The Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos a great short getaway from New York City any time of year, but it’s especially perfect for the summer. I admit that I am old enough to remember the television commercials years ago with the song, “Beautiful Mount Airy Lodge…” Well, times have changed, and this recently renovated, self-contained property has everything you need for a weekend of fun. The Spa at Mount Airy is particularly worth the trip. The casino, restaurants, pool, entertainment and mountain scenery also provide a brief respite from city stress and heat.
I visited the resort on a weekend, but barely ventured out of doors with everything going on inside. I started my day with a spa treatment, and it truly exceeded my expectations. First, the spa decor includes a large fountain that relaxes you the moment you enter. The relaxation room has comfortable lounge chairs with sheer curtains to separate you for privacy. The locker area has private changing rooms, a sauna, steam room and showers with rain showerheads.
The spa offers a variety of treatments, including Dermalogica customized skin care treatments, and body treatments, such as exfoliations and wraps. There is also a hair and nail salon. I chose a Swedish Massage, but don’t let the name fool you. This is no ordinary massage. My masseuse, John, was extremely skilled and incorporated unique reflexology techniques throughout the massage. Can you say, ear massage? Yes, I had a massage from my scalp, ears, face, neck and shoulders, down to my toes. As I told John, I have had a lot of massages, but this was one of the best, and most unique.
Starting my day with this kind of relaxation made me want to take a nap, but I held off and had Starbucks, which is located inside the property near the casino. There are also a good variety of restaurants, and specialty shops, located around the casino area. There is also an indoor/outdoor pool named “Get Wet,” that extends outside to a deck in the summer.
Entertainment is right on site as well, and regularly includes some great comedians and musical performers. Check the calendar to decide which weekend has the entertainment you want, and drive or take a bus to Mount Pocono, which is a short taxi ride to the resort.
The spa is worth the trip, as well as the fact that everything you need is right onsite so there’ is ample time to really chill out.