Sayre Mansion » BLOG http://sayremansion.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:22:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania for Couples http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/09/things-to-do-in-pennsylvania-for-couples/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/09/things-to-do-in-pennsylvania-for-couples/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:14:59 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=903 The state of Pennsylvania is full of great attractions to visit.  If you are in need of a romantic getaway, then there are so many things to do in Pennsylvania for couples.   Visitors can enjoy world-class shows, quality dining, fine wines and more in the Lehigh Valley.  This charming part of the state includes […]

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Things to Do in Pennsylvania for CouplesThe state of Pennsylvania is full of great attractions to visit.  If you are in need of a romantic getaway, then there are so many things to do in Pennsylvania for couples.   Visitors can enjoy world-class shows, quality dining, fine wines and more in the Lehigh Valley.  This charming part of the state includes a collection of towns that boast beautiful scenery, friendly faces, and many opportunities for fun and romance. The Sayre Mansion is located in the heart of Bethlehem, PA which is the perfect place to call your home away from home while you’re trying out these things to do in Pennsylvania for couples.

 

1. Tour the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail

One of our favorite recommendations for things to do in Pennsylvania for couples is a visit to the wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail.  This collection of nine family owned wineries and vineyards produces amazing vintages of local wine that has continually won accolades.  The wines produced on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail are often made from Chambourcin grapes, which are the signature grapes of the region.  The wineries included on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail are: Amore, Big Creek, Blue Mountain, Clover Hill, Franklin Hill, Galen Glen, Pinnacle Ridge, Tolino, and Vynecrest.

 

2. Enjoy Fine Dining

The Lehigh Valley is home to many great dining options, so experiencing fine cuisine is one of the most popular things to do in Pennsylvania for couples.  Bethlehem and the surrounding areas have restaurants that offer a range of cuisines including American, French, Mediterranean, Italian, Thai, Asian Fusion, and much more.

 

3. See a Show at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center

The former campus of Bethlehem Steel has become a bustling center of arts and culture.  One of the attractions in this part of town includes the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort and the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, where you can catch a big name musical act, comedy performance, or other special event.

 

4. Visit Historic Downtown Bethlehem

Downtown Bethlehem, PA is a great place to explore during your time in the Lehigh Valley.  This historic town is home to quaint restaurants, shops, galleries, and more.  And because Bethlehem is home to a large number of annual festivals each year, you can almost always find something special going on downtown.

 

5. Stay at the Sayre Mansion

No matter which of these things to do in Pennsylvania you choose to participate in, your time in the Lehigh Valley will be enhanced by a stay at our Bethlehem boutique hotel.  The historic Sayre Mansion is a beautifully restored home dating back to the 1850s.  It was once home to Robert Sayre, the chief engineer of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, vice president of Bethlehem Iron Works (which would later become Bethlehem Steel), and one of Bethlehem’s most prominent citizens.

 

When you stay with us at the Sayre Mansion, you can take advantage of elegant accommodations with vintage style and modern amenities. The luxurious rooms and suites are the perfect romantic setting, featuring fine linen and private baths.  It’s the ideal place to relax and soak in some much needed time away from the every day hustle and bustle of life.  Every morning of your stay at Sayre, you’ll enjoy a delicious full breakfast, so you’ll be prepared for whatever the day ha in store for you.

 

 

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Visit Clover Hill Winery http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/09/clover-hill-winery/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/09/clover-hill-winery/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:48:45 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=900 The Lehigh Valley is a region full of  great culture, charm, dining, and more.  It is also home to amazing vineyards and wineries.  The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a collection of nine family-owned establishments that produce quality wines.  One of the members of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail that you should visit during your […]

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Clover Hill WineryThe Lehigh Valley is a region full of  great culture, charm, dining, and more.  It is also home to amazing vineyards and wineries.  The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a collection of nine family-owned establishments that produce quality wines.  One of the members of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail that you should visit during your time at the Sayre Mansion is Clover Hill Winery in nearby Breinigsville, Pennsylvania.  To taste a variety of the Lehigh Valley’s finest wines in a beautiful setting, a visit to Clover Hill Winery is the perfect way to spend a day in our corner of the world.

