How To Enjoy A Sporting Break In Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania has a whole lot going for it.
There’s great food, plenty of tourist attractions, rich culture and, more than that, there’s the opportunity to enjoy the almost endless sport. Pennsylvania is a state of great sports lovers, so if you’re thinking of having a weekend away with your friends, or you want to escape working life by yourself and indulge in some sporting action, then this might be the best state to do it in.
We’ve planned you a brief itinerary here, but feel free to use your own imagination.
Stay at the Mohegan Sun
If you’re after dawn ‘til dusk sporting action, or as close as possible to it, then staying at a sporting hotspot should be high on your list. The Mohegan Sun is a state of the art resort set in the picturesque Poconos mountains. The real draw for sports fans is their horse racing track, which is home to live harness racing throughout the season. Waking up, tumbling out of bed and being right on the racecourse is super convenient, so it makes sense to make this your base. As well as an incredible racecourse, the Mohegan Sun resort is home to one of the dozen full-sized legal casinos in Pennsylvania. You’ll not only find a selection of slot machines inside but also plenty of table games if you want to flex your skills. If you’ve not had enough racing by the time it comes to turning in for the night, then you’ll find some horse-themed slots in the casino, and you can bet on racing from around the world there too.
Play at the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club
There are a whole bunch of things in America that ought to be on your bucket list, but for sportspeople, playing at the Blue Ridge Trail golf club should be right at the top of that list. This golf club is perched precariously on a mountaintop and just a half an hour’s drive from your hotel. The par 72 course has 27 holes that will require some serious concentration; tight lines and true greens are what you should expect. Better still at around $30 for a course fee, it’s positively bargainous compared to most other golfing facilities in the state. Arrive early and leave yourself plenty of time for golfing in the woods – we know how tricky that can be!
Eat, Drink and Watch Sports
Along the route back to the hotel is the III Guys Restaurant and Sports Bar; this successful little chain has 3 eateries around the area, proving that it’s a favorite with locals. Expect simple hearty food, cooked fresh to order. Burgers, wraps, salads, and pasta can all be found on the main menu, but the part of the menu that is universally loved is the wood-oven cooked pizza. It’s made in-house every day, with deliciously stretchy dough and an array of toppings to choose from. The Owner’s Choice topping is particularly good if you like your pizzas a little spicy. Of course, the best thing about pizza is how easy it is to devour whilst watching the game. There are plenty of big screens, so you’ll never struggle to see all of the action, and the bar staff is quick to slide you down another beer if you need one. Perfect.
Work It Off at Buttermilk Falls
Filled up with pizza, well-rested, and hopefully ready for a hike, it’s time to head to Buttermilk Falls. This area of outstanding natural beauty is the perfect place to inspire even the laziest of walkers to get out there and get hiking. Those who are into hunting are able to hunt as well during the season, but make sure to pay attention to notes on the website to ensure that you follow the rules. If you’re lucky you might catch sight of some rare songbirds along the trails, or even a bald eagle. If you’re not so lucky then you might spot a black bear!