Sayre Mansion » BLOG http://sayremansion.com Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:24:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Allentown Art Museum Has Something For Everyone http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/01/allentown-art-museum-something-everyone/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/01/allentown-art-museum-something-everyone/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:55:12 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=996 If you’re visiting Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley consider a trip to the Allentown Art Museum. This historical staple to downtown Allentown is home to over 17,000 works of art covering 2,000 years of cultural heritage. Their collections and exhibits embrace broad audiences with wonderful variety and quality. The Allentown Art Museum also offers a slew of […]

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Allentown Art Museum

Allentown Art Museum / Photo By Lehigh Valley, PA via Flickr

If you’re visiting Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley consider a trip to the Allentown Art Museum. This historical staple to downtown Allentown is home to over 17,000 works of art covering 2,000 years of cultural heritage. Their collections and exhibits embrace broad audiences with wonderful variety and quality. The Allentown Art Museum also offers a slew of educational programs, tours and hosts many public and private events. They are a popular destination for local school trips and their popular exhibits attract many visitors to the area.

History

The museum was established in 1934 during the Great Depression in a city-owned house and primarily exhibited works of local artists. In 1960 with a large gift of Renaissance and Baroque paintings and sculptures the museum moved into a larger location where is has remained to this day. As their collections have continued to grow they have expanded their space over ten thousand square feet and have continually refurbished their spectacular downtown facility. Their building is a coveted event space available for rentals.

Education

The Allentown Art Museum is committed to fostering arts education for local students of all ages, and offers programming for kindergartners all the way through college students.

  • Grade specific tours are offered, with each one focusing on different aspects of the museum and including great interactive activities to engage students in learning the arts.
  • Outreach programs help students connect with the culture behind the art by putting students in the artists’ shoes.
  • Numerous multi-visit programs are offered for students interested in more extensive arts education and museum studies
  • Poetry Out Loud is an annual poetry recitation competition hosting students from around the region.
  • Group tours are also available for adult and college groups.

Current Exhibits

Apart from its permanent collections the Allentown Art Museum hosts a myriad of great exhibits.

  • Robert Indiana from A to Z – A collection from the founding father of Pop Art.
  • American Pop: The Prints – When a group of British post World War II artists became obsessed with American consumerism Pop Art was born.
  • Bruce Wall’s ALPHABET – A collection of this artist’s mixed media and found object art organized around the theme of the alphabet.

Permanent Collections

The Allentown Art Museum has impressive permanent collections covering a wide array of mediums, eras and cultures.

  • American Painting & Sculpture – Representative of American Art from the mid-eighteenth century to the present.
  • Decorative Arts – Arts-and-crafts era ceramics and metalwork.
  • Non-Western Art – Sculptures from India and Tibet.
  • European Painting & Sculpture – Over 100 European Old Master paintings and sculptures.
  • Textiles & Costumes – Spans sixteen centuries and five continents.
  • Works on Paper – An extensive collection of prints.

Among these great museum attractions you’ll also find a very special gift to the museum in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Little Library from the Francis Little House built 100 years ago in Minnesota. The museum’s 50 Minutes: Spead Tour and Lunch hour is a favorite way to visit the museum. Be sure to catch one of their free Thursday Nights at the Museum, or a Free Sundays event. These special events are a great way to experience the culture around this Allentown, PA staple.

If you’re planning a trip to the area we would love to host you at Lehigh Valley’s premier bed and breakfast, the Sayre Mansion.

 

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Top 5 Lehigh Valley Wineries http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/01/top-5-lehigh-valley-wineries/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2015/01/top-5-lehigh-valley-wineries/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 18:37:12 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=992   The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is home to nine family-owned vineyards, and has been designated an American Viticultural Area since 2008. These small Lehigh Valley wineries are part of the fastest growing wine region in the state of Pennsylvania, which produces mainly Chambourcin grape wines. These wineries have won the state’s Governor’s Cup 10 […]

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The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is home to nine family-owned vineyards, and has been designated an American Viticultural Area since 2008. These small Lehigh Valley wineries are part of the fastest growing wine region in the state of Pennsylvania, which produces mainly Chambourcin grape wines. These wineries have won the state’s Governor’s Cup 10 times, along with numerous other regional, state, national and international awards for their unique regional wines. With Lehigh Valley’s close proximity to both Philadelphia and New York City, this small wine region is popular among wine connoisseurs from these and other Northeastern urban centers. As a popular refuge for city dwellers Lehigh Valley is also home to many outstanding accommodations, including Sayre Mansion, located in Bethlehem, PA.

