Sayre Mansion » BLOG http://sayremansion.com Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:09:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 If You’re Looking for Lehigh Valley Wedding Venues, Consider Sayre Mansion http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/12/youre-looking-lehigh-valley-wedding-venues-consider-sayre-mansion/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/12/youre-looking-lehigh-valley-wedding-venues-consider-sayre-mansion/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:09:54 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=965 The Lehigh Valley is a New Jersey – Pennsylvania urban area marked by the Lehigh River which runs through its midst. Bethlehem, PA, a town in the Lehigh Valley, is home to the historically renovated Sayre Mansion. Located right downtown this classic and elegant bed and breakfast is not only a wonderful place to stay, […]

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Lehigh Valley Wedding VenueThe Lehigh Valley is a New Jersey – Pennsylvania urban area marked by the Lehigh River which runs through its midst. Bethlehem, PA, a town in the Lehigh Valley, is home to the historically renovated Sayre Mansion. Located right downtown this classic and elegant bed and breakfast is not only a wonderful place to stay, but also a picturesque place for special events. The Sayre Mansion is among the top Lehigh Valley wedding venues, and frequently hosts this special day for couples. The Sayre Mansion wedding season runs from May through October each year.

The Sayre Mansion is set on two acres of verdant grounds surrounded by trees, many of which date back a century. The mansion is as picturesque and unparalleled a setting you’ll find for Lehigh Valley wedding venues. After years of experience in the wedding industry the Sayre Mansion will provide for all the little wedding details with their numerous partner vendors including caterers, florists, photographers and musicians.

The diverse venue can accommodate for a more intimate wedding of up to 150 guests. The ceremony and reception can incorporate the mansion’s interior parlors and dining room, as well as the adjoining tented terrace. The navitrac tent is 33 by 66 feet and can seat 150 guests with room for dancing and entertainment. The windowed side walls give it a classy, tented event ambiance while protecting your joyous event from any inclement weather that might roll over one of the area’s green hills.

The lawn is a great place for a beautiful outdoor ceremony with the mansion staff practiced in helping with setup and and coordination. When the ceremony concludes you and your guests will step indoors for cocktail hour in the parlors and dining rooms. The bar will be set up on the front porch along with o’deouvres, and the mansion a backdrop setting the scene. Following cocktail hour dinner will be served in the tented area right off the mansion where you will have free reign to design the wedding setting of your dreams. The staff are happy to help with the design as needed.

Catering services for weddings come in multiple packages ranging in intricacy. The premier Sayre Mansion wedding caterer and her staff will leave your guests happily satiated, with no detail forgotten. With 18 mansion guest rooms and three carriage house suites, The Sayre Mansion can also provide lodging for wedding guests, giving them a more relaxing experience where no one has to be shuttled around – and accommodations include our delicious breakfast. There are lodging packages available for weddings. Our parlors are also great places to host bridal showers and other wedding weekend events.

We offer a wonderful experience for Lehigh Valley wedding venues. Whether you’re from the area and planning a local wedding or are traveling for a destination wedding, the Sayre Mansion will have everything you need for the big day in a beautiful setting and comfortable, classic accommodations for you and your guests. We have a lot of experience helping couples tie the knot and aim to put you at ease by making sure all the little details come together beautifully. We hope to be your choice of Lehigh Valley wedding venues!

 

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Lehigh Valley Beer Week is a Great Experience http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/12/lehigh-valley-beer-week-great-experience/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/12/lehigh-valley-beer-week-great-experience/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:52:02 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=961 If you’re a craft beer lover like so many us here in the Bethlehem, PA area then you don’t want to miss out on Lehigh Valley Beer Week. The long-anticipated week will be taking place from February 15th through the 22nd of 2015. Restaurants, pubs and breweries from in and around Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton […]

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Lehigh Valley Beer Week

Lehigh Valley Beer Week / Photo By Leigh Valley, PA via Flickr

If you’re a craft beer lover like so many us here in the Bethlehem, PA area then you don’t want to miss out on Lehigh Valley Beer Week. The long-anticipated week will be taking place from February 15th through the 22nd of 2015. Restaurants, pubs and breweries from in and around Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton collaborate in bringing the many Beer Week participants a truly outstanding experience that will both excite and challenge taste buds. If you’re a beer enthusiast than you may consider visiting the area for all or part of the week for a truly exceptional Pennsylvania attraction.

