New Web Site Urges Americans to Get "Work Relief": Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau Promotes Work Relief Movement with Value-Added Midweek Vacations

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"Americans work too much and need 'Work Relief'!" Thousands of commuters through New York City's Grand Central Terminal today witnessed this message at the kick-off of Work Relief, a grassroots movement designed to give overworked Americans "me time" with midweek value vacations to the Pocono Mountains. The Work Relief revolutionaries were promoting http://www.WorkRelief.com, which offers more than 30 value-added, midweek Pocono Mountains getaway packages to encourage hardworking Americans to take the vacation they desperately need.

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"Americans work too much and need 'Work Relief'!" Thousands of commuters through New York City's Grand Central Terminal today witnessed this message at the kick-off of Work Relief, a grassroots movement designed to give overworked Americans "me time" with midweek value vacations to the Pocono Mountains. The Work Relief revolutionaries were promoting http://www.WorkRelief.com, which offers more than 30 value-added, midweek Pocono Mountains getaway packages to encourage hardworking Americans to take the vacation they desperately need.

According to Expedia.com's annual Vacation Deprivation survey, more than one third of Americans will not take all their allotted vacation days this year, a habit that subjects the body to stress and serious health risks. To combat this, Pocono Mountains Work Relief packages ranging from hiking adventures to all-inclusive family resorts to intimate bed & breakfast hideaways are available to overwhelmed cube-dwellers by simply logging onto http://www.WorkRelief.com. Work Relief package highlights include:

Hikers Packages
Fernwood Hotel & Resort, Bushkill, PA
The stunning, 440-acre Fernwood Hotel & Resort offers a renewing escape with two tickets to Bushkill Falls and hotel accommodations starting from $47.50 per person, per night, based on midweek. The four season resort offers both villa and hotel accommodations, four themed restaurants, live entertainment, swimming pools and an 18-hole, par 71 golf course. This rate is available through June 26, 2008. Call 570-588-9500.

Stay and Play
The Inn at Starlight Lake, Starlight, PA
Enjoy the tranquility of the lake from this cozy Inn's front porch. Starlight Inn's Stay and Play package rates start at $52 per person, per night, based on double occupancy, before June 21 and $72.50 after June 21. Starlight Inn offers a full American breakfast, tennis, fishing, biking, canoeing and kayaking on the lake. Package is available through September 1, 2008. Call 800-248-2519.

FugetAboutIt
Settlers Inn, Hawley, PA
For those stressed out and needing to get away, Settlers Inn presents the perfect solution with 20% off midweek rates. Settlers Inn offers bed and breakfast accommodations and nearby opportunities for biking, boating, spa treatments and more. A two-night stay is required. Package is available Sunday through Thursday, through August 31, 2008. Call 800-833-8527.

Tee and ZZZ's
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, Shawnee on Delaware, PA
Located at the edge of the Delaware River, Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort offers a midweek Work Relief package with overnight accommodations, cart and green fees for 18 holes. Not valid on holidays. Rates start at $115 per person, per night, available Sunday through Thursday, through November 25, 2008. Call 570-424-4000.

Escape Package
Woodloch Resort, Hawley, PA
Woodloch offers spacious accommodations, three abundant meals, activities, amenities and nightly entertainment for those needing an escape. Rates start at $99 per person, per night, available through June 13, 2008. Excludes holidays and cannot be combined with any other offers. Call 800-572-6658.

Raft & Stay
Adventure Campground at Whitewater Challengers, Weatherly, PA
Whitewater Challengers offers adventure-seekers one day of whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River and one night camping at WC Adventure Center in Weatherly. Package is $44.50 per person, per night, available June 8-October 13, 2008. Call 570-427-9535.

Work Relief - Adventure at the Top
Skytop Lodge, Skytop, PA
With its own private lake and luxurious grounds, Skytop Lodge's Work Relief package includes unlimited golf with cart or one-hour rock-climbing lesson or intro to kayaking lesson, accommodations for two and three meals per person daily. Rates start at $199.50 per person, based on double occupancy, available Sunday through Thursday, non-holiday periods through July 2, 2008. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Call 800-345-7759.

Wolf Relief
Great Wolf Lodge, Swiftwater, PA
The first-class, full-service, year-round family destination resort's Wolf Relief package includes overnight accommodations in a standard room and four waterpark passes per sleeping room. Rates start at $179 per person, per night, valid midweek through June 22, 2008. Call 570-688-9899.

Free Night Stays
Both The Lodge at Keen Lake and Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort are offering Work Relief "free night stay" packages for guests booking a certain number of overnight accommodations. Visit http://www.workrelief.com for details.

Breakfasts / Meals Included
A number of properties will give guests complimentary breakfasts or meals for their Work Relief, including the The French Manor, Hattree Inn, the Inn at Jim Thorpe and The Inn at Pocono Manor. Visit http://www.workrelief.com]for details.

For a more complete listing of packages to cure your working-too-much blues, check out http://www.WorkRelief.com.

About the Pocono Mountains
With 2,400 square miles encompassing Pennsylvania's Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the Pocono Mountains region is home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers. Winters offer guests the opportunity to ski, snowboard, snow tube and even snowshoe their way through snowy wonderlands encompassing over 163 ski trails, while summers also cater to the active traveler allowing exploration of 261 miles of hiking and biking trails, over 35 golf courses, whitewater rafting, boating, fishing and open access to nine state and two national parks.

Any time of year is a good time to visit the Pocono Mountains, located within driving distance of most major East Coast cities. This region teeming with history offers year-round cultural tours and art exhibitions, abundant antiquing and brand-name shopping and a full calendar of festivals showcasing the heritage, music and food of the Pocono Mountains.

Even the most discerning traveler will find comfortable accommodations in the Pocono Mountains, which offers an eclectic mix of resorts, distinctive properties and quaint, country inns and bed and breakfasts.

Comprehensive Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at http://www.800poconos.com or by phone at 800-POCONOS (800-762-6667). The Pocono Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Ella S. Kenney / Susannah Gregory    
Lou Hammond & Associates
212.308.8880
ellas @ lhammond.com / susannahg @ lhammond.com     

Alicia M. Quinn
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
570.421.5791
alicia @ poconos.org

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