A North Korean flag flies in the propaganda village of Gijungdong as a U.S. Army soldier stands guard at Taesungdong freedom village near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.
Lake Naomi Club may be a five-star, private lakeside community, but if you book a stay at their Mountaintop Lodge bed & breakfast, you'll get all the perks of the membership without having to sign up for a thing.
Located in the Pocono Mountains about four hours from downtown D.C., the Mountaintop Lodge is your all-access pass to the very beautiful and very private Lake Naomi Club community. When you book a stay at the lodge, you'll get a temporary pass to enjoy the beaches, lake-front dining, indoor/outdoor pools, spa and more at the Lake Naomi Club community.
The lodge, which was recently remodeled, still offers up a rustic cabin feel. It was exactly what you'd expect a B&B in the Poconos to be, lots of country-style charm and an even friendlier staff. The impressive complimentary gourmet breakfast is actually worth waking up early for -- yes, even when you're on vacation. Our pick: Go for the eggs Benedict. If you miss it, though, the coffee shop inside the lodge also sells fresh bread and pastries, as well as an excellent bread pudding.
You'll find ski slopes, state parks and a casino within a few miles of the lodge. Camelback Mountain, about 15 minutes away, is a great choice even for ski fledglings like me because of their beginner programs they offer. I also went tubing and took a ride on the Alpine Mountain Coaster. The mountain coaster is your chance to pretend you own the road, and the tubing hill is massive with 38 total lanes.
In the summer, Lake Naomi offers sailing, kids' summer camps and teen programs, and has two outdoor pools (if the 277-acre lake isn't enough).
A stay at the Mountaintop Lodge will set you back about $160/per night -- not bad considering what you get. You can choose a standard room or one of four cabin suites that come with a fireplace and hot tubs.
Published at 11:42 AM EDT on Apr 4, 2014