In full disclosure, we were provided with a Woodloch Resort all incluse meal plan as part of our complimentary stay. In this article we share details on that and other Woodloch Resort dining options. As usual, all opinions are my own.
If you ask me about Woodloch Resort, there are three things I will tell you before anything else.
- You will NEVER be bored. There are so many things to do as we told you about in this article, So Many Things to Do at Woodloch Resort ~ No One Will Ever Get Bored!
- You will NOT starve! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are never far apart and the Woodloch servers will serve you until you aren’t hungry any more. I’m not kidding.
- The level of customer service goes beyond anything we have experienced in all of our family travel experiences. The family of employees at Woodloch Resort go out of their way to ensure that each guest is having a wonderful experience on their Woodloch family vacation.
Eating out on a family vacation can be stressful. You worry about the costs. You worry about the options. For our family, being able to experience the Woodloch Resort all inclusive meal plan took out a lot of those stressors. It went beyond what we could have expected. We had options at each meal and my boys ate more than chicken fingers and pasta. And it gets better!
Woodloch dining lays out the red carpet for guests with food allergies. I was so impressed with their handling of gluten-free dining that I can not recommend them enough. If you have a concern about food, let the dining team know when you make your reservation. I went into this Woodloch vacation already having previewed their gluten-free menu. Knowing that there would be more for me to choose from than salads and grilled chicken put me not only at ease, but it made me especially eager to try out their gluten-free meals.
Woodloch Resort Dining Options & Restaurants
Woodloch Resort all inclusive meal plan
The Woodloch Resort traditional, family-style service was established in 1958 when founders Harry & Mary Kiesendahl wanted their guests to be served and feel as if they were company in their home. That is certainly how we felt. At each meal we were greeted by a hostess and then we casually made our way to our assigned table. It’s the same for all your meals. After your first meal, you can proceed straight to the table during the designated dining hours. You’ll also likely have the same serving staff throughout your stay. If your children are like mine, who can go through 3 glasses of milk in one meal, you’ll appreciate that your server notices that. She’ll have the next glass out before the previous one is filled. Or if you’re ordering from the gluten-free menu it’s great to not have to explain your dietary restrictions at every meal. It’s part of the Woodloch excellent hospitality. That morning when I came to breakfast and found a gluten-free blueberry muffin waiting for me…that was extraordinary.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner tends to be about the same times each day. A time span of 1-2 hours is set aside depending upon the number of guests staying at Woodloch. Guests do need to arrive during that time in order to be served. It won’t take that long, but you have that as an open window to arrive. One thing that I loved about Woodloch is that when it’s mealtime, the activities stop. If your kids are into the go-cart racing like mine were, it won’t be open during lunch. You won’t have to give up one activity for another. Scheduled activities seemed to end about 30 minutes before meal time and didn’t start till 30 minutes or so after mealtime. It added a sense of calmness to the meal because there was no reason to rush to get to somewhere else. We could take time between courses to enjoy that course, talk, or take some goofy family pictures.
Woodloch has partnered with vendors to provide the highest quality products prepared and served in a warm, hospitable manner. They are actively involved with several initiatives such as; “Greener Fields Together” – a national “seed to fork” program & “PA Preferred” which focuses on purchasing regionally grown products. The specially chosen menu, that changes daily, is featured on the table. Your server can answer any questions you have and make changes if needed. Woodloch menus feature homemade baked items from their in-house bakery. Some of the entrees and side dishes are served on platters to be passed around the table and their full American Plan allows you to enjoy as much food as you would like during each meal. So that growing teenager who just can’t get enough.. he can keep eating after the first round.
Speciality Drinks for Kids
At lunch and dinner, a bar server will come around and take orders for alcoholic drinks for the adults or speciality drinks for the kids. These drinks are not part of the all inclusive meal plan. I don’t recall them being terribly expensive, perhaps $5-$8 a drink. You can see the speciality drinks for kids options below. We chose one night where the boys could order a special drink. They selected the Brain Freeze, Strawberry Blast, and The Firefly. Each drink earned a thumbs up from them.
During breakfast, lunch, and dinner Woodloch Resort also has a character stationed outside the dining hall for pictures. Bring your camera or your phone and take as many pictures as you like. There’s no charge. Some of the characters we saw included:
- Iron Man
- Curious George
- Mickey Mouse
What is the dress code for dining at Woodloch Resort?
Dress is smart casual in the dining rooms. They do not allow hats, exposed bathing suits, bare feet, or men’s sleeveless shirts during meals. That wasn’t a problem for us during our November visit. We were all fine in our regular daily attire of jeans and tshirts/tops during the non-theme night meals. The dress code for Saturday and Wednesday Theme Nights is for gentlemen to wear a collared shirt; jackets are optional and tshirts are not permitted. During Wednesday’s theme night my boys wore kacki pants and collared shirts. Since the decor was Christmas, we used it as an opportunity to get a nice holiday picture.
Breakfast at Woodloch Resort
Breakfast options included as part of the Woodloch Resort all inclusive meal plan include eggs, frittatas, fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, bacon, sausage, pancakes, waffles and toast.
Lunch at Woodloch Resort
Woodloch Resort’s lunch options included soups, salads, sandwiches, and burgers. Going off property for the day or checking out before lunch is served? Woodloch Resort offers brown bag lunch service for their guests. This was awesome! We took advantage of that so we could get on the road before lunchtime and hopefully avoid rush hour traffic. Each brown bag lunch was packed with food! There was a sandwich for each of us (that we preordered). Gluten-free sandwiches could be ordered as well. Each lunch had oranges, a bottle of water, and 2 snacks. It was more than enough for lunch in the car and to hold us all over till dinner.
