WHEN I WAS a child, Sunday drives through the Endless Mountains were often topped by a stop at the Shadowbrook Dairy Bar in Tunkhannock, Pa., for homemade ice cream. For my 50th birthday, I wanted to go home and be a tourist. I did some research and found that the dairy bar of my childhood was no longer a working farm, but a resort. It still had the dairy bar, but with a restaurant and lounge, 73 motel rooms, an 18-hole golf course, pool, bowling alley, miniature golf . . . There is something for everybody--even if it is just sitting on the balcony watching for wildlife or for the moon to rise. All of this is in an area rich in history and natural beauty.

West on Route 6, one can take a day trip to the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. There are many bits of Americana along the side roads, including Camptown, where Stephen Foster was inspired to write a song about the horse races. Museums are located in Tunkhannock and Towanda.

If it has been a long day exploring, it is a pleasant experience to go back to Shadowbrook, have dinner and take a short nap. Then comes the best part of the day: picking up the flashlight and walking up the hill for a nightly treat at the dairy bar.

DONNA BOICE WALKER

Gaithersburg

Shadowbrook Inn & Resort, 1-800-955-0295, www.shadowbrookresort.com