Lehigh Valley Beer Week got started back in 2013 when Jesse Alberston, general manager of Fegley’s Brew Works wanted to bring the success of Philly Beer Week to their significantly smaller town of Bethlehem, PA. He began meeting with local beer folks to launch the first every Lehigh Valley Beer Week with 30 local participating companies who offered their time and resources for pub takeovers, brew tours and tasting, dinners, and rare beer releases among many other exiting beer events.

This year you can look forward to a similarly unifying experience among fellow lovers around the exuberant culture of beer. Here’s a schedule of some of the things happening throughout the third annual Lehigh Valley Beer Week.

Sunday February 16th – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Official Tapping of LVBW2, the offical Lehigh Valley Beer Week brew.

Monday February 17th – Pits n’ Purls, a knitting circle with beer!

Tuesday, February 18th – Special Brewery Tour & Tasting with Jeff Fegley

Wednesday, February 19th – Trivia: Are you Smarter Than a Beer Rep? 

Thursday, February 20th – Barrel Night: Whisky and Beer Tasting

Friday, February 21 – Berliner Weiss RESERVE RELEASE, a night of rarities.

Saturday, February 22 – PINTS FROM THE PAST with Chris Bowen

Sunday, February 23 – BLUES BREWS and BRUNCH

You don’t want to miss this great annual event that is becoming a staple in eastern Pennsylvania. It is a great chance to test your taste buds, get to know some great beverage connoiseurs and check out some of the fine local establishments. There are numerous participating establichesments that you definitely want to visit in this week of beer action. Sockertown Beverage will be a great spot to pick up a case of craft beer for any after party scene you may be attending, with great local varieties. The Trapp Door Gastropub is a microbrewery that is worth checking out for beer, food and music. If you want to get your own beer kit then check out Keystone Homebrew Supply!

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The Lehigh Valley Beer Week is definitely something worth coming to town for. Guests will experience the diverse culture of the area, as well as broaden their experience and knowledge of beer. We would love to host you here at Sayre Mansion! Located in the heart of Bethlehem, PA our accomodations are perfect for anyone here to enjoy the local festivities.

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The Blast Furnace Blues Festival Comes in March http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/11/blast-furnace-blues-festival-comes-march/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/11/blast-furnace-blues-festival-comes-march/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17:03:33 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=953 Local and national blues acts come together this March for The Blast Furnace Blues Festival.  Presented by Highmark Blue Shield, this three day festival will take place at the ArtsQuest Center from March 27th through the 29th.  Performers for this year’s festival have just been announced and they do not disappoint.  Headliners include Shemekia Copeland, […]

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The Blast Furnace Blues FestivalLocal and national blues acts come together this March for The Blast Furnace Blues Festival.  Presented by Highmark Blue Shield, this three day festival will take place at the ArtsQuest Center from March 27th through the 29th.  Performers for this year’s festival have just been announced and they do not disappoint.  Headliners include Shemekia Copeland, Heritage Blues Orchestra, guitarist Tommy Castro and John Nemeth & the Bo-Keys.

Two-time Grammy nominated Shemekia Copeland will take the stage March 29th at 6:00pm.   .  It is no wonder she was given the title Queen of the Blues by the city of Chicago.  Shemekia has earned three Blues Music Awards and two Grammy nods in her career.  Also headlining is another Grammy nominee, the Heritage Blues Orchestra.  Nominated for their 2013 album: And Still I Rise, Heritage Blues Orchestra is known as the “one band blues festival”.  Their genre of music includes blues, roots, jazz, gospel, acoustic and folk.  Other performers that can be seen over the weekend include Carolyn Wonderland, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, Eric Noden and Joe Filisko, Freddie King Reunion Band and Shawn Holt & the Teardrops.