 

 

About Clover Hill Winery

Clover Hill Winery is among the largest family owned and operated wineries in Pennsylvania.  The vineyard ha been producing amazing wine for more than twenty five years.  Clover Hill produces over 75,000 gallons of wine each year. Clover Hill has a beautiful tasting room that’s open for visitors seven days a week.  This will give you the opportunity to try some of the great vintages being produced at Clover Hill.

 

 

Wines at Clover Hill Winery

Clover Hill Winery produces a wide range of white, red, rosé, sparkling, and non-traditional wines.  Their whites are: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Oak Vidal Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Cayuga White, Riesling, Vignoles, and Niagara. The reds available are: Sangiovese, Chambourcin, Merlot, Turtle Rock Red, DeChaunac, and Concord.  Three rosés are available: Dolcetto, Catawba, and Clover Hill Rosé. There are also three sparkling vintages: Brut, Clover Hill Cuvée, and Blackberry Sparkler. the non-traditional wines utilize fruits such as apple, passion fruit, and citrus as we’ll as the flavors of cinnamon and cloves.  Clover Hill Winery also has a “Generation” series, which is a collection of their finest wines.

 

 

Events at Clover Hill Winery

Along with the regular tasting hours at Clover Hill, the winery hosts special events regularaly.  Monthly specials rotate and include discounts on certain days at the winery and the vineyard.  Annual events are also put on Clover hill, with the Wine & Cheese Weekend on the Berks County Wine Trail, the Wine and Food Pairing event, the Pumpkin Carving Contest, and Chambourcin Weekend, and Nouveau Weekend are all upcoming.

 

 

When planning your visit to the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail and Clover Hill Winery, be sure to book your stay at our Bethlehem boutique hotel.  The Sayre Mansion is the ideal place to stay during a getaway to the Lehigh Valley.  Our historic mansion dates back to the 1850s and is an integral part of the history of the town.  Choose one of our elegant and comfortable guest rooms that combine classic style with modern amenities.  You get all the comforts of home while also getting to experience vintage decor and antique furnishings.  Each morning, start your day off with a full innkeeper’s breakfast and get the fuel to take on whatever adventures you have planned.  And our knowledgeable and experienced staff will make sure you have everything you need, including recommendations on what to do, see, and eat while in Bethlehem. We can’t wait to have you with us soon!

 

 

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What to Do and Learn at The Banana Factory http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/09/banana-factory/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/09/banana-factory/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:12:26 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=897 Along with an abundance of friendly faces and small town charm, Bethlehem, PA is full of fantastic culture and art.  The Banana Factory in downtown Bethlehem has great visual arts exhibits as well as classes for residents and visitors to enjoy. And its location on the former Bethlehem Steel campus means that it is only […]

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Banana FactoryAlong with an abundance of friendly faces and small town charm, Bethlehem, PA is full of fantastic culture and art.  The Banana Factory in downtown Bethlehem has great visual arts exhibits as well as classes for residents and visitors to enjoy. And its location on the former Bethlehem Steel campus means that it is only minutes away from the Sayre Mansion and the rest of the attractions, dining options, and shopping the town offers.  So whether you want to learn a new creative skill set or just want to browse some fine art, then you should head to the Banana Factory.

 

About the Banana Factory

As part of the ArtsQuest facility on the old Bethlehem Steel campus, the Banana Factory is a unique cultural arts experience.  It combines displays of visual arts with classes and learning opportunities to create an immersive artistic experience. See artwork from local artists and learn about techniques used to create it.  ArtsQuest and the Banana Factory have resident artists located on the second and third floors of the Banana Factory. Also, the hot glass studio at the Banana Factory is the only one in the Lehigh Valley.

