Sayre Mansion » BLOG http://sayremansion.com Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:09:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Where is Allentown, PA? http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/07/where-is-allentown-pa/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/07/where-is-allentown-pa/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:51:08 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=1229 Allentown is known for many things, including its award-winning park system, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs baseball team, and its rich Pennsylvania Dutch history. But just where is Allentown, PA and why should you visit? We have a few suggestions! Where is Allentown, PA? First things first. Allentown is located about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia […]

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Where is Allentown PAAllentown is known for many things, including its award-winning park system, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs baseball team, and its rich Pennsylvania Dutch history. But just where is Allentown, PA and why should you visit? We have a few suggestions!

Where is Allentown, PA?

First things first. Allentown is located about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of New York City, making Allentown a popular destination among business and leisure travelers. The Lehigh Valley International Airport is about three miles northeast of Allentown, which offers direct service from Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago-O’Hare, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and several cities in Florida.

Allentown is part of the Lehigh Valley, named for the Lehigh River that runs through the area. The Lehigh Valley is comprised of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. Allentown is the largest city in the Lehigh Valley and the third largest city in Pennsylvania. This Pennsylvania-New Jersey metropolitan area is growing quickly. With this growth, there are plenty of things to do for every interest and age group, yet it’s still small enough to navigate easily.

A Few of Our Favorite Things to Do and See in Allentown

Like much of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown was once an active manufacturing center but it now offers an array of cultural attractions, museums, entertainment and much more. Here are a few of our favorite things to do and see and Allentown.

Allentown Art Museum

The Allentown Art Museum offers tremendous variety and quality in its exhibitions, educational programs and public events. The museum serves more than 100,000 visitors each year. Its collection of more than 17,000 works of art offers the opportunity to experience nearly 2,000 years of cultural heritage in an accessible, visitor-friendly environment.

Allentown Fair

Held in late August/early September each year, the Allentown Fair is a fun and educational experience for all ages. The fair was first held in 1852 and continues to have deep roots in the agricultural traditions that it began with.

Allentown Parks

Allentown is home to an award-winning park system that includes West Park. This beautiful park offers grassy areas, trails, a fountain and a band shell where you can listen to different bands during the Summer Concert Series.

Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market

The Farmers Market is a great place to get local produce and handcrafted goods. Located on the Allentown Fairgrounds, the market features more than 65 merchants. You’ll be sure to find just what you are looking for, whether it’s baked goods, fresh flowers, seafood or produce.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Allentown is also home to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the region’s popular minor league baseball team and the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Named for the steel industry’s prominent place in the region’s history, the team was founded in 1993. The name IronPigs comes from the term “pig iron” which was part of the process of steel production. Check out the IronPigs’ schedule and plan to take in a game at Coca-Cola Park while you’re visiting.

Planning a Visit?

If you’re planning a trip to the area, rest assured you’ll find many great things to do in Allentown. Consider staying nearby in Bethlehem, PA at Sayre Mansion, a quaint bed and breakfast known for its outstanding hospitality, breakfast and charm.

Photo credit: James Benetzky / Downtown Allentown / flickr

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Check Out the PPL Center Events Calendar http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/07/ppl-center-events-calendar/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/07/ppl-center-events-calendar/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:46:01 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=1221 The Lehigh Valley is full of great places to see sporting events, theatrical shows, and concerts. Here in Bethlehem, the Sands Events Center and the SteelStacks Campus are the perfect spots to enjoy a night out. But these two venues aren’t the only locations to take in an exciting event. In neighboring Allentown, the PPL […]

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PPL Center EventsThe Lehigh Valley is full of great places to see sporting events, theatrical shows, and concerts. Here in Bethlehem, the Sands Events Center and the SteelStacks Campus are the perfect spots to enjoy a night out. But these two venues aren’t the only locations to take in an exciting event. In neighboring Allentown, the PPL Center is another place where you can catch an excellent sports game or a big-name musical act. So next time you’re staying at the Sayre Mansion and enjoying the charms of the Lehigh Valley, be sure to check out one of these superb PPL Center events in Allentown.