The festival, which was founded in 2011, will be held at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.  The SteelStacks is a ten acre campus that is home to more than 1,000 concerts and eight festivals each year.  The Musikfest Café is one of the venues for this year’s festival.  With its floor to ceiling windows overlooking the furnaces, it truly is a sight to see.  Musicians will also perform in the Fowler Blast Furnace Room which is on the mezzanine level of the center.

The Lehigh Valley blues band Friar’s Point will kick off the festivities on March 27th at 6:15pm.  Dugan Thomas and the James Supra Blues Band follow with Sarah Ayers Band closing the evening at 10:30pm.  On March 28th, music begins as early as 1:30pm and continues on throughout the day and into the evening.  The morning of March 29th, there will be a Blues Brunch for which a separate ticket will be required.  Stick around throughout the day for many performances including Shemekia Copeland and the Heritage Blues Orchestra in the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling.

Tickets for this year’s event can be purchased on the festival’s website.  There is a VIP 3 day ticket for $199.00.  Tickets can also be purchased for individual days starting at $20.00 and going up to $49.00.  The Blues Brunch ticket is $35.00 but can be purchased with the Sunday pass for $70.00.  Children under 6 years of age with an adult are only $5.00.

When traveling to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, we’d love to have you stay with us here at The Sayre Mansion.  With 19 guest rooms and three carriage house suites, this restored Lehigh Valley inn is the perfect place to unwind and relax for the weekend.  Wake up each morning to a complimentary breakfast buffet filled with fresh fruits, breads, made to order omelets, waffles and French toast.  There’s plenty to do around town.  From shopping to dining and outdoor activities, find your way to our neck of the woods; we’d love to see you.

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Searching for Romantic Getaways in PA? http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/11/romantic-getaways-in-pa/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/11/romantic-getaways-in-pa/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:31:03 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=957 Do you need to get away from the stress of your daily routine and relax?  Bethlehem, PA in the Lehigh Valley is full of great options for romantic getaways in PA for couples who need some time to decompress and enjoy one on one time. Beautiful scenery, fine dining, idyllic town streets, and friendly faces […]

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Romantic Getaways in PADo you need to get away from the stress of your daily routine and relax?  Bethlehem, PA in the Lehigh Valley is full of great options for romantic getaways in PA for couples who need some time to decompress and enjoy one on one time. Beautiful scenery, fine dining, idyllic town streets, and friendly faces await in the Lehigh Valley.   The Sayre Mansion is the perfect host for romantic getaways in PA and is in the ideal location to enjoy all of the charms of Bethlehem and the surrounding area.  Whether you want a vacation with an itinerary full of attractions to visit, or if you’d rather take it easy and stay in during your time with us, the Sayre Mansion in Bethlehem promises one of the best romantic getaways in PA for you and that special someone. Read on to find out more about what there is to do and see in Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley during your trip.

Bethlehem PA Attractions and Activities

The city Bethlehem is as charming as it is diverting.  There are shops such as the Moravian Bookstore, Mixed Bag on Main, the Chocolate Lab, and Donegal Square downtown.  On the Southside of Bethlehem you’ll find stores like Comfort and Joy, Home and Planet, Marla Durand’s Atelier, Cleo’s Silversmith and Gallery, Tallerico’s Chocolates, and the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley.  Also in Bethlehem, you will find the Sands Casino Resort, which has great night clubs, shopping, and dining as well as a sizable casino floor.   Another popular activity for visitors to the Lehigh Valley that is good for romantic getaways in PA is touring the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail.  This collection of local wineries have beautiful scenery as well as amazing vintages of wines.  For lovers of the arts, the Zellner Arts Center and the State Theatre Center for the Arts host great events and the Banana Factory has art exhibits as well as classes and hands on activities.

Dining in Bethlehem PA

Along with the great shopping, entertainment, and historic sites mentioned above, Bethlehem has plenty of dining options for romantic getaways in PA.  Within walking distance from Sayre Mansion there are several restaurants with a variety of cuisines on offer.  Corked Wine Bar has a large selection of amazing wines and a menu of hot appetizers, salads, brick oven pizzas, and meat and cheese boards. The Bookstore Speakeasy has a 1920s atmosphere and offers prohibition-era cocktails and punch-bowls as well as wines and American cuisine.  For authentic Spanish tapas, head to Tapas on Main or for delicious Italian, go to Molinari’s.  Other Bethlehem favorites include Bethlehem Breworks, Apollo Grill, and Edge Restaurant.  Whatever you’re craving, you’ll find something to satisfy it in Bethlehem.