 

Banana Factory Exhibits and Events

Each year the Banana Factory plays host to about 20 exhibitions.  Currently there are four free exhibitions available for the public to enjoy.  The current exhibitions are:

  • Kristi Cochios: Resilience
  • Todd Stone: Downtown Rising – Studies in Resilience
  • ArtsQuest Annual Members’ Exhibitions
  • ArtsQuest Annual Resident Artists’ Exhibition Part 2

In addition to these exhibitions, the Banana Factory has special events that celebrate the arts.  First Friday is a recurring event that takes place on the first Friday of every month when local restaurants, merchants, and galleries join with the Banana Factory to celebrate the artistic community of Bethlehem. Activities at First Friday include displays at the ArtsQuest Glass Studio, henna tattoos, improv performances, and open studio mingles with artwork available for purchase.

 

Banana Factory Classes

Whether you want to improve your existing skills, or develop a new ability Banana Factory classes offer guests a variety of visual arts classes from experienced instructors. Students, no matter their starting skill level, can cultivate their creative sides in the following areas:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Multimedia
  • Photography
  • Glass
  • Ceramics
  • Jewelry Making

 

 

Whether you simply want to appreciate the works of local artists or learn how to make your own masterpiece, the Banana Factory is the ultimate destination for creative fun in the Lehigh Valley.  And when you’re planning your visit to the Banana Factory, be sure to book a stay at a local Bethlehem boutique hotel.  The Sayre Mansion is located in the heart of town in close proximity to the restaurants, shopping, and other attractions the area has to offer.  Our elegant and comfortable guest rooms  have timeless style combined with modern amenities.  Our historic mansion is an integral part of Bethlehem’s history, so you’ll get more than top-notch accommodations when you stay with us…you’ll get the essential Bethlehem experience! We can’t wait to have you with us soon!

 

 

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Sands Bethlehem is an Excellent Casino http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/09/sands-bethlehem/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/09/sands-bethlehem/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:32:50 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=892 What was once the campus of the Bethlehem Steel company is now the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort. This premier gaming and entertainment destination is full of opportunities for fun and it’s located just minutes away from the Sayre Mansion.  So you can get the excitement of gaming on the casino floor and come back to […]

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Sands BethlehemWhat was once the campus of the Bethlehem Steel company is now the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort. This premier gaming and entertainment destination is full of opportunities for fun and it’s located just minutes away from the Sayre Mansion.  So you can get the excitement of gaming on the casino floor and come back to the peace and quiet of our Bethlehem boutique hotel.  For great table games, dining, shopping, nightlife and more, look no further than the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort.

 

Gaming at Sands Bethlehem

If you’re a fan of table games like blackjack, craps, roulette or poker, the the Sands Bethlehem has you covered. There are more than 180 gaming tables.  These tables include poker, blackjack, craps, mini and midi-baccarat, pai gow, and many more. Or if table gaming isn’t your speed, then there are also a number of slot machines for you to enjoy.  Whatever your favorite casino game is, you’ll never be bored at Sands Bethlehem.

 

Nightlife

If playing poker, craps, roulette, or black jack isn’t what you want to do the entire night, then the Sands Bethlehem has a number of bars and lounges that provide the best nightlife in town.  Enjoy cocktails and dance the night away at Coil Lounge, Infusion Lounge, Vision Bar, or Molten Lounge.  Each has a unique feeling and atmosphere but they are all the perfect venue for a good time!

 

Dining

The dining options at the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort are as varied as they are delicious.  To super-casual to fine cuisine, everyone will find something to sate their appetite at the Sands.  Famous chef Emeril Lagasse has three establishments in the casino: Burgers and More by Emeril (BAM), Emeril’s Chop House, and Emeril’s Italian Table. St. James Gate Irish Pub and Carvery recreates the atmosphere of an authentic Irish public house and the renowned Carnegie Deli with its massive sandwiches also has a location in the Sands.  Other options include Chopstick Asian Cuisine, Steelworks Buffet and Grill, and the Market Gourmet Express Food Court with more casual fare.

 

Shopping and Other Activities at Sands Bethlehem

If you need to take a break from playing casino games and sipping cocktails, then indulge in some retail therapy at the Outlets at Sands Bethlehem. There are more than 25 stores offering clothing, decor, household goods, electronics, jewelry, and more.  Popular brands represented at the Outlets at Sands Bethlehem include .  The property is also home to a day spa, a bakery cafe and a family entertainment center.

