Bushkill Falls + a Week of Crockpot Dinners

Written by chanie on August 21st, 2014

While many people in my community go upstate for the summer, I usually spend my summers in the city. I relish the quiet streets, Sunday farmer’s markets and the plethora of parking spaces that are suddenly available around the hood. I’ve done the country thing once or twice, and maybe I’ll do it again – but for now, I’m more than happy to spend time enjoying my neighborhood – especially with a mild summer like this.

To break up the summer, we usually take a few trips to some of our favorite places, like Hershey Park, Governor’s Island, and Kelder’s Farm.  This year, we headed up to the Poconos to load up on the sweet smell of grass – something we don’t get to experience much living in Brooklyn.

We stayed at The Villas at Tree Tops, an oasis of beautiful trees and greenery as far as the eye can see. The vacation village is packed with every imaginable activity – from ziplining to tubing and bumper boats, mini (and regular) golfing to horseback riding, as well as several indoor and outdoor pools and an activity center.

Just minutes away from The Villas, is Bushkill Falls, the Niagra of Pennsylvania. We’d never gone hiking with our kids before, so we were excited to take a walk high in the uplands of the Pocono Mountains, surrounded by streams of crystal waters and primeval rock.

We hiked along the “yellow” path, a popular route that takes 45 minutes roundtrip. There were lots of steps, but my kids trudged along like real troopers, basking in the beautiful greenery surrounding them.

The yellow path gave us severeal views of the waterfalls including the Main Falls, as well as Lower Gorge Falls, Laurel Glen and Upper Canyon.

After hiking, we ate lunch along the beautiful lake, and moved on to the playground. We visited the gift shops, checked out the mini golf course, and went paddle boating. We attempted to do the Mining Maze but the kids were spent!

With so many activities, Bushkill Falls can easily be a whole day trip – just be sure to pack along lunch and lots of water. If you don’t keep kosher, there are plenty of food options there, so come hungry!

For those who do keep kosher, Bushkills Falls and it’s neighboring area, do not have any kosher restaurants. The local supermarkets, like PriceChopper, have lots of kosher options, including a gluten free section with some great snacks. However, if you plan on staying for a day or two, you need to plan for breakfast, lunch and dinners.

Although The Villas included a nonkosher kitchen, which I could have koshered, I preferred to bring along my crockpot so I could spend the day outside, not having to worry about making dinner later on. Each evening, we entered our villa to the delicious smell of a hot supper, simmering away in the crockpot. My kids gobbled up their hot meals, and my husband decided it’s time for a slow cooker ebook!

Yes, my crockpot dinners, were THAT good, and I’m including them all here for you to enjoy! There’s just a short time left to relish the joy of summer, so go ahead and put up a slow cooked meal, and spend the day basking in the sunshine!

Other slow cooker recipes:

crockpot mushroom barley stoup
blogoversary BBQ brisket

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  1. ahuva says:

    I love your ideas for crockpot suppers. I never thought of making crockpot suppers on vacation. I looked up your vacation place cos it looks like a good place to stay but it seems its a time share place. Would you be able to go there again next year? Are the activities on ground free or is there a fee?

    • chanie says:

      Hi Ahuva, I rented it from someone who owned a timeshare there, however, they do rent out to people who wish to stay there that don’t own a timeshare. Bushkill Falls even offers a rate, together with The Villas, so you can stay there and go hiking in a joint package. Check out their website for more info. The activities at The Villas are not free – only the pool is at no charge.

  2. JoanL says:

    ??plastic wrap… I am behind times! Do not yet have a slow cooker but am getting close to buying one.
    I see from the pictures that y ou are using plastic wrap or plastic bags.. what kind? is there any chance of the plastic melting into the food?

    The meatball recipe sounds familiar.. I have made a variant of this every Pesach that falls early (late March or early April) when weather is still cold.

    • chanie says:

      Joan, I use Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners – they’re made specifically to use with crockpots and keep things mess-free for easy clean-up! I’ve had trouble with other varieties but the Reynolds ones always fit and have never melted on me!

  3. Helen says:

    What do you line your crock pot with?

  4. Tamar Genger says:

    Great pics and place to visit, love the recipe ideas too.

  5. Ronnie Fein says:

    That place looks so lovely and serene. What a nice getaway and surely crockpot dinners are always welcome, especially because they make getting dinner so easy.

  6. After looking at this post, I am seriously tempted to invest in a crockpot!

  7. Chanale says:

    I made your meatball recipe tonight- so easy and so delicious! Thank you!

  8. alizah says:

    when you make cock pot chicken you dont put in any water.

  9. Leah says:

    I looked up Bushkill falls just the other day & u made it sound so much more interesting than google! I actually passed by it yesterday when taking my son back to sleepaway camp from visiting day. Definitely going to check it out!

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