A hearty thanks to our East Coast pal Traci Suppa for agreeing to share with our readers the highlights of her stay at a Pennsylvania mountain resort.
On a rarity scale of one through 10, girlfriends’ getaways are an 11 for me. So when the opportunity presented itself for a two-day escape to the Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono, PA, I grabbed my “besties” Kate and Tori, and high-tailed it to the Pocono Mountains.
We were hoping for luxury, and we got it. At only six years young, this property is rated with four AAA diamonds; the first and only casino resort in Pennsylvania to receive this recognition. Actually, the resort is a reincarnation of the “beautiful Mount Airy Lodge” I remember from TV commercials in the ’70s. That property, with its heart-shaped beds and champagne glass bathtubs, finally closed in the ’90’s, and was rebuilt from the ground up.
While we would’ve been happy to just relax in a kid-free environment, there was a lot to do. The casino is open 24 hours a day, and everything, including the spa and restaurants, is located under one roof. There is also a golf course on the property: the Hal C. Purdy’s “18 Best” Championship Golf Course, which recreates the best holes in America.
The Mount Airy Casino Resort Accommodations
The Mount Airy Resort hotel is six stories, with a selection of room configurations ranging in price points. We stayed in a one-bedroom suite, which worked out well for the three of us. In addition to the king-sized bed, there was a pull-out couch in the common area, and we requested a rollaway bed, which is available for a small fee.
The modern décor was grounded by dark wood furniture and jewel-toned accents in pillows and art. The amenities included two LG flat panel TV’s with a multitude of sports channels, mini bar with snacks, free wi-fi, and video screen phones. We appreciated turn-down service, during which cozy white robes were laid atop the bed with chocolates. The wall of windows in our suite overlooked a pleasant patch of pine tree woodland.
The bathroom was a luxury, with double sinks with Kohler fixtures and granite countertops, a shower stall with a rainfall showerhead and body jets, in addition to a deep soaking tub. The resort provides a range of Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. An oatmeal cleansing bar (or two) may have made its way into my luggage as a memento.
An indoor-outdoor pool is under construction, and due to open in 2014. This will bring a welcome and much-needed outdoor space. We were looking for somewhere to lounge outside and enjoy the sun, and most rooms don’t have balconies.
The Mount Airy Casino Resort Gaming
Most of the gaming at the Mount Airy Casino Resort takes place on one smoke-filled level, although there is a small non-smoking lounge with poker tables and slots. There are 72 table games, including blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and poker. Slot machines are more our speed, and there were more than 2,000 machines with varying levels of investment, from 1 cent to $50 spins.
Our group didn’t go to gamble, but it was a fun extra. At the time of our visit, hotel guests received a $10 credit to play with. I made it last for a good half-hour on the slots, while Kate and Tori each came out ahead by $25 and $30, respectively, which meant they paid for drinks!
Mount Airy Casino Resort Dining
There’s a variety of dining options, included the expected all-you-can-eat buffet. On the casual end of the spectrum, we enjoyed the Noodle Bar and Betty’s Diner. We chose the on-site Starbucks in the casino lobby one morning for a low-cost breakfast. On the upscale end, a “resort casual” dress code is in effect at Red Steakhouse, serving 21-day aged USDA Prime Beef, and Le Sorelle Cucina (The Sisters Kitchen), offering Mediterranean cuisine and an extensive wine list.
The Mount Airy Casino Resort Spa
We spent a laid-back morning in the on-site spa, which offers body care treatments, therapeutic facials, massages, Dermalogica skin care services, waxing, and even psychic readings. For an hour before and after your appointment, you have access to the quiet room, steam, sauna and rain shower facilities. The Paul Mitchell salon offers hair, make-up and nail services.
Photos courtesy of the Mount Airy Casino Resort, who hosted the author’s stay and spa treatment.
Traci L. Suppa drags her small-town family to see a quirky array of the “world’s largest” attractions, and blogs about it at Go BIG or Go Home.