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Camping made easy in the Poconos

LEHIGHTON, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - About 108 acres of tranquil land in Lehighton has been in the Motter family for 30 years. They call it the 'Whippoorwill Woods' after the bird.

"At night, you can here them calling at dusk," said Sue Motter.

A perfect escape right in their own backyard.
    
"As we got to know it, we want to share it with other people," said George Motter.

Now they are, through an online program called "Tentrr". The company connects landowners with secluded property to outdoor enthusiasts looking for their next camping adventure.    It started in the Catskills in 2015 and expanded to Northeast Pennsylvania last month.

Tentrr sets up the tent, bed and other furniture. The landowners just pay a setup fee of about 12-hundred dollars.

"If we continue the way we are going with bookings, we should recoup that in a short time," said Sue.

"It was a perfect opportunity to make enough money to pay taxes around here," said George.

The Motters purchased the bedding and even created a bed of flowers to make the place more home-like for visitors.
    
It's camping made easy. All you need are some basict items like bug spray and a cooler and you're ready to go.
Tentrr leaders say they see many visitors from the city who want to test out camping before investing in all the necessary equipment. But that's not the only benefit.
        
"When we come out and vet a site, we are looking for at least 10 acres of privacy," said Brian Polnasek, the team leader, at Tentrr-Stroudsburg.

Something you might not get at a state campground. Louise Gardam has been backpacking for 20 years. However, her husband is disabled now, unable to do some of the labor that comes with camping.
    
"I think this is the perfect compromise and this is a glorious spot," said Gardam.

Renting rates start at $100.

 


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