Text by Roger Sands • Photograph Courtesy of Poconos Mountains Visitors Bureau
Once known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World,” the Pocono Mountains of northeast Pennsylvania received their famous nickname shortly after World War II. As GIs returned to New York City’s harbor, they reunited with their intended, quickly married, and headed to resorts in the nearby Poconos for their honeymoons.
Today’s Poconos have evolved into more than a honeymoon haven and now annually attract more than 20 million tourists who come to ski, golf, hike, ride rolling rapids, dogsled through snowy winter wonderlands, and play games of chance.
For many visitors, however, relaxing with a soothing cup of tea has become a favorite pastime, and tea aficionados can discover several enjoyable respites at tearooms, resorts, and bed-and-breakfasts. No matter the season, finding time for tea always enhances any visit to this historic region that was once inhabited by Delaware, Iroquois, Shawnee, and other Native Americans.