Duration: Two days and two nights
This region - full of mountains, valleys and all the towns in between - nestles nuggets of unusual charm along its curious streets. The famous Pocono Mountains are here, along with loads of the little boroughs that look like they'd be at home in a storybook or a Jimmy Stewart movie. We'll meet at a cozy hamlet The Atlantic magazine calls "the prettiest county seat in America," and go from there, with the Pocono Mountains ushering us through some of your new favorite small towns.
Art and local food flow through this Jim Thorpe establishment. Flow is a farm-to-table restaurant and bar with an adjoining art gallery that has the sophistication befitting of any city-dweller. This award-winning restaurant has an underground stream visible from the dining room and serves chemical free meats, poultry, dairy and vegetables prepared daily to reflect the season.Read More >
Sleepy travelers have been resting in these cozy rooms since the mid 1800's when Louis Fauchere, known around Milford as "The Crazy Frenchman," first purchased the building. His workers may have thought he was a little eccentric at the time, but when you take a look around, you'll see the results of his obsession with perfection.Read More >
Tucked away and protected by the dramatic folds of several steep mountains, the town of Jim Thorpe sits quietly on the banks of the Lehigh River and looks much as it did 150 years ago. The elegant Inn at Jim Thorpe is one of the town's landmark treasures. Our quaint 1849 Inn has comfortable guest rooms and world-class suites with whirlpools and fireplaces. The Inn is just steps away from dozens of quaint shops, antique stores, galleries, pubs, restaurants, the opera house, plus exciting river rafting and kayaking, and hiking/biking trails.Read More >
Brew pub meets steel town uses organic produce whenever possible and adds a local vibe to its offerings, like Christmas City Salad and Pig Iron Pulled Pork. Look how a whole section of PA Dutch specialties–like pierogies and pot pie–has worked its way into the menu, then pair them with a pint of the local's favorite Valley Golden. Downstairs don't miss the Steelgaarden Lounge for specialty bottled Belgian beers.Read More >
Lehigh Valley Magazine's Best Breakfast winner three years running, Billy plays jazz and blues on the hi-fi in his Bethlehem diner and cooks every last meal himself. Belly up for a Green Eggs and Ham, open up the Bethlehem newspaper and start the day relaxed and acting like a local. Homemade soups and a great lunch menu are other can't miss parts of the diner.Read More >
Kick up your feet and relax in this hotel just a few steps outside of historic downtown Bethlehem's attractions. The beds are the soft, luxurious kinds that, when you get home, you don't say "it's nice to be in my own bed."Read More >
Banana Factory Cultural Arts and Education Center
Even the most weathered road tripper could use a little culture. That's where Bethlehem's Banana Factory comes in. ou don't have to be an art critic to appreciate these awesome shows and exhibitions. Stop by and check out galleries, music, and Lehigh Valley's only hot glass studio.
Amore Vineyards and Winery
Some people study history. These guys study grapes. Amore Vineyards has over 6.5 acres of vineyards producing some of the best grapes (and, yes, wine) you'll find in Pennsylvania. Stop by and sample their vast selection of white, red, and sparkling wines.
The Crayola Factory
It's the perfect combination of two things kids love the most: creativity and crayons. The Crayola Factory is loaded with interactive, family-friendly games and activities. Plus it's a great opportunity for kids to draw on stuff they're supposed to draw on. Instead of walls and car seats.