Accommodations for Romantic Getaways in PA

No matter what you plan to do in the Lehigh Valley, for romantic getaways in PA be sure to book a stay at the Sayre Mansion.  Our boutique hotel is part of the fabric of our town’s history, making it the best accommodation choice for those who want an essential Bethlehem experience. Our rooms and suites have timeless elegance that is combined with modern comforts that provide the perfect setting for relaxing getaways.  And each morning you’ll receive a full breakfast, so you can be ready to take on whatever the day has in store! We can’t wait to see you soon!

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Hit the Slopes at Blue Mountain Ski Area http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/11/blue-mountain-ski-area/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/11/blue-mountain-ski-area/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:52:33 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=948 The Lehigh Valley has a lot of charm no matter what time of year you plan your visit.  Each season has its own draw, and regardless of the temperature the culture and people are always warm and inviting. Of course, in early winter, Bethlehem becomes the Christmas City as we celebrate that magical time of […]

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Blue Mountain Ski AreaThe Lehigh Valley has a lot of charm no matter what time of year you plan your visit.  Each season has its own draw, and regardless of the temperature the culture and people are always warm and inviting. Of course, in early winter, Bethlehem becomes the Christmas City as we celebrate that magical time of year.  However, the season brings other benefits as well.  During the winter, you can find some wonderful skiing not too far away from the Sayre Mansion.  Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton, Pennsylvania is about forty minutes away from our Bethlehem bed and breakfast, making it the ideal destination for a skiing day trip.  Blue Mountain Ski Area offers plenty of trails for skiers and snowboarders of all levels of ability as well as terrain parks, and snow tubing facilities.  To find out all that awaits you at Blue Mountain Ski Area, read on and start planning your snowy adventures!

About Blue Mountain Ski Area

The Blue Mountain Ski Area, as you might guess, is located on Blue Mountain, which is in the northern part of the Lehigh Valley.  The nearest town to the ski area is Palmerton, but locals from Bethlehem, Allentown, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and even New York City have easy access to the mountain. Blue Mountain has a summit of elevation of 1,407 feet with the biggest vertical drop of any ski resort in Pennsylvania at 1,087 feet.

Blue Mountain Ski Area Trails

Blue Mountain Ski Area is a premier destination for skiing in Pennsylvania due in part to its large number of trails.  There are 39 trails down the mountain, and skiers and riders of all experience levels will find the perfect run for their needs.  For experienced skiers looking for a thrill, the Challenge and Razor’s Edge are 3,000 foot double black diamond trails.  For beginners, Lazy Mile and Paradise offer easy cruises.  The ski area is also home to mogul fields and terrain parks.

Tubing Other Activities at Blue Mountain Ski Area

If you’re not a skier but you still want to get in on some winter fun, then Blue Mountain Ski Area has you covered.  The Snowtubing Park at Blue Mountain is billed as “the most fun you can have sitting down.” It’s the only tubing park in the area and offers 21 lanes of downhill tubing, each measuring over 1,000 feet long.  There are three lifts to take tubers back to the top of the hill.  Blue Mountain Ski Area is also open during winter months for mountain biking, laser tag, adventure courses, and disc golf.

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When you plan your adventures ate Blue Mountain Ski Area, be sure to book your stay at the Sayre Mansion.  Our Bethlehem bed and breakfast is just 40 minutes away from the ski area, so you can enjoy a day out on the slopes and then return to relax in luxury.  Our rooms and suites offer comfortable accommodations with timeless and elegant style. The historic mansion exudes charm, but boasts modern amenities that will keep in the utmost comfort during your stay.  Rooms are individually decorated for a unique experience in each one, but they all feature private baths, luxurious linens, and bathrobes.  Some rooms have whirlpool tubs, private patios, and sitting areas. And no matter which room you call your home away from home, you’ll get a full breakfast each morning, so you’ll be ready to take on whatever the day has in store for you. We can’t wait to have you with us!

