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Fernwood Closes, May Reopen in Summer

MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — A well-known resort in the Poconos has closed. Fernwood Hotel and Resort shut its doors because of financial reasons.

Now employees are out of jobs and future guests will have to find other places to book their events.

At first glance, Fernwood Hotel and Resort in Bushkill appears like it’s open. A sign outside reads “Locals…Welcome..Hotel rooms $79 and up… Now Booking.”

When you go inside the resort lobby, the fireplace is still going and posters of upcoming events still hang on the walls.

Then guests came across a sign, telling them the Gamezone is closed.

“It’s a shock,” said Mahtahnah Mackay of Bushkill.

The guests are nowhere to be found and a restaurant nearby is dark and empty.

The marketing manager tells Newswatch 16 Fernwood Hotel and Event Center is closed because of financial reasons.

In a statement, he says: “Ownership is looking to make improvements to Fernwood to make it a viable property for the future. Current plans looking to reopen for the summer of 2014.”

“I don’t understand how they can just shut down like that. They made a lot of money here,” said Mackay.

Mackay was about to book a party at Fernwood and now she’s glad she didn’t. But she feels for those who reserved space for a celebration.

“Not so much angry because I don’t have money in here to lose it, but for everybody around that had things going on. Things that are upcoming, upset for them,” said Mackay.

Newswatch 16 ran into several employees at Fernwood. No one wanted to go on camera. But one woman did speak with us off camera.  She says everyone found out about the closure Monday afternoon. Her reaction, she says, is she’s heartbroken that Fernwood had to end like this.

That employee wouldn’t explain how all 40 employees were alerted about the closure. But other employees say they were told only through text message.

Fernwood’s marketing manager says the reason for the text is, “Management felt because most employees did not work that day it was better to contact them directly by phone or text message then to have them spend finances on having them come in that day,”.

While Fernwood’s Hotel and Event center is closed, the Villas and Snowtubing Hill are still open because they’re owned by a separate group.

We did reach a bride who had her wedding booked at Fernwood after Easter.

She says Fernwood is helping her right now to try to find another venue in the Poconos.

10 comments

  • Foodie Show

    I have been there for a few years now for a foodshow. The rooms were disgusting, burned lampshades, garbage behind and on sides of stands, holes and stained blankets…mold in shower, toilet kept running. Don’t call for any housekeeping either they didn’t get messages from desk or just don’t bother to come. The only thing that place had going for it was they make lobby look nice and the Astor Room…other than that we seen OLD rib bones in doorway, just plain filthy. Maybe Hotel Impossible can show up and have a hissy fit there! The company complained every year about the conditions, and I think the nail was last year the President of the company had to use the garbage can filled with water to flush his toilet!!!!

    • Uhdeman

      sounds like a bias comment to me and who wants advice on a hotel/resort from someone who is there to stuff their face and nothing more? I can say from my 15+ visit’s over the years that Maybe you had a (personal)bad experience and had no other way to retaliate than leave a comment. Yes the place is older and accommodates tens of thousands of guest a year, you expect new carpet and brand new mattress in your room each visit? STICK TO CRITICIZING FOOD because you obviously slept in the stock room and most likely because your a hard to deal with person.

  • MONROE COUNTY CLC

    HAVE THEY NO SHAME? FINANCIAL PROBLEMS OR NOT, YOU DON’T TELL YOUR EMPLOYEES THEY HAVE NO JOB WITH A SHORT NOTICE TEXT MESSAGE. HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR YOUR WORKERS. WHEN YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE LEAVING YOU ASK FOR A NOTICE A WEEK OR TWO IN ADVANCE SO WHY A SHORT NOTICE TEXT. THE WORD IS FERNWOOD LET IT’S COMPANY BECOME RUN DOWN ON PURPOSE NOT MAINTAINING THE FACILITY AND LETTING IT BECOME AN UNATTRACTIVE RESORT TO VACATIONERS. SHAME ON YOU ERTLES!

    • Uhdeman

      Wait a minute Charly lucky, it sounds like your familiar with the place?? The same ghetto place that garbage from east goes to?…. interesting. You obviously don’t realize it but you contradicted yourself in your own sentence there genius. lol. Shows the type and quality of people leaving negative comments about fernwood.

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