I was not born and raised in Lehigh Valley but I’ve made it my home since 1981. I know local natives love their hometowns but I think transplants to the region (and visitors) have a special appreciation of Lehigh Valley.
My first introduction to the area was opening what is now the Holiday Inn Center City Allentown. The full service hotel at 9th & Hamilton Streets was the “Allentown Hilton” back then. We shared the intersection with the famous Hess’s department store which was still going strong, the iconic PPL tower and a really cool bar and restaurant, The Good Spirit on the fourth corner. As a young 20 something I was excited to be working in a real city.Continue Reading