Tips & Ideas

Tips & Ideas

Exploring Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

submitted by: Sheree Bykofsky

Easton, Pennsylvania, is an unlikely spot for a romantic country inn, but there it is, the Lafayette Inn, an 18-bedroom accommodation filled with lovely antiques, whirling jacuzzis, lazy porches, and delectable baked goods. It’s a great location for touring the Lehigh Valley and the Skylands of New Jersey.

Try whitewater or summer rafting at Lehigh Rafting (http://www.lehighrafting.com), which offers self-guided rafting in spring, summer and fall. Splash down the scenic river through safe whitewater and calm pools. If you’d rather stay dry, take yourself on an historic covered bridge tour (did you know they’re also known as “kissing bridges?”). Visit seven different bridges and learn about the unique history of each. Diretions are available at http://www.lehighvalleypa.org.

Who doesn’t love a warm, gooey blueberry pie? Visit Bethlehem in July and join in the fun at the annual Blueberry Festival (http://www.historicbethlehem.org/calendar.jsp), where there’s old-fashioned entertainment, tours, crafts, children’s activities and more. Speaking of the kids, they’ll love a tour of the recently renovated Crayola Factory, (30 Centre Square, Easton, PA 18042, http://www.crayola.com/factory/) where they can try out the latest Crayola products, and see how crayons and markers are made through fun live demonstrations.

Oenophiles, take note! Lehigh Valley’s many wineries are great for tours, picnics, or just stopping by for a tasting. Check out Slate Quarry Winery (460 Gower Road, Nazareth, PA 18064, (610) 759-0286).

The holiday season is the best time for visiting Bethlehem, PA. Known as “The Christmas City,” it’s the perfect place for a romantic, rustic, quiet holiday getaway. Stroll its streets hand-in-hand past three centuries of breathtaking architecture; browse in local boutiques and shops; or linger over a meal at a cozy bistro.

Explore the Lehigh Valley area any time of year!

Sheree Bykofsky is the author of The Best Places to Kiss in and Around NYC and the 52 Most Romantic Dates in and Around NYC

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