checking in at the penn hills resort

The Penn Hills Resort in Analomink, PA, is arguably past its prime.

I hadn’t ventured into such a massive expanse of buildings & grounds since exploring the ruins of Magic Harbor (an old British-themed amusement park) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in the early 90s (since demolished).

072614_03Some bathrooms showed signs of use at some point, but surprisingly we only encountered one small shack within the many acres that was possibly inhabited by someone.

072614_04In the main office rooms (behind the lobby) we found a surprising amount of photocopied social security cards, deeds to properties, and old checks, not to mention endless marketing materials for all the amenities.

An old walkway by the indoor ice skating rink (which currently houses tons of decaying bedroom sets).

I don’t need to tell you that indoor pools and hot tubs are the holy grails of exploration.

Every one of these rooms (overlooking the outdoor pool) we went into still had a large bed with mirrors all around (often on the ceiling too) and organic/heart-shaped bathtubs. The place was apparently advertised as the go-to honeymoon spot, and at one point in the 70s it was actively targeting swinging couples.

The lobby / check-in area had a series of round rooms with mirrors on the ceiling — perfectly retro-futuristic. The resort is¬†one of those places where a set of ten photos just can’t capture it all.

072614_09Inside what we presumed to be the executive/owner’s house, tucked away deeper into a field behind some overgrown tennis, basketball, and shuffleboard courts. It is square, one floor with a nice (and super overgrown) courtyard in the center. We went in through the double-garage doors in the back. We couldn’t get up the guts to explore the basement.

It certainly wouldn’t be possible for such a large resort to decay so slowly if it was remotely close to a city. Every so often vandalism is reported to the local authorities, but the property owners don’t seem to be concerned with securing it, which can only mean that it’s eventual fate is demolition. If you’re in the Poconos, it’s worth a visit, but ask for one of the nicer rooms.


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  2. Hi Andrew! This is Sara formerly of Norris St, I totally used to work at this resort when I was in college (would have been…summer of 2000?) and these pictures are super interesting, I’m glad I found your blog awhile back! Many of my high school classmates spent summers working here.

  3. Hi Sara!

    Wow, crazy — small world! The stuff I’ve seen on other sites about the resort make it sound sleezy, and that it should have closed a few years before it actually did, but perhaps they were just trying to make it sound worse than it was. How was your experience working there?

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