Rainbow Mountain has been serving the community since 1981. Nestled high atop a mountainside on 25 private acres, including a 2 acre pond, we boast a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. Welcoming both men and women of all lifestyles, we are open year round with our friendly and helpful staff ready to serve you. Be sure to view our photo gallery showing all the above plus some of our weddings.
Front Desk:Mon: 9am-5pm | Thu: 9am-9pm | Fri, Sat & Sun: 9am-9pm
Restaurant:Thu: 5:30-9pm | Fri: 5:30-10pm |
Sat :9am-10pm|Sun: 9am-9pm
Karaoke:Thu: 9pm - 1am | Fri & Sat: 10pm-2am
Dance Club:Fri & Sat: 8pm-2am
If you are expecting an ultra modern resort, you are looking in the wrong place. Our structures were built in the 1900's, 1950's and 1960's. There is a special history and charm that our guest experience while here. We are thankful that our guests have written wonderful reviews that capture the true essence of the resort. See reviews below.
We are near many warm weather activities such as boating, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, water skiing, golfing and water parks (both outside and indoor). In the winter, there is snow skiing (downhill and cross country), snow boarding, tubing, and snowmobiling. All year long there is great hiking, horseback riding, antiquing, outlet and flea market shopping, and gambling.
We are honored to have received the following awards:
Trip Advisors 2015
• Certificate of Excellence
Odyssey Magazines 2015 award for
• Best Getaway Stay
Five Beacon Light Fund 2015 annual awards for:
• Best Gay Bar in Pennsylvania
• Best Karaoke Bar in Pennsylvania
• Best Bar Manager in Pennsylvania - Jayson
• Best Female Bartender in Pennsylvania - Jordyn
• Best Male Bartender in Pennsylvania - Timmy.
"Of all the places in the world I love, one of the best is Rainbow Mountain. For twelve years I have run themed weekends and twice a year I work with the resort and all of the staff. The buildings were built in the 1940's and codes were different then. The place has a charm of its own but the best part is getting to know the staff and making yourself part of the family, which takes about fifteen minutes on a bad day. When you are a regular at Rainbow it's like taking a ride to grandma's for a visit with all the cousins. Rainbow thrives on holidays, especially Halloween, but every Thursday a familiar crew gathers for Karaoke. On Saturday nights everybody dances in the disco. As the weather changes in the mountains it’s simply beautiful to watch the mist roll over the pond located in the center. Not everything at Rainbow is brand new and shiny but the new owners know that and are fixing what needs to be fixed while maintaining the innate charm of the place. Frankly, I will settle for what they have if they promise to keep their smiles, their hugs and family charm. I like old-fashioned warmth and you can find it at Rainbow. Did I mention the big porch? On a pretty day old friends sit there for hours and talk about everything and nothing. Just let Joey know if you need something to drink. Jayson and Rich are always around so there’s no reason to not let your needs be known. Finding flaws with Rainbow is like complaining about the Chelsea, or the Hotel Pennsylvania. You don't whine, you embrace it and be glad a piece of culture is still here." - M.Davis
"Love this place" - February 2, 2015
I love this place. It's a cozy friendly warm getaway off season. Great meals and a friendly staff. It is so relaxing. I love love love going in the summer!!! They have one of the most beautiful pools around. Great poolside bar. The restaurant is wonderful, never had a bad meal.. We always stay in the deluxe rooms a across the street and down the hill. The rooms are huge and clean and very private and quiet. The weekends are jumping with the club in full swing and during the week it's quiet and romantic.. Can't wait to go back this summer.
Reviewed February 2, 2015
Rainbow Mountain Resort is such a change from hustle and bustle. The staff is more than friendly, you are welcomed! It is a bit of a blast from the past with class! The rustic atmosphere really allows you to feel you GOT AWAY without a huge travel commitment! The menu and food is nothing short of FANTASTIC! The meal plan is your best bet! We have celebrated many milestones here and it keeps getting better! Easy to find. Lots of nearby shopping. ♡♡♡ Love it. Thank you!
“Awesome mini vacation” - Reviewed July 14, 2015
My wife and I had a wonderful time at Ranbow Mountain last week. Stayed 4 days and enjoyed the pool, cottage, food but nothing beat the friendly people we met. The management team was awesome. Going back in the Fall.
