More choices for lunch in Lehigh Valley

November 4th, 2009 posted by

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Brazilian steakhouse

Here’s a typical 11:30am conversation in our office:

Co-worker: “Did you bring lunch?”

Me: “Yes”

Co-worker: “I did too.”

Then there is a ten second hesitation…followed by:

Co-worker: “Do you want to go out?”

Me: “Sure!!! Where?”

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Only in Lehigh Valley: the Martin Guitar Factory Tour

October 20th, 2009 posted by

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My boss is a huge fan of Martin Guitars. He owns at least five of them and he’s been on the free factory tour numerous times (he says it never gets old). So on Friday, he took me to the Martin Guitar factory over in Nazareth to help me fulfill one of my last remaining New Year’s resolutions for 2009: Take a factory tour of Martin Guitar.

Our tour guide handed out individual headphones and battery packs for all of us in the group to wear, that way no matter where we were in the tour we could hear what he was telling us, and we were off.

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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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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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Wow! 100 vendors at Nazareth’s Arts & Crafts Festival

June 11th, 2009 posted by

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Whitefield House - Nazareth

I’m hoping Saturday’s weather is good and not just because I’m off – I’m planning to attend the annual Arts & Crafts Festival on the lawn at the historic Whitefield House in Nazareth. (If the weather’s a wash, it relocates to Nazareth Area High School.)

I like these kinds of community events because they really help me feel connected to my Lehigh Valley. Plus, this one’s a fundraiser for the Moravian Historical Society, which means I’ll be supporting my Lehigh Valley too.

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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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Things to do in Lehigh Valley: Top 5 for 2009

December 30th, 2008 posted by

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This is the final post in my 2009 New Year’s resolution series, which revolves around experiencing more in Lehigh Valley. Previous installments include the Top 5 Plays for 2009 and the Top 5 Restaurants for 2009.

I’ve lived in this area for 28 years now (I just celebrated my birthday on Friday), and I’m amazed how many things there are to do in Lehigh Valley that I didn’t know about. So my final resolution for 2009 is to experience five new things to do in Lehigh Valley.

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