About the PPL Center

The PPL Center is a premier sports arena that plays host to a variety games and special events. The PPL Center is the home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey team, the AHL affiliate of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers. The PPL Center is also the home of the Lehigh Valley Steel Hawks arena football team. The arena’s capacity varies depending on the event, but the maximum capacity is 10,500 for concerts. The venue is fairly new, opening in September of 2014 and sees more than 140 events each year since its opening.  The construction of the PPL Center was part of a larger project focusing on the redevelopment of the central business district of Allentown, which encompasses a 5-acre square block area. It has quickly become a favorite place for people in the Lehigh Valley to see their favorite events.

PPL Center Events

There are so many great PPL Center events to attend and you’re sure to find one that catches your interest. From exciting concerts and family shows to sporting events, there is a large variety of events to choose from. For example, kids will love to see their favorite Sesame Street friends come to life in Sesame Street Live: “Make a New Friend.” There’s also an exciting preseason game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Islanders.  Then pop-country legend Shania Twain will entertain you with her “Shania Rocks the Country” tour. All that and more await you at the PPL Center. Here are the upcoming PPL Center events:

  • Lehigh Valley All-Stars vs. Arena Lacrosse League | August 29th, 2015
  • Sesame Street Live: “Make a New Friend” | September 5th – 6th, 2015
  • 10,000 Men in Unity | September 19th, 2015
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders Preseason Game | September 21st, 2015
  • Professional Bull Riders | September 25th – 26th, 2015
  • Shania Twain | October 2nd, 2015
  • Indoor Auto Racing | January 2nd, 2016

Where to Stay for PPL Center Events

When you’re making your plans to attend one of the PPL Center events above, be sure to make your accommodation arrangements at the Sayre Mansion. Our Bethlehem boutique hotel offers rooms and suites that combine old world charm with modern amenities for the most comfortable accommodations possible. Plus our historic mansion is in the heart of Bethlehem, so when you’re not at the PPL Center in Allentown, you’ll be close to all of the great attractions of Bethlehem. At the Sayre Mansion, we’ll make sure your time in the Lehigh Valley is as stress-free and memorable as possible. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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Explore the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/07/lehigh-valley-ale-trail/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/07/lehigh-valley-ale-trail/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:30:23 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=1209 When you visit the Lehigh Valley, there’s always something new to see or do. There are charming towns to see, great places to go shopping, wonderful restaurants, and so much more. One thing that you should do next time you come to the Sayre Mansion is hit the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail and sample some […]

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Lehigh Valley Ale TrailWhen you visit the Lehigh Valley, there’s always something new to see or do. There are charming towns to see, great places to go shopping, wonderful restaurants, and so much more. One thing that you should do next time you come to the Sayre Mansion is hit the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail and sample some of the region’s best craft brews. If you’re a craft beer lover, then spending some time on the Ale Trail is the ideal way to enjoy a special part of the area’s culture. It’s a great opportunity to get a taste of the different beers produced in the area while also enjoying the unique atmospheres of the breweries, bars, and pubs on the trail. So come prepared to drink and be merry as you explore the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail!

About the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail

Kind of like a brother to the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail is a special collection of bars, pubs, and breweries. To make it onto the Ale Trail, the establishments must have at least 60% of their taps “consistently dedicated to craft brews” and most of them also offer locally brewed beers. The places on the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail also hold beer showcases, beer dinners, meet the brewer events, and more special events.

Breweries on the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail

To get the best of locally brewed craft beer, then you should visit the breweries on the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail. Each has its own style and beer selection, but they all offer high quality beer in great environments.

  • Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works
  • Fegley’s Bethlehem Brew Works
  • County Seat Spirits
  • Social Still Micro-Distillery & Kitchen
  • The Colony Meadery
  • Two Rivers Brewing Company
  • Wyerbacher Brewing Company
  • Funk Brewing Company
  • Hijinx Brewing Company
  • Saucony Creek Brewing Company

Bars & Pubs on the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail

You’ll find a wide range of bars, pubs, and restaurants on the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail. So whether you’re just visiting for the beer or you also want a delectable meal, this list of establishments will serve you well.

