Looking for a holiday destination that has it all? Look no further than Split Rock Resort on Lake Harmony, set amidst the unmatched beauty and tranquillity of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. This all-seasons hot spot serves up family fun all year round. It affords skiers the perfect locale in the winter months, with Jack Frost Big Boulder Ski Area only 4 miles away and provides for swimmers, boaters and a myriad of outdoor activities in the summer months.
Located only 6.1 miles from I-80, it’s also the perfect destination if you have a need for speed and plan on venturing to Pocono Raceway only 15 minutes away. With such an impressive track and facilities, surely you DON’T want to miss it!
Split Rock comes with a tagline of ‘Resort, Ownership, Waterpark, Golf’ but this is only a small part of what you will find there. A variety of accommodations exists within an assortment of hotel suites, lakeside lodge rooms, villas and duplex cottages, all of which offer spaciousness, cleanliness, and a multitude of features, including fully equipped kitchens, multiple bathrooms, several TVs, and lots of sitting room.
The Galleria Two Bedroom Suite is located within the main building and is impressive in its size and amenities. These are the accommodations used for this review.
The sheets are crisp and clean, towels are thick and plentiful, and both bathroom showers provide lots of pressure and hot water. The kitchen is modern and well-equipped. Wi-fi is available in the room, as are 3 televisions (one in each bedroom and one in the living room) — the perfect set-up for family members all wanting to watch something different.
That said, there are a few notable drawbacks in this room configuration. For starters, there is a design flaw in the master bedroom given that the window faces the common hallway. Unless you’re comfortable with people seeing into your room where you might be sleeping or changing, the draperies need to remain shut and that keeps the room in darkness. Secondly, there are two entrance doors to the suite — one in the kitchen/living area and another in the master bedroom. If you keep the bedroom door locked and use the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign, housekeeping has a tendency to use the other door which can cause unexpected surprises.
Furnishings and decor offer a sense of country charm but could do with an update. For example, sofa beds in the living area are noticeably worn, as are the sofa cushions. Window frames (for windows facing the parking lot) are in need of replacing.
As for resort amenities, there is a seemingly endless list that is conveniently posted in the lobby beside the check-in desk. A sampling of the biggest and best begins with an impressive indoor water park, an indoor pool and whirlpool, an outdoor pool, and ping pong tables. There’s also a movie theatre featuring first-run movies, an arcade, and a fitness center, as well as a lobby so lively on a Saturday night that it’s hard not to get involved in the party-like atmosphere.
Need more? Okay then, how about sports facilities that include a 27-hole golf course, a miniature golf course, tennis courts, laser tag, and an 8-lane glow-in-the-dark bowling alley. There’s also volleyball, basketball, badminton, and racquetball.
Watersports such as kayaks, canoes, water volleyball, and boat cruises can be found near Lake Harmony. Uniquely, the resort even offers ATV rentals for exploring nearby trails. And if all of that isn’t enough, Split Rock coordinates scavenger hunts, bingo games, and turtle races that are sure to keep the whole family occupied and having fun. Check the lobby for new itineraries as they are posted so you don’t miss out on a good time.
Exhausted yet? Then how about a relaxing massage found right at the resort. There is even an on-site salon if you need to pretty up after experiencing everything else the resort has to offer.
For dining purposes, Split Rock has several options on the 1200-acre property including the Split Rock Grill, an Italian restaurant, the Lakeview Tavern for melt-in-your-mouth steaks and other American favourites, and a sports bar called the Thirsty Moose. Conveniently, there is a food court located in the main building, right next to the indoor pool and gift shop. If you’re looking for fast finger foods, this is the place to go for hot and cheesy pizza, hot dogs, fries, salads, and sandwiches. They even have a few bar and grill type foods like mozzarella sticks with marinara dip.
However, if you prefer to put something together in the privacy of your own kitchen, the gift shop has a small food section where you can grab a few microwaveable items, canned goods, and staples such as eggs and bacon, bread, and peanut butter and jelly if you want to whip up a few PB&J’s for the kids before you all venture off for a day of fun.
Split Rock has SO VERY MUCH to offer that it’s almost impossible to do it all in just one stay. But we urge you to try.
PROS: Location. Access to Lake Harmony. A variety of accommodations styles and configurations. Moderately priced. Plenty of on-site amenities. A variety of activities. Impressive indoor pool area and waterpark. Friendly staff.
CONS: In need of some updates and repairs. Saturday night karaoke in the lobby is far too loud and tends to overwhelm conversation at the check-in desk and while making purchases at the gift shop or cafe.
Rooms Photos by Go GlobeHopper
All Other Photos Courtesy of Split Rock Resort’s Public Facebook Profile