Penn Sylvan Nudist Resort & Nude Bike Weekend
Penn Sylvan - On one of our many road trips this summer, we decided to visit a privately owned nudist club called Penn Sylvan Health Society (PSHS, inc.) in eastern Pennsylvania. I’m not reviewing a typical weekend at the club because it just so happened that we arrived in the middle of Nude Bike Weekend! This is when waves of motorcyclists ride in and spend the weekend at PSHS for a festival of bike runs, contests, music, and dancing / parties. It’s also a public event, open to nudists and non-nudists alike. It actually had a sort of unique atmosphere where nobody seemed to care who was or wasn’t nude. It was just a personal choice, but didn’t create any tension. I’m happy to report we had a good time there, and PSHS management were very accommodating, letting us attend biker weekend for free. They had catered homestyle American food (pulled pork, mashed potatoes, etc) served up in their rec hall. For drinks there was not only water and soda, but a fountain of Yuengling and several other beers situated nearby to supply a great bargain of unlimited beer the whole weekend. A tattoo booth was also set up for people to get tattoos right on the premises (I think those cost extra
We checked out the main facilities. They were clean and included an outdoor and indoor pool, large whirlpool and sauna inside the rec hall. The expansive room with the whirlpool and hot tub area room is all wood floors and walls, like the inside of a log cabin, and this gave it a comfy feel. The indoor facilities allow the club to attract naturists all year round, which is nice! PSHS is the closest place to NYC that is open all year. For athletic facilities, there is one clay tennis court, clay volleyball court, shuffleboard and petanque.
Towards nightfall we listened to live cover music from a band called the Large Flowerheads. It was good music to listen to while sitting on a blanket in the grass and hanging out. We camped out in a big lawn area near the tennis court. When we set up camp I noticed part of the lawn was sectioned off nearby with rope and orange cones, but we didn’t discover why that was until later. After it got dark we were at our campsite when a huge flatbed truck backed into that orange cone section. The entire truck was loaded with enough fireworks to blow up the lawn. We sat back and watched the bright and sparkly show, though with a slight concern our tent would catch on fire any minute from falling debris. (Luckily it did not.)
PSHS has an appeal in that the indoor facilities are clean and cozy, and it’s open year round. We also liked the people there! However, I have to remark on their rates and visitor policies. The day fee for one person is high, especially if you don’t have an AANR membership: $40 AANR member, $50 if not. There are no reduced costs whatsoever for young people. To join as a member they require you to have or obtain an AANR membership, and this fact led to an interesting conversation with Robin, who is part of leading management. Robin told us the reason she emphasizes an AANR membership is because they have rules and guidelines to abide by, which they can enforce among members and visitors. They also give them access to a database of banned or delinquent people who have been flagged for misbehaving at clubs / resorts. A TNS membership was not nearly as important since TNS doesn’t provide those same features. Though we don’t necessarily agree with requiring that membership, she has a point about the differences between the two.
So that was our visit to PSHS, an interesting biker weekend!
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The price is what is keeping me away from Pennsylvan and it is really not that far away from where I live. It's sad but it seems their price structure is pushing people away and not encouraging the new generation to visit and revisit their resort. The young generation doesn't have much money but guess what we too get older, wiser, and get better paying jobs after awhile so the investment in the young adults can pay off in time but resorts need to price them in instead of out or else the resort members get older and older until it becomes a retirement community instead of a resort if the younger culture never gets accepted and included. Plus guess what happens to your profit over time if you price people out and don't promote new people from come in ...
Yes we (young adults) can get rowdy but you know what you do don't get a night club but rather give us something to expel that energy in a productive way by scheduling a run, bike ride, volleyball tournament, tennis tournament, ... and light a camp fire/bond fire at night for us to sit around at night. By keeping the bar scene away you help to discourage those who are there for the wrong reason and encourage those of us who are there for more responsible reasons. I am 31 and where I went this weekend has a bar but there was a run with a few young adults there who stuck around. I've been going there a few times this summer and have gotten bored with the bar scene (yes it is true some of us young adults are like) so I hung out with this group of five other young adults who ran in the race away from the bar and had a much better time then if I would have sat at the bar. They did have a beer or two during happy hour and they were responsible enough to stop at one or two. I hope that shows that we are not all there to cause trouble and hopefully we can seen PSHS give us a chance and price us in instead of out in the near future.
We go to PSHS a dozen times a year of so. We take day trips during the winter to enjoy the pool and hot tub. It has always been a great place. If you are single the price is a bit high I agree.