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R&H Simon Silk Mill

R&H Simon Silk Mill

In the late 1800s and into the 1900s, the Lehigh Valley was a well-known home for two booming industries: silk and steel. This began during the end of the Industrial Revolution, and both industries were thriving, but one didn’t last as long as the other. The silk industry rapidly found itself unraveling.  At its peak, Allentown was the number one silk city in America, but ... »

10 Things to Do This Holiday Season

10 Things to Do This Holiday Season

From festive lights and Christmas putzes to seasonal performances and unique shopping experiences, the Lehigh Valley offers plenty of ways for adults and children of all ages to get into the holiday spirit. Allentown Holiday Train Display. The America on Wheels Museum, 5 N. Front St., Allentown, has stationed model trains around its galleries for the holiday season and wil... »

Roseto

Roseto

If you know where to look or who to ask, you can still find traces of the Roseto Effect among the quiet streets of this borough tucked in the hills of northern Northampton County. “My plumber still makes prosciutto and still has the most beautiful stash of it in his garage. Prosciutto was served at every meal when you wanted to say thank you to those around the table,” say... »

SteelStacks

SteelStacks

Those who consider history as nothing more than a dry iteration of facts and figures irrelevant to modern life should think again. In South Bethlehem, the past is a dynamic platform for building a burgeoning present and securing a flourishing future. And SteelStacks counts among the driving forces behind the economic—and cultural—turnaround transpiring in the abandoned bro... »

Easton Public Market

Easton Public Market

A couple from Williams Township had just finished enjoying a wood-fired artisan pizza and craft beer at Scratch after they picked up pasture-raised beef tenderloin for the weekend grill from Dundore & Heister. Also tucked into their shopping bag was fresh shrimp from 3rd & Ferry Fresh Fish and locally grown vegetables from Highmark Farmstand. It was their first vis... »

Bangor

Bangor

London has Buckingham Palace; Paris, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre; Philadelphia has Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Then, of course, there are many small American towns with claims to fame that are somewhat less impressive. Take Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum in San Antonio for example, or the world’s biggest ball of twine (19,873 pounds in 2013) in Cawke... »

Hugh Moore Canal

Hugh Moore Canal

“All history is local,” historian Joseph Amato once wrote. Few Lehigh Valley sites better illustrate the truth of those words than Hugh Moore Park and the National Canal Museum, where visitors can learn not only about local history but also about the region’s ties to America’s Industrial Revolution. The 520-acre park, situated between the Lehigh Canal and Lehigh River in E... »

Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe

With its stunning location in the Lehigh Gorge, its Victorian architecture, and its rich industrial history, Jim Thorpe regularly makes top 10 lists—among them, the most beautiful small towns and the most romantic places to visit. Tourism has long been a part of the Carbon County seat—aptly nicknamed “Little Switzerland”—but what draws visitors has changed over the years. ... »

Lehigh Valley Weekend Getaways

Lehigh Valley Weekend Getaways

Here in the Lehigh Valley, you may not be able to feel the cool ocean sand beneath your feet, smell the briny air, or take in a sweeping vista from an alpine summit. But for those seeking a weekend retreat from the routine and a pampering place to relax and rejuvenate, there are plenty of unique inns from which to choose without even leaving the area. These easily reached ... »

Roadside America

Roadside America

I’m willing to bet that if you say the words “Roadside America” to a Lehigh Valley native, most will think one of three things: 1) The place you went when you were a kid and saw all the trains. 2) The place billed as the “World’s Greatest Indoor Miniature Village.” 3) The place you’ve taken your kids or grandkids to for a great local destination drive. I fall into the firs... »

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