I did a ton of research this spring/summer looking for an affordable lakefront resort to take the family. We settled on Skytop Lodge and I’m so happy we found this place. Skytop Lodge is a sprawling 5,500 acre resort with everything you need for family getaways year round. Let me break it down for you:
- 2 hours from Philly
- Indoor and outdoor pool with baby pool and hot tub
- So. Many. Activities. Lake swimming, kayaking, boating, fishing, rock climbing, tennis, yoga, biking, playground, golf, and more. It’s endless.
- Gorgeous grounds, mountain views, expertly manicured gardens
- Hiking trails (we hiked to a gorgeous waterfall) on the property with shorter hikes for kids
- Multiple dining options: Fancy dining room, casual restaurant with burgers and beers, super casual cafe with sandwiches, milkshakes
- Lawn games, arcade and kids camp with full and 1/2 day options
- Lots of room types including suites, cottages, conjoining rooms
- Amazing staff who were beyond helpful and great with kids
- Daily activities including charades, kids crafts, hayride, guided hikes, etc.
- Spa. Ask for Nicole. She has a following.
I can’t say enough great things. The regal lobby with mahogany walls, suede winged-back chairs and tufted sofas, and rich history (open and serving families since 1928) add to the ambience of the resort. It is classic, has a bit of a country club vibe, but is relaxed enough to let kids run around the lobby during the daily tea and cookies at 4pm. Kids rule here and can be seen anytime of day, many of the school age kids sans parents, enjoying any of the resorts many activities.
Skytop is just the right size for a “we’re all here together” community feel. My daughter did the kids camp and we ended up having dinner with one of the other families we met at dropoff. Plus, we met some nice folks playing charades in the lobby and continued to chat with them the rest of our stay. Charades in the lobby (with wine) may be the highlight of the trip for me.
- Kids camp is only $16 for a half day. Totally worth it for some time off. Starts at age 4.
- Babysitting is available. The sitters are not Skytop staff but many of them have been watching kids at the resort for many years and come highly recommended.
- If you want to save a few bucks, take a night off from the multiple restaurants on the property and order pizza. We did and ate ours picnic style on the beautiful South Lawn.
- FYI one of the more casual restaurants is typically only open Thursday-Saturday.
- The cottages had laundry machines. Ya know, in case someone throws up.
- Pack smart! It can be chillier up in the mountains which I totally forgot. We ended up wearing our 1-2 warm weather outfits much of the time. Thankful for the laundry machines in our cottage.
Check out Skytop for your next getaway! We loved it so much we’re thinking about a winter visit.
Do you have a lakefront resort you love? Let us know in the comments.