Explore Lehigh Valley on a budget: Part 2

March 27th, 2009 posted by

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Lehigh County Log Cabins - Shelter House

Last week I shared with everyone the first half of my new list of free or low fee (less than $5 per person) attractions and events in Lehigh Valley. As promised, here is the second half of my list.

Trails and Tours: • Request a free brochure for the Two Rivers Area Birding and Natural History Trail and discover Northampton County’s bird, flora and fauna. • Discover the 22 historic log cabins of the Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail (pictured). • Request a free brochure for the Covered Bridges of the Lehigh Valley tour that includes driving directions to all seven bridges.

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Explore Bethlehem on a segway

March 26th, 2009 posted by

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segway tour in bethlehem

I know walking is good for your health and all, but I'd rather not do it when I go sightseeing in (a lot of walking leaves me with sore ankles for days). And being a country girl, it's too much work to maneuver through city traffic, watch for pedestrians and take in the sights. Therefore, the best way for me to sightsee in a city is on a segway.

Last year, I took a segway tour of Bethlehem via Segway of the Lehigh Valley (SLV). I had never ridden a segway before, but that wasn't a problem; before heading out on the streets, I watched a safety video on how to use a segway and then had time to practice right there in the SLV showroom.

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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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Spring fever in Lehigh Valley

March 9th, 2009 posted by

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Putt U

For the past five weeks I have been traveling along Route 309 a lot for business purposes. Each week I notice the sign at Putt U, in Center Valley, and it gets me excited: one side says something to the effect of "Opening April 4" and the other side reads "Enough of the snow". I totally agree and March 20th (the first day of spring) couldn't come soon enough! 

I was just at the Victory Golf Show down in Valley Forge the past three days, so golf is definitely on my mind – even miniature golf. Putt U's 36 holes just happen to be a great way for me to brush up on my putting skills. I can't think of a more inexpensive and fun way to spend with the family.

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Taste of Spring

February 12th, 2009 posted by

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Last weekend I took full advantage of the unusually warm February weather.

On Saturday the usual suspects and I headed down to Jordan Creek Parkway for a round of disc golf. The course was covered with snow, but the weather was beautiful. We did the same thing Sunday in even nicer weather, but the snow was melting at a rapid pace and the course was like a swamp. Sloppy is an understatement for the condition of the course and the players – we were covered in mud!

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Making memories at Lock Ridge Park

February 4th, 2009 posted by

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Courtesy of Brock University

Wedding planning is time-consuming so that's why my fiance Robert and I are starting now for our 2010 wedding. We have the place picked out and decided on the menu so now we are starting to think about photography, an area of the wedding I'm not prepared to skimp on.

When we visited a photographer last weekend, the topic of engagement photos came up and I realized I hadn't even thought about that yet. My mom suggested doing engagement photos at Lock Ridge Park in Alburtis. Conveniently, I live 3 minutes away! We used to take our black lab Allie there to run around and swim in the creek.

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Nature at its Best

December 1st, 2008 posted by

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Bushkill

Given a choice, I would much rather travel the back roads than hitting a highway any day. Last weekend, while driving the "less traveled," more scenic roads north of Lehigh Valley to visit my fiance's family in New York, I recalled some really neat experiences I had there. Specifically, I'm talking about my trips to Bushkill Falls, aka the "Niagara of Pennsylvania," located in the Delaware Water Gap.

Call me a nature freak, but I love being outdoors. While Bushkill Falls is not open until March, I am definitely putting it on my calendar as an inexpensive attraction for my family when the weather gets warmer.

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Ready … Aim … Fire!

November 17th, 2008 posted by

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My son spent the weekend up in the Poconos with my brother and nephew hunting turkeys, which makes me think back to my younger days of shooting guns at targets at my family’s cabin in the mountains. Now, while the thought of killing an innocent turkey or deer is mind-boggling for me, oh how I love to shoot any sort of target, be it a soda can or a traditional bullseye. And I must admit, I’m a pretty good shot, even though some people think I am a girly girl.

Not too long ago, our office staff took a field trip to Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay. While I haven’t tried out this type of shooting – yet – I am anxious to do so when it gets warmer, although they are open year-round.

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View from my bicycle

November 1st, 2008 posted by

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OK, anyone who knows my husband, Don, from his Allentown days can picture him riding his road bike all over town. He even biked to Indiana in five days! 

Fast forward to him moving up to Moore Township, a bicyclist’s dream! Don had his tandem tuned up, and together we set out to explore the area I’ve lived in since 1994.

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Disc Golf in Lehigh Valley

October 27th, 2008 posted by

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Football fans in this area are in a frenzy over the Eagles, who are in the hunt for a playoff spot, and Penn State, who is vying for a shot to play for the National Championship. Oh, yeah, and the Phillies are about to bring the first Championship to Philadelphia in 25 years if they can wrap up the World Series tonight.

With sports on the brain, I’d like to shed some light on a non-traditional sport that Lehigh Valley offers: disc golf.

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