Summer Travel: Test the Waters
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Lake Naomi Club, Pennsylvania
Although this Pocono Mountain resort community, nicknamed “The Other Hamptons,” is private, a number of members will rent their homes during various seasons. The rental also offers the opportunity to purchase a temporary membership ($165 for two adults and children for the weekend, $240 for a week), which gives you access to all of the property’s facilities, including the members-only dining, golf, tennis, pools and other recreational facilities. A 25,000-acre state forest is adjacent to the property.
Where to Stay
Rent a cabin or large luxury home to accommodate up to 14 people at Lake Naomi Club, which consists of the two communities of Lake Naomi and Timber Trails from Lake Naomi Real Estate (800-537-1479, lakenaomi.com; $450 and up weekends, $900 to $4,000 a week). The club is built around three private lakes, including the 277-acre Lake Naomi, one of the largest in the Pennsylvania Mountains, and has five sandy beaches for sunning and swimming. Three Olympic swimming pools, one indoor and two outdoor, one of which is one of the largest heated lakeside pools in the state, provide more water fun. Catch (and release) bass, trout, pickerel, panfish, and walleye from the property’s stocked fishing pond.
Where to Eat
Try to score a seat by the window overlooking Lake Naomi in the pretty dining room at The Waterfront Clubhouse at Lake Naomi ($9 to $16 for lunch, $16 to $25 for dinner). Lunch specialties in the Grill Room include tuna wakame and crab sandwich. For dinner, try the duck confit and juniper-infused ravioli, Jail Island salmon or fettuccini Gorgonzola with grilled chicken. There’s live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Play the challenging greens on the Timber Trails Golf Course ($20 weekdays, $30 weekends for 18 holes) or the 18 soft-surface tennis courts ($5 per person doubles, $10 singles for one-and-one-half hours of play). Join a kayak tour on Lake Naomi led by a Nature Conservancy Environmental Specialist or rent a canoe, kayak or rowboat ($20 for two hours) for a solo excursion. Experienced sailors can also rent sailboats on mid-week days. Landlubbers can watch the weekend sailboat races. Take some “grown-up time” and let the young’uns play at the Kids Klub (ages 4 to 13) or Kub Klub (potty-trained 3-year-olds), both of which offer age-appropriate activities for $95 a week.
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