  • The Bookstore Speakeasy
  • The Broadway Social
  • Copperhead Grille
  • Corked Wine Bar & Steak House
  • Dunderbak’s Market Cafe
  • Fegley’s Bethlehem Brew Works
  • Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works,
  • Leaf Restaurant Cigar Bar & Lounge
  • Maxim’s 22 French Bistro & Brasserie
  • Pearly Baker’s Ale House
  • Porters’ Pub & Restaurant
  • Samuel Adams Brewhouse
  • Sette Luna
  • St. James Gate Irish Pub and Carvery
  • The Bayou Southern Kitchen & Bar
  • The Mint Gastropub
  • Two Rivers Brewing Company
  • The Wooden Match Cigar Bar
  • Youell’s Oyster House
  • Black & Blue
  • Gnarly Brews tap room & Bottle Shop
  • J.P. MacGrady’s
  • Jack Callaghan’s Ale House
  • Keystone Pub – Bethlehem
  • Keystone Pub – Whitehall
  • Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub
  • Pop’s Kitchen & Tap Room
  • Spinnerstown Hotel
  • Strange Brew Tavern
  • The Pub on Main
  • The Tavern on Liberty
  • The Trapp Door

When you’re exploring the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail, make sure you make your book your stay somewhere where the accommodations are top-notch. The Sayre Mansion is the ideal place to stay during any adventure in the Lehigh Valley. Our Bethlehem boutique hotel has rooms and suites that combine timeless elegance with modern comfort for an unforgettable experience. Our location in the heart of Bethlehem means that you’ll be close to all of the shops, restaurants, and entertainment in the area. Plus, our knowledgeable and attentive staff are happy to help with any questions you may have about getting around Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley. You won’t soon forget the good times you’ll have at the Sayre Mansion. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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6 Things to Do in Historic Bethlehem, PA http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/07/historic-bethlehem-pa/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/07/historic-bethlehem-pa/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:00:33 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=1201 Bethlehem, PA is a city rich in both culture and history. There are numerous ways to enjoy historic Bethlehem, PA and each of them is as fun as they are informative. You’ll find that exploring historic Bethlehem, PA is a diverting way to get to explore our part of the Lehigh Valley. Much of Bethlehem’s […]

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Historic Bethlehem PABethlehem, PA is a city rich in both culture and history. There are numerous ways to enjoy historic Bethlehem, PA and each of them is as fun as they are informative. You’ll find that exploring historic Bethlehem, PA is a diverting way to get to explore our part of the Lehigh Valley. Much of Bethlehem’s charm is a wrapped up in its history and you won’t forget your time getting to know the roots of this beautiful city. From the Moravians who first came to the area and settled to the Lehigh Valley Railroad and Bethlehem Steel, the history of the area is still very much a visible part of life today. So, come to historic Bethlehem, PA and gain an appreciation for the way the past and the present coexist to create a truly unique atmosphere!

1. Hit the Visitor Center

The perfect place to start your explorations of historic Bethlehem, PA is the Visitor Center. At the Visitor Center, you can gather information on all of the historic sites you might want to visit, get tour tickets, and peruse the museum store. The Visitor Center is also a great place to use as a base to leave for tours from as it is within walking distance to the sites of interest.

2. Explore the Steel Town History

Bethlehem Steel has a pivotal part in the history of our town. Get to know a bit about the company and the day to day life of a steelworker by going on the “Steelwalkers” Walking Tours. There’s no better way to get in tune with the way of life of many of Bethlehem’s citizens in the past.

3. Visit Burnside Plantation

Burnside Plantation is known as the “farm in the city” and is a wonderful place to go and explore the Moravian farming system. The plantation features several buildings including a farmhouse, two barns, the summer kitchen, and other outbuildings. There are also displays and demonstrations of the way things were made when Moravian farmers and their families inhabited farms like this one.

4. Learn Something New About the Past at a Museum

Because historic Bethlehem, PA is steeped in history it only stands to reason that there are several worthwhile museums in the area.  One that you should make time for is the Moravian Museum, which has been voted the Best Historic Spot in Lehigh Valley’s Happening List. Guests of the museum see examples of the way of life of the Moravians, some of Bethlehem’s earliest residents. Another great museum is the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, where visitors can see displays of furniture, paintings, china, clothing, and silver. Over three centuries of decorative arts are represented.

5. Take a Guided Tour

The best way to get to know historic Bethlehem, PA is probably by getting out and walking through the city with a guide to show you important places.  There are many great walking tours that will let you experience different aspects of historic Bethlehem, PA. The tours offered include the Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel, the Heritage Trail, the Old Bethlehem Walking Tour, the Death & Dying Cemetery Tour, the Christmas City Stroll, and the Historic Bethlehem Pub Walking Tour.

