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Are You Winter Ready?

It is a new year and with it comes the first steps towards “making good” on your various resolutions. The trends in resolutions have always favored improved wellness and let’s face it – taking control of your health in winter is hard. People tend to relegate themselves to stuffy indoor workouts and stationary gym equipment. It is no surprise that many give up on their resolutions before they ever really start.

So where does that leave you if you’re struggling to reach your new fitness goals? At Shawnee, we embrace everything outdoors – even in the cold winter months. Can you blame us? We benefit by being nestled in a valley surrounded by Shawnee Mountain and the 70,000 acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. It is much easier to expand your active repertoire at Shawnee because of all of the wonderful opportunities to take in nature.

Shawnee Mountain is our neighbor and they offer skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing. What’s better is that they are nationally recognized for their family friendly programs. So even if you’ve never skied before (especially so), Shawnee Mountain is an option for a whole day’s worth of a workout.

The Shawnee Inn’s property, though surrounded by the Pocono Mountains is relatively flat and perfect for scenic photography, snowshoeing, x-country skiing, and of course an inspiring winter run.

The McDade and Appalachian Trails are open all four seasons and available for invigorating winter hikes. Shawnee’s recreation staff leads guided hikes on trails tailored for people of all fitness levels. Guided hikes are complimentary for Shawnee Inn guests.

So what do you need to be winter ready?

1. First and foremost you need to be comfortable! Make sure you have all of the proper equipment to ensure that winter’s weather doesn’t inhibit your progress. There is nothing more disheartening than knowing a painfully cold workout is what’s in store.

2. You have to make the most of your time. Pennsylvania has about nine hours of daylight in the winter so if you need to see or be seen, taking advantage of the few hours of sun is crucial! Next to being cold, catching the sun can be the next greatest obstacle to overcome.

3. You need to be ready to experience exercise in a whole new light. I know it may be a strange new world to some, but exercising can be fun! The real trick to succeeding in wellness goals is making them part of your lifestyle. If it’s painful, you won’t stick to it. That makes winter fitness even more difficult to achieve. Find something fun, like skiing or hiking to get your heart pumping, you won’t even know that you’re working out.

 


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List of Accolades

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort would like to thank the all of the organizations that have recognized our efforts towards excellence. We are a proud member of the community and look forward to working together to continue providing outstanding service.

2012

Trip Advisor for Business: Certificate of Excellence

Winner
Certificate of Excellence
2012

2011

Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations -National General Manager of the Year, Rob Howell

2010

Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations Chef’s Palate Award for “Best Use of Local and Organic Ingredients”-Chef "G"
Award of Excellence “Most Creative Booth” from the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Expo 2010
Save Our Planet Award, The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association-Rob Howell, General Manager of the Year
Community Service Award, The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau-Jeromy Wo, Public Relations Coordinator, Brand Hero
American Legion Auxiliary-Certificate of Appreciation


 

2009

The Pocono Business Journals Green List
The Monroe County Historical Associations Historical Preservation Award
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's Outstanding Tourism Employee - Will Stryeski
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's Green Award - The Shawnee Inn and Gold Resort
Voted Best Place to Work by Happenings Magazine
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Save Our Planet Award
The Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association's General Manager of the Year Nomination - Rob Howell


2008

Voted Best Place to Work by Happenings Magazine
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerces Save Our Planet Award
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureaus Outstanding Tourism Employee Rob Howell, General Manager
Outstanding Women in Business Monica Startari, Director of Marketing
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerces Chairman of Business Award Charlie Kirkwood, Owner
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations General Manager of the Year Nomination Rob Howell, General Manager


2007

The National Recreation Area of the Delaware Water Gaps Conservation Award
The American Cancer Societys Certificate of Appreciation for being First Property in the Pocono Mountains to go Smoke-Free
Bizzy Awards Best Overall Business