Here are some of the top Lehigh Valley wineries.

  1. Amoré

    This small family-owned vineyard is committed to uniting friends around great wine, a feeling you’ll get when you visit this vineyard. They planted their first vintages in 2000 and bottled their first wines in 2003. Their beautiful vineyard also grows a small vegetable garden each year and frequently hosts special events in their renovated barn.

  2.  Vynecrest

    Vyncrest was established in 1989 to produce premium table wines for which all the grapes are hand-picked from their vineyard, which dates back to 1974. The tasting room here is in a rennovatd barn with a breathtaking view of the vineyard and a welcoming atmosphere comfortable for both first time tasters and wine aficionados. On weekends the Vyneskeller Wine Bar opens with a live piano player and, on the last Sunday of each month, they host Jazz Sundays.

  3. Blue Mountain

    This small vineyard began on 5 acres in 1986 and has since expanded to 50 acres and now grow a wide variety of grapes including Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet and Sauvignon. They focus on quality before quantity and are known for their excellent customer relations. Their decks, both indoor and out, sit off the spacious tasting room and overlook their estate grounds including the vineyards and ponds scattered throughout. Picnics are encouraged for a casual trip to the vineyard, but also keep an eye out for their popular events year-round.

  4. Pinnacle Ridge

    One of the most awarded Lehigh Valley Wineries, Pinnacle Ridge is known for its dry red and white wines. The vineyard’s renovated Pennsylvania Bank Barn was built in 1851 and is the perfect environment for producing great wines and hosting wine tastings.

  5. Franklin Hill

    This small vineyard began in 1981. The owners were driven by the dream of living off the land while simultaneously preserving it for the next generation. They produce a wide variety of delicious hand-made wines, and have a popular vineyard for tours and tasting, which continues to attract people down their dirt road.

If you’re planning a trip to the rolling green hills of Pennsylvania then you definitely want to plan to visit one of these spectacular Lehigh Valley wineries. Staying at the Sayre Mansion will add to your elegant trip through wine country. This bed and breakfast is a favorite in the Lehigh Valley for its historic setting with modern amenities and delicious gourmet food.

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6 Fun Things to Do in Allentown http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/12/6-fun-things-allentown/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/12/6-fun-things-allentown/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:40:14 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=977   In the beautiful Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania you’ll fine charming Allentown, a small town with a big city swagger. There are numerous fun things to do in Allentown without the hustle and bustle of the big city. With a lively downtown, large event centers, amusements parks and green parks scattered throughout the town, there is […]

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Little Lehigh Park / Photo By Lehigh Valley, PA via Flickr

 

In the beautiful Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania you’ll fine charming Allentown, a small town with a big city swagger. There are numerous fun things to do in Allentown without the hustle and bustle of the big city. With a lively downtown, large event centers, amusements parks and green parks scattered throughout the town, there is something to do for everyone in Allentown.

  1. Dorney Park is an amusement and water park in Allentown, and is a favorite warm-weather attraction. With a variety of live music shows in their amphitheater, numerous roller coasters and thrill rides, and even a Dinosaurs Alive animantronic exhibit, there’s amusement here for the whole family. Check their website for the soon-to-be-announced 2015 dates.
  2. The Mack Truck Museum in Allentown is a great place for any automotive enthusiast, and a 2-year-old boy’s dream. Learn the history of Mack Trucks, and the diesel engine in general at this hub for the American car culture. The museum also restores vintage Mack trucks, which are simply beautiful, even for those of you less excited about the industry.
  3. Allentown is home to many quintessential Lehigh Valley Parks. Little Lehigh Park is historic with running and biking trails, a creek and a covered bridge. Another city park favorite is Cedar Beach Park located on Cedar Creek. This park has multiple picnic pavilions equipped with charcoal grills. The Park also has a public pool, as well as Lake Muhlenberg. Close by you’ll fine the Memorial Rose Garden, a wonderful treat in the springtime
  4. The Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour is a great way to spend part of your day. The Lehigh Valley is home to seven of Pennsylvania’s 200 historic covered bridges. Five of our bridges are still open to traffic and are beautiful gems often taken for granted by locals. This 50 mile driving or, if you’re feeling ambitious, biking tour is a great way to see the whole valley and learn about some of its history.
  5. The Allentown Art Museum is impressive in the scope of its collection. Home to over 17,000 works of art covering over 2,000 years of cultural heritage and offering a variety of exhibits, collections, educational programs and community events, the Allentown Art Museum is a staple among fun things to do in Allentown.
  6. The PPL Center is a new sports arena in Allentown, which is home to the AHL team the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, as well as the Lehigh Valley Steel Hawks, the professional indoor football team. This events center can seat 8,500 for sporting events, and 10,000 for concerts, making it the biggest venue in the region. Here are some of the upcoming events at PPL.
    • Disney on Ice Presents World Fantasy is showing January 7th through the 11th.
    • The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are in season with many home games scheduled.
    • Nickelback is playing in February 14th.
    • Neil Diamond is playing on February 27th and March 1st.
    • Monster Jam tickets available for March 13th though the 15th.
    • First home game for the 2015 Steel Hawks is April 12th.