6. Stay at Sayre Mansion

One of the best ways to enjoy historic Bethlehem, PA is to stay in one of the historic landmarks in the city. Sayre Mansion is in the heart of Bethlehem in a neighborhood called Fountain Hill and has a big part in the history of the city. Built in the 185os, the Sayre Mansion was originally the home of Robert Sayre, one of the most distinguished men in the community. Sayre was the chief of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, which helped bring industry to this part of the Lehigh Valley. Sayre lived in the mansion until his death in 1907.

Today, the Sayre Mansion offers guests luxurious accommodations in a beautiful and historic setting. Our rooms and suites have the perfect combination of old world style and modern comforts. And our central location means you won’t be too far from any of the great shopping, dining, and other attractions in Bethlehem. Plus, you’ll start each day on a bright note with a delicious full breakfast. At the Sayre Mansion, your time in the Lehigh Valley will be truly unforgettable. We’ll see you soon!

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4 Broad Street Restaurants to Try http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/06/broad-street-restaurants/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/06/broad-street-restaurants/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:04:59 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=1194 The city of Bethlehem has a lot to offer its visitors. From amazing entertainment at the Sands Events Center and the SteelStacks campus to famous holiday events and festivals, it seems like this Lehigh Valley city has something for everyone. The dining in Bethlehem follows this philosophy, with everything from a quick crepe to a […]

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Broad Street RestaurantsThe city of Bethlehem has a lot to offer its visitors. From amazing entertainment at the Sands Events Center and the SteelStacks campus to famous holiday events and festivals, it seems like this Lehigh Valley city has something for everyone. The dining in Bethlehem follows this philosophy, with everything from a quick crepe to a fine dining experience, you’re sure to find the right restaurant to suit your tastes. A great place to go to find superb selections is Broad Street. So, bring your appetite when you visit the Sayre Mansion and enjoy these four great Broad Street restaurants.

4 Broad Street Restaurants to Try

TheMINT Gastropub

TheMint Gastropub is an American gastropub with a focus on premium food, beer, spirits, cocktails, and martinis. With a menu of contemporary comfort foods made new by using modern and innovative techniques and a bit of whimsy. You can expect to find new takes on burgers, fish and chips, pork ribs, shrimp and grits, and more. If you’re a macaroni and cheese lover then their selection of mouthwatering variations on this classic dish will delight you. The varieties include truffled mac ‘n’ cheese and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese among others.

Edge Restaurant

Edge Restaurant is a French and Asian fusion restaurant that wows diners with the flavors that come out of the kitchen. The casual upscale atmosphere lends itself to great nights spent with friends and wonderful food. You’ll find the French and Asian influences in dishes that are both modern and classic. The menu includes small plates, fresh salads, innovative appetizers, and expertly prepared entrees like seafood, poultry, and steaks.

Apollo Grill

A favorite of many in Bethlehem, Apollo Grill is one of the Broad Street restaurants that you’ll want to visit. Their menu has more than 30 appetizers to choose from, burgers, chops, steaks and more. They also have a great wine selection and full bar. Their selection of entrees includes crab stuffed shrimp, osso buco, lamb shank, duck breast, veal medallions, pork mignon, and several steak options.The atmosphere is warm and friendly, perfect for a night out in Bethlehem.

Bethlehem Brew Works

If you’re a beer lover as well as someone who enjoys a nice meal, then head to Bethlehem Brew Works. This brewpub pays tribute to the legacy of Bethlehem Steel in the city. The 250-seat establishment serves specialty beers like Steelworkers’ Oatmeal Stout, Valley Golden, Steelgaarden Wit, and Fegley’s ESB. They’re all brewed in-house. There are also seasonal taps, and a full bar specializing in single malt scotches, small batch bourbons, and specialty martinis. On the menu, you’ll find fresh takes on classic appetizers, beef, chicken, pasta, burgers, sandwiches and Pennsylvania Dutch specialties. Many of the items are also “beer enhanced.”

Staying Bethlehem, PA

While you’re making your plans to visit these four Broad Street restaurants, don’t forget to make your reservations to stay at the Sayre Mansion. Our historic Bethlehem bed and breakfast is the ideal place to call your home-away-from-home while you’re visiting our corner of the world. Our rooms and suites combine classic elegance with modern amenities for some of the most stylish and comfortable accommodations you’ll experience. The Sayre Mansion is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Bethlehem, so you will be just minutes away from these restaurants and the rest of the attractions the city has to offer. And each morning you’ll receive a full innkeeper’s breakfast full of delicious fare that will start your day out on a bright note. We know you’ll love Bethlehem as much as we do! We’ll see you soon!

