The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort didn’t wait for someone to sing “Happy Birthday” before starting the celebration for its 100th anniversary.
While 2011 marks the centennial of when The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, located on the Delaware River in Shawnee on Delaware, Pa., was built by engineer Charles Campbell Worthington, The Shawnee Inn got its own party started in attention-getting fashion right after Thanksgiving of last year, by launching a special website on Black Friday that offered, for three hours, the opportunity to book rooms for midweek non-holiday nights in January, March and April at the Centennial-commemorative rate of $19.11 per person, double-occupancy.
The centennial theme was continued in December, with a special showcase of 100 nativity scenes from around the world that were made available for daily public viewing. The Inn accepted donations from guests while the scenes were on display that were then forwarded to international relief agencies.
Once the actual year where the property officially turns 100 arrived, the pace of activities designed to recognize the milestone really picked up, starting with a special New Year’s Day Centennial Brunch. And the party is scheduled to run to the full extent allowed by the calendar, ending with a Centennial Winter Carnival on December 31, 2011.
In between, the lengthy list of planned special events include the opening of a Shawnee Museum (January 8); Birthday Dinners for former owners C. C. Worthington (January 6), Fred Waring (June 9) and Charlie Kirkwood (August 3); a Centennial Performance of “River’s Edge: The Story of Shawnee” at the property’s professional theater, the Shawnee Playhouse (May 20), a Centennial Ball (May 21), and a Performance of “Murder at the Shawnee Inn” (November 11).
The property has set up a special website, ShawneeTurns100.com, to list and update all planned events for the year-long celebration.
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is located in the Pocono Mountains region of Pennsylvania, about 70 miles from New York City, 100 miles from Philadelphia and 200 miles from Washington, D.C. It has 80 rooms in its historic inn, 12 rooms in the Delaware Lodge, and six suites and two cottages in the property’s luxury accommodation, the Legacy Collection.
The property offers golfers two unique venues: a 27-hole championship island golf course, and a nine-hole, lighted Tillinghast Approach Course.
Other activities at the property include golf lessons at the Tillinghast Golf Academy, skiing at Shawnee Mountain, mountain biking, hiking on the scenic Appalachian Mountain trails, canoeing, rafting, fishing, kayaking, and tennis. Facilities also include an indoor pool, fitness room, and the Spa Shawnee and Salon.