It’s time for Nouveau Weekend in Lehigh Valley

November 16th, 2010 posted by

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Galen Glen - Credit Hub Wilson 027

A couple years ago, my friends and I attended Nouveau Weekend at three Lehigh Valley wineries for the first time. Considering the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will be celebrating Nouveau Weekend this weekend, November 20 – 21, I figured a look back at my inaugural experience was warranted … especially since I won’t be making it this year given that Rosie is still a good 19 years away from the legal drinking age.

We did the Northern part of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, stopping at Franklin Hill Vineyards, Sorrenti’s Cherry Valley Vineyards and Big Creek Vineyard. Each winery had their new harvest wine and a food pairing.

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Cure for Lehigh Valley Cabin Fever? Wine!

March 2nd, 2010 posted by

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Lehigh Valley Wine Trail

By now I think everyone is sick of winter. Personally, I can’t wait for spring to arrive in Lehigh Valley. This month, though, I get to enjoy my annual “first official springtime” activity, Lehigh Valley Wine Trail’s March Madness Passport Program!

I’ve told you about my yearly pilgrimage through the countryside to sample (and buy!) wines from our nine local wineries before. Since this event is sold out every year, I figured I’d tell you about the next event they will host so you can plan ahead.

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Wine and chocolate

February 15th, 2010 posted by

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Vynecrest wine

OK. I admit it. I like a glass of wine every now and then. OK … more like a couple times a week. I’m not a big spender when it comes to wine but I know what I like. Usually I check out the “specials” section of the local liquor store and am drawn to anything under $10 with a pretty label. I’m such a girl.

Anyway, when I want to treat myself, I head out to Vynecrest in Breinigsville, just outside of Allentown. They make a sweet and tart cherry wine that is awesome. It’s not the kind of thing you drink with a meal. It’s a dessert wine called Cherry DiVyne.

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My perfect Sunday in Lehigh Valley

October 21st, 2009 posted by

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Chambourcin

Thinking back on my past Sunday, I can't believe Don and I did so much in one day. For starters, I slept late (yay!). Then we decided to hit a few of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail vineyards; it was Chambourcin Weekend celebrating the grape that grows best in Lehigh Valley.

On the way to our first winery, Vynecrest, we stopped at an open house at the beautiful stone home for sale next to Lucky Strokes on Airport Road. I decided that if I win the lottery, I'll buy it!

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My Delaware River Railroad Excursion

September 30th, 2009 posted by

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Steam train

Last Sunday, Don and I along with his sister Joan and husband George got together to try something different, the Delaware River Railroad Excursions’ Winery Train.

The steam locomotive (pictured) looks really old so I was surprised to see it was made in 1988…and in China! Our riding car, however, was from the 50s, complete with vintage teal seats. As we headed down the track, I couldn’t help but wish a train ride was part of my daily commute. It is soooo relaxing!

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On the road again … with a GPS

May 22nd, 2009 posted by

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After two years of borrowing my sister’s Garmin every time I would take a trip, I finally broke down and got myself a GPS.

I wanted a GPS not only for my occasional work-related trips around the Mid-Atlantic States, but also for here at home in Lehigh Valley. While I sometimes feel like I know this region, my region, like the back of my hand, I have to admit there are many nooks and crannies of our two counties that I just don’t know. Most of those areas are rural townships and boroughs I don’t get to spend much time in such as Macungie, New Tripoli and Wind Gap, just to name a few.

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1741 on the Terrace … YUM!

April 15th, 2009 posted by

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Buddy

As I mentioned last week, my March Madness “party of 8” had the pleasure of dining at 1741 on the Terrace after a day of wine tasting on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail.

Now, I’ve worked in enough full service hotels over the years to know that, with few exceptions, their restaurants are usually pedestrian at best. But not at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. Dining at their restaurant, 1741, is an experience and the atmosphere is tres chic! Plus, you really can’t get a better view of the city than from the terrace.

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Lehigh Valley March Madness … my style!

April 8th, 2009 posted by

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Wine tasting image from adelaide dot edu

March Madness, to most, involves college students running around beautifully finished hardwood floors wearing shorts…in the winter! For me, March Madness means WINE!

Years ago I bought my sister Kathy and Don Lehigh Valley Wine Trail March Madness Passports for Christmas. It was really about getting out of the house, sampling wine, and touring Lehigh Valley.Turns out we enjoyed the wine so much, we needed bigger wine racks.

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Explore Lehigh Valley on a budget

March 20th, 2009 posted by

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Liberty Bell Museum - Credit Ang Caggiano

Money is tight for all of us these days, so I wanted to share a list I recently put together of Lehigh Valley attractions and events that are either free or cost less than $5 per person. 

Museums & Galleries: • Liberty Bell Shrine Museum (pictured) – no fee, but donations are appreciated – see a replica of the original bell, which was hidden from the British in the basement of this church. • Allentown Art Museum – Admission to the facility’s main galleries is free on Sundays; however, a $5 fee is charged for admission to the special exhibit area. • Banana Factory – Admission is free to watch a glass-blowing demonstration, tour the galleries and 23 artists’ studios, and visit the gift shop selling handmade art. • Lehigh Valley Wine Trail – Visit all nine of the family-owned and operated wineries in the region; some wineries may charge a nominal fee for tastings. • C.F Martin Guitar Company – Free one-hour factory tours are offered from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (a small fee is charged for groups of 10 or more). After the tour, check out the 1833 gift shop, Pickin’ Parlor and company museum.

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I resolve to buy local!

January 2nd, 2009 posted by

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Allentown Fairgrounds Farmer's Market 4

Now I’m not someone who usually makes New Year’s resolutions since I know I can’t possibly stick to them. It’s just not the way I’m made. But this year I think there is one resolution I am going to try to stick to whenever possible, and that’s to buy local.

Now don’t get me wrong – I love malls and chain restaurants just as much as the next person. But as I get older I’ve come to respect and appreciate the “little man” (as country singer Alan Jackson would call him) who, despite the tremendous investment of both money and time, decides to open up a business of his own.

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