By Linda Oatman High
If ever in search of the perfect mountain cabin getaway, get thee (and your group) to Pennsylvania, to the village of White Haven, where Poconos Log Cabin Rentals offers more than 40 incredible options.
We three (a friend, my son, and I) stayed at River Dance for two nights, and came home feeling renewed, refreshed, and rested. The cabin is amazing: a majestic country castle made of logs and love nestled into a quiet space beside the river. With an immaculate kitchen, a grill, and a fire pit, we had all the ingredients for delicious leisurely meals. Relaxation is the name of the game at River Dance, and there’s plenty of options: walking and hiking, biking, kicking back on the front deck, soaking in the hot tub, playing a game of pool, Foosball, or poker, TV/movies, swinging in solitude on the back deck while listening to the song of the river. Close by, there’s ziplining, skiing, whitewater rafting, paintball, antique shopping, casinos, golf, kayaking, tours of local wineries and breweries, concerts at Penn’s Peak and Mauch Chunck Opera House.
The beds are incredibly comfortable, the rooms are spic-and-span clean, and the beauty and peace of River Dance fills each visitor with a renewed sense of appreciation of nature. Life slows down here, in this picture-perfect place of mountains and sky, and daily stress melts away. Sitting outside in the nighttime (under the table umbrella during the rain) is a memory we’ll carry: the sliver of moon, a drizzling sky, contented chirps of crickets. The sound of silence isn’t just a song by Simon & Garfunkel: it’s a real thing, here at River Dance. We wished we had remembered to bring our guitars, as the high ceilings of the cabin would have made great acoustics for music. The River Dance cabin truly is perfection in the Poconos: a getaway from the daily grind for any size family or group . . . or for just you.
Owners Lance and Lisa have a real passion for this Pocono getaway, which all began with their own first cabin, built on the banks of the river in 2008. Since then, they’ve built up an impressive list of local connections, and will assist visitors in arranging activities.
The cabins have become popular with those organizing bachelor/bachelorette parties, as well as with groups getting together for reunions, Thanksgiving, weddings, or just plain old-fashioned vacations with plenty of rest and relaxation.
Be sure to take a one-mile drive while visiting the cabins, to eat at the Powerhouse Eatery. A destination onto itself, the restaurant has been transformed from a historic power plant into an industrial-hip location of contemporary fine dining, visited by travelers from all across the U.S.
We three enjoyed the local honey-wine, a black-cherry martini, fresh bread with sweet apple-sage butter, calamari fried to perfection, to-die-for salads with house dressing, halibut, rack of lamb, and pork a la Powerhouse, topped with colossal crab and creamy dill sauce.
Returning to River Dance, satisfied and happy, we three fell into the deep sleep of only those experiencing the best of Pennsylvania Pocono peace.
PHOTO CREDIT: Zach High Drone Photography