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Shawnee Institute



The Shawnee Inn on the Pocono Mountains’ eastern edge is the home base for Road Scholar adventurers in a picturesque setting with a birds-eye view of the Delaware River. Built in 1911, the inn was purchased in 1943 by bandleader Fred Waring so he could broadcast his radio shows here. Nuggets of history —and memorable learning explorations — are a sure thing at every turn. Road Scholars embrace the outdoors when they set out to paddle the Delaware Water Gap, bike through rustic Pennsylvania or hike the Appalachian Trail. Or indoors, watercolor painting, theater and musical adventures take center stage. This centuries-old setting is invigorating and local experts open the door to discovery.   

Shawnee Institute
Shawnee Institute

Evoking an atmosphere of old world charm, the Shawnee Inn’s 103 guest rooms and suites balance comfort, convenience and history. All offer views of its famous golf course, the Delaware River or its expansive grounds. Because the property was built in 1911, no two rooms are alike. Each differs in size and configuration, yet all share a commitment to environmentally friendly and sustainable practices, including chemical-free housekeeping and all-natural soaps and shampoos. 

Shawnee Institute

The Shawnee Inn has an indoor swimming pool and offers myriad settings for Road Scholars to gather for conversation and relaxation. There are hikes for all abilities, including nature, history and animal hikes. The Delaware River is a haven for kayaking, canoeing and fishing. The nearby Appalachian Trail offers world-class hiking, and Shawnee’s 27-hole golf course is one of the most prized courses in the Northeast. Spa Shawnee offers spa treatments inspired by ancient traditions of Eastern and Western cultures.

Shawnee Institute
Good to Know
  • Wi-Fi available.
  • TVs in room.
  • Alcohol sold and allowed on-site.
  • Housekeeping once a week.
A Hiking Adventure on the Appalachian Trail




This is a Road Scholar Retreats program. Our Retreat programs offer a tranquil respite from daily life in locales that lend themselves to outdoor exploration, reflection, or study. The accommodations may be basic in nature, but the facilities offer communal spaces to gather and to relax. During the week, opportunities usually exist for some combination of light exercise, a locally sourced meal, or evening entertainment.