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Romance in the Poconos
Thomas R. & Deborah A. Fletcher
It's all about romance. The fireplace, the mirrored walls and headboard, the red and white color scheme, the private in-room heated pool, the sauna for two, the heart-shaped whirlpool tub for two, and the fact that there are no windows in our "Garden of Eden Apple" suite all serve to ignite the flames of romance. The stereo system pumps music throughout each room of the suite. Outside details are obsolete. Daylight or dark? Who knows? Who cares? The suite is a one hundred percent private, garden of delight. No distractions. The focus is on one another. We are at Caesars Pocono Resorts Cove Haven.
Traveling through the round, wooded hills of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains one expects waterfalls and small hamlets. One isn't disappointed. There is an abundance of both. What one doesn't expect, tucked into the folds of these mountains, is a resort that has more amenities than most small towns. Aptly named, Cove Haven sits in a quiet cove on Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania's largest man-made lake. In 1963 Life magazine visited Cove Haven. A picture of the unique heart-shaped whirlpool bath, designed by Cove Haven founder Morris B. Wilkins, appearing in the magazine instantly increased the popularity of the resort.
The romantic getaway works equally well for honeymooners or for those celebrating an anniversary--as we were, celebrating our twentieth--or simply to spend some romantic quality time with one's partner. Honeymooners make up about 25 percent of the client base and seventy percent of clients are repeat customers. Some, like a New Jersey couple we met at dinner, celebrated their honeymoon there nearly three decades ago and have been returning ever since. We feel the brochure's description of Cove Haven as a "romantic playground for fun loving couples" is a fair description.
When we checked in we were given a welcome kit containing a log for our fireplace, a bottle of Champagne, and a huge bottle of bubble bath. The bubble bath was the first thing to be enjoyed. We filled the heart-shaped tub, poured in the bubble bath and turned on the whirlpool action. The bubbles led to an impromptu, before dinner photo session.
The "all-inclusive" price covers breakfast, dinner, accommodations, access to all facilities and nightly entertainment. Breakfast may be eaten in the Coliseum Dining Room or order breakfast in bed. A daily resort calendar of events is delivered with breakfast--for the benefit of those venturing beyond their room. Those who do get out will find a plethora of activities available. Tennis, basketball, billiards, roller-skating, and hand ball just get the list started. Take a power boat ride on Lake Wallenpaupack or check out one of the paddleboats. There are continuous activities taking place, from newlywed games to marsh mallow roasts. We don't know when we've been asked so often if we had a condom. The honeymooners' scavenger hunt item was apparently the most hard-to-come-by on the list.
There are 252 suites on the resort, with eight suite styles, with something to accommodate most desires and budgets. While the nightly entertainment is typically dance bands and house comedians, name personalities such as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfield, and Bob Newhart also show up from time to time. Actor and entertainer Kevin James was performing at the Champagne Palace Nightclub during our visit--though we missed the show. We were having too much fun in our suite. Seating arrangements for the nightly entertainment is based upon one's reservation date. You must book early to get the really good seats.
One afternoon we enjoyed a quiet walk along the nature trail. The trail meanders through a pine grove, alongside a gurgling stream, and crosses over a small waterfall. It is a short hike, but we had the trail to ourselves.
With "Caesars" being part of the name, there has to be a Roman theme. It shows in the names of buildings, the signs on the bathroom doors: "Goddess," "Gladiator," in the column shaped bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion, the waitresses in Cupid's Corner wear Roman togas, and the "chariot," (van) makes rounds throughout the complex, hauling guests to their destination.
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Caesars Cove Haven Resort is part of Caesars Pocono Resorts, which includes three couples resorts and one family resort, with 750 suites and 25 suite styles from which to choose. Cove Haven is the most secluded and largest of the resorts. Cove Haven has its "Forever Lovers" program designed for those couples who return year after year. The program offers mid-week discounts, room upgrades, extended check-out time, and a subscription to "Heartbeat" newsletter. Cove Haven is a four-season destination.