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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WineScool Meetup in Lehigh Valley

September 18th, 2009 posted by

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On my friend Julie’s recommendation, I joined the WineScool Meetup Group – a wine “school” that teaches/reminds us how to taste wine (we don’t need any help learning how to drink it) – which meets monthly at Starters Riverport.

Last month was the first time I attended any kind of Meetup group event. (I registered online and could see who else was going in advance.)

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Got Wine?

June 12th, 2009 posted by

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WINEFEST

The Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine and Food Festival does, including plenty of Lehigh Valley vintages. 

I consider myself a GTPWFF veteran – this will be my third trip to this annual festival, which is held at Split Rock Resort this weekend.

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On the road again … with a GPS

May 22nd, 2009 posted by

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Courtesy of www.aci.ie

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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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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What NOT to do in Lehigh Valley

March 11th, 2009 posted by

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Courtesy of University of Bath

I drove by Yocco's the other day and thought to myself "I bet people who aren't familiar with Lehigh Valley are missing out on those delicious hot dogs and secret chili sauce because they just plain don't know about it!" That got me thinking of other things that people really should know about the area.

1.  Just because an establishment may not look perfectly polished on the outside, DON'T not go in. Most of the time this is where you find the real gems of the Valley … like Yocco's!

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See how Lehigh Valley wineries shine

January 12th, 2009 posted by

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Lehigh Valley Wine Trail bottles2

I have visited and, more importantly, tasted many of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail wines. Some I like and others I can do without. But I have noticed something over the years: all of them have improved. And I'm not the only one who has noticed.

Last weekend, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyards won the Governor's Cup in the fruit wine category for its Blueberry Spumante and Pinnacle Ridge won a Governor's Cup for its 2007 Chambourcin in the grape wine category. The Pinnacle Ridge wine is the first Governor's Cup winner that bears a Lehigh Valley American Viticultural Area designation on its label.

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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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