Guest Blogging

We are always looking for high-quality guest bloggers to feature on Discover Lehigh Valley’s blog, Lehigh Valley InSite.

Topics could include event previews, a first-hand experience at an attraction, a restaurant review, and more. We want to see your creativity.

Credit will be given to the author on the blog. Interested in writing something? Reach out to Kaitie for details.

Guest Blog Posts

Paddling & peddling the Lehigh Gap

August 20th, 2009 posted by

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Courtesy of wildlandspa.org

If you enjoy canoeing and biking, I highly recommend you check out one of Bike & Boat trips offered by Wildlands Conservancy. It’s a great way to see the natural side of Lehigh Valley. My husband and I did the Lehigh Gap trip on July 11th and LOVED it!

A small group of us, about eight people plus the river guides, launched our canoes in Bowmanstown, PA shortly after 10 a.m. We paddled about five miles down the Lehigh River to Walnutport where we stopped to visit the Lehigh Gap Nature Center and grab a bite to eat.

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Columcille: Timeless Stones Above the Valley

August 18th, 2009 posted by

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Columcille

My mother was a great lover of the outdoors and of the British Isles. As it became harder for her to get around, long hikes were out and it was a challenge to find activities that would please her. Of course we went to lunch at Granny McCarthy’s Tea Room and took wildflower walks at the Graver Arboretum, but of all the spots in Lehigh Valley, I think her favorite was Columcille Megalith Park.

Tucked away on the side of the mountain at the north of the Valley near Bangor, Columcille is a peaceful retreat, a gentle piece of landscape set with standing stones, trails and woodland circles. If you want a campfire, a picnic or a place for the dog to run free, it’s best to go elsewhere. Save Columcille for quiet walks, peaceful companionship and meditation.

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Scenic Trails in Eastern PA – Bushkill Falls

August 12th, 2009 posted by

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Bushkill Falls

Welcome back to the final installment of my “Scenic Trails in Eastern, PA” series. Just a reminder, my favorite trails in Lehigh Valley so far are:

~ Sand Island ~ Northampton Canal Park ~ Tekening Trails

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Scenic Trails in Eastern, PA – The Tekening Trails

August 11th, 2009 posted by

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Tekening Trail Courtesy of PPLWeb.com

 

Welcome back to my four-part series detailing my favorite scenic trials in Lehigh Valley. I’ve already covered Sand Island and Northampton Canal Park. This week, my recommendation is the Tekening Trails.

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Scenic Trails in Eastern, PA – Northampton Canal Park

August 10th, 2009 posted by

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Northampton Canal Park courtesy of wildlandspa.org

 

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been making an effort to find the best trails in Lehigh Valley. This week’s big find: Northampton Canal Park.

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Beneath the Surface: The Mundane Hides the Mystery

August 7th, 2009 posted by

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Nazareth tunnel

I used to think Lehigh Valley was dull, and for years I was convinced that Nazareth was about the dullest place in it. Then I began to look beneath the surface …

I began to ask around about what I thought were false rumors of tunnels under the streets in Nazareth. To my surprise, older people who had grown up there swore that the tunnels existed. Some said they’d been in them.

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Scenic Trails in Eastern, PA – Sand Island

August 1st, 2009 posted by

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Sand Island Courtesy of wildlandspa.org

Even though it’s been a rainy summer, I’m taking every opportunity I can to get outdoors. One of my favorite things to do, especially after a long day at work, is to hit the local hiking trails, particularly those with a water view. Since the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers cut through Lehigh Valley, there is no shortage of water views for my evening strolls.

This summer I’ve been making an effort to find the best trails in the area, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites in this four-part series.

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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: An impressive performance

July 24th, 2009 posted by

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PSF Antony & Cleopatra photo E (credit Lee A Butz) - cropped

English poetry has never been my thing, and aside from “Romeo & Juliet,” I really have no interest in William Shakespeare. Don’t get me wrong, I respect him and regard him as a great writer, he’s just not my style. So how did I end up at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University?

My 24-year-old daughter was coming to town to visit for a week from the “big city” of Philadelphia. We hadn’t really had much planned, so when I was offered tickets to see “Antony and Cleopatra”at PSF, I grabbed them.

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