Changing it up in the Poconos

How’s this for a scenic drive?

Autumn Timber Festival

Sure there are crafts and food, but this event truly is a macho one. Enjoy real lumberjack demonstrations that include tree-trunk climbing and chain-saw sculptures. New to the festival this year is the Ultimate Air Dog competition, in which your BFF can compete in dock-jumping.
Oct. 8 & 9, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Hollow Road, Shawnee, 570-421-7231,

Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival

Stroll up and down Broadway in Jim Thorpe and get an eyeful of gorgeous autumn colors every weekend in October. There will be plenty of vendors to peruse, and many shops and restaurants on Broadway will also participate with seasonal specials. Don’t forget to check out free live music at four downtown venues while you’re there.
Each weekend in October
Jim Thorpe, 570-325-4439,

Where to stay

East Shore Lodging

One of the many places to take advantage of weekend bargains is at the quaint East Shore Lodging. They host Cider Weekends in October where they feature handmade cider and guest discounts at their gift shop. Mention Cider Weekends for specials. 2487 Route 6, Hawley, 570-226-3293

Skytop Lodge

If rustic retreats aren’t for you, check out the luxurious Skytop Lodge. Here they have themed weekends that include Secrets of the Harvest (Nov. 4-6.), a festival of delicious flavors from the area. 1 Skytop, Skytop 800-345-7759


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