During your next stay at Sayre Mansion, visit the oldest bookstore in the country! The Moravian Book Shop was first founded in the mid-18th century and has been in continuous operation ever since. Needless to say, this site is a staple in historic Bethlehem, PA, and is a must for any lover of literature or history. Best of all, the shop is located just a half-mile away from Sayre Mansion! Find out everything you need to know about this fantastic bookshop.
After you’ve visited the Moravian Book Shop, grab a bite to eat at one of the many fantastic restaurants in Bethlehem. Download our free Vacation Guide to get local recommendations for incredible restaurants in the area. You’ll find everything from fine Italian eateries to modern gastropubs. You’ll also get a list of more great downtown Bethlehem shops. Take the guesswork out of planning your trip. Use our free Vacation Guide!
Visit the Moravian Book Shop
The Moravian Book Shop was first founded in 1745 by the Moravian Church. It is the oldest continuously operating bookstore in the country and the second-oldest in the world. This store features several departments. Aside from the bookstore (which contains at least 10,000 volumes of literature), there is a gift shop, a candy counter, and the Moravian Book Shop cafe. You’ll also find a room dedicated to Moravian and Bethlehemian history.
Attend an Event
Before you head out to visit Moravian Book Shop, take a look at their events calendar. They host a wide variety of book signings and club meetings that are a must for any fan of books. These book signings range from children’s books, non-fiction books, and suspenseful works. In other words, there’s a little bit of everything. Any book-lover knows that attending a signing can be a fun way of discovering your next favorite work. Another great way is attending book clubs. There are plenty of clubs that meet in Moravian Book Shop, all centered around a specific genre like sci-fi or mystery.
Pick up a Souvenir
For a quintessentially Bethlehem gift, souvenir, or keepsake, visit the gift shop to pick up a Moravian Star. These popular decorations have their roots in Germanic culture and the Moravian Church. These stars are not your average five-pointed icon. They’re unique in their design and the Moravian Book Shop carries many varieties, from small to large, lighted to unlighted, in many different materials.
Stay at Sayre Mansion
After you’ve visited the historic Moravian Book Shop, return to the beautiful Sayre Mansion for a night of rest. Our beautiful bed and breakfast, first built in 1858, is located in the heart of historic Bethlehem. It’s the perfect hub from which to explore our gorgeous city. If you’re traveling with a family or a friend, consider staying in Room 27. This room is lushly decorated in lavender and gold and features two queen-sized beds as well as one of the largest private bathrooms in the mansion. In the morning, enjoy our delicious complimentary breakfast served in our elegant dining room. Choose from a selection of hot entrees and a yummy buffet of muffins and pastries. You’ll enjoy the meal with a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice or richly roasted coffee. Check our availability and book your room today. We look forward to having you.