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How to Spend New Years Eve in Bethlehem PA http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/11/new-years-eve-in-bethlehem-pa/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/11/new-years-eve-in-bethlehem-pa/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 21:15:14 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=943 Just because Bethlehem is the Christmas City doesn’t mean that it isn’t a fantastic destination for other holiday celebrations! For instance, New Years Eve in Bethlehem PA can be just as much fun as celebrating in the big city. Home to the Sayre Mansion, Bethlehem offers a variety of ways to ring in the new […]

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New Years Eve in Bethlehem PAJust because Bethlehem is the Christmas City doesn’t mean that it isn’t a fantastic destination for other holiday celebrations! For instance, New Years Eve in Bethlehem PA can be just as much fun as celebrating in the big city. Home to the Sayre Mansion, Bethlehem offers a variety of ways to ring in the new year including casual and low key celebrations along with more high energy and festive events. Whether you want to take it easy or live it up

Ring in a Sweet New Year at Peepsfest

Peepsfest is a celebration featuring music, food, entertainment, and more relating to the beloved Peeps candy. The festival will take place on Tuesday, December 30th and Wednesday, December 31st. The festival will conclude with a giant Peeps chick and a New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Who needs a giant crystal ball when you have an illuminated replica of a marshmallow candy?

New Years Eve at Sands Casino Bethlehem

Undoubtedly the top spot in Bethlehem for nightlife is the Sands Casino Bethlehem. If you want to hit the casino floor, there are tons of slots and video poker machines as well as your favorite table games including poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, and more. If gaming isn’t your scene, the Sands Casino is also home to a number of night clubs that are sure to be full of fun on New Years Eve in Bethlehem PA. Molten lounge has an electrifying atmosphere and often has live music to accompany your favorite cocktails. Vision Bar is the area’s premier nightlife hotspot. World class DJs and celebrities often make appearances at Vision Bar, so keep your eyes peeled for a familiar face as you count down to midnight! For a more laid back experience, Infusion has a wonderful selection of infused cocktails for you to try. And in the middle of the casino floor, Coil lets you absorb the energy of the casino while enjoying your favorite drinks.

Enjoy Fine Dining and Cocktails Downtown

If you want to celebrate New Years Eve in Bethlehem PA, there are many great restaurants and bars in Downtown Bethlehem. Many local spots will have specials and live entertainment for the New Years Eve celebration. Other special things to do on New Years Eve in Bethlehem PA include the Holiday Train Exhibit, and Historic Downtown Carriage Rides. Galen Glen Winery will also have special New Years Eve hours so you can experience the amazing wine of the Lehigh Valley during your holiday getaway.

A Romantic New Years Eve in Bethlehem PA at Sayre Mansion

If you want a quiet, romantic night in, then a stay at our Bethlehem boutique hotel is a must for New Years Eve in Bethlehem PA. Enjoy an elegant and warm atmosphere and take advantage of our high quality accommodations. Our rooms and suites have timeless and stylish furnishings combined with modern amenities to create the most comfortable and luxurious stay possible. Each room features a private bath, luxe linens and towels, and a certain antique charm that is unique to our historic mansion. Each morning you’ll have a full breakfast with a freshly made entree so you can start your day out the right way. And our location in the heart of Bethlehem means you’ll be within minutes of restaurants, shops, and the Sands Bethlehem Casino. When planning your New Years Eve in Bethlehem PA, make sure to book your stay at the Sayre Mansion and have a night to remember!

