- Food: My highlights on food would be the pizza we ordered from Big Papa’s and the breakfast place, Barley Creek. I had the eggs benedict and a side of scrapple. Oh how I have missed scrapple.
- Indoor Activities: Definitely the laser tag. Without a doubt, the laser tag. It was $8.99 a person, but well worth every dime.
Well Camelback, yet again you provided a wonderful vacation for me and my family. Will we return? I’m not sure, simply because as much as I love it there, I would also like to go somewhere else to add to my list of travels. Perhaps somewhere in Vermont or New Hampshire. Anyone have recommendations?