Nature loving, laid-back couples are opting for unconventional venues to celebrate their big day. Summer camp weddings in the Poconos are popular for those craving privacy, relaxation and quality time with their nearest and dearest. Settlers Hospitality joined forces with Camp Oneka in Tafton, PA to bring this unique option to the Lake Region. The century old summer camp is available to host weddings, corporate retreats or reunions coupled with the renowned service and cuisine of Settlers Hospitality.
Since its founding in 1908, Camp Oneka has been a landmark in the Lake Region. Scores of young women have spent cherished summer getaways at the camp including such notable alumnae as Grace Kelly and her daughters Princesses Caroline and Stephanie. Situated on the shores of Fairview Lake amid seven woodland acres, the authentic Adirondack style camp combines rustic elegance and pristine natural beauty. For camp weddings, ceremonies may take place on the lakeside lawn with guests seated on benches hewn from logs. The 1910 fieldstone lodge offers a quaint indoor ceremony site with views of the lake, while the wood-clad boathouse and dining hall offer spacious reception locations. There are rambling docks and winding rhododendron-lined trails that provide picturesque backdrops for photography of your Pocono Mountains wedding.
Nourish the Soul
The experienced, professional event coordinators from Settlers Hospitality assist in every aspect of planning and executing gatherings at Camp Oneka. Settlers Hospitality recently launched Blu Stone Caterers to provide its signature cuisine, superior quality and attention to detail to off-site events. Blu Stone Caterers will bring creative menus in a variety of styles, price points and themes to lake weddings or any occasion at Camp Oneka.
Adding a slice of camp life really ramps up the nostalgia, not to mention the fun, and elevates gatherings from an event to an experience. Couples may book the property for an entire weekend for their Pocono Mountains wedding and have access to the activities and amenities on site. Plus, with everyone staying in one place there are more opportunities to bond, re-connect and make memories. Enjoy s’mores, stories and stargazing around a campfire. Plan a little friendly competition with teams facing off in tennis, volleyball, basketball, cornhole or horseshoes. Get full-on vacation vibes with swimming, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding, plus yoga, guided hikes and movie nights. It’s like having an entire resort at your disposal.
Summer camp accommodations may not be for everyone in your group. For those looking for a more traditional stay there are several options only minutes away. Guests may take part in all the festivities at Camp Oneka, then return to their rooms at Silver Birches, Lakeside Cabins or the Retreat at Millbrook Cove at Lake Wallenpaupack or the nearby Fairview House. The Starboard Room at The Dock on Wallenpaupack is an intimate location to host rehearsal dinners. Enjoy a relaxed, memorable meal overlooking the lake.
Choose Your Adventure
Camp Oneka can accommodate groups from 30 to 200 between mid-August and mid-June There is an array of packages available to fit a variety of needs, goals and styles. Check out the menu options and offerings for summer camp weddings in the Poconos and make your event an experience they won’t soon forget.
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