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 April 09, 2010
Ascend Collection Adds The Woodlands Inn Meetings Hotel

 Ascend Collection from Choice Hotels International strengthens its portfolio with the addition of The Woodlands Inn, a meetings hotel nestled in the foothills of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains.

"The continued expansion of Ascend Collection confirms the preference for high caliber travel experiences that are rich in local character," says Stacy Ragland, vice president, Ascend Collection for Choice Hotels International. "With its mix of natural beauty and sophisticated amenities, The Woodlands Inn has long been one of Northeastern Pennsylvania's premier destinations. We are proud to make wonderful properties like The Woodlands part of this elite membership program."

The family-owned and operated resort recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Located in historic Wilkes-Barre, the lodging is one mile from the Mohegan Sun Casino and minutes from the Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport. Easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, The Woodlands Inn provides an ideal base from which to explore the region's renowned skiing and hiking trails, golf courses, sports arenas, shopping and dining.

The property houses 150 guestrooms and suites, ballroom, conference rooms, two restaurants, a spa, lounge, nightclub and business center, all set on manicured grounds next to the picturesque Laurel Run Stream. Ideal for meetings, weddings, reunions and special occasions, The Woodlands Inn has banquet and meeting rooms with on-site catering, accommodating groups of up to 1,000 people. Facilities are equipped with high-speed Internet access and access to audio and visual equipment.

Spacious guestrooms are richly appointed with dark wood furnishings and a contemporary design. There are crisp white duvet comforters, oversized desks and high-speed Internet access. Streamside Suites feature balconies overlooking Laurel Run Stream. Also available: Jacuzzi Suites and the Presidential Suite with adjoining living room and fully equipped kitchen.

The Woodlands Inn has two restaurants -- Shogun, with Japanese cuisine featuring Hibachi and Sushi Bar, and the casual Crescenzo's Brick Oven Eatery. For nightlife, guests enjoy premier cigars and breathtaking sunsets from the Havana Club's outside deck (weather permitting) overlooking Laurel Run Stream as well as Evolution Nightclub and the Executive Lounge. The on-site Alexander's Spa and Salon offers soothing massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and salon services. Among the Woodlands Inn's other amenities are a 17,000-gallon Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor pools and fitness center.

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