 

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The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley are Perfect for Christmas Shopping http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/10/promenade-shops-at-saucon-valley-perfect-christmas-shopping/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/10/promenade-shops-at-saucon-valley-perfect-christmas-shopping/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:01:57 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=918 It’s never too early to be thinking about your holiday shopping, especially now that the season is just around the corner. If you’re coming to visit us here at the Sayre Mansion not only are we looking forward to your visit, but we want to help alleviate some of that holiday season stress. Luckily the […]

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The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley

Christmas Shopping at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley

It’s never too early to be thinking about your holiday shopping, especially now that the season is just around the corner. If you’re coming to visit us here at the Sayre Mansion not only are we looking forward to your visit, but we want to help alleviate some of that holiday season stress. Luckily the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley are the perfect place to get your Christmas shopping underway. Just a ten minute drive from your cozy room at Sayre, the Promenade Shops will have something for everyone you’re shopping for this holiday season.

For Your Sweetheart

Whether your married or not, finding that perfect gift for your honey can be stressful! You need to be thoughtful, but not obsessed. The gift should to be meaningful, but not cheesy; significant, but not over-the-top. Consider treating your beloved to some spa time with a Hand & Stone gift card for a massage or facial. Nothing says “I love you” like caring for overworked bodies with a little pampering. The spa has locations nationwide, so don’t worry if you’re not from the area.

For the Kids

Get the kiddos some new school clothes, or a party outfit at Gap Kids and Gap Baby. For the pickier teens, grab a gift card and let them pick something themselves. Or maybe they’ve been asking for the newest mobile phone model, which you can pick up at The Wireless Experience for an awesome Christmas surprise. Journey’s is also a great bet for adolescents. They carry the newest footwear styles geared towards this age group.

For the In-laws

Perhaps the most dreaded shopping category, there is no need to fret about what to get the people who have everything. Something small and thoughtful will usually do the trick. Top Shelf adult beverages make great holiday gifts. In the season of parties and family gatherings it’s always nice to have a few bottles of something special around, and they are also very easy thing to re-gift. Pick up a nice case of imported wine form Wine & Spirits Premium Collections and your selection won’t go to waste.

For the Coworkers

The Holiday Season is a great time to show appreciation for the people you spend most of your time around. A little gift can go a long way in workplace camaraderie. Yankee Candle is a great place to get a little something for your mates at work. Candles are a lovely holiday treat while people have more time to sit at home with a good book. For something a little more fun head to GO! Calendars, Games, and Toys and buy some fun new office calendars for 2015. Nothing says Happy New Year like a fresh calendar.

 

While Christmas shopping can seem dreary, consider it an annual opportunity to show the people in your life how much you care. Spending a few hours at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley while in town with us at the Sayre Mansion this fall will take a lot of anxiety out of the gift-giving process. The Promenade Shops are a convenient one-stop-shop for the holiday season. Come back to us at the Sayre Mansion for some R and R when you’ve put a dent in your list.

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Christmas in Bethlehem PA is a Special Time http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/10/christmas-in-bethlehem-pa/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/10/christmas-in-bethlehem-pa/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:28:35 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=927 The name of our fair city is enough to tip most people off to the fact that the holiday season here is something special.  Christmas in Bethlehem PA is something that people look forward to all year.  This is the Christmas City after all! From beautiful decorations throughout town to special performances and a huge […]

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Christmas in Bethlehem PAThe name of our fair city is enough to tip most people off to the fact that the holiday season here is something special.  Christmas in Bethlehem PA is something that people look forward to all year.  This is the Christmas City after all! From beautiful decorations throughout town to special performances and a huge traditional Christmas market, Bethlehem does Christmas right. If you want your holiday season to be a little more magical than normal, then come visit us at the Sayre Mansion and experience Christmas in Bethlehem PA.

About the Christmas City

So, obviously Bethlehem is the Christmas City, but how did become known as such? The campaign for the town to be called the Christmas City in 1937 and the rest is history! In the 1960s the Citizens of christmas City Committee formed as a part of the Chamber of Commerce to “dignify the look of Christmas in the City of Bethlehem” and raise funds for the more than 800 lit trees and other decorations that adorn the city during the season. Their effort more than pay off, creating a holiday wonderland in the picturesque street of the historic district and throughout the city. In addition to the beautiful setting, there are special events and performances, carriage rides, and shopping to enjoy during the winter holiday season.

