The Vacation Inn - Lodging at The Endless Mountains - Northeastern Pennsylvania
 
 

The Vacation Inn - Lodging at The Endless Mountains, PA

WE HAVE A NEW NAME AND NEW WEBSITE TO CELEBRATE OUR 50 YEARS IN BUSINESS!!!   OUR NEW NAME IS THE HERRICK LODGE AND OUR NEW WEBSITE IS    http://theherricklodge.com    .   YOU CAN GET UPDATES ON THE NEW WEBSITE LIKE MENUS & ENTERTAINMENT AND THE PHONE # IS STILL GOOD  570.679.2100 FOR MAKING RESERVATIONS WHILE WE TRANSFER THE MACHINERY FOR MAKING RESERVATIONS TO THE NEW WEBSITE  WE STILL WANT YOU TO VACATION INN THE ENDLESS MOUNTAINS, RELAX & GET YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM BACK TO NORMAL, BUT DO IT AT THE HERRICK LODGE!!  .

Foliage Season is upon us leaf peepers.  From now thru the Columbus Day Weekend .  Due to the dry fall, the leaves are falling off the trees earlier & changing color faster.  So you may have to make plans sooner.  .

WE STILL HAVE ROOMS AVAILABLE THIS  WEEKEND!   AND WE HAVE ROOMS AVAILABLE DURING THE WEEK.  SEE OUR SPECIALS PAGE FOR DETAILS ON 2 DAYS FOR 1 -OR- 3 DAYS FOR 2 SPECIALS, or SKI & STAY PACKAGES.    Call if we didn't list them yet.     Remember I usually sleep in the office, so if you are making last minute plans then you can call  570.679.2100, and I will put the heat up for you in winter, or just knock on the office door when you arrive.    So call to make reservations.   We are just over an hour away from Pocono Raceway if you need a place to stay & we are a lot less than the chains that weekend.  2013 dates are June 7-9 & August 2-4 (NASCAR) with the  INDY date being July 7th.  And remember if you are on your way to somewhere like Corning Glass works or Finger Lakes Wineries & you are from the NYC/Philly/Jersey/MD/Wash. DC areas our place is the perfect  halfway point to stay overnight to get there early when they open up the next day or if you decide to call it a day on the way home.

  

For directions to Vacation Inn see below, and for a map click on our brochure on the right side of the page.   .  For Golf locations nearby go to our links page where you have a dozen plus places.  For fishermen, trout season opens here on the 13th of April,  & bass in June.  Only 20 minutes from the Delaware & Susquehanna Headwaters & walk to the back of our property to fish the Lackawanna which flows into the Susquehanna.

 

WE NOW HAVE  RESERVATION SERVICES AVAILABLE SO YOU CAN  MAKE RESERVATIONS ON LINE.  WE HONOR VISA, MASTER CARD, & DISCOVER.  DON'T WORRY IF NONE OF THE ROOMS ARE BOOKED WHEN YOU CHECK AVAILABILITY.  .  I JUST KEEP FORGETTING TO UPDATE THE LIST; IT IS A HASSLE TO DO SO.  AND I WILL KEEP CURRENT ON THE NOTIFICATION EMAILS WHEN I APPROACH CAPACITY.   With this economy You probably don't need to worry about it too much .  Call for details and rates & immediate answers--  570.679.2100..

 

CLICK HERE FOR AVAILABILITY CALENDAR OR TO MAKE RESERVATIONS.  or better yet call 570.679.2100 IF YOU NEED AN IMMEDIATE ANSWER for making reservations.  Please have your Visa, MC or Disc. card ready so I can hold the room for you.    I usually answer unless I'm out mowing, shoveling snow or at the store.   If I'm not there, just leave a message & I will return the call.  Don't worry about calling late at night, I'm with the phone all the time. 

GOT  GPS???   WE ARE AT NORTH 41.76727  &  WEST 75.48289  WHICH IS WHERE THE HIWAY (171) MEETS THE DRIVEWAY.   If you are stuck w/ degrees, minutes, & seconds it's  N.41 deg.  46'  02.09", & W. 75 deg. 28', 58.05".  We are 5 miles north of the village of Union Dale on RT 171 North and 2 miles north of the Herrick Center corners/intersection which is where Rt 374 from Elk Mtn & I-81 ends.  If that doesn't work then try our NEW 911 ADDRESS which is:  9207 State Route 171,  Union Dale, PA., 18470.  If more info is asked then put down "Stillwater Road" for the hiway.  If having trouble with your car navigation use Google & print the directions out ahead of time.  They have me exactly where I am supposed to be.  Some of the others have got me on a jeep trail in a different township 20 miles away & I can't get anything done about it to correct them.

 

Our rooms have full cable TV with 20 Premium Channels (HBO, SHO,FLIX, TMC, STARZ, ENC, etc), hard wire Internet and wi-fi, coffee makers, Air Conditioning in the summer, completely renovated with new beds & carpets in the last couple of years.  The 9 Family Rooms have a Queen & 2 Twins with a fold up Twin if necessary so the kids don't have to sleep with each other.  Other Regular Rooms have either  Queen and a Twin (6 rooms) or just a Queen (3 rooms).  Our rooms are non smoking.  Please smoke outside and dispose of the butts in the cans provided outside. And pet free except for people with disabilities.

