Last week I attended a SKAL dinner meeting at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie. But all work and no play makes for a boring life, so I made a point to arrive several hours beforemy meeting to go snowtubing, something I had never done at Bear Creek before.

As I wandered up the pathway from Bear Creek's beautiful lodge to the tubing park, I glanced at my ticket and realized that the tubing park didn't open until 5:30 p.m., a good half hour away. Luckily, I ran into some of my fellow meeting folks who were heading to The Grille for cocktails so I joined them. The Grille at Bear Creek is very elegant with a fireplace set directly behind the bar. It has the feeling of an out West kind of place with stone walls throughout.

After I finished my cocktail it was time to hit the tubing park. I thought there would be a huge line, but there were only five of us in the park. I picked up my tube and hopped on the conveyor belt, which led me up the mountain at a snail's pace. Once at the top, I was given the rules: Lie on your stomach and use your feet to stop yourself at the bottom (otherwise you’ll be flying into a net). The runs were super fast and I had a blast.

Once I got inside for dinner in the Fireside Suite, I noticed we had an incredible view of the mountain through the glass windows as well as a private deck, a fireplace and huge plasma TV. The food was incredible and the service was impeccable!

I'm hoping for more meetings at Bear Creek, but if not I know I will be heading there with my family to enjoy the luxury items (The Spa, an outdoor heated pool, The Waffle Hut!) of a high-end resort in my backyard!

What do you like about Bear Creek?

(Photo credit: The Morning Call)