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Top Wedding Venues in Bethlehem, PA http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/06/top-wedding-venues-in-bethlehem-pa/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/06/top-wedding-venues-in-bethlehem-pa/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 21:27:26 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=1187 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is a wonderful place to have a wedding. Whether you’re from the area or planning a destination wedding, Bethlehem will provide a perfect backdrop for your big day. If you’re beginning to plan your Bethlehem wedding, then you first need to decide on a venue. We may be biased, but Sayre Mansion is […]

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Wedding Venues in Bethlehem PABethlehem, Pennsylvania is a wonderful place to have a wedding. Whether you’re from the area or planning a destination wedding, Bethlehem will provide a perfect backdrop for your big day. If you’re beginning to plan your Bethlehem wedding, then you first need to decide on a venue. We may be biased, but Sayre Mansion is one of the best wedding venues in Bethlehem, PA. We’re experts on Bethlehem weddings and will help you create your perfect day. And if you are having a wedding larger than we can accommodate, we have some suggestions for other wedding venues in Bethlehem, PA.

Top Wedding Venues in Bethlehem, PA

Sayre Mansion

For gorgeous weddings of up to 150 guests, the Sayre Mansion stands out among all of the wedding venues in Bethlehem, PA. Sayre Mansion weddings are the perfect way to celebrate your love in a beautiful setting. Weddings are held from May to October and can include the tented terrace, the interior parlors, and the dining room. Our lawn is the ideal place to say your vows and the parlors and dining room are perfect for the cocktail hour. For dinner and reception, the tented terrace can be transformed to fit your tastes. Our premiere caterer Karen Hunter will work with you to find the perfect package for your tastes and budget. The packages include Classic, Elegant, and Exquisite.

For more intimate affairs, Sayre Mansion is one of the best wedding venues in Bethlehem PA. Our Intimate Wedding Packages are the perfect way to celebrate your love on a smaller, but no less special, scale. Our Elopement Package includes a wedding ceremony in our beautifully appointed parlor, a champagne toast, a bridal bouquet and boutonniere for the groom, a private dinner for two to four people in our dining room, a wedding cake, and an overnight stay for the bride and groom in a Carriage House Suite.

The Intimate Wedding Package is perfect for couples who want to invite a small group friends and family to celebrate with them. This package will accommodate parties of between six and sixteen people. The package includes the wedding ceremony in our parlor, a champagne toast, bridal bouquet and boutonniere, floral centerpiece, private dinner in the dining room, a delicious wedding cake, and an overnight stay for the bride and groom in one of our Carriage House suites.

Venues for Larger Weddings

If you’re planning a wedding with more than 150 guests, then there are wedding venues in Bethlehem, PA to accommodate you. The Hotel Bethlehem can accommodate up to 300 people in their beautiful Grand Ballroom. The hotel has lovely 1920s decor and is perfect for a grand yet elegant reception. Floor-to-ceiling palladium windows, balconies, and murals all contribute to the ambience at Hotel Bethlehem. Another one of the great wedding venues in Bethlehem, PA for larger weddings is ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. You’ll get great views of the Bethlehem Steel Blast Furnaces for the perfect Bethlehem touch.

Accommodations in Bethlehem, PA

Now that you’re familiar with the top wedding venues in Bethlehem, PA, you can start planning where you and your guests will be staying for the big event. The Sayre Mansion has luxurious and elegant guest rooms and suites that combine old world style with modern comforts for the perfect accommodation experience. Whether you have an intimate wedding and your whole wedding party stays with us or just the happy couple, our experienced and friendly staff will take care of you. Each morning you’ll get a full delicious breakfast, which is the perfect way to start the day. We can’t wait to hear from you and start planning your big day!