 

When you plan your visit to the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort, be sure to book a room away from all of the hustle and bustle of the resort itself at the Sayre Mansion.  Our elegant and luxurious guest rooms provide guests the utmost in convenience and comfort in a beautiful setting.  Our location in the heart of Bethlehem is ideal for visitors who want to visit Sands Bethlehem and other restaurants, shops, and attractions around town. And when you stay at our Bethlehem boutique hotel, you’ll get a full innkeeper’s breakfast each morning, so you can start your day on a bright note and take on whatever adventures the day has in store for you.

 

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Zoellner Arts Center Fall Events http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/09/zoellner-arts-center/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/09/zoellner-arts-center/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:17:42 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=887 Lehigh University is an integral part of life in Bethlehem, PA.  Part of their impact on the town comes from Zoellner Arts Center. The home to Lehigh’s departments of Theatre and Music as well as the Art Galleries and Guest Artist Series.  When you plan a stay at Sayre Mansion this fall, check out one […]

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Zoellner Arts CenterLehigh University is an integral part of life in Bethlehem, PA.  Part of their impact on the town comes from Zoellner Arts Center. The home to Lehigh’s departments of Theatre and Music as well as the Art Galleries and Guest Artist Series.  When you plan a stay at Sayre Mansion this fall, check out one of the many amazing musical performances, readings, exhibitions, or other events held at Zoellner Arts Center.

 

Zoellner Arts Center Background

Built in 1996 and opened in 1997, the Zoellner Arts Center combines the education of Lehigh University students with professional facilities that also play host to public concerts and events.  According to the Zoellner Center site, “The center’s mission is to create an environment where artists and students of the arts develop and learn; to educate, captivate and inspire performers and audiences by presenting a variety of vibrant, high-quality performing arts events, exhibits and scholastic programs; and to develop new audiences.”

 

The center has three main performance  facilities: Baker Hall, Diamond Theater, and Black Box Theater.  There is also a two story art gallery which features student exhibitions as well as those of guest artists.  Zoellner Arts Center is also home to rehearsal spaces, a dance studio, classrooms, a music library, dressing rooms, a costume shop, scene shop, and recording studio. In the past, renowned performers such as Yo-Yo-Ma,  the New York Philharmonic, Itzhak Perlman,  Tony Bennet, Lily Tomlin, Bernadette Peters, Queen Latifah, Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, and Garrison Keillor have appeared at the center.

 

 

Zoellner Arts Center Fall Event Schedule

From musical performances to art exhibitions to lectures and everything in between, you’ll find a schedule full of intriguing events at Zoellner Arts Center.  This fall’s lineup includes legend Smokey Robinson, student theatrical and music presentation, poets, writers, and even circuses.  Below is the full fall schedule:

 

The Prints of Arthur B. Davies | October 2nd

An Evening with CS Lewis | October 3rd

Cirque Alfonse – Timber! | October 5th

Notations: Shirlette Ammons | October 9th

Notations: Joanie Mackowski | October 15th

Red Baraat | October 17th

LU Jazz Repertory Orchestra: A Tribute to the Big Bands | October 18th

Donna McHugh, Piano & Natalia Khoma, Cello: Romantic Works | October 19th

Smokey Robinson | October 25th

Arturo Sandoval | November 1st

Notations: L. Lamar Wilson | November 4th

Dept. of Theatre : Kind Ness & Minnesota | November 7th – 15th

LU Jazz Ensemble, Funk Band & Combo | November 8th

LU Student Chamber Music Ensembles | November 9th

Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now | November 9th

LU Choral Arts : Songs of Love | November 14th

LU Wind Ensemble: Potpourri for Winds | November 16th

The Toure-Raichel Collective | November 23rd

 

 

When you plan your trip to Bethlehem and your visit to the Zoellner Arts Center for one of their fantastic exhibits or events, be sure to book a stay at our Bethlehem boutique hotel.  The Sayre Mansion is located in the heart of historic Bethlehem and offers guests the elegance and atmosphere of an 1800s mansion with all the comforts and amenities of a modern hotel.  Our beautiful guest rooms and suites feature period antiques and furnishings along with fine linens and bath amenities.  And each stay includes the attention of our knowledgeable staff as well as a full innkeepers breakfast in the morning, guaranteeing your day will get off to a bright start.  To have the essential Bethlehem experience, there is no better place to stay than at the Sayre Mansion.

