Five minutes after passing through the quaint town of Honesdale–The Birthplace of the American Railroad and the Wayne County seat–you’ll enter the bucolic village of Bethany, home to working farms, unbridled charm and historic landmarks, including The Mansion at Noble Lane, a former Woolworth estate. Bethany is a haven for those looking to unwind, achieve optimum health or enjoy the great outdoors—Himalayan Institute for yoga and holistic health is down the street, the popular Prompton State Park is five miles away, and some of the most prestigious summer camps in the region are nearby.
Rich in history and abundant in available activities, Bethany is located in the Lake Region of the Pocono Mountains. We celebrate all four seasons: Springtime beauty can be found in the local state forests and parks–think hiking and biking; Summer is for rafting on the Delaware River, lazy walks around Lake Wallenpaupack and outdoor festivals and events, including Honesdale’s Roots and Rhythm Festival and the old-fashioned Wayne County Fair. The musical lineups at Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary and at Bethel Woods are not to be missed. Bethel, New York, home of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, is less than an hour away, and there’s a fascinating museum to commemorate the legendary event. Fall is for enjoying the vibrant colors of our countryside and the fresh fruits and vegetables at The Farmers’ Market on Main Street. Winter is a wonderland, literally—the actual song was penned here—with skiing and snow sports at nearby Elk Mountain, Pennsylvania’s best.