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Skytop Lodge Marks 87th Birthday with History Book Release
128-page pictorial chronicles resort’s history since opening in 1928
SKYTOP, Pa. (July 6, 2015)—A lot has changed since that June day in 1928 when Skytop Lodge opened its doors for its first guests. History buffs can now get a peek into how the iconic resort came to be, through a 128-page book that just released in time for the resort’s 87th birthday.
Available on Amazon ($17.97 for paperback and $9.99 for Kindle) and at the resort’s gift shop, Images of America: Skytop Lodge was penned by Claire Gierwatowski and is filled with rich stories and photos from Skytop’s history.
Through the detailed stories of the resort’s founders and financiers, as well as the property’s unique location “high in the Poconos,” readers will be transported to a dynamic period in America’s history that at times was ripe with friction and resistance. “The story goes that Skytop came about because some patrons of the Quaker resort Buck Hill Falls wanted a resort that was less restrictive,” one passage reads. “Philadelphia Quakers had founded Buck Hill in 1901 and practiced behavior and decorum that followed Quaker philosophies. Card playing and dancing, for example, were prohibited… Two decades later, the Jazz Age was in full swing. When Skytop opened in 1928, three miles north of Buck Hill, music and dancing were featured activities and two card rooms were built to accommodate bridge players.”
Gierwatowski was able to paint a complete picture of Skytop’s history by combining stories and photos from Skytop guests and members of the local community with historical information in the resort’s own archive.
“Reading about the obstacles and hardships that Skytop’s founders had to overcome in order to make their dream a reality, it is remarkable that Skytop Lodge not only exists today but is flourishing,” said Douglas Hustad, Skytop Lodge president and general manager. “The stories from Skytop’s past are so rich and full of life that we would be remiss not to chronicle it for generations to come.”
Skytop Lodge Invests $3.7 Million in ‘Refresh’ of Guest Rooms and Main Areas
Historic resort positioned for growth as it celebrates its 87th birthday
SKYTOP, Pa. (July 1, 2015)—Skytop Lodge has recently made significant investments in upgrades to its guest rooms and main public areas—a key area of focus for the resort’s president and general manager this year to mark the resort’s 87th birthday.
A $3.7 million makeover of all 192 guest rooms includes enhancements to the rooms’ design aesthetics utilizing the history of the hotel and the flavor of the early 1930s era. Guest amenities and in-room technology were also upgraded. The Pine Room lobby and library are being refreshed to accentuate the original woodwork. The final touches of this property-wide update are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
In order to enhance the guest experience and position the 5,500-acre iconic resort for continued excellence, Skytop Lodge President and General Manager Douglas Hustad says those investments allow the vision of the new and improved Skytop Lodge to become a reality while staying true to the resort’s rich history. “There is nothing more important to me and our team than the authentic experience each and every guest has when they step foot on our property and the memories they take home with them when they leave,” he said. “That experience is dictated by everything from the design of our guest rooms to the personalized service they receive throughout our resort.”
Pulling from local history and tradition, each newly remodeled guest room has been designed to tell the Skytop Lodge story. With three room designs (Water, Garden and Mountain), the color palette and design elements of each room reflect the natural beauty of the Pocono Mountains. Each guest room includes a hand-painted wall covering signed by the artist, Ann McGuire.
- Water: Inspired by the Indian Ladder Falls, these rooms incorporate blue and gray hues as well as original paintings by Ann McGuire.
- Garden: Inspired by the original 1927 landscape design of the Olmsted brothers who designed Skytop Lodge’s gardens, these rooms are bathed in muted tones with a nod to the local topography.
- Mountain: Using the deep red hue of the beloved West Mountain as inspiration, these rooms look out on expansive mountain views and incorporate rugged lines and hand-painted wall art.
Each newly refurbished guest room features classic furniture inspired by the 1930s era as well as updates to the bathrooms, with more shelving, countertop space and brighter lighting. In-room safes were added to each guest room, as were new “smart” TVs, bedside lamps and additional USB/outlet chargers. Suites are designed after iconic, historical figures who were instrumental in Skytop’s famed history, such as Samuel Packer, the resort’s first general manager; Harold “Mini” Callaway, the property’s original golf pro; and celebrated American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, best known for designing Central Park and whose sons later created Skytop Lodge’s landscape design.
“It was important that we stayed true to our rich history when we began this project,” said Hustad, who drew on his own experience managing rooms for several Ritz-Carlton properties, the Peabody Memphis Hotel and Biltmore Estate, which was named among the top 150 resorts in the world by Travel + Leisure. “We didn’t want to look like we updated the rooms for the sake of updating them. Our decisions and choices were very thoughtful and true to our history, because it is important that we deliver the authentic Skytop experience every step of the way.”
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- Thank you fans! Over 8,000 people voted, and The Pocono Record Reader’s Choice Awards for 2013 go to Skytop Lodge for the following categories:
• Skytop Lodge = Winner, Best Hotel category
• Skytop Lodge = Winner, Best Resort category
• Skytop Lodge = Runner up, Best Wedding Venue category
• Skytop Lodge = Winner, Best Golf Course category
We could not have won without your support. Thank you so much
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Take Mother to Celebrate Skytop Lodge’s 85th Anniversary – Read Article
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Skytop New Year’s Tradition Holds True- Watch Video
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- Good Housekeeping recognizes Skytop Lodge as a choice destination for family travel.
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- Skytop Lodge is a Winner! Skytop Lodge was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor. The award is given to properties who consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travelers. With a 4.5 rating, Skytop Lodge has earned a place among the very best. We thank you, our guests, who have taken the time to share their Skytop experiences on TripAdvisor.
- Skytop Lodge receives the Pocono Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau GREEN AWARD 2012 for excellence in commitment to preserving our natural resources and education services.