 

 

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Pick Your Own Fruits at Strawberry Acres http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/09/strawberry-acres/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/09/strawberry-acres/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:02:10 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=880 The air is cooling and the leaves on the trees are beginning to change from green to shades of orange, red, yellow, and gold.  It can only mean one thing: fall is approaching once more, and that means that new fruit crops will be ready to pick! A perfect autumn pastime in the Lehigh Valley […]

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Strawberry AcresThe air is cooling and the leaves on the trees are beginning to change from green to shades of orange, red, yellow, and gold.  It can only mean one thing: fall is approaching once more, and that means that new fruit crops will be ready to pick! A perfect autumn pastime in the Lehigh Valley is picking your own fruits at one of the farms in the area.  One of our favorite places to pick fruit is Strawberry Acres in nearby Coplay, PA. Coplay is just about 20 minutes away from our Bethlehem boutique hotel, making a trip to Strawberry Acres the ideal way to spend a day enjoying the fall air during your stay at the Sayre Mansion.  With a variety of fruit ready to be picked depending on season as well as a market and other activities, a day at Strawberry Acres is a fall must.

 

About Strawberry Acres

Strawberry Acres is a working farm that has been continually worked since 1820.  The stone home originally built on the property is still in use today! The farm was originally formed on 100 acres but land was added through the years, including an addition of 75 acres sometime in the 1960s.  The pick-your-own fruits started with strawberries (hence the name of the farm) and extended to other fruit trees in an attempt to soften the blow of losing about half of their crops to a storm in the 1980s. Today Strawberry acres is third largest pick-your-own farm in the state of Pennsylvania.

 

Picking Fruit at Strawberry Acres

Depending on the season in which you visit Strawberry Acres, there is a variety of delectable fruits to pick.  Or, if you want to try some of the homegrown fruits, you can buy it ready-picked at the Strawberry Acres Farm Market. The fruits you can pick or buy at strawberry acres are:

  • Strawberries
  • Cherries: Emperor Francis, Cavalier Hedelfingen
  • Peaches: Red Haven, Glo Haven, Loring, Suncrest, Redskin, Crest Haven
  • Apples: Royal Gala, Macintosh, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Idared, Mutsu, Melrose, Fuji
  • Pears: Bartlett, Bosc, Anjou
  • Pumpkins & Gourds

 

Farm Market, Bakery, and Activities at Strawberry Acres

In addition to the pick-your-own action in the orchards on Strawberry Acres, there are more activities you should consider.  Head to the Farm Market and Bakery to get fresh baked goods, pre-picked fruit, fruit preserves and butters, and seasonal specialties like delicious cider in the fall.   There is also a variety of delicious hot food to enjoy at the Farm Market like hoagies and hot dogs as well as beverages and the delicious baked goods (dumplings, pies, muffins etc.).

 

The farm is also home to Barnyard Buddies from August through October, where you can encounter farm animals and get in touch with another part of farm life.  Pony rides, hayrides, games, and the turbo tube slide down the hillside are other popular activities at Strawberry Acres.

 

 

Staying Near Strawberry Acres

Because our Bethlehem boutique hotel is just about 20 minutes away from the Strawberry Acres farm in Coplay, you can enjoy both the idyllic countryside atmosphere while picking and return to the Sayre Mansion for elegant accommodations and luxurious amenities.  Located in the heart of downtown Bethlehem, we’re always near the action – whether that’s one of our amazing festivals, a show at the Sands Event Center, or just great shopping and dining.  There’s always something happening in Bethlehem and in the greater Lehigh Valley area, so it’s the ideal destination year-round.  And whenever you decide to visit, Strawberry Acres will have some sweet delicious fruit for you to harvest and take home!

