I’ve lived in the Poconos most of my life, with the exception of the year in Maryland, a year in Maine, and two in Japan. So basically, that’s like 33 or my 36 years. Throughout the years, I’ve heard of Lake Naomi in passing, like when someone says “oh, I’m living up in Pocono Pines, near Lake Naomi” or something to that effect, but I’ve never actually been there and really wasn’t sure what it was all about. Today, I had the opportunity to spend the entire morning and afternoon there, and it’s a gorgeous place with so much to do.
Lake Naomi Club embodies everything that people think of when you say the words “vacation home in the Poconos.” Unlike other areas that have been built up so much that you have to grab a telescope to see a tree, Lake Naomi continues to keep their focus on the natural beauty of the area. Nestled in a majorly wooded area about 40 minutes from the Delaware Water Gap (taking back roads, I think it’ s closer to 30 minutes if you stay on the highway), the primarily vacation-home development blends all their enticing amenities into the natural surroundings, so you’re never more than a few strides away from nature. For example, check out this picture from the top of the slide at the pool.
I took my mom and Jake with me, and they explored a bit while I did the tour with the wonderful communications and marketing manager (and as an added bonus, I got to meet the blogger behind Have Sippy, Will Travel). I was really surprised at how expansive the development is, as you can’t really tell from the main road that there is such a massive amount of land to the left and right of you. The homes in the development are all built to certain specifications to avoid interfering with nature. No vinyl siding, no paved driveways. The property has a golf course, a huge pool, a 277-acre lake with sail boats, and a huge community center with all sorts of family-friendly activities. We had a beach-side lunch next to the lake, then were free to explore on our own.
Jake wanted to do the beach first, as he had a new sand bucket to try out and hasn’t been near the sand all year. He had a great time trying to build a castle (if you’ve been keeping up so far, you know building anything is not my strong suit) which eventually just became a “bury Jake in sand” activity.
After about an hour at the beach, we headed over to the huge outdoor pool for more swimming. In fact, it’s the largest outdoor heated pool by a lake in the entire state. I really appreciate that they have such a big kiddie pool, as so many places just devote a postage-stamp sized section to the smaller kids. But this one was even bigger than your average backyard pool, as you can see in the picture below. I actually have a better picture that shows how it’s a huge semi-circle, but I always feel weird about posting pictures with random strangers in them, because I think I would feel weird if my picture was on some random person’s site.
Throughout the community, there are little extra splashes of nature, like wooded hiking trails and babbling brooks (because all brooks should be babbling).
After the pool, we headed back to the community center so Jake could play some more video games in their game room, then had a nice barbecue dinner before heading home. Jake passed out in the car after five minutes. We had an awesome day, and I’m very grateful to Lake Naomi Club for allowing us the opportunity to explore all they have to offer.
More Lake Naomi Club Amenities
- The huge 48,000 square-foot community center features an indoor swimming pool, game room, snack stand, fitness room, sauna, outdoor playground and so much more.
- They have the #1 Rated tennis complex, with several courts and professional tennis instructors on site.
- There are a total of five beaches on Lake Naomi, each staffed with lifeguards.
- The Timber Trails Golf Course offers an on-site professional and features a Ladies’ League, Men’s Leagues, and even a Youth League.
- For the children, they offer Kids Klub and Kub Klub, both of which offer numerous activities to keep your children entertained while you head to the fitness room, or just take a relaxing stroll through the nature trails.
- A constant stream of activities, from watercolor classes in the community center to special events like “Music on the Beach” and “German Summer Fest.”
With so much to do and so many ways to relax, Lake Naomi Club really is a premier vacation-home spot. It’s far enough away from civilization that it still has some of that old Poconos charm, but close enough that you can still run out to the store for supplies without wasting half the day.
Note- I received a free day pass to Lake Naomi so I could write my review. My opinions are my own.