Events During Christmas in Bethlehem PA

There is so much to do during Christmas in Bethlehem PA and each event and activity will definitely put you in a jolly mood! Special events include the SteelStacks Gingerbread House Competition & Exhibit, Breakfast with St. Nicholas, the Cupcake Bowl, and the Christkindlmarkt.  Holiday performances for Christmas in Bethlehem PA offer a wide variety of entertainment including concerts, Christmas City Follies, and traditional Christmas Pageants.

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem

Visit Christkindlmarkt, the traditional Christmas market at the SteelStacks campus and peruse rows upon rows of holiday treats, Christmas decorations, and hand crafted gifts. You can witness glass Christmas ornaments being made at the glass blowing booth, where you can even try your hand at making your own ornament.  As you walk the market you can enjoy the sounds of live Christmas music and stop off for a delicious snack or meal from one of the great vendors at the fair.

Accommodation During Christmas in Bethlehem PA

If you want to have the ultimate Christmas in Bethlehem PA, then a stay at the Sayre Mansion is absolutely essential.  Our beautiful boutique hotel is housed in a historic mansion that has been a part of the fabric of Bethlehem since 1858.  Our location is ideally close to all of the holiday festivities you’ll want to attend and our rooms and suites are the perfect place to hang your hat while you’re in town.  Old world style meets modern convenience with period furnishings and luxurious amenities. Our staff will make sure that your stay is everything you desire and our innkeeper’s breakfast each morning is the best way to start the day. At the Sayre Mansion, we love life in Bethlehem and we want to make sure you enjoy your time in town as much as possible!

But hurry and book your room, because the season is so wonderful that we fill up quickly! Browse our rooms and suites and reserve your stay today! We promise you’ll have an amazing Christmas with us at the Sayre Mansion!

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Peepsfest 2014: A Great Way to Celebrate a New Year http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/10/peepsfest-2014/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/10/peepsfest-2014/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:24:04 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=922 Bethlehem, PA is definitely the Christmas City, but that doesn’t mean that once that holiday passes, we’re done celebrating! On the contrary, we keep the festivities up all year long, and at the end of December, Peepsfest is the way locals and visitors of Bethlehem like to say goodbye to the old year and kick […]

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PeepsfestBethlehem, PA is definitely the Christmas City, but that doesn’t mean that once that holiday passes, we’re done celebrating! On the contrary, we keep the festivities up all year long, and at the end of December, Peepsfest is the way locals and visitors of Bethlehem like to say goodbye to the old year and kick off the new. Just Born Candy, headquartered in Bethlehem and makers of favorite candies like Mike and Ikes, Hot Tamales, Peanut Chews, and of course Peeps, sponsor this yearly event and we know you’ll enjoy it as much as we at the Sayre Mansion do!

Peepsfest 2014

This year’s Peeps Fest will be a two day festival full of fun for “children” of all ages. Competitions, live entertainment, sweet treats, and a 5k race all add up to a memorable yearly celebration of everybody’s favorite marshmallow candy.  Peeps Fest 2014 will be held on December 30th and 31st at the Bethlehem Steelstacks campus.  This year’s Peepsfest promises to live up to the fun memories created in years past.

Peepsfest Activities

Peepsfest plays host to a wide variety of entertainment options each year. Live music, magicians, Clowns, and educational programs for children have been great parts of Peepsfests of previous years.  Both days will feature different schedules of entertainment and demonstrations, so check back to make sure you plan ahead so you don’t miss out on any of the fun.  In past years, one of the memorable parts of this sweet event has been the Peeps Breakfast with the iconic Peeps mascots.  You should be prepared though, the breakfast selection is not entirely marshmallow-based!  But, if your sweet tooth must be satisfied, then you won’t be disappointed.  S’mores, sundaes, creative deserts, and more will be served.  And of course there will be tons of opportunity to enjoy Peeps on their own as well as other Just Born candies.

And if you’ve always loved the bright colors and whimsical qualities of Peeps candies, then you’ll love browsing the student-made pieces at the Peeps Diorama Competition.  The competition is open to local students and the creations they come up with are truly inspiring and entertaining!  The entire event culminates in the drop of the 4.5 foot tall lighted Peeps Chick, complete with a fireworks display.  We may be biased but we think our Chick is way more fun than the ball in Times Square!