 

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Runners World Half Marathon: Keep Training! http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/08/runners-world-half-marathon/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/08/runners-world-half-marathon/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:12:59 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=876     Along with seasonal celebrations and festivals, Bethlehem, PA plays host to athletic events and competitions throughout the year.  During October, the Runners World Half Marathon & Festival comes to town and features several races, seminars on running and health, live music and more.  So, if you’re a running enthusiast looking for a challenging […]

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Runners World Half MarathonAlong with seasonal celebrations and festivals, Bethlehem, PA plays host to athletic events and competitions throughout the year.  During October, the Runners World Half Marathon & Festival comes to town and features several races, seminars on running and health, live music and more.  So, if you’re a running enthusiast looking for a challenging and fun race to participate in this fall, consider competing in one or more of the Runners World Half Marathon & Festival races.  And if you’re already planning on racing, be sure to keep training!

 

 

Runners World Half Marathon Events

This year’s series of races and events will take place on October 17th – 19th, right here in Bethlehem. The main draws are, of course, the half marathon and other races, but there are a number of other events that range from entertaining to educational. These events include seminars on training, health expos, and a pre-race pasta dinner. The editor’s of Runner’s World will be present at the pre-race dinner, which will feature a menu especially selected to give you the right fuel for the upcoming races. Check the Runners World Half Marathon & Festival schedule to see the details of what will be happening over the weekend.

 

 

Runners World Half Marathon Races & Courses

The weekend will include the half marathon, a 5k, a 10k, and dog and children’s runs.  There are multiple-race options as well, including the Hat Trick, which includes the 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon races.  Or if you’re not quite up to that try the Five & Dime, which includes the 5k and 10k races. Each race will begin at the festival’s headquarters at the Bethlehem Steel Mill and ArtsQuest SteelStacks Campus. The courses go through the historic parts of Downtown Bethlehem and the surrounding neighborhoods, so you can get a good look at our charming town as you race.  Points of interest you’ll pass on the course include the Steel Complex and the Moravian College as well as some of the town’s original settlements that date back to 1741.

 

 

Runners World Half Marathon Training Programs

In order to make sure you’re in the best shape possible to participate in the races at the Runner’s World Half Marathon & Festival, Runners World has several half marathon training plans to get you prepared.  There are plans tailored to beginners, intermediate level runners, and experienced runners trying to achieve a certain finish time. There are also customizable plans, and ways to get coaching so you can hit your goals in the healthiest way possible for your individual needs.

 

 

 

If you’re planning on coming to Bethlehem for a special event like the Runners World Half Marathon, consider staying at our local boutique hotel. The Sayre Mansion offers elegant and luxurious accommodations to surround you in comfort before and after you tackle whatever you activity you’re in town for. Start each morning with a delicious full breakfast to get your days off to a bright start.  And if your plans don’t include competing in a race or attending a festival, Bethlehem is a great destination for a getaway any time. Plus, the gracious attention of our staff will ensure your stay in town is as successful as possible. We can’t wait to see you soon!

 

 

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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Aims to Conserve Birds of Prey http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/08/hawk-mountain-sanctuary/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/08/hawk-mountain-sanctuary/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:54:15 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=871 The charming town of Bethlehem, PA has so much to offer in the way of entertainment, culture, and a great small-town atmosphere.  However this isn’t all that the Lehigh Valley has going for it.  Here at Sayre Mansion, we love sharing our favorite activities and attractions with guests. There are plenty of activities for those […]

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Hawk Mountain SanctuaryThe charming town of Bethlehem, PA has so much to offer in the way of entertainment, culture, and a great small-town atmosphere.  However this isn’t all that the Lehigh Valley has going for it.  Here at Sayre Mansion, we love sharing our favorite activities and attractions with guests. There are plenty of activities for those more inclined to enjoy the outdoors as well. In nearby Kempton, PA the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is home to a variety of  birds of prey and is dedicated to protecting and conserving these important species. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary offers visitors the chance to get up close to nature with wildlife viewing stations, hiking trails, and exhibits that take a deeper look at the habitats of the birds. If you’re a birder or just a outdoor enthusiast, then Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is worth a visit.

