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Top Lake House Getaways Near Philadelphia

Philadelphia is known for its proximity to New Jersey beaches, and many families head down the shore for at least one annual trek each summer. For couples or families looking for another type of water-themed getaway, look no further than these lakefront retreats that are also within easy driving distance of the City of Brotherly Love. From a charming inn in the heart of Amish country to a full-on resort in the Pocono Mountains, here are five of the best lake house getaways near Philadelphia.

Lake Naomi Club
135 Miller Drive
Pocono Pines, PA 18350
(570) 646-9191

Located in the Pocono Mountains, this 277-acre lake community offers boating, fishing, swimming and sailing as well as non-water amenities including tennis courts and golf courses. While Lake Naomi Club is only open to members, temporary memberships can be purchased for visitors. All amenities are included for guests of the pristine Mountaintop Lodge, a rustic retreat that offers a birds-eye view of the area's lakes and trails. Nicknamed "The Other Hamptons," this lake getaway is within a two-hour drive from Philadelphia.

The Lake House Inn
1100 Old Bethlehem Road
Perkasie, PA 18944
(215) 258-2556

This renovated 19th century inn is located along Lake Nockamixon in Bucks County, where it houses 10 gorgeous guest rooms as well as a billiard lounge and stone wine cellar where guests can indulge in wine tasting. Larger parties can take advantage of an expansive ballroom, while an outdoor fire pit is a popular spot for guests to unwind. But the biggest draw is the terraced garden that overlooks the lake, providing a look at the area's stunning water vistas.

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Mountain Springs Lake Resort
Mountain Springs Drive
Reeders, PA 18352
(570) 629-0251

It's all about cottages and country roads along this 325-acre resort property that centers on a mile long spring-fed lake. Featuring more than three dozen cottages and a lodge, this peaceful lake front spot is the perfect pit stop for either a warm weather getaway or a wintertime ski vacation. This recreational wonderland also features sandy beaches for horseshoes and volleyball, a two-mile nature trail, and a complimentary rowboat for each cottage.

The Hurst House Bed And Breakfast
154 E. Farmersville Road
Ephrata, PA 17522
(717) 355-5151

Located in the heart of Lancaster County, this Victorian lakefront mansion is home to a one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast that overlooks hundreds of acres of Amish and Mennonite farmland. This peaceful setting is within driving distance of several Amish experiences, including buggy rides and museums, as well as local family-themed attractions like Dutch Wonderland and the American Music Theater. It's also around the corner from Mt. Gretna Lake and Beach, which offers tubing, over-water swings, canoeing and kayaking.

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Split Rock Resort
100 Moseywood Road
Lake Harmony, PA 18624
(800) 255-7625

With over 1,200 acres of forests and mountains as its backdrop, this fully-loaded resort has everything needed for a fun family adventure. The abundance of lakes and streams in the area provide plenty of opportunities for fishing and swimming, and landlubbers can enjoy hiking, golf, bowling and more. In addition, there's an on-site water park, massage center and movie theater, making this lakefront gem a one-stop vacation destination.

Victoria Miller is a freelance entertainment writer who also covers recreation and leisure activities in the Philadelphia area. Her work can be found on
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