On New Years Day, the Peepsfest 5k has been a wonderful way to kick off the New Year in a healthy way.  The race winds through downtown and is fun to watch and participate in. So if you’re a runner, start prepping for the Peepsfest 5k!

Peepsfest Accommodations

When you plan your visit to Peepsfest 2014, or any Bethlehem celebration, be sure to book your accommodations at our boutique hotel.  The Sayre Mansion is located in the heart of Bethlehem, and has strong ties to the city’s history.  Old world elegance meets modern convenience in our beautiful guest rooms and suites.  Luxury amenities like plush towels, fine linens, and more await you after a day enjoying the charms of Bethlehem.  Each morning you’ll be treated to a delicious breakfast made onsite, so you don’t have to start the day off hungry! And our gracious and knowledgeable staff will help to ensure your experience is enjoyable and memorable! We can’t wait to have you with us soon!

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Enjoy Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem This Holiday Season http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/10/christkindlmarkt-bethlehem/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/10/christkindlmarkt-bethlehem/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:42:28 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=910 Bethlehem, PA is known as the Christmas City, and it’s easy to tell why.  In addition to sharing a name with the site of the first Christmas, Bethlehem pulls out all the stops when it comes to the holiday season. The late fall and winter are packed full of special events, performances, and more to […]

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Christkindlmarkt BethlehemBethlehem, PA is known as the Christmas City, and it’s easy to tell why.  In addition to sharing a name with the site of the first Christmas, Bethlehem pulls out all the stops when it comes to the holiday season. The late fall and winter are packed full of special events, performances, and more to celebrate this magical time of year.  One of the most exciting things about the Christmas City during the season is the Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem.  Located on the SteelStacks campus, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem is minutes from the Sayre Mansion. This extravagant Christmas market encapsulates the feeling of Christmastime with gifts, decorations, food, music and general revelry.  If you’ve never been to one of these special markets, then read about what the Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem offers and start getting into the spirit of things!

What is a Christkindlmarkt?

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, you might be asking yourself just a what a Christkindlmarkt.  For starters the word looks unpronounceable and heavy on consonants.  Christkindlmarkt is simply the German term for “Christmas market” or “Christmas fair.”  These traditional holiday markets began in Germany, Austria, Northern Italy, and parts of France dating back to the later part of the Middle Ages.  These fairs typically celebrate the Christmas season during the four weeks of Advent.  Along with hand crafted gifts and decor, other seasonal attractions are included in Christkindlmarkts like a Nativity Scene, holiday music performances, and traditional food booths. Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem is one of the best fairs of this kind in the world and offers all of the above with the addition of our Bethlehem’s signature charm.

What to Expect at the Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem

This year’s Christkindlmarkt will take place on weekends (Thursday – Sunday) beginning November 20th and ending December 21st.  As one of the best Christmas markets in the country, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem has everything a traditional fair of its kind has along with special aspects unique to Bethlehem. There will be aisle upon aisle of goods from local and national artisans that will include the perfect gifts for loved ones as well as that special decoration that will complete your homes holiday transformation.  One of the most fascinating and unique parts of the market is the glassblowing booth where you can watch masterpieces be made or even create your own blown glass ornament! As you walk the market you can enjoy the sounds of live Christmas music and stop off for a delicious snack or meal from one of the great vendors at the fair. Along with the market, the Christmas City will have special Christmas events like carriage rides, tours and strolls as well as historical and heritage demonstrations throughout town.

Where to Stay When Visiting the Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem

When you visit the Lehigh Valley for special events like Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, be sure to book your accommodations at a the historic Sayre Mansion.  Our Bethlehem boutique hotel is entrenched in the history and current daily life of the city.  Located in the heart of Bethlehem, guests are minutes away from the SteelStacks campus, downtown restaurants, shopping, and events on the Lehigh University campus.  Our guest rooms and suites offer the utmost in comfort and elegance and your mornings will begin with a delicious innkeepers breakfast.  For the best possible getaway experience in the Lehigh Valley, there is no better place to stay than the Sayre Mansion.  We can’t wait to see you soon!

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