 

History and Raptor Conservation at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary was the first raptor refuge in the United States and was founded in during the Great Depression in 1934 when there was a movement to eradicate predatory wildlife from the area. The sanctuary includes 1400 acres and sees a large number of falcons, hawks, kestrels, and eagles due to the migratory patterns of the birds. The area has seen over 265 species since opening, with 65 of those regularly nesting, and approximately 150 appearing each year. The geography of the sanctuary features several peaks and ridges that offer amazing views of the Appalachian mountains and trail.

 

The Visitor Center at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Your trip to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will begin at the Visitor Center.  There you can pay admission to the trails, browse the selection of books an nature gifts, and get to know birds of prey better through various exhibits, including a glimpse into their habitat. The Visitor Center is also host to special programs and events.  It’s also a great place to view the wildlife that frequent the sanctuary, with viewing windows that provide views of the bird feeding areas. You may also want to get a sneak peak of the birds you can see at the sanctuary, as there are 16 raptor species represented by life-size wooden carvings.

 

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Hiking Trails

Along with opportunities to learn about raptors, their habitats, and conservation, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has hiking trails.  Observe the birds of prey and other wildlife from the trails, as well as indigenous flora. There are five trails of varying difficulty: South Lookout Trail, Lookout Trail, River of Rocks Trail, Skyline Trail, Golden Eagle Trails, and the Pinnacle Trail.  The Lookout Trail is the most accessible and easy of the trails, while the Golden Eagle presents a challenge and the Pinnacle Trail connects to the famed Appalachian Trail.

 

 

After a day of spotting birds and hiking the trails at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, our Bethlehem boutique hotel is the ideal place to come back and relax. The Sayre Mansion features classic and elegant furnishings while providing outstanding amenities and service.  Our rooms are all uniquely appointed with luxurious and comfortable furniture and decor.  No matter what you decided to do in the Lehigh Valley, a stay at the Sayre Mansion will make the trip extra special.

 

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Enjoy the Bethlehem Harvest Festival http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/08/bethlehem-harvest-festival/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/08/bethlehem-harvest-festival/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 18:34:27 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=866 One of the great things about Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is that there is so much going on year-round. From the signature summer celebration that is Musikfest, to the lights of the Christmas City in the winter, there is an event to celebrate most seasons.  In the autumn, one event you must attend if you’re planning a […]

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Bethlehem Harvest FestivalOne of the great things about Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is that there is so much going on year-round. From the signature summer celebration that is Musikfest, to the lights of the Christmas City in the winter, there is an event to celebrate most seasons.  In the autumn, one event you must attend if you’re planning a trip to the Sayre Mansion is the Bethlehem Harvest Festival.  If you’re a fan of craft beer, locally made food, great music, and wine, then the Bethlehem Harvest Festival has your name all over it!

 

Now in its 9th year, the Bethlehem Harvest Festival is presented by the Downtown Bethlehem Association and  has become a tradition for locals and visitors each October.  This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 11th from 11 am until 6 pm on Main Street and until 8 pm in the Sun Inn Courtyard.  The festival includes great food, wine and soup tastings, a biergarten, live entertainment, and even a pie eating contest.

 

Bethlehem Harvest Festival Biergarten

A key part of the festival is definitely the Biergarten.  This hub of activity will be the place to find local cuisine, live music, and a variety of beer. If you’re in it for the beer, then you should consider a Beer Passport, which allows you to sample 28 beers on Main Street during the day, and gives you a discount on beer at the Biergarten until closing.

 

Soup and Wine Tasting

Along with Beer Passports, Wine Passports are also available. Get yours stamped at the wine tastings during the day.  If you’re a soup fan, there will be a soup tasting and contest featuring soups from downtown restaurants.  Try them all and vote for your favorite!

 

Pie Eating Contest

What would any festival be without a pie eating contest? The Bethlehem Harvest Festival’s pie eating contest gives 10 lucky festival-goers the chance to eat some of the most delicious pie in the Lehigh Valley while competing to see who can finish one off the quickest!  Of course, standard pie eating contest rules apply: no hands and your pie has to be completely gone, naturally!

 

Music at the Harvest Festival

Live music will keep things hopping throughout the day at the Bethlehem Harvest Festival. Two stages (one in the Biergarten and one on Main Street) will feature local favorites bringing out their best stuff. So bring your dancing shoes, it’s sure to be entertaining!