 

The local NEPA SNOTRAILS SNOWMOBILE CLUB has a NEW WEBSITE if you are trying to find out the new info, then click here.   http://nepsnotrails.snowclubs.com  . Trail permits can be bought over at Arlos 1 mile away on the hiway  & on the trails if you haven't got them yet.  

The local 4wheeler/quad club also has a new webside  http://nworc.org    which has forms to print out for permits. .  4wheeler trails are now open in summer.  Please be advised that you must have the permit before you come up here & you must sign the waiver & send it back to the club for insurance purposes.  Permits are good only for the year issued from March to October & those without permits are not allowed on the trails.  Click on the club above & See our links page for details.  And that goes for annual events and things to do in the area.  Look it up on our expanded links page. 

County Fair Season is here in Summer.  The Wayne County Fair is August 2-10, '13.  Still $8. to get in & do all the rides.  Celebrating 151 years this year.   Also the Harford Fair the 3rd week in August (19-24) and the Wyoming County Fair on the Labor Day Weekend.  See links page for details. .  

For those interested, the first railroad train excursion of the year is around April 15, a Sunday, at Steamtown in Scranton.  Go to the links page to get on the Steamtown (or any other) website to get details.  And check out the Wayne County website for the trains running in Honesdale  also a reminder that the Great Train Robbery Train Excursions begin the weekend on Sunday, June 24 at 1:00 pm, departing from the Wayne County Visitors Center in Honesdale.  These excursions will run every Sunday through September 2nd (with the exception of Sunday, July 15th).  To make reservations, please call 866-637-2457.  Visit www.waynecountycc.com for the full Stourbridge Line Rail Excursion schedule.  There are Christmas trains running now to celebrate the Holiday Season in December. Don't forget there are museums to see in both cities.  Honesdale is about a half hour from the Motel & Scranton is about 45 minutes.  Relax in the country with the peace & quiet & get your nervous system back when you stay with us..  

Practically all the renovations are complete on the motel rooms and work is still being done elsewhere, but that work won't interfere with your stay here in any way except that the restaurant is still closed due to work being done and there is no noise to bother you   The restaurant is being converted to a meeting/conference room for the future.  Don't worry about food.  It is as close as 1 mile away and within 10-15 minutes there are enough restaurants to choose from hamburgers & pizza to world class food and service.  This is a far cry from when we started 49 years ago when we were litterally the only place here & felt an obligation to run the restaurant to keep you from starving.

 

IF HAVING TROUBLE SENDING ME AN E MAIL THRU THE WEBSITE THEN USE MY REGULAR E MAIL: rocco@thevacationinn.com   or  vacationinnpa@yahoo.com   or vacation@nep.net   It is all supposed to end up there anyway.  If you don't get an answer in 24 hours then I never got it and try using the other email.   This also applies for making reservations thru the website.   If you are emailing me from a big company computer use the yahoo address.  This is due to some filtering problems with the email server at nep. address that is out of my control & I can't do anything about it. 

For fishermen & ladies, trout season opens on April 13th.    Need bait & tackle??   It's nearby.  And don't forget Spring Turkey begins on April 28.   Check out the rest of the hunting & fishing seasons at my hunting & fishing pages.  And remember there is now a BOW hunting season for BEAR this year from Nov. 12-16.  Followed by a gun season for Bear on the 17th Sat. and the following mon/tues./wed. (19-21) before Thanksgiving.  If you still want more Bear Season you can also hunt the 1st week of Buck season as well.  There are reports from my hunters telling me there is a record size bear in the vicinity gorging himself from all the apples & other things out there on my property.

DIRECTIONS TO THE VACATION INN MOTEL:::.

DIRECTIONS-- BECAUSE OF ALL THE CONSTRUCTION ON ROUTE 81 WHICH IS AT ITS WORST DURING THE SUMMER WE RECOMMEND THE ALTERNATIVE NORTH AND SOUTH ROUTES LISTED BELOW BE USED INSTEAD OF WHAT FOLLOWS HERE FOR THE SUMMER . 

Take EXIT 206 off I-81 then Rt 374 EAST to Rt. 171 NORTH.  We are on Rt 171 on the left hand side (about 15 miles from I-81).  Turn left when you get to PA 106 to STAY on Pa 374 EAST.    When near Scranton,  910 AM/103.1FM on the hour has traffic if you are lucky.  Penn DOT says it will get worse in 2013-4 when there will be major bridge replacements & widening of roads in the Scranton area, including the Exit 175 Pittston I-81/PA TPKE Exit 115 intersection.  This is a day by day thing with some days worse than others.  Weekends are usually construction free and less problems..

