A place to unwind.
When Bob Dunlop was just 10 years old and growing up in Long Island, N.Y., his father, Jack, thought he'd like to own a place in the country where he could spend weekends in the summer.
It was 1947 when Jack and his wife, Minerva Dunlop, traveled to the Pocono Mountains and found the perfect spot — a nine-bedroom former boarding house on 28 acres along Route 191 in Paradise Valley. "His goal was to have a place in the country to invite his friends," Bob Dunlop said. "He bought this place and had people come as guests." An old photograph of the original house shows a large front porch for rocking chairs and a tiny kitchen around back.
The family came on weekends in the summer, and Bob and his brother, Bruce, would help doing chores while Minerva cooked and cleaned up after guests.
Eventually, catering to family friends and Jack's co-workers at AT&T got to be "Nobody minded. People still came," Bob said.
As the business began, the Dunlops added three more bedrooms to the inn, closed in the porch, added a larger kitchen and dining rooms. The family obtained a liquor license by the mid-1960s and added a bar.
"It took off after that," Bob said.Around the same time, Camelback Ski Resort opened. "When skiing came in, then we opened for the winter and added heat," said Bob, who was involved with the early development of Camelback and taught skiing there. As a young man, Bob studied architecture and worked in construction before coming onboard to work with his parents full time at Crescent Lodge in the 1960s. His background equipped him to design the cottages that were built to accommodate skiers. "We started off being a winter ski resort. Now we get a lot of people who just want to get away," Bob said.
Today the Crescent Lodge property features about a dozen private cottages, a tennis court, shuffle board, an outdoor pool, fitness trails and a gift shop stocked with jewelry and other items popular with overnight guests.