I know that not everyone rejoices at the sight of the cold, white, fluff blanketing everything terrestrial. Some cringe, considering it a four-letter word most foul, while hunkering down woolen-clad, with a comforting supply of hot chocolate and chicken soup in the pantry. There are those with no desire to ski, sled, skate, make impressions of heavenly beings or build rotund snow-people.
Thankfully, lyricist Dick Smith (a Honesdale PA native) found it wonderful, and his fond thoughts on the matter are forever preserved in the song Winter Wonderland. Local legend, bolstered by the opinion of the late Mr. Smith’s sister, has it that Mr. Smith wrote this seasonal standard while remembering Honesdale’s snow-covered Central Park.
Incidentally, someone with a very overactive imagination and a curious thought process feels that Winter Wonderland is not about light-hearted young people frolicking around making snow-parsons and holding hands; no. No, this song is about teen age rebellion and illicit behavior. What can I say? It takes all kinds…and we’re all entitled to our own opinion.
Regardless of what story Mr. Smith was telling with his song, the fact remains that Wayne County truly is a Wonderland, whatever the season. When looking for a Norman Rockwell experience, Honesdale will fit the bill perfectly. The county seat for Wayne County, Honesdale offers everything you expect from a small country town…with the amenities the contemporary world has come to depend on. Step back in time while keeping your feet firmly planted in the present.
Stroll up and down both Church and Main Streets and you will be delighted with the Victorian character. Find all sorts of locally owned and operated shops, diners, and restaurants offering unique gifts, wares, and delicious food; take a break from Wal*Mart & McDonald’s. You’ll be glad you did.
Perhaps, that while this small town is a great place to visit and shop, it is still too busy for you to take up permanent residence. Maybe you are looking for a more rural Utopia – farms and woodlands are more your style. Well, this can be had only minutes from town!
One such area is Mt. Pleasant Township – a paradise of rolling hills, breathtaking views, and friendly cows by the roadside, welcoming you to the country life. If you’re looking for a couple of acres to plant your roots and revel in privacy and quietness without going to Timbuktu, have I got the place for you:
A Lovely Home in Rural Waymart – Close to Town & Elk Mountain Ski Area – Yet Secluded and Serene!
Situated on two level acres, you will have plenty of room for all sorts of things – plant a garden, romp with kids or pets, or take quiet strolls and listen to the comforting sounds of the Lackawaxen River as it ambles on through the countryside.
Only 15 minutes or so from Honesdale, you won’t be far from everything you need; Honesdale offers Wal*mart, Home Depot, movies, food, shopping, health care – if you need it, Honesdale probably has it. If not, Scranton is only about a half hour away.
On top of that, ski enthusiasts will love the fact that Elk Mountain is approximately 20 minutes away – say “goodbye” to winter doldrums and hello to rosy cheeks and frosty air!
There’s also the Memorial Links Golf Course, only minutes from the house, for the duffers out there…and let’s not forget the streams and lakes for fishing. What more could you want?
Click here to view the virtual tour of this 3 bedroom, 1 bath home on 2 beautiful acres. It’s a perfect home for those who long for the country.
Karen E. Rice is a real estate agent working in Pike & Wayne County of Northeastern PA in the Poconos. Lake Wallenpaupack, only 15 minutes from Honesdale, is one of Pennsylvania’s most popular destinations for vacations, retirement, and purchasing a home.