Dinner at Woodloch Resort
The Woodloch Resort all inclusive meal plan dinner starts with a soup to be followed with salad. From there you can see below some of the dinner options available. Every night we had a few different options to choose from. Even the gluten-free dinner menu had choices. For children who may be feeling a bit picky some menu favorites are available daily: chicken fingers, pb&j, pizza, hot dogs, pasta, and mac & cheese. Side dishes included some vegetables we’ve tried and some we hadn’t. It was a good way for my boys to try something new and they did find some new vegetables we’ll be working into our menu at home.
Of course, no dinner is complete without dessert. Woodloch Resort always had a dessert of the day. Kids could opt for ice cream if they preferred. Gluten-free brownies were available during some dinners too.
You can learn more about the Woodloch Resorts Dining Plan on their site with this link.
Woodloch Resort Restaurants and Food Options on the Property
As part of our Woodloch stay, we were provided with the all inclusive meal plan. It provided us with more than enough food. So with the exception of a few drinks and snacks at the North Lodge Bar and Gigi’s Coffee House we did not experience the Woodloch Resort restaurants below. We’re listing them here for you so that you can be aware of all your dining options when you stay at the Woodloch Pines or any of the properties at Woodloch Resorts.
Woodloch Springs Grille Room
The Grille Room restaurant at the Clubhouse at Woodloch Springs offers the flexibility to eat whatever you like, whenever you like. The a la’ carte menu features an array of sandwiches, signature salads, steaks, and more. This Woodloch restaurant provides a breathtaking view of the 9th and 18th holes on their Golf championship Pocono Mountain golf course. The Grille Room also offers outdoor dining (seasonally) and a full-service bar with a specialty martini menu! You can view the Woodloch Springs Grill menus with this link.
TREE Restaurant & Bar at The Lodge at Woodloch
This Woodloch Resort restaurant is for guests 16 and older. It’s an option for families that have older teens or that take advantage of childcare for their younger kids. TREE Restaurant offers a diverse menu of creatively prepared gourmet food. With an incredible view of the treetops and a menu featuring naturally raised meat and fish, as well as locally grown vegetables, you can’t go wrong planning a parent’s date night at the TREE Restaurant. Visit here to see sample menus from the TREE Restaurant.
The Overlook at Woodloch Springs
The Overlook restaurant serves families with children of all ages daily for lunch. After 4 pm dining is reserved for guests 13 and older. Dine while captivated by the view from a wraparound deck or the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the 18th hole of the Woodloch finely manicured, 4.5 star golf course. Meals are served in a stylish setting with accents touched by Mother Nature herself. Patrons can enjoy small plates and full entrees that are perfect for sharing and the freshest farm-to-table meals combined with the renowned spirit of Woodloch hospitality. View the Overlook menus with this link.
Gigi’s Coffee House
Originally the home of Mary Kiesendahl’s mother, Grandma Mould, Gigi’s Coffee House is a tribute to the matriarch of Woodloch. Visit Gigi’s for the building’s history as well as the full story of the woman behind the name.
Gigi’s Coffee House features brewed and specialty coffees from local micro roasters. You can also purchase fruit smoothies as well as an extensive tea selection. Ther Grab & Go section offers cold beverages as well as salads and sandwiches made fresh daily at The Inn at Woodloch. Gigi’s also features delicious baked goods from the Woodloch Bakery including, muffins, cupcakes, brownies, power bites, fruit bars, bagels, biscotti, scones, seasonal favorites, and more! Learn more here.
North Lodge, Poolside Bar & Beach Grill
Perhaps you’re in the midst of winning our “Woodloch Goes to the Movies” trivia game- no need to bail on your team when you’re needed the most! Some quick bites here include sandwiches, hot dogs, buffalo wings, nachos and chicken tenders are simply an order away at our North Lodge Cafe. Have you worked up an appetite from all of your fun in the water? You’re in luck! Woodloch’s Lakeside Grille offers hot dogs and burgers straight from the grille, as well as a variety of sandwiches. Splashing about near our pool complex? Enjoy an assortment of sandwiches, wraps, healthy snacks and frozen treats without missing any of the sunshine! Learn more about these Woodloch Resort quick food options.
The Country Store and Market
For “the diner on the run.” Vacation time is precious. The culinary team at Woodloch understands that. An on-site Country Store and newly opened Market feature full size delis, stocked and prepared to make your sandwiches to order. The Market at Woodloch also features pizza, soups, salads, fresh produce and other grocery items as well as beer. Stock up and bring it back “home” to dine at your leisure! Click to learn more.
You can learn more about the Woodloch Resorts restaurants on their site with this link.
Poconos Restaurants near Woodloch Resort
The Boat House Restaurant on Lake Wallenpaupack
The Boat House Restaurant is a Woodloch-owned restaurant approximately 20 minutes away from Woodloch Resort. Nestled along the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack in the Poconos, The Boat House serves delicious American fare and seafood. With live entertainment on Friday nights, The Boat House is a nice local spot to stop by on your way up to Woodloch for the weekend. To preview their menus visit this link.
Family vacations are such a great way to spend time together, but sometimes eating out can be stressful and challenging. By taking advantage of the Woodloch Resort all inclusive meal plan or one of the above Woodloch Resort restaurants, you can enjoy a great meal and keep the family travel fun continuing. You can learn more about the Woodloch Resorts restaurants on their site with this link.
When you’re ready to learn about the lodging options at Woodloch Resort, visit our Woodloch Pines at Woodloch Resort in the Poconos story. When you’re ready to book your trip to Woodloch click here to visit their reservations page.
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