Officials revealed plans on Monday for a $1.3 billion project to restore the historic former Pocono Manor in the Poconos into a family resort village dubbed after musician Jimmy Buffet's "Margaritaville," which will include a resort, village, bar and grill, RV camping space, and other amenities.
Additionally, developers will donate land for a future Amtrak station that will connect the Poconos to New York City and have an "incredible" economic impact, according to the U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright.
The year-round complex, which will be built in Tobyhanna and Pocono townships, is anticipated to open in mid-2024, according to developers. According to Cartwright, the concept envisions well over 1,000 dwelling units.
With "wilderness gardens, distinctive restaurants, swimming pools, infinite activities, and live entertainment," the Margaritaville Hotel Pocono Mountains will pay homage to the old Pocono Manor, which was erected in 1902 and destroyed by fire in 2019.
"Honor Pocono Manor, and substantially recreate it," Cartwright said of the resort's plans. Pocono Manor was set to undergo restorations until it was destroyed by fire in November 2019.
Developers claim there are more than 25 Margaritaville lodging locations, with more than 20 more projects planned.
According To Uswhispers "This attraction will put us on the map," Chris Barrett, head of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, said. "It'll be a fantastic complement to our already impressive lineup of attractions," he says.