The History of Cove Haven, Paradise Stream and Pocono Palace Resorts
Morris B. Wilkins and Harold O’Brien purchase Hotel Pocopaupac (18 rooms) on Lake Wallenpaupack. The Resort name is changed to Cove Haven Resort. It is the flagship property, currently with 256 luxury suites and a vast array of indoor & outdoor facilities.
Wilkins introduces the heart-shaped “Sweetheart Tub” at Cove Haven Resort. This amenity has since been copied by many other resorts worldwide and is now a very popular feature throughout the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Lum’s Corporation of Florida contacts Morris expressing interest in purchasing Cove Haven Resort. At the time they are also negotiating the purchase of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. That deal is finalized in September of 1969. Cove Haven Resort will follow on October 24.
Paradise Stream Resort in Mt. Pocono, PA is purchased in January. Lum’s Inc. changes its name to Caesars World Inc. in December. Life Magazine features the heart-shaped tub at Cove Haven Resort in a feature article about the opening of Interstate 80 which helps to solidify the Pocono Mountains as “The Honeymoon Capital of the World.”
Paradise Stream Resort introduces the Garden of Eden Apple accommodation featuring the in-suites swimming pool. Now more than 50 percent of the total accommodations (600 suites) include heated private pools.
Pocono Palace Resort is purchased. This resort features a nine-hole golf course, and is located on Echo Lake in Marshalls Creek, PA. A 32,000 sq. foot sporting complex, the Arena, is added to the property, greatly expanding the resort’s available amenities.
Wilkins introduces the 7-foot-tall Champagne Glass Whirlpool Bath-for-Two at Cove Haven Resort. After launching the champagne glass suite, interest in the accommodation is so great that potential guests have to register on a one year reservations waiting list. More than 30 years later, the 7-foot-tall Champagne Glass Whirlpool Bath-for-Two has become an icon in the resort’s advertising efforts. The suites are currently available at all three Pocono Mountain Resorts properties.
The Roman Towers suite premieres at Pocono Palace Resort and includes a patented 7-foot-tall Champagne Glass Whirlpool Bath-for-Two.
Caesars World, Inc. joins the ITT Corporation, which includes CIGA Hotels and Sheraton Hotels.
ITT Corporation joins Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.—one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in world with more than 750 properties in more than 80 countries and 110,000 employees. With internationally renowned brands, Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts including: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Element, Aloft, St. Regis, Four Points by Sheraton, W brands.
Paradise Stream Resort celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Cove Haven Resort celebrates its 45th anniversary.
Paradise Stream Resort begins major $20 million renovation; the Diana's Oasis suite is introduced.
Newly renovated Paradise Stream Resort reopens to the public on October 26th.
Pocono Place Resort celebrates its 30th anniversary.
The Pocono Mountain Resorts launch many new amenities including: Fat Paulie’s Festa Italiano—heaping helpings of gourmet Italian cuisine every Friday night, Strip Night—a Saturday evening steakhouse experience, Flaming Deserts—sexy sweets meant to ignite passions, Tickle Soda—private label pop to help quench your thirst and Black Lace Steak Sauce—an exclusive recipe to help you re-live Strip Night at home.
Ultimate Adventures activities including Get Wet—white-water rafting, canoeing and kayaking, Adrenaline—the chance to ride in a stockcar going 160 mph around Pocono Raceway (and the chance to take the wheel yourself) and Frozen Fundra—exciting winter activities like snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating and cross country skiing.
The Blush Bed—a round pillow-top king-size bed with satin stripe sheets and fluffy duvet—is introduced.
The Pocono Mountain Resorts celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Caesars Pocono Resorts changed its name to Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts. The decision to change the name was done for a simple reason—the original Cove Haven Resort was the name that started it all; for the region and the company over 50 years ago.
Highgate Hotels, a leading independent Hospitality Management firm serving some of the country’s largest and most sophisticated institutional Hotel Owners acquires management of the three properties of Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts.