Usually when I get home from a vacation I'm exhausted, bloated, and I reek of smoke and beer. This was NOT that kind of vacation - thankfully.
My boyfriend and I where looking for a quiet place in the woods to get away from our stressful jobs and that's exactly what we got. It's a quaint little house in the Poconos with knickknacks, floral curtains and an adorable staff. Imagine if Juliette Gordon Lowe and Richard Simmons had a love child - like that.
One or two of the guests were expecting a luxury experience - which I can only assume means they did not know how to read and/or use the internet.
Since it's so small almost every activity was less than 5 people and often completely private. I loved the cardio classes which were middle of the road in terms of difficulty while my boyfriend preferred the weight room (surprise surprise). We both loved hiking - they drive you to the really nice PA maintained trails. We also took advantage of a couples massage that was just a beautiful experience.
It was mostly single ladies there but the ladies we met were totally awesome. A nice refreshing change from the snotty attitude of Fairfield County, CT where we live. We ran into two other couples so my boyfriend wasn't the only one sporting a Y chromosome while we were there.
My main goal was to quit smoking but since most people gain weight when they quit and I was already teetering on obesity I wanted to be careful. A month and half later I can proudly say both MISSIONS ACCOMPLISHED. I'm nicotine clean and down 20lbs (9lbs of which I lost during my week at Deerfield, although I wouldn't say that was typical, my boyfriend didn't lose any).
Overall I'm so glad I went. Best way to quit smoking ever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcoming guests since 1979. Deerfield Health Retreat and Spa established itself as a forerunner in the full-service Destination Spa industry. Founded by her mother, Frieda, Joan Wolff now presides over the 12-acre facility. Deerfield Health Retreat and Spa is a friendly, down-to-earth Poconos getaway that wants you to feel good, both inside and out. Deerfield has won numerous awards for its affordability, fitness, hiking and weight loss programs. Deerfield is known for health over hype and laughs over luxe. Leave the grind behind and get back to what really makes you happy! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Deerfield Hotel East Stroudsburg
- Deerfield Spa East Stroudsburg