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Where is Lehigh Valley? http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/06/where-is-lehigh-valley/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/06/where-is-lehigh-valley/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 19:06:44 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=1178 The Lehigh Valley is a wonderful getaway destination with a large variety of events and activities to participate in. However, if you aren’t already aware of this fantastic area, then you might be asking yourself, “Where is Lehigh Valley?” Well, we here at the Sayre Mansion are here to answer that question for you and […]

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Where is Lehigh Valley?The Lehigh Valley is a wonderful getaway destination with a large variety of events and activities to participate in. However, if you aren’t already aware of this fantastic area, then you might be asking yourself, “Where is Lehigh Valley?” Well, we here at the Sayre Mansion are here to answer that question for you and let you get to know a bit about why the place we call home is worthy of a visit. Bethlehem, our hometown, is an excellent part of the Lehigh Valley, but there are other cities and towns within the area that you should know about as well. Once you know where Lehigh Valley, or simply The Valley as some locals refer to it, is and what there is to do here, we’re sure you’ll agree with us that it’s the perfect getaway spot!

Where is Lehigh Valley?

So, where is Lehigh Valley? The Lehigh Valley is a region of eastern Pennsylvania that consists of the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. It’s one of the most populous regions in Pennsylvania and continues to grow quickly. The area is named for the Lehigh River, which runs through the valley.

Allentown

Allentown is the largest city in the Lehigh Valley and the third largest city in Pennsylvania. Like much of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown used to be a bustling manufacturing center but is now full of great cultural attractions, museums, entertainment, and more. The Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market is a great place to get local produce and handcrafted goods. Allentown is home to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the minor league baseball team in the region. There are also plenty of special events in Allentown like the Mayfair Festival of the Arts and the Great Allentown Fair.

Bethlehem

Once home to Bethlehem Steel, Bethlehem is another cultural hub in the Lehigh Valley. There are festivals throughout the year celebrating local creativity and traditions and the biggest of them all is Christmas in Bethlehem when Bethlehem shows off why it’s known as the Christmas City. Other attractions include the SteelStacks campus (the former home of Bethlehem Steel), where you can find ArtsQuest, the Levitt Pavillion, the Banana Factory, and Christmas City. SteelStacks is the venue for great festivals and events such as the biggest event of the summer, Musikfest. Part of the old Bethlehem Steel property has also been transformed into the Sands Bethlehem casino and event center.

Easton

The smallest city in the Lehigh Valley is Easton. In spite of it’s smaller size, you can still have big fun in Easton! There are great restaurants, art galleries, and antique stores enjoy throughout town. And since it’s at the convergence of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers, there is some wonderful scenery and opportunity for outdoor recreation. For families, the Crayola Experience in Easton is a perfect way to spend the day. And if you love theatre then catch a show at State Theatre Center for the Arts.

Where to Stay in Lehigh Valley

Now that you know the answer to the question “Where is Lehigh Valley?” you know that there is a lot to take advantage of in the area. When you plan your trip to the Lehigh Valley, make sure to make your accommodation arrangements at the Sayre Mansion. Our historic 1858 mansion is linked to an integral part of the development of the Lehigh Valley. It’s original owner was the chief engineer of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. So come step back in time with rooms and suites that feature old world appointments combined with modern comforts. Our location in the heart of Bethlehem will give you easy access to all the attractions, restaurant, and shops in town. If you’re looking for a truly memorable getaway in the Lehigh Valley, Sayre Mansion is the place to be. We’ll see you soon!

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Trending: Lehigh Valley Fashion Week http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/06/trending-lehigh-valley-fashion-week/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/06/trending-lehigh-valley-fashion-week/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:57:44 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=1172 The Lehigh Valley is the perfect place to visit during the summer. The weather is lovely and there are many special festivals and events to take part in during the season. One of these great events is Lehigh Valley Fashion Week. Two times a year, designers, models, hairstylists, and makeup artists show their stuff in […]

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Lehigh Valley Fashion WeekThe Lehigh Valley is the perfect place to visit during the summer. The weather is lovely and there are many special festivals and events to take part in during the season. One of these great events is Lehigh Valley Fashion Week. Two times a year, designers, models, hairstylists, and makeup artists show their stuff in a series of shows and events. If style is your middle name, then head to Lehigh Valley Fashion Week to take in the wares of the talented people of the area. It’s guaranteed to be a fashionable good time!

About Lehigh Valley Fashion Week

Lehigh Valley Fashion Week is the celebration of the talented designers, makeup artists, hairstylists, and models of the Lehigh Valley and beyond. While there is a focus on local talent, there are also other areas represented. The aim of Lehigh Valley Fashion Week is to increase the visibility of fashion in the region and highlight and bring profit to the surrounding businesses. There are two Fashion Weeks each year to showcase all of the fashion seasons. This summer’s Lehigh Valley Fashion Week will be held August 14th-22nd.

