A Chilling Look Inside an Abandoned Resort at the ‘Honeymoon Capital of the World’
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A Chilling Look Inside an Abandoned Resort at the ‘Honeymoon Capital of the World’

Abandoned Poconos Hotels
Jonathan Haeber

Included in the debris: an overturned, heart-shaped bathtub.

It might be hard to believe from the photos, but these abandoned resorts were once a part of the “Honeymoon Capital of the World"—a.k.a. Pennsylvania’s scenic Pocono Mountains.

Poconos has a rich hotel history dating back to 1829—though its true heyday was throughout the 1960s and ’70s, when lovers would set forth to Northeastern Pennsylvania to enjoy circular beds and private heart-shaped hot tubs. As the decades passed (and property taxes increased), the location fell out of favor, leading to maintenance and amenity negligence in some resorts. Some were eventually abandoned completely.

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The Poconos region is still Pennsylvania’s biggest tourist hotspot (thanks to the stunning show the fall leaves put on), but spend some time in the area and you’ll begin to notice a few of these ghosted hotels. With their dated décor and invading greenery, the abandoned accommodations would make the perfect “B movie" horror film location. Let’s set the scene: Flipped hot tubs, weed-infested bedrooms, metal bits floating in murky pool water—just add a group of teens on a spring break trip and you’ve got yourself a cult classic.

Meanwhile, these photos found on Flickr are a visually compelling jaunt through some of the resorts. Take a look:

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Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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