It was about this time last year that I was ready for a vacation but didn't have the money to really go on vacation, so I did the next best thing: I booked a "Raft and Stay" package for Kent and I at The Inn at Jim Thorpe.

The package was incredibly affordable. For under $200 a person, we got:

  • a lovely Victorian-style room with private bathroom for two nights
  • dinner at The Inn's Emerald Restaurant
  • a hot breakfast buffet each day
  • a rafting trip down the Lehigh River

I only wish transportation to the rafting place from The Inn was included, because I had landed a killer parking spot in the lot right next to The Inn that I really didn't want to lose. Yeah well.

The best way to describe The Inn at Jim Thorpe would be "historic" with its plush carpets, dark wood, lace drapes, wicker furniture and wrought-iron balconies (see photo). We enjoyed breakfast on one of those balconies, which was a real treat. And speaking of breakfast, both days the staff at The Inn kept the tasty hot buffet fully stocked with cheesy scrambled eggs, sausage patties and french toast - yum.

With the exception of Molly McGuires Pub, a quaint little Irish pub adjacent to The Inn, the shops and galleries shut down between 5-6pm so our nights in Jim Thorpe were pretty low key. In fact, aside from our rafting trip, which was pretty physical considering the folks we shared our boat with thought they were just along for the ride rather than actively participating, our time spent in Jim Thorpe was pretty lazy - a true vacation. How often does that happen?