The Small Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Presents the Snow Ball’s 23rd Anniversary

February 15th, 2012 posted by

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SnowBall-2012

Having been born and raised in Lehigh Valley for 43 years, and working for Discover Lehigh Valley for the last 13 years, I’ve been awarded the opportunity to explore quite a few attractions and attend many events. At this point it’s not too often that I can say I did something for a first time in Lehigh Valley; however that was not the case this past Saturday night. For this particular night, that holds true for the location AND the event itself, which is even rarer. So, where’d I go you ask? I attended the 23rd Anniversary Small Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Snow Ball 2012.

This was not your typical monthly mixer by any means. This year, the event took place at University Center at DeSales University, Center Valley. This was a new venue for the event and one of the buildings I had never been to before. As we pulled into the enormous campus there were luminaries that lined the roads to direct the traffic which was a nice touch being that there are so many buildings on campus.

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Outdoor Adventures in Lehigh Valley

September 13th, 2011 posted by

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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

I currently live in Bucks County, so you’d think 5 days a week of commuting up here might be enough, but I find myself venturing up this way pretty much every weekend too. It’s not like I don’t enjoy my area, don’t get me wrong…

But after writing about all the events that are going on in Lehigh Valley, it’s only right to come back up on the weekends and experience them first hand.

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Hidden Gems

June 28th, 2011 posted by

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Clover Hill Winery

About a week ago my wife and I had a free night so we asked friends of ours Rob and Kathy to come experience Lehigh Valley. Since I know of this great website, discoverlehighvalley.com, (sorry shameless plug) I said I would handle the particulars.

We first set out to Clover Hill Vineyard & Winery for a few bottles on their patio.  From the second we got there the scenery, sounds and smells were sure to make this a relaxing few hours. We headed into the showroom for a quick tasting where we were met with a huge smile from Kari Skirp, one of the owners.

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A Lehigh Valley Familiarization (FAM) Tour

May 31st, 2011 posted by

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A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit several Lehigh Valley attractions on a familiarization tour with a bus full of people who were visiting the region. Everyone aboard the bus is responsible for planning group getaways for their area (Shamokin, Pa.).

The day was very busy, it started with a tour of the Martin Guitar Factory and Museum, followed by Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem and ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. The last stop was Vynecrest Winery and it was the perfect way to end the tour.

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Spring in Lehigh Valley

March 15th, 2011 posted by

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For some people the first sure sign of spring is seeing a robin. For others it’s a patch of crocus peeking through the ground. For me, it’s having friends and family gathered at my house about to embark on our yearly tradition…Lehigh Valley Wine Trail’s March Madness Passport Program.

Friday night I pulled the pile of passports out of the drawer where they had been stored since Thanksgiving, then set out my wine socks, bracelet, earrings and pins. I’ve waited all year for this and I was READY!

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My Thanksgiving tradition (thanks to one Lehigh Valley winery)

November 18th, 2010 posted by

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Sorrenti cherry valley vineyards

Thanksgiving is just a week away, which means I need to get out to Sorrenti’s Cherry Valley Vineyards in Saylorsburg pronto! Let me explain why.

For many years I’d ask my sister Kathy what I should bring for Thanksgiving dinner and she’d always answer “Just yourselves.” Regardless, I’d still try to think of something that would survive the 90-minute drive and be ready to serve…WINE!

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It’s time for Nouveau Weekend in Lehigh Valley

November 16th, 2010 posted by

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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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My favorite at the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market

October 5th, 2010 posted by

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When I moved into Lehigh Valley eight years ago, I was introduced to the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market by some friends. This was the first time I had ever seen a farmers market that had such a wide variety of vendors. There was the Kiffle Kitchen Bakery, Clover Hill Winery, New York Pickle and Mr. Bill’s Poultry Market. Since then, I visit the farmers market at least once a month.

The highlight of every visit is a stop at Clover Farms. They are known for a variety of meats including Thai chili pork chops, shish kabobs, meatballs, brisket and twelve types of sausage; however my favorite items are their specialty burgers.

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Cure for Lehigh Valley Cabin Fever? Wine!

March 2nd, 2010 posted by

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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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