“Great place to Party. Great place to eat. Great place to stay.” - Reviewed February 3, 2015
Rainbow Mountain has become my go to place for special occasions. I always spend a weekend there for my birthday & this year I stayed 4 nights to celebrate New Years. (Best Halloween party on the east coast!) The entire staff here is amazing! They always make me feel like I'm one of the family.
They have rooms to fit everyone's needs, from small dorm to large deluxe rooms. For large groups you can even get adjoining cabins (in spring & summer).
Be sure to check out the restaurant. The food is always very good, and the staff is fantastic. They also have an inexpensive breakfast menu.
The dance club is always fun. Be sure the check out their website. They often have themed weekends. There's always something going on at Rainbow Mountain!
“Fun events, cozy rooms, amazing food” - Reviewed February 4, 2015
We are local, but decided to stay for a weekend so we didn't have to drive home exhausted after the club closed. We stayed in the Cherry House and the rooms were cozy and the bed was comfortable. A little on the warm side but the heaters were all adjustable. Good water pressure in the shower!
The restaurant is wonderful and the service is great. The meal portions are surprisingly large and everything tastes amazing... I dont think I've eaten there once and not thoroughly enjoyed my entree! We have brought my parents to the restaurant several times and my mother, who has a myriad of allergies and dietary restrictions, was accommodated with ease and was really made to feel at home. The Trivia Brunch that is held in the dining room on the last Sunday of every month is always hilarious and Jayson really finds some random facts that have even challenged my father's massive repository of useless knowledge!
My favorite thing to participate in at Rainbow Mountain is the karaoke. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights you can go belt out your favorite tune and nobody's gonna give you the hairy eyeball if it isn't country (like other places around the Poconos) and the other people listening are always supportive to new or shy singers. Their karaoke selection is vast and has a lot of unusual or obscure songs as well as popular hits.
“Best Getaway Ever” - Reviewed July 23, 2014
We were first time guests at your resort last weekend (7/18- 7/20 2014). Although familiar with the area, I never heard about Rainbow Mountain and was a bit leery of the online reviews I read. We booked a cottage because the deluxe king rooms were unavailable. We expected rustic and it was, a bit tiny for 2 bigger guys but was also charming. We heard your story of slowly restoring the buildings which became run down under prior management and can totally appreciate the huge undertaking. I absolutely must commend you on the appearance of your common areas.
But what really needs to be applauded is your staff. Everyone friendly and accommodating. Your chef - Outstanding! My partner is a chef and he thoroughly enjoyed every appetizer and meal served. Your wait staff attentive and polite (Ty , Maria).
Best of all were the other guests. Everyone pleasant and friendly. We met new people and plan to keep in contact. We laughed all weekend. Friends of ours also stayed this weekend and all 4 of us are planning our next visit and bringing additional friends along, inspired by our glowing reviews.
I have family in the area and we will definitely stop in perhaps for dinner or the nightclub the next time we are in the Poconos.
I must thank you for what I would consider to be the best weekend getaway ever. We are anxiously looking forward to our next stay and are planning to attend your next Bear weekend in September.
Well Done! and continued success! - Tom & Steve
“My Big Fat Gay Birthday” - Reviewed May 2, 2014
I just booked a dinner at the Rainbow Mountain Resort for my 50th birthday. As it turns out, from the 18 invited guests, only 4 were gay and perhaps the best endorsement of the atmosphere of this place is that all 14 of the others (including my parents) LOVED the Rainbow Mountain Resort!
The main building has a lot of character and appears to have weathered whatever changes came its way. The staff accommodated my party at a large diagonal table which allowed us all to interact without feeling penned in. Our servers were efficient and patient and kept us drinking and eating while we yammered away. The food across the board was EXCELLENT. I had been going to the Rainbow Mountain Lodge since the 90s and I don't think the food has ever been better.
After a LONG dinner during which they didn't rush us one iota, we headed down the hill en masse to the nightclub and into the basement for karaoke. I can't imagine a friendlier crowd or a more welcoming atmosphere. It's essentially a barn so it has the feel of a great dive bar downstairs and we just set up camp and hung out. After we thinned out a bit, the rest of us went dancing upstairs and closed the place.
What makes any place special is, of course, partly the location, but more importantly, the staff. While we had a few miscommunications, ultimately the manager assured me that my event wouldn't be a problem and delivered on that in spades. That everyone had such a good time was a testament to his ability to run things and his incredible staff. At one point, the owner came up to me to wish me a "happy birthday" and that really typified the casual vibe of this place. We later saw him downstairs singing and supporting other singers. Next to the intensity of big city gay bars, this is literally and figuratively, a breath of fresh air.
