Nestled alongside luscious Lake Wallenpaupack in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains is a delightful dining spot called The Boat House. Not your usual tourist trap, this attractive, sprawling facility attracts lots of locals, who getaway houses on the lake, along with savvy foodies who did their homework before vacationing in this splendid resort area.
Part tourist and part local (my brother Tony owns a lake house nearby), your LA Travel Diva anticipates going there every time she visits said relative. And on a recent visit it didn’t let me down. It’s a pretty long drive from most areas in the Poconos (unless you live nearby) but well worth the effort.
We arrived at 7, just one hour past happy hour where food and drinks are nearly half-price starting at 4 p.m., and we ordered drinks at the charming bar. A Chardonnay for the Diva, Manhattan for her brother. After our own cocktail time we were seated in the charming al fresco area by the lake.
While each course pleased the palate, a pecan encrusted Basa (only $18) topped with peach and apricot glaze was over-the-top excellent, good enough to fly back from Los Angeles for an encore. Tony raved over his fried shrimp. On other occasions we ordered the steaks, which are done to perfection, especially the 14 ounce rib eye that’s $35. All entrees are served with salad and choice of baked potato, mashed potato, rice, French fries—all quite tasty, too. (The Diva was without camera or she would have taken photos of every course, oh well, next time).
Other entrée choices include soups, pastas crab cakes, chicken and other good dishes all reasonably-priced for us out-of-towners used to stiffer prices, but maybe slightly high for the Pocs.
A little backstory:
The lakeside facility, once a a tiny ice cream stand circa 1950s-60s, that attracted visitors to Lake Wallenpaupack. In the late 1970s, New Yorker Jack Rose bought the property and built a restaurant called Sunset Grove. It was rustic with tables made out of tree trunks. It fast became a popular spot for families who went for all three meals.
Then in 1998 the Kiesendahl family, owners of Woodloch, an award winning resort, took over the property, remodeled the restaurant and turned it into the Boat House Restaurant. Today it rules the Poconos as one of the most popular eateries of all times.
The Boat House is located at 141 Route 507 in Hawley, Pennsylvania. For reservations (foodies heading to the area, must go there) call (570) 226-5027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information visit the comprehensive website at www.the-boathouse-restaurant.com.
FYI: if you're into fall foliage treks, plan an October visit to the Pocono Mountains where the epic changing colors of the leaves will leave you breathless.