October 2014 Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

The official start of autumn came at 10:29 p.m. on Monday, September 22. However, with school well underway, the high school football season already half over, and the weather definitely cooler of late, the arrival of fall seems to have happened weeks before.

Temperatures are starting to recede and leaves will soon be shifting from green to brilliant orange, red and yellow. This is the time of year when outdoor temperatures begin to drop, days become shorter and nights become longer. So, before the winter coats and snow boots come out of the closet, get outside and enjoy Lehigh Valley’s most beautiful season.

If your plans include spending the day with someone special and you need some date ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Sometimes the best dates are ones that seem perfect and memorable even if it appears they were planned last minute. On page 60, Cezanne Colvin gives you some cool alternatives to time-tested traditions to help you impress your date and celebrate the spirit of fall.

Maybe your perfect fall day includes a drive through the blanket of color that engulfs the area’s mountains. Why not complete it by cozying up at one of the Lehigh Valley’s warm and inviting bed and breakfast establishments? If you are a first-timer or if you make it an annual tradition, Mary Beth Schwartz’s guide to Lehigh Valley inns will help you decide where to stay. Whether it’s a luxurious mansion or rustic lodge she’ll give you the lowdown on the B&Bs in our area.

This issue of Marketplace is full of great ideas and ways to warm up when the weather gets cool. So start reading. And after you do, get outside and take advantage of the crisp weather and beautiful foliage. Before we know it, we will be gathered around the warm, crackling campfire, roasting marshmallows and reminiscing about the hayride we took weeks before.

Happy fall,

Amy Hines, Editor

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