Things to do in Lehigh Valley: Top 5 for 2011

January 20th, 2011 posted by

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As I tried to figure out what to write this blog post on, I realized it’s time to make a to-do list. Not only will a list motivate me to go do something in Lehigh Valley, but if I share it with you, I’ll feel a sense of responsibility to follow through with it. (I did it once before and it worked out pretty well.)

If you’re ever looking for things to do in Lehigh Valley, the Lehigh Valley Map & Guide is a great starting off point for ideas. I paged through the proofs for the new Lehigh Valley Map & Guide (which should be here in two weeks!) and found five things I now plan to do during 2011:

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Ho! Ho! H- … AAAGGGHHH!!!!

December 14th, 2010 posted by

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All I’ve been hearing for the last two weeks from Rosie is, “SANTA! HO! HO! HO!”  She seemed like she really loved the jolly man with the presents, until it was time to take a picture with him. She looked at me like “NO ONE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT ME SITTING ON THIS GUYS LAP!” Then it was a full on freak out.  Talk about fun.

If you have a child who really loves Santa, there are many places around Lehigh Valley to go.  Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem, Promenade Shops in Center Valley and Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall all have a Santa who will pose with your children and capture a precious moment.

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Buy local this weekend in Lehigh Valley

November 19th, 2010 posted by

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The older I get, the more I’ve come to appreciate things that are handmade, especially those items made locally. Whenever I can, I try to buy things from local places as opposed to the chain stores. That’s not to say you won’t see me at the Lehigh Valley Mall or The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. I love those places too. But I’ve come to value the person behind the product; to meet the lady that bakes the pies, grows the vegetables or makes the homemade soaps.

This Saturday, November 20, is your chance to do the same on “Buy Local Day,” also known as “America Unchained” day. It’s part of a national campaign to get people to consider shopping in their own downtowns from locally owned and operated stores, shops and restaurants. They predict that if all of us would purchase our goods locally for just one day, it would have a considerable impact on local economies all over the country.

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Eating our way through Restaurant Week at the Promenade Shops

November 2nd, 2010 posted by

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Restaurant Week at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley is one of my favorite events in Lehigh Valley. It is a terrific opportunity to check out some new restaurants for a great price.

My wife and I were planning to meet some friends at the Promenade Shops for lunch. Since it was Restaurant Week, we decided to visit a restaurant that my wife had never been to before: White Orchids Thai Cuisine.

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The inside scoop on Lehigh Valley’s Inside Scoop

September 7th, 2010 posted by

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Summer is my favorite season and a major reason for this is my love of ice cream. Lehigh Valley has some great local shops including The Bethlehem Dairy Story and the Ice Creamery at the Shoppes of Premise Maid.

Last Friday night I was introduced to a new shop by some friends. They had been talking about The Inside Scoop in Coopersburg for some time and my wife and I finally decided to give it a try.

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Romeo & Juliet comes to Lehigh Valley

July 23rd, 2010 posted by

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Lehigh Valley is so lucky to be home of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

On Wednesday I went to see Romeo & Juliet and, to quote Patrick Mulcahy, PSF’s producing artistic director, “It’s the play we all think we know.”  He couldn’t have been more right in my case.

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Outdoor watering holes in Lehigh Valley

July 22nd, 2010 posted by

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Its summer in Lehigh Valley, which means it’s the perfect time to scout out all the outdoor bars in town. Here’s a list of my top five favorites:

1. Krocks Pub at Shepherd Hills Golf Club – They have a cabana hut over their outdoor bar and it is arguably the largest deck in the Valley. I can’t wait for their luau happening July 24!

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The Merry Wives of Windsor, a love comedy performance at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

July 16th, 2010 posted by

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Every year, my girlfriend Jeanne and I make it a point to see at least one show at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University in Center Valley. This year we chose The Merry Wives of Windsor.

We started our night out with dinner at Melt located in The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. We used this time to go over our notes on the Shakespearean story since neither of us had seen the show before and sometimes we have a hard time following along with the plot if we’re not familiar with it going in. Thanks to this pre-performance study session, we were golden, which made for an incredible show experience.

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A Comedy Tonight! (And Every Night – Except Mondays – Till July 11)

June 28th, 2010 posted by

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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical love story that is so fabulously funny that I can’t imagine missing it.

The play was Stephen Sondheim’s first venture writing both score and lyrics, and he hit a home run. Larry Gelbart of M*A*S*H* fame adapted the book to stage. With a base like that, expectations are high and this production exceeded my wildest expectations.

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Fore!!! Adventures in Mini Golf in Lehigh Valley

June 25th, 2010 posted by

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I live within a 10 minute drive to one of the best miniature golf places in Lehigh Valley, Putt U. I’d always heard great reviews about them so I decided to check it out myself. My friends were so excited to try out Putt U that they drove 40 minutes just for mini golf, and they were not disappointed.

Devon, Matt, Rheanna and I started off our evening with dinner at Red Robin in the Promenade Shops then headed over to Putt U. They have two full, 18 hole courses; the red course and the blue course. At check-in we asked the young man which course was harder. “Both are challenging, but for different reasons” he said. The red course is more windy, as opposed to the blue course (which we chose to play) that’s seemingly straighter but with more bumps.

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