Lehigh Valley Fashion Week Designers

The designers at Lehigh Valley fashion week showcase the great creativity of the region’s talent. While the designers for this year’s event haven’t been announced yet, the designers from the last Lehigh Valley fashion week will give you an idea of what to expect this year.

  • Larissa Favier: This jewelry designer gets inspiration from Nordic influences as well as the Ashanti tribe of West Africa. The jewelry explores earthly elements, in particular, water, fire, and ice. Using materials like resin and reclaimed oak floorboards.
  • Boujichick Fashions: Boujichick Fashions is based out of Buffalo, NY and they prize quality above all else. They have a complete clothing line featuring leggings, tees, jeans, loungewear, and more. Their aesthetic is versatile, but it has an edge. For example, people love their “Liquid Leather” leggings that come both with and without studs.
  • Fashion Sixty4: Helmed by designer S. Samuel, the craftsmanship in these pieces is evident. Designs include amazing dresses, casual wear, and outerwear.
  • Dust to Dawn Fashion: If you’re looking for the perfect hat, headbands, or fascinators or other headwear, then you will be happy to find Dust to Dawn Fashion. They have all kind of headwear ranging from flapper style fascinators to cozy crocheted items.

Lehigh Valley Fashion Week Events

There is a lot going on during Lehigh Valley fashion week. Along with shopping and shows, there are special events to attend. Below are a few of this year’s Lehigh Valley Fashion Show

  • The Couture Event | Friday, August 14th, 2015 | Renaissance Allentown Hotel
  • Art vs. Fashion | Saturday, August 15th, 2015 | Renaissance Allentown Hotel
  • The Goddess Showcase | Friday, Augusty 21st | The Sigal Museum

 

Where to Stay During Lehigh Valley Fashion Week

No matter what kind of styles you’re looking forward to most at Lehigh Valley Fashion Week, your time in the area will be made all the more special with a stay at the Sayre Mansion. Our timelessly elegant rooms and suites combine old world charm with modern amenities to create the most comfortable accommodation experience possible. Plus, our location in the heart of Bethlehem means that you’ll have easy access to the shops, dining, and entertainment in town. There is no better place to have a memorable Lehigh Valley getaway!

 

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Crayola Easton, PA is Fun for Kids of All Ages http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/05/crayola-easton-pa-is-fun-for-kids-of-all-ages/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/05/crayola-easton-pa-is-fun-for-kids-of-all-ages/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 23:47:15 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=1167 There is so much to do and see here in Bethlehem and in the Lehigh Valley. We here at the Sayre Mansion know how lucky we are to live in an area with so many great places to enjoy art, music, and theater. The multitude of activities available in the region is part of what […]

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Crayola Easton PAThere is so much to do and see here in Bethlehem and in the Lehigh Valley. We here at the Sayre Mansion know how lucky we are to live in an area with so many great places to enjoy art, music, and theater. The multitude of activities available in the region is part of what makes it the perfect getaway destination for all types of people. If you’re traveling with children, then you’ll find plenty to do in the area that engages both you and the children. One of the best things to do in the Lehigh Valley for families and those traveling with kids is to visit Crayola Easton, PA. The Crayola Experience is tons of fun for all ages and is an amazing way to spend the day. You won’t find anything like Crayola Easton, PA anywhere else!

About Crayola Easton, PA

Crayola Easton, PA is the only Crayola Experience in the world! This huge facility is full of activities that will capture the minds and creativity of both children and adults. The newly redesigned experience was improved in 2013 and now boasts 21 attractions.  The great thing about Crayola Easton, PA is that it is more than just fun. It engages children with the subjects of art and technology as they see how crayons are made and make creations of their own. This bold and colorful world is waiting for you!

Activities at Crayola Easton, PA

There are 21 different attractions at Crayola Easton, PA, so you’ll have plenty to do to fill the day with. Below are just a few highlights of what you can expect when you visit.

