Duration: Two days and two nights
This region - full of mountains, valleys and all the towns in between - nestles nuggets of unusual charm along its curious streets. The famous Pocono Mountains are here, along with loads of the little boroughs that look like they'd be at home in a storybook or a Jimmy Stewart movie. We'll meet at a cozy hamlet The Atlantic magazine calls "the prettiest county seat in America," and go from there, with the Pocono Mountains ushering us through some of your new favorite small towns.
From I-84, take the US 209 exit at Matamoras and follow it to Milford. A resort town since the Gilded Age, Milford is popular with newcomers interested in its Victorian houses. Its famous Grey Towers, built by the first Chief of the U.S. Forestry Service, has a history that reaches back to the 1880’s. But that’s not the only reason Frommer’s named Milford one of the “Ten Coolest Small Towns.” The shoppes and gardens that line the streets are what make this hideaway special. And... Read More >
About a 45 minute drive south through picturesque forests and past pristine lakes of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area brings us to the edge of the park and our next stop, the town of Delaware Water Gap. Grab some lunch at one of several cafes and coffee shops on their revitalized Main Street, then take your coffee with you and discover where the Appalachian Trail intersects with Main Street. Don't forget to hop aboard the authentically styled all-weather Trolleys and relax... Read More >
Located at the base of a steep valley carved by the Lehigh River, the Town of Jim Thorpe delivers all the legend and folklore you like to think Main Street America is made of. Start by strolling along St. Mark's Church for a taste of its Gothic Architecture, and hit the Asa Packer Mansion as you wind up through Millionaire's Row, the place that the old coal and lumber barons called home sweet home. Back down in town, see the Read More >
Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse in Hotel Switzerland has been bringing joy and delicious food to Jim Thorpe for over 180 years. Enjoy 10 drafts, 16 bottled beers, burgers and more at this pub, which has been owned and operated by the Behan family of Dublin, Ireland for nearly 20 years.Read More >
Sit in a comfortable booth next to the gas fireplace or hang out in the original Victorian bar while enjoying a savory steak or burger flame-grilled on the hickory wood grill. At Broadway Grille & Pub, located in the Inn at Jim Thorpe, you’re guaranteed to get a delicious meal accompanied by refreshing drinks.Read More >
Sleepy travelers have been resting in these cozy rooms since the mid-1800s when Louis Fauchere, known around Milford as "The Crazy Frenchman," first purchased the building. His workers may have thought he was a little eccentric at the time, but when you take a look around, you'll see the results of his obsession with perfection.Read More >
You can have it all at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, tucked away in the heart of Jim Thorpe’s National Register Historic District. This beautiful 1849 inn provides a comfortable and relaxing experience for its guests. Spend some time relaxing in the whirlpool, read a book by the fireplace or enjoy a massage by the inn’s spa therapists. Then rest up for the day ahead in one of the inn’s cozy guest rooms or elegant suites.Read More >
For a melodious experience, how about an easy old amble through the Martin Guitar Factory where more than 200 guitars are made daily with spruce, mahogany and rosewood. Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Beck and many more love using a Martin guitar, and on this tour you'll be able to see and learn why. Check out rare, vintage instruments on display and don’t miss the Pickin’ Parlow, where you can play high-end and limited-edition guitars. Plus,... Read More >
It's time to hit the Bethlehem Visitors Center! Tours leave promptly at 2:30 p.m. with a local guide. Each month offers a different theme, everything from the impact of the French & Indian War, to the Industrial Revolution sites. Not much of a walker? Check out the Segway Tours! These motorized people movers make for a futuristic way to view a historic city. Make sure you pre-book the three-hour Segway Tour (helmets included!) as they... Read More >
Brew pub meets steel town uses organic produce whenever possible and adds a local vibe to its offerings, like Christmas City Salad and Pig Iron Pulled Pork. Look how a whole section of PA Dutch specialties — like pierogies and pot pie — has worked its way into the menu, then pair them with a pint of the local's favorite Valley Golden. Downstairs don't miss the Steelgaarden Lounge for specialty bottled Belgian beers.Read More >
Lehigh Valley Magazine's Best Breakfast winner three years running, Billy plays jazz and blues on the hi-fi in his Bethlehem diner and cooks every last meal himself. Belly up for a Green Eggs and Ham, open up the Bethlehem newspaper and start the day relaxed and acting like a local. Homemade soups and a great lunch menu are other can't miss parts of the diner.Read More >
Kick up your feet and relax in this hotel just a few steps outside of historic downtown Bethlehem's attractions. The beds are the soft, luxurious kinds that, when you get home, you don't say "it's nice to be in my own bed."Read More >
Banana Factory Cultural Arts and Education Center
Even the most weathered road tripper could use a little culture. That's where Bethlehem's Banana Factory comes in. You don't have to be an art critic to appreciate these awesome shows and exhibitions. Stop by and check out galleries, music and Lehigh Valley's only hot glass studio.
The Crayola Experience
It's the perfect combination of two things kids love the most: creativity and crayons. The Crayola Experience is loaded with interactive, family-friendly games and activities. Plus it's a great opportunity for kids to draw on stuff they're supposed to draw on, instead of walls and car seats.