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5 Great Summer Getaways

Fill Up on Fun by the Water

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April 24, 2009
By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey

Times are tough, and the weather’s warm. Sounds like reason enough to hop in the car and head for the water. Challenge a river’s raging current, bob on a lake, cruise a canal or come face-to-face with thundering falls. Whether your preference is wild or mild, there’s plenty of bang for your buck at these five drivable destinations—and not a beach tag in sight.

Lake Naomi SailboatsDON'T MISS: A chance to ride the wind on Lake Naomi—experienced sailors can rent boats on midweek days. Or sit back and watch the sailboat races on weekends.

Nicknamed “The Other Hamptons,” this Pocono Mountains resort community is private. But homes are available for rent, along with the opportunity to purchase a temporary membership ($165/family for the weekend, $240 for a week). A membership includes access to all amenities, including dining, golf, tennis, pools and other recreational facilities. A 25,000-acre state forest is adjacent to the property.

Stay here: Rent a cabin or luxury home that accommodates up to 14 people at Lake Naomi Club from Lake Naomi Real Estate (800-537-1479,; $450 and up weekends, $900-$4,000/week). The club is built around three private lakes, including the 277-acre Lake Naomi, one of the largest in the Pennsylvania mountains, and has five sandy beaches for sunning and swimming. Three Olympic swimming pools—one indoors and two outdoors—provide more water fun. Catch (and release) bass, trout, pickerel, panfish and walleye from the property’s stocked fishing pond.

Eat here: Try to score a seat by the window overlooking Lake Naomi in the pretty dining room of the Waterfront Clubhouse at Lake Naomi (lunch $9-$16, dinner $16-$25). Lunch specialties in the Grill Room include tuna wakame and a crab sandwich. For dinner, try the duck confit and juniper-infused ravioli, Jail Island salmon, or fettuccini Gorgonzola with grilled chicken. There’s live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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