  • Crayon Factory: A live theater show that introduces the audience to how crayons are made.
  • Workshop: A premium craft experience where kids can create great things
  • Art Alive: This attraction lets children create digital works of art and see them projected onto the wall. Their artwork then becomes part of a larger scene that they can interact with.
  • Water Works: This is a working lock and canal system that lets children navigate their own boat down the canals. They learn how to levies and other elements work as they float through “Crayonopolis.”
  • Modeling Madness: Children can use Crayola Model Magic to sculpt fabulous creations. The only limit is their imagination!
  • Wrap It Up: Create your own unique Crayola crayon by personalizing and printing an authentic label and wrapping it around a crayon.
  • Melt & Mold: Create different shaped souvenirs out of crayon wax. Select a shape and a favorite color and watch the machine melt the crayon into the mold.
  • Colossal Caddy: A colorer’s dream come true! This giant caddy holds thousands of crayons. Children and adults get excited about coloring at this classic attraction.
  • Big Blue: The world’s biggest crayon. Great for a photo op.

Accommodations Near Crayola Easton, PA

When you’re planning your trip to Crayola Easton, PA, be sure to book your stay at the Sayre Mansion. Our family friendly Bethlehem bed and breakfast is only 20 minutes away from Easton and the Crayola Experience. Our rooms and suites are the perfect places to rest and relax in between whatever activities you have planned. Plus, our location in the heart of Bethlehem means you’re just minutes away from fantastic entertainment, art, dining, and more! The Sayre Mansion will make your experience in the Lehigh Valley one to remember!

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A Guide to the Great Allentown Fair http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/05/a-guide-to-the-great-allentown-fair/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/05/a-guide-to-the-great-allentown-fair/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 18:59:26 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=1162 There are great events happening all year in the Lehigh Valley. The city of Bethlehem is known for having several great festivals and celebrations and our neighbors in Allentown have quite a few of their own. One event that you must put on your calendar is the Great Allentown Fair. This event takes place each year […]

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Great Allentown FairThere are great events happening all year in the Lehigh Valley. The city of Bethlehem is known for having several great festivals and celebrations and our neighbors in Allentown have quite a few of their own. One event that you must put on your calendar is the Great Allentown Fair. This event takes place each year at the end of the summer, and it’s the perfect sendoff for the season. With agricultural events, big musical acts, great foods, carnival rides, and community displays, the Great Allentown Fair is a great time for everyone.

About the Great Allentown Fair

The Great Allentown Fair has been a much-loved tradition in the Lehigh Valley for more than a century and a half. The fair was originally conceived in 1852 and continues to have deep roots in the agricultural traditions that it began with. This year’s Great Allentown Fair will take place at the Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown, PA on September 1st through September 7th.

Events and Activities at the Great Allentown Fair

The Great Allentown Fair has everything you could want in a traditional country fair with the added benefit of great entertainment and activities. Of course, there are agricultural displays and competitions that continue in the long tradition of the fair. These events include judging panels for different livestock, 4-H projects, food products, flowers, and other farm products as well as domestic and fine arts. You’ll also find tons of fun carnival rides and delicious food on the midway.
Plus, there is a calendar of free daily events that include music, an elephant encounter, a high dive show, and even swimming pigs!

Entertainment at the Great Allentown Fair

Every year the Great Allentown Fair presents performances from big name acts from multiple genres. This year on the Grandstand stage, you can see your favorite artists from today as well as a trio of classic rock legends.

  • Def Leppard, Styx, and Tesla | Tuesday, September 1st
  • Little Big Town | Pain Killer Tour | Wednesday, September 2nd
  • Carrie Underwood | Thursday, September 3rd
  • Eric Church | The Outsiders World Tour | Friday, September 4th
  • Meghan Trainor | The MTRAIN Tour | Sunday, September 6th

Where to Stay During the Great Allentown Fair

It doesn’t matter what your favorite part of the Great Allentown Fair is, your time in the Lehigh Valley will be made all the more special when you stay at the Sayre Mansion. Our elegant and comfortable guest rooms and suites are the ideal place to relax and recharge in between activities. Our historic mansion is located in the heart of Bethlehem, so you’ll be close to all of the great shopping, dining, art, and entertainment that our city has to offer. And each morning you’ll start the day with a full delicious breakfast, so you’ll have the energy to take on whatever you have planned. Here at the Sayre Mansion, we love the Lehigh Valley, and we want to make sure you get the most out of your time with us. We’ll see you soon!

For more information on Bethlehem, PA and the Lehigh Valley, request a copy of our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of tips on what to do and see while you’re in the area!

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