So glad I chose this place for my special occasion! If taking your 80+ parents to a gay bar is on your bucket list...this is the one.
“Shabby Chic Worth Far More Than a Peek!” - Reviewed January 7, 2014
Rainbow Mt. has been an important part of my life and that of my husband Will since we first discovered it in the mid nineteen eighties when it was owned and operated by a Lesbian couple. This complex atop Mount Nebo in Marshall's Creek, a stone's throw from the first exit on I-80W past the Delaware Water Gap coming from New York City, was built in stages from the early 1900s. Over the decades since our initial visits, it has changed hands (and chefs) several times. Fortunately, the latest owners, a male couple who like Will and me, started out as guests in the 1980s, have spent the last three years gradually working to restore the neglect that the prior owners bequeathed to them. It is a daunting task that will continue to be a work in progress for a long time to come.
Notwithstanding that caveat, the ambience of RMR as it is known to its many guests, is hard to match for the legions of gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, questioning, cross-dressers and straight friends of people with a variety of sexual orientations who look beyond its obvious physical flaws which are earnestly diminishing under its new management.
There is much to do on campus on the weekends with its themed activities. During the summer season, the pool overlooking the mountains is an ideal retreat from the heat of NY and Philadelphia. We usually go to RMR for the New Year's activities. The package deals include breakfast and dinner, both of which are returning to their glory days as a result of the return of the original chef.
Will and I have fallen into the routine of spending our daytime visiting the outlets at The Crossings off of exit 299 on I-80 West in Tannersville and continuing on from there to Cresco and Mountainhome to Callie's Candy Kitchen and Callie's Pretzel Factory. Free samples to be had at each venue which are only three miles one from the other. If we aren't dropped from shopping and the sugar and salt fixes at Callie's, we wend our way back to RMR on 209 stopping at the Candle Factory to saturate our senses in a variety of aromatic blends and check out any bargains to purchase and have at the ready for any unexpected gift giving during the upcoming new year.
A visit or two to the local flea market and the Odd Lot Discount Store to replenish our supply of gift wrap and other assorted hard to find trinkets and trifles is also de riguer.
This year we took a day trip forty-five minutes away to Easton to release the inner children within us at The Crayola Experience of which I've already written a few days ago on TripAdvisor.
We always look forward to returning to the resort after our daytime activities to take in the karaoke in the Down Low cabaret in campus or put on our dancing shoes in the disco upstairs. The drag shows are also hugely entertaining, especially when the resident manager, Jayson Stout, is in one of these shows. Jayson has been a fixture at Rainbow for a number of years. He is truly an essential asset to both guests and the owners. His people person skills are an important ingredient in what makes the place feel like home.
If you are looking for luxury accommodations in the Poconos you had best look elsewhere, but if you are looking to be a part of "family " to the guests who come there, then I'm confident you will return again and again for more than a peek at the peak of Mt. Nebo.
“Like a weekend in Oz....” - Reviewed March 18, 2013
Over the rainbow to the Emerald City....or Emerald Mountain :)
The wife and I went up for our anniversary on St Patricks Day weekend, and can't wait to go back! The staff is so accomodating and sweet, and the other guests (most of whom have been visiting Rainbow Mtn for years) are the so friendly, we really felt right at home.
We stayed in the Cherry House and the room was no-frills, but quite comfortable. Next time we may need to get a delux room, though, with a fridge and microwave because thefood was so good and so plentiful that we had leftovers at every meal (luckily it was cold and we used our car as a fridge!) And you definitley might need some late night nibbles after a few hours at the dance club and karaoke lounge. The bartenders may be light in the loafers but they are heavy on the pours ;)
The DJ was a total sweetheart and didn't mind taking our requests, and we hope he adds a liitle more hip hop to his playlist....what can i say, we're from Brooklyn!
The drag show-with irish step dancing!- was awesome, and the trivia brunch was super fun.
I just can't say enough! It was a magical weekend and i'll be counting the days til our next visit!
Holiday Business Party at Rainbow Mountain December 2015
Just a quick note of thanks to the team at rainbow mountain for knocking it out of the park. The 23rd annual ken and company holiday party was “off the chain” Brilliant top shelf friendly service from your team . Amazing food ,great facility’s and venue, merry Christmas and thanks again for going above and beyond.
Ken and Company Salon, Stroudsburg, PA
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