 

 

When planning your visit to the Bethlehem Harvest Festival, a stay at a local Bethlehem boutique hotel will enhance your experience. The Sayre Mansion has elegant yet comfortable guest rooms that will make you feel at home and luxurious amenities that will pamper you.  One of the biggest benefits of staying at Sayre is our location right in the heart of Bethlehem, so no matter when you visit you’ll be close to the action. Plus, our historic property is an integral part of the town’s history, so you can have an authentic Bethlehem experience. And, of course, you can count on a delicious breakfast each morning of your stay, so you can head out to the Harvest Festival fully fueled and ready to fill up that beer passport!

 

 

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Sands Event Center: A First-Class Venue http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/08/sands-event-center/ http://sayremansion.com/blog/2014/08/sands-event-center/#comments Sun, 03 Aug 2014 16:28:13 +0000 http://sayremansion.com/?p=848 Thanks to the Sands Event Center here in Bethlehem, our little town has become a big draw for music lovers and concert goers.  This premier venue features the top acts in music, comedy, popular speakers, and more on a regular basis.  Whether its your favorite old band reuniting to play the hits, or a hot […]

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Sands Event CenterThanks to the Sands Event Center here in Bethlehem, our little town has become a big draw for music lovers and concert goers.  This premier venue features the top acts in music, comedy, popular speakers, and more on a regular basis.  Whether its your favorite old band reuniting to play the hits, or a hot new act, the Sands Event Center is sure to have an event to suit your tastes. The Sands Event Center is just minutes away from the Sayre Mansion, making our Bethlehem boutique hotel the ideal place to stay when you come for a show!

The Sands Event Center is as part of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem which was built by the Las Vegas Sands corporation.  Opening in 2009, the resort has a casino floor, shopping, great dining, nightlife, and best of all, the Events Center!

The Sands has turned the former campus of Bethlehem into a happening hub of activity and entertainment for locals and visitors alike. The 14,000 square-foot event center can accommodate up to 3,500 people including standing room with up to 2,250 seats.  In addition to traditional concert seating, the Sands Events Center has a few different suites to enjoy concerts and other performances from, so you can choose your viewing experience. The suites have private bar access and great views.

So many big name musical acts have performed this year at the Sands Event Casino including Diana Ross, The Fray, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss & Union Station, ad many many more!

Check out the big name acts and events that are coming to the Sands Event Center this fall during the months of September and October:

September 7th: Early Days of Rock and Roll Featuring The Brooklyn Bridge, The Del Satins and The Earls

September 10th: The British Invasion Tour

September 11th: Trace Adkins

September 12th: Sig Hansen and Friends with Edgar Hanson & Jake Anderson

September 14th: Gladys Knight

September 20th: Steven Wright

September 25th: Safe in Sound Festival Tour Featuring Excision, Flux Pavilion, & Terravita

October 1st: Timeflies with Kap Slap

October 2nd: Las Comic Standing Live Tour

October 5th: Nick Swarsdon

October 7th: Alter Bridge

October 10th: Comedy Central Presents Inside Amy Schumer’s Backdoor Tour

October 12th: Australian Pink Floyd

October 22nd: Kevin James

October 26th: The Best of Jethro Tull Performed by Ian Anderso

October 30th: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

 

Also mark your calendar for December, when the Sands Event Center will have a series of concerts to get you in a festive mood for the holiday season.  “Yellow Ribbon” crooner Tony Orlando will play a series of shows, Manheim Steamroller will give a powerful performance, and Leann Rhimes will get you ready for Christmas.

 

When planning which shows to take in at the Sands Event Center, don’t forget to book your stay at the Sayre Mansion.  We’re minutes away from all the entertainment at the Events Center as well as Sands Casino.  Experience a performance from your favorite artist and then come back to Sayre for the ultimate in luxurious relaxation.  Our classically elegant rooms have timeless charm, all while providing modern amenities. Get your tickets for a Sands Event Center show, book your room at Sayre Mansion, and start planning your memorable  Bethlehem getaway today!

 

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