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, breakfasts and charm.

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Visit the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/12/lehigh-valley-heritage-museum/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/12/lehigh-valley-heritage-museum/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 03:38:58 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=986 The area of Pennsylvania known as the Lehigh Valley is full of fascinating history for visitors to explore.  The Sayre Mansion in Bethlehem is part of that history, as the original owner of the house was the vice president of Bethlehem Iron Works, which later became Bethlehem Steel Corporation, an integral part of the town’s […]

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Lehigh Valley Heritage MuseumThe area of Pennsylvania known as the Lehigh Valley is full of fascinating history for visitors to explore.  The Sayre Mansion in Bethlehem is part of that history, as the original owner of the house was the vice president of Bethlehem Iron Works, which later became Bethlehem Steel Corporation, an integral part of the town’s fabric. Whether you’re a history buff, or you’re just interested in the heritage of the places you visit, there are plenty of places to explore in the Lehigh Valley.  One of those places is the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum in nearby Allentown. This state of the art museum is both entertaining and informative and Maintained by the Lehigh County Historical Society.  Read on to find out more about the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum and what to expect during your visit.

Lehigh County Historical Society

The Lehigh County Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the historical artifacts and documents related to Lehigh County, PA.  The Lehigh County Historical Society maintains the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum and the Scott Andrew Trexler II Research Library & Archive. The library is home to more than three million historical documents and 70,000 photographs as well as  a microfiche collection of the area’s early newspapers. In addition to maintaining these establishments, the Lehigh County Historical Society is responsible for the following historical sites in Lehigh County: Claussville One-Room Schoolehouse (1893), Haines mill Museum (1850), Lockridge Furnace Museum (1868), Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum (1756), Trout Hall (1770), and Saylor Cement Industry Museum (1893).

The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum

The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum is a state-of-the-art facility home to thousands of documents and artifacts as well as several exhibits.   Some of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum exhibits are permanent and some are rotating.  The National Penn Bank Historical Exhibit Hallways is a permanent exhibit that explores the history of the area from pre-European settlement to the present.  There are ongoing exhibits about the Revolutionary War as well as an exhibit about energy creation and consumption.  There are two new exhibits at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum currently. The Stories of World War I exhibit, which shows visitors both America and the Lehigh Valley’s contributions to the war effort.  The other exhibit explores the artwork of Mort Kunstler, noted historical artist. The museum also hosts special events and programs from time to time.

Lehigh Valley Accommodations

When planning your visit to the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, be sure you book your stay at a local establishment.  The Sayre Mansion in Bethlehem, PA is a luxurious boutique hotel set in a historic mansion from the 1850s.  The Sayre Mansion has been a Lehigh Valley Landmark for more than a century and has a special place in the area’s history.  Our guest rooms and suites expertly combine  elegant period furnishings with modern comforts and amenities.  Guests will enjoy luxurious bedding, private bathrooms, and more in the setting of a meticulously restored 1858 manor house. Each morning you will be treated to a full innkeeper’s breakfast, which is sure to start your days off on a bright note.  Our staff are experts on our area and love sharing their tips on where to go, what to do, and which restaurants to try.  At the Sayre Mansion, you’ll experience a truly memorable Lehigh Valley Getaway.

