Rainbow Mountain is a gay-owned and operated resort, restaurant and nightclub that has been serving the community since 1981. Nestled high atop a mountainside on 25 private acres, including a 2 acre pond, we boast a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. Welcoming both men and women and open to all lifestyles, we are open year round with our friendly and helpful staff ready to serve you.
We are near many warm weather activities such as boating, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, water skiing, golfing and water parks (both outside and indoor). In the winter, there is snow skiing (downhill and cross country), snow boarding, tubing, and snowmobiling. All year long there is great hiking, horseback riding, antiquing, outlet and flea market shopping, and gambling.
Our on-site amenities include an Olympic size swimming pool and sundeck; a year-round, 10-person hot tub with an adjacent, heated changing room, an exercise facility; a sauna, tennis, volleyball, badminton and shuffleboard courts; a hill for snow sledding and tubing, and our pond with paddle boats, fishing, and ice skating.
Our award winning restaurant offers a casual, friendly dining atmosphere that you and your friends are sure to enjoy. Rainbow Mountain Restaurant also features a friendly, professional staff of great people, who will make sure your visit is memorable and that it lives up to its reputation for pleasant dining and superb cuisine.
Some like a quiet, private cottage while others prefer the centrally located dorm style rooms.
Choose from several style rooms ranging from Bed & Breakfast style, Country Inn Style, Cottage or Larger Motel style. Each come with their own amenities and rates. See our HOTEL page details.
Our Dance Club is located in what used to be a barn. Although rustic, we have state-of-the-art lighting and sound and several resident DJs and guest DJs. Move your body on the dance floor, in the cage or on the stage. Not into dancing? Then play a game of pool, air hockey, watch football or hop on a stool around our large center bar. Looking for more? Then visit the Down Low Lounge on the lower level featuring a bar, pool table and Karaoke.
The Down Low Lounge is located below the Dance Club. It's the perfect place to sit at a table or booth and have a few drinks with friends. There's also a full bar and pool table. Join us most Thursday, Fridays and Saturday nights for Karaoke. Choose from more than 100,000 song selections. The Down Low lounge has featured musical performers, comedians and is occasionally turned into a piano bar. Check our calendar for special performers.
Our 25 beautiful acres features wooded trails, a 2 acre pond, scenic hills, a pool and patio overlooking the Pocono Mountains, shuffleboard, tennis & basketball courts, paddle boats and so much more.
If you are expecting an ultra modern resort, you are looking in the wrong place. Our structures were built in the 1900's, 1950's and 1960's. There is a special history and charm that our guest experience while here. One of our guests wrote this review on "Trip Advisor" that captures the true essence of the resort. We are thankful for the wonderful review.
"Of all the places in the world I love, one of the best is Rainbow Mountain. For twelve years I have run themed weekends and twice a year I work with the resort and all of the staff. The buildings were built in the 1940's and codes were different then. The place has a charm of its own but the best part is getting to know the staff and making yourself part of the family, which takes about fifteen minutes on a bad day. When you are a regular at Rainbow it's like taking a ride to grandma's for a visit with all the cousins. Rainbow thrives on holidays, especially Halloween, but every Thursday a familiar crew gathers for Karaoke. On Saturday nights everybody dances in the disco. As the weather changes in the mountains it’s simply beautiful to watch the mist roll over the pond located in the center. Not everything at Rainbow is brand new and shiny but the new owners know that and are fixing what needs to be fixed while maintaining the innate charm of the place. Frankly, I will settle for what they have if they promise to keep their smiles, their hugs and family charm. I like old-fashioned warmth and you can find it at Rainbow. Did I mention the big porch? On a pretty day old friends sit there for hours and talk about everything and nothing. Just let Joey know if you need something to drink. Jayson and Rich are always around so there’s no reason to not let your needs be known. Finding flaws with Rainbow is like complaining about the Chelsea, or the Hotel Pennsylvania. You don't whine, you embrace it and be glad a piece of culture is still here." - M.Davis
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“Best Getaway Ever” - Reviewed July 23, 2014
We were first time guests at your resort last weekend (7/18- 7/20 2014). Although familiar with the area, I never heard about Rainbow Mountain and was a bit leery of the online reviews I read. We booked a cottage because the deluxe king rooms were unavailable. We expected rustic and it was, a bit tiny for 2 bigger guys but was also charming. We heard your story of slowly restoring the buildings which became run down under prior management and can totally appreciate the huge undertaking. I absolutely must commend you on the appearance of your common areas.
But what really needs to be applauded is your staff. Everyone friendly and accommodating. Your chef - Outstanding! My partner is a chef and he thoroughly enjoyed every appetizer and meal served. Your wait staff attentive and polite (Ty , Maria).
Best of all were the other guests. Everyone pleasant and friendly. We met new people and plan to keep in contact. We laughed all weekend. Friends of ours also stayed this weekend and all 4 of us are planning our next visit and bringing additional friends along, inspired by our glowing reviews.
I have family in the area and we will definitely stop in perhaps for dinner or the nightclub the next time we are in the Poconos.
I must thank you for what I would consider to be the best weekend getaway ever. We are anxiously looking forward to our next stay and are planning to attend your next Bear weekend in September.