TAKE THIS ROUTE INSTEAD TO SAVE TIME DUE TO CONSTRUCTION ON ROUTE 81:  An ALTERNATIVE route from the SOUTH which is  faster and less milage is to get off from I-81N at mile/EXIT 187  to get on US RT 6 EAST,  CARBONDALE, then getting off US Rt 6 at EXIT 6 (12 miles), then make left from ramp, follow signs on Bus 6 EAST, (right turn at light) about 2 miles to Rt 171, (left after the 2nd Gulf Station) and STAY on Rt 171 NORTH for 16 miles and the VACATION INN MOTEL is on the left.

This is for those coming up Rt I-380 & I-84:  Follow signs to Route 6 East, Carbondale where I-380/84 ends.  Then go 12 miles to Exit 6, left at end of ramp to light.  Follow Bus. Rt 6 East (right at light) to 2nd Gulf station and left on S. R. 171 just afterwards.  follow 171 for 16 miles and Vacation Inn is on the left.   This is actually the most direct straight line path to the Motel from I-81 and least hilly, & better plowed in the winter as compared to Exit 206 above... 

If you want to avoid a lot of the construction when coming from the SOUTH on I-81 entirely, then get on the PA TURNPIKE NORTH at exit 175 (off I-81) and go NORTH on the TURNPIKE to the end--Exit 131 and take BUS. Rt 6 EAST to Rt 171 NORTH. At the present time we recommend those coming north up I-81 (during the summer) actually get on the PA Turnpike at mile 175  (and if coming up on the turnpike to stay on it) and spend the extra $.80 cents or $1 (twice) to go to the end of the Turnpike and then get on Bus Rt 6 East to PA Rt 171 North.  You will see the sign for RT 171 North after the 2nd Gulf station in Carbondale.

 

TAKE THIS ROUTE INSTEAD TO SAVE TIME DUE TO CONSTRUCTION ON ROUTE 81 in the summer:   An ALTERNATIVE route coming from the NORTH is to get off I-81 at EXIT 230 (first exit in PA) AND TAKE Rt 171 SOUTH (left turn at end of off ramp) for 25 miles to the VACATION INN which is on the right.  This is less hilly than coming from Exit 206 and with the entire length of I-81 in the county under some sort of construction usually during the summer, this is really the best way right now  Follow the speed limits thru towns. The Hallstead 5-0 & their associates are vigilant.

 

From New England/I-88 Get off at EXIT 6 (mile 16) and TAKE NY 79 SOUTH to PA which becomes PA 92 South to Susquehanna  and there TAKE RT 171 SOUTH to VACATION INN.

 

Go to OUR ENDLESS MOUNTAINS INNKEEPERS & LODGING WEBSITE::    www.inns-em.com      also listed on our links page for further info & maps.  There is an additional listing of things to do and places to see on the INNS website that is different than the info on my links page.  We Endless Mountains Innkeepers are mostly small B & Bs with small Country Inns like me  & we have banded together to do our own choice advertising.  Whether you want  Country Inns or B & Bs, either in town or out in the country, Please patronise our fellow Innkeepers.   Most of us are in the I-81 Corridor and the Upper Delaware Region here in NE PA.  and surround either Elk Mountain or SnoMountain/SnoCove/Montage area.

See INFO & LINKS PAGE for upcoming events and places to see and enjoy in the area.

Located at the top of the Endless Mountains and the northern edge of the Poconos, the Vacation Inn is in an area that can still be called "God's Country" - where deer graze on your front lawn and many types of wildlife are commonly seen in the woods. Area hunting and fishing is great, and around Columbus Day, the fall foliage is spectacular to see.

December brings a winter wonderland, with two downhill and three cross-country ski areas nearby. The Vacation Inn is situated on the main connecting trail between two abandoned railroad beds that provide over 200+ miles of snowmobile and cross- country ski trails.

In the summer, these same trails can be used for hiking, horseback riding, or just a peaceful walk through the woods. There is a wide range of antique and collectible shops in the area, and over a dozen golf courses and a half dozen driving ranges - most of which require no reservations so you can relax & get away from it all & get your nervous system back.

Hunters have over 30,000 acres of State Game Lands at their disposal. Whitetail deer and black bear are plentiful. Squirrels, rabbits, and turkey provide action for small game hunting. Over 30 area lakes and streams are stocked with trout, bass, pickerel, panfish, and more. By early January, safe ice is often ready for some of the best ice fishing in the state.  

Both Scranton and Honesdale both have museums dedicated to early railroad history and both locations also have train rides throughout most of the year.  See our links page for that info on riding the trains.

Something For Everyone in the Endless Mountains
  • Horseback Riding
  • Golf
  • Antiques Shopping
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hunting Downhill Skiing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Great Fall Foliage
  • Snowmobiling
  • Relaxation   ayaking
  • and more...

 

 Belmont Lake from the unloading Ramp A fall view a couple of miles from the Inn.
We are not kidding. Here are a couple of wild turkeys eating on the front lawn. A view of Ararat just a couple of miles north of the Inn.
Fall Panorama near The Vacation Inn, Poconos Fall Panorama near The Vacation Inn, Poconos
Autumn Panorama near The Vacation Inn, Poconos Fall Panorama near The Vacation Inn Motel, Poconos, PA
 
 





















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The Vacation Inn
9207 Rt. 171
Union Dale, PA 18470
Tel: (570) 679-2100

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