Photo: Alphageekpa via Creative Commons

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8 Best Restaurants in Bethlehem PA http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/12/best-restaurants-in-bethlehem-pa/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/12/best-restaurants-in-bethlehem-pa/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:28:58 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=969 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is the perfect travel destination for a multitude of reasons.  Home of the Sayre Mansion, Bethlehem combines small town charm with the benefits of a more urban location.  With historic buildings and quaint downtown streets, Bethlehem will put you at ease.  However, don’t let that fool you into thinking there isn’t a lot […]

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Best Restaurants in Bethlehem PABethlehem, Pennsylvania is the perfect travel destination for a multitude of reasons.  Home of the Sayre Mansion, Bethlehem combines small town charm with the benefits of a more urban location.  With historic buildings and quaint downtown streets, Bethlehem will put you at ease.  However, don’t let that fool you into thinking there isn’t a lot going on here! Bethlehem has great places to experience entertainment and dining worthy of a big city.  For instance, you can try both cutting edge cuisine and old favorites at the best restaurants in Bethlehem PA.

The Mint Gastropub

The Mint Gastropub focuses on bring its guests the best selection of food and drink possible.  The menu is made up of modern interpretations of classic comfort foods. Think a variety of upgraded mac and cheese dishes as well as premium sandwiches. Along with the whimsical menu, The Mint offers a large selection of beer, wine, and spirits.

Bolete Restaurant

Recently named one of the “Top 100 Best Restaurants in America” by OpenTable, there is no doubt that Bolete is one of the best restaurants in Bethlehem PA. Bolete’s Chef Chizmar uses the best local and sustainable ingredients available to craft amazing dishes, with a menu that changes daily.  Depending on the season you may find fresh seafood, poultry, and beef dishes along with innovative vegetarian options. Make a reservation for Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening to experience the six-course Chef’s tasting menu.  Wine pairings are also available.

Apollo Grill

A popular favorite on the list of the best restaurants in Bethlehem PA is Apollo Grill.  Patrons can enjoy an array of appetizers, burgers, chops, and more in a friendly and warm atmosphere that features modern décor.

Bethlehem Brew Works Microbrewery

Honoring Bethlehem’s history as a steel town, this brewpub has a menu of sandwiches, burgers, wings, salads, and soups.  Some recipes are even “beer enhanced” using beer from the microbrewery on site. The Brew Works has a great selection of beer tap and you might find favorites like Steelworker’s Stout, Fegley’s ESB, Steelgaarden Wit, Golden Ale, or Czech Your Head Pilsner on tap when you visit.

Emeril’s Chop House

One of several amazing restaurants at the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort, Emeril’s Chop House is perfect for those looking to enjoy premium cuts of meat and classic steakhouse recipes with a modern twist.  Plus, this restaurant has the added benefit of being near tons of gaming and entertainment opportunities, as you won’t find a livelier place in Bethlehem than the Sands.

Melt Grill

Melt is most certainly one of the best restaurants in Bethlehem PA if you want to enjoy some of the finest pasta around.  Pasta dishes here are prepared with traditional sauces that have a modern twist.  However, pasta isn’t the only thing on the menu.  Amazing salads, antipasta, pizzas, and Italian inspired entrees are also available.  If you stop in for lunch, they also offer delicious panini.

Edge Restaurant

Edge makes the list of the best restaurants in Bethlehem PA due to its perfect fusion of French and Asian cuisines.  The menu has a wide selection of modern cuisine like Korean Barbecue Chicken, Foie Gras, pastas, steaks and more.  They also have an impressive wine list, so you can find the perfect vintage to complement your meal. The atmosphere is upscale yet casual and comfortable.

Molinari’s

For delicious Italian fare in a warm and familial atmosphere, you should make a reservation at Molinari’s.  This Bethlehem restaurant uses fresh, local ingredients in simple yet memorable authentic Italian dishes. Choose from a menu featuring favorites like calimari, pizza, pasta and more.

 

When planning which of the best restaurants in Bethlehem PA you want to visit, make sure you book your accommodations at the Sayre Mansion.  Our Bethlehem bed and breakfast is located in the heart of town, within walking distance from many of the above restaurants and just a short car trip from the others.  Our elegant and comfortable guest rooms will provide you with the perfect place to relax and unwind during your getaway, and the personalized attention of our knowledgeable staff will ensure that your time in Bethlehem is as fulfilling as possible.  For the essential Bethlehem, PA experience, there’s no better place to stay than the Sayre Mansion!

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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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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!

The feature breweries are:

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.

Photo courtesy of Scott Penner

 

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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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