Well Done! and continued success! - Tom & Steve
“My Big Fat Gay Birthday” - Reviewed May 2, 2014
I just booked a dinner at the Rainbow Mountain Resort for my 50th birthday. As it turns out, from the 18 invited guests, only 4 were gay and perhaps the best endorsement of the atmosphere of this place is that all 14 of the others (including my parents) LOVED the Rainbow Mountain Resort!
The main building has a lot of character and appears to have weathered whatever changes came its way. The staff accommodated my party at a large diagonal table which allowed us all to interact without feeling penned in. Our servers were efficient and patient and kept us drinking and eating while we yammered away. The food across the board was EXCELLENT. I had been going to the Rainbow Mountain Lodge since the 90s and I don't think the food has ever been better.
After a LONG dinner during which they didn't rush us one iota, we headed down the hill en masse to the nightclub and into the basement for karaoke. I can't imagine a friendlier crowd or a more welcoming atmosphere. It's essentially a barn so it has the feel of a great dive bar downstairs and we just set up camp and hung out. After we thinned out a bit, the rest of us went dancing upstairs and closed the place.
What makes any place special is, of course, partly the location, but more importantly, the staff. While we had a few miscommunications, ultimately the manager assured me that my event wouldn't be a problem and delivered on that in spades. That everyone had such a good time was a testament to his ability to run things and his incredible staff. At one point, the owner came up to me to wish me a "happy birthday" and that really typified the casual vibe of this place. We later saw him downstairs singing and supporting other singers. Next to the intensity of big city gay bars, this is literally and figuratively, a breath of fresh air.
So glad I chose this place for my special occasion! If taking your 80+ parents to a gay bar is on your bucket list...this is the one.
“Shabby Chic Worth Far More Than a Peek!” - Reviewed January 7, 2014
Rainbow Mt. has been an important part of my life and that of my husband Will since we first discovered it in the mid nineteen eighties when it was owned and operated by a Lesbian couple. This complex atop Mount Nebo in Marshall's Creek, a stone's throw from the first exit on I-80W past the Delaware Water Gap coming from New York City, was built in stages from the early 1900s. Over the decades since our initial visits, it has changed hands (and chefs) several times. Fortunately, the latest owners, a male couple who like Will and me, started out as guests in the 1980s, have spent the last three years gradually working to restore the neglect that the prior owners bequeathed to them. It is a daunting task that will continue to be a work in progress for a long time to come.
Notwithstanding that caveat, the ambience of RMR as it is known to its many guests, is hard to match for the legions of gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, questioning, cross-dressers and straight friends of people with a variety of sexual orientations who look beyond its obvious physical flaws which are earnestly diminishing under its new management.
There is much to do on campus on the weekends with its themed activities. During the summer season, the pool overlooking the mountains is an ideal retreat from the heat of NY and Philadelphia. We usually go to RMR for the New Year's activities. The package deals include breakfast and dinner, both of which are returning to their glory days as a result of the return of the original chef.
Will and I have fallen into the routine of spending our daytime visiting the outlets at The Crossings off of exit 299 on I-80 West in Tannersville and continuing on from there to Cresco and Mountainhome to Callie's Candy Kitchen and Callie's Pretzel Factory. Free samples to be had at each venue which are only three miles one from the other. If we aren't dropped from shopping and the sugar and salt fixes at Callie's, we wend our way back to RMR on 209 stopping at the Candle Factory to saturate our senses in a variety of aromatic blends and check out any bargains to purchase and have at the ready for any unexpected gift giving during the upcoming new year.
A visit or two to the local flea market and the Odd Lot Discount Store to replenish our supply of gift wrap and other assorted hard to find trinkets and trifles is also de riguer.
This year we took a day trip forty-five minutes away to Easton to release the inner children within us at The Crayola Experience of which I've already written a few days ago on TripAdvisor.
We always look forward to returning to the resort after our daytime activities to take in the karaoke in the Down Low cabaret in campus or put on our dancing shoes in the disco upstairs. The drag shows are also hugely entertaining, especially when the resident manager, Jayson Stout, is in one of these shows. Jayson has been a fixture at Rainbow for a number of years. He is truly an essential asset to both guests and the owners. His people person skills are an important ingredient in what makes the place feel like home.
If you are looking for luxury accommodations in the Poconos you had best look elsewhere, but if you are looking to be a part of "family " to the guests who come there, then I'm confident you will return again and again for more than a peek at the peak of Mt. Nebo.
“Like a weekend in Oz....” - Reviewed March 18, 2013
Over the rainbow to the Emerald City....or Emerald Mountain :)
The wife and I went up for our anniversary on St Patricks Day weekend, and can't wait to go back! The staff is so accomodating and sweet, and the other guests (most of whom have been visiting Rainbow Mtn for years) are the so friendly, we really felt right at home.
We stayed in the Cherry House and the room was no-frills, but quite comfortable. Next time we may need to get a delux room, though, with a fridge and microwave because thefood was so good and so plentiful that we had leftovers at every meal (luckily it was cold and we used our car as a fridge!) And you definitley might need some late night nibbles after a few hours at the dance club and karaoke lounge. The bartenders may be light in the loafers but they are heavy on the pours ;)
The DJ was a total sweetheart and didn't mind taking our requests, and we hope he adds a liitle more hip hop to his playlist....what can i say, we're from Brooklyn!
The drag show-with irish step dancing!- was awesome, and the trivia brunch was super fun.
I just can't say enough! It was a magical weekend and i'll be counting the days til our next visit!
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