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I like OLD…old furniture, pottery and especially old hotels! The Skytop Lodge is a beautiful old building in a lovely setting. This handsome and majestic old stone lodge is nestled in the middle of the Poconos and offers stunning views of a gorgeous lake and the magnificent mountains.  I grew up in Philadelphia and we had a vacation home in the Poconos, so when I tell you it is special – it is!  Yes, the rooms are a bit dated, but I found them charming. You will be glad you stopped. Your overnight hotel in the Poconos is the historic Shawnee Inn. You will find it comfortable and totally unpretentious – try to book a massage, they’re great!

Located on the beautiful Delaware Water Gap, the Shawnee is very unique. It’s another step into the past. You’ll find a giant deck with rocking chairs overlooking the river to relax and enjoy the ambience that is uniquely the Pocono Mountains.  Breakfasts there are fabulous!! I hope you can enjoy the piano music in the bar.  Remember, it’s old, but it’s an incredibly striking location and boasts a staff that really sets out to please.

When you visit the unbelievable Asa Packer Mansion you will relish old on a completely new level. The home of philanthropist, railroad magnate, and founder of Lehigh University, Asa Packer, was built in 1861 by Philadelphia architect, Samuel Sloan, over a span of two years and cost a total of $14,000 dollars- real money back in those days!  Topped by a red-ribbed tin roof and a central cupola, or belvedere, the home was built over a cast iron frame and consists of 3 stories, 18 rooms and approximately 11,000 square feet of living space. The Mansion is original to the 19th Century and contains priceless objects that were owned by the Packer family.  In order to preserve The Mansion’s authenticity, visitors are required to observe and adhere to a few rules, specifically no cameras. You’ll think you are in a time machine going backwards in time. The guides are absolutely fabulous and you really will visualize how the family lived. The carved woodwork and unique wall designs are especially unusual. The highlight of the tour I think is the huge “music box” or calliope on the third floor, which still plays tunes from the period. (There is only one other in existence — in the Smithsonian, and I’m not sure if that one even plays any more). The chandeliers are amazing (how in the world do they keep them clean?) I love historic home tours and this is one of the best.  Old is splendidly stunning!

Philadelphia is definitely an old city – lots of old history – fascinating stories of our country’s great beginning.  The DuPont mansions are old, ornate and marvelous.  Please review the complete itinerary and prepare to see some fabulous old treasures on this tour and experience a totally new interlude.  I’ll end with one of my favorite “old” quotes.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. – St. Augustine

Click on the link below for more details on this delightful escorted vacation.

Brandywine & the Poconos (click here for details & departure dates) 7 Days, 6 Nights

Eadie, Interlude Blog Team

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