Although Philadelphia’s Quakers were the first to establish resorts in the Poconos, this verdant section of northeastern Pennsylvania has long been a popular destination for residents of New York City. Every year, New Yorkers travel the short 70 miles from NYC to Delaware Water Gap, PA – enjoying breathtaking natural surroundings, exciting activities and, most importantly, an escape from the bustle of New York City.
Wolf Hollow Golf Resort & Wedding Venue: The NYC Connection
Wolf Hollow at the Water Gap Country Club, the Poconos’ premier golf resort, wedding venue, & event facility, rests on 160 acres of unspoiled wilderness in Delaware Water Gap, PA. It was here, in this small community, that a Philadelphia native named Anthony Dutot established what he called a “boarding house hotel.” Dutot’s creation was the first resort founded in the Pocono Mountains. The historical record is unclear, but Dutot’s achievement occurred sometime around 1829.
Dutot Attracts A Distinguished Clientele From New York City
After founding his resort, Dutot, a renowned entrepreneur, set off to New York City in the hopes of drumming up business. By the early 18th century, thousands of vacationers, travelling both from New York and Philadelphia, were making the journey out to Delaware Water Gap. The Poconos flourished with the considerable influx of wealthy New York City bankers, lawyers, and doctors. Of course, these respected NYC residents refrained from the pleasures of drink and gambling during Prohibition.
The Pocono Mountains: Honeymoon Capital Of The World
Before New York’s Niagara Falls, there were the Poconos.
After the start of World War II, Delaware Water Gap became a welcome respite from the unrest sweeping much of the globe. After docking in NYC, many private soldiers and their fiancés came to the Poconos to share wedding vows and celebrate their honeymoons. In response to demand, Rudolf Von Hoevenberg opened a new resort, “The Farm On The Hill,” which catered exclusively to honeymooners. Von Hoevenberg adopted a curious business model, enlisting his own guests as laborers. While newly-wed brides cleaned the cabins, their husbands would prepare the night’s meal.
In 1963, a resort called Caesar’s Cove Haven introduced the first heart-shaped hot tub to great acclaim and a full-page spread in Life Magazine. Honeymooners flocked to the Poconos in droves.
Today, the Pocono Mountains remain a wedding destination for thousands of couples; recent estimates place the number around 200,000 couples per season. Some sources even attribute this vastmigration of honeymooners to the Delaware Water Gap solely to the existence of its heart-shaped hot tubs.
The Poconos Today
In recent years, the attraction of the Poconos for New Yorkers has only grown. Visitors are drawn to Wolf Hollow at the Water Gap Country Club for many reasons. Many come for rounds of golf on our 18-hole PGA Championship course, others to experience gourmet dining in any of our five unique dining areas. Some simply wish to luxuriate by our outdoor pool and take in the view. Whatever your reason, Wolf Hollow offers a unique Poconos experience for couples, families, and corporate retreats.
Directions From New York City To Wolf Hollow
Visiting the Poconos from New York City is easy.
- Take I – 78 W to cross into New Jersey.
- Keep left to merge onto NJ – 139 W toward US – 1
- Merge onto US – 1 Trk S toward I – 280 / Newark
- Take a slight right onto NJ – 7
- Keep straight onto the Newark Turnpike
- Merge onto I – 280
- Continue on I – 80 (EXPRESS) W to cross into Pennsylvania
- Take Exit 310 toward PA – 611 / Delaware Water Gap
- Turn right toward Broad Street
- Take your first right onto Broad
- Turn left onto Main Street
- Turn right on Mountain Road
You’ve made it! Wolf Hollow at the Water Gap Country Club is located at 288 Mountain Road in Delaware Water Gap, PA.