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Vacations and Getaways in Historic Bethlehem PA and Lehigh Valley

For your perfect Bethlehem PA and Lehigh Valley vacation and romantic or family getaway, look no further than the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. Treat your family or loved one to luxuriously designed, well appointed accommodations, fine dining, safe environment, and a great location. Stay with us and you’ll find that all area attractions, fine dining and shopping are just minutes away.

Restored to its original 1922 grandeur, Hotel Bethlehem is ideally located in historic downtown Bethlehem PA and its quaint shops, charming boutiques, and interesting museums are just steps from the hotel’s front door. Setting a historic tone, the Central Moravian Church can be seen from the large windows that line the front of the hotel on Main Street. The historic district that surrounds the hotel dates to the settlement of Bethlehem by the Moravians in 1741.


Bethlehem PA

Bethlehem , a city known for its rich colonial and industrial history, is a unique combination of old and new. Almost every corner of the city exudes its own sense of history. Among its cultural highlights are the Bach Festival in May, the Blueberry Festival in July, Musikfest a nine-day festival that draws a million visitors each August, and Celtic Classic in September. Known as “ Christmas City USA”, Bethlehem features a rich calendar of events during the Christmas season, which attract thousands of guests from all over the world to its Christkindlemart at Steel Stacks as well as the Christmas City Village in the Historic District.


Festivals
Bach Festival – May

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem is the oldest Bach choir in America. They have been a choir for over 110 years and are based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States. They have toured internationally, where they have performed at the Royal Albert Hall, the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, and the Herkulessaal in the Munich Residenz. Domestically they have performed at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. They have recorded with the BBC Proms and on the Dorian and Analekta labels.

440 Heckewelder Place
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-866-4382

Blueberry Festival – July

At this 2-day family fun event, guest will have the opportunity to indulge in all things blueberry such as blueberry pie, ice cream, beer, wine, mead and more! At the festival, guests can walk around and see local crafters and demonstrators, go on pony rides, watch a mounted patrol demonstration, participate in kid’s club crafts, see the Lehigh Valley Zoo put on the Birds of Prey Demonstration, dress up in Colonial costumes, listen to sweet summer sounds of talented performers, and even participate in the popular pie- eating contest! New this year, guests can even enter their own famous blueberry recipes into the Blueberry Cooking Contests.

1461 Schoenersville Road
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-882-0450

Musikfest – August

Musikfest is an American music festival that has been held annually in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States, since 1984 and it claims to be the nation’s largest non-gated free music festival. The festival begins on the first Friday in August, and ends on Sunday ten days later.

101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-332-1300


Celtic Classic – September

Since 1998 Celtic Cultural Alliance (CCA) has been hosting the Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival in Bethlehem each September. This internationally known celebration of all things Celtic has been the foundation upon which CCA has been built. Building on this rich history, CCA has continued to expand its presence in Bethlehem and beyond. With educational programming presented throughout the year, both for school age audiences and adult groups, CCA has continued to further its goal of preserving and promoting Celtic Culture.

532 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-868-9599

Runners World – October

St. Luke’s University Health Network is the official charity partner of the 2015 Runner’s World Half & Festival. All funds raised through your contributions will support local community health programs, providing health and wellness services to keep area children healthy and active.

101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-332-1300

Christmas City Village – December

Christmas City Village is an authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt, located in the heart of Historic Downtown Bethlehem. Visit charming wooden huts, dressed for the holidays and filled with unique holiday gift ideas.

Downtown Bethlehem
Bethlehem, PA  18018
610-759-4979


Christkindlmarkt – December

Over the past two decades, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem has delighted almost one million guests from near and far with its mix of unique gift ideas, old-world charm and holiday cheer. This dynamic festival celebrates the magic of the holidays with a five-week run that features more than 125 vendors each week.

101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-332-1300

Performing Arts & Art

Performing Arts

THEATERS & VENUES | MUSIC | DANCE
Zoellner Arts Center

The Zoellner Arts 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.

Lehigh University
420 East Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3006

State Theatre

The State Theatre first opened its doors in 1926, and now has over 40 performances a season featuring national and professional touring companies and artists. Call for current schedule and enjoy quality theatre.

453 Northampton Street
Easton , PA 18042
610-258-7766

Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The oldest American Bach Choir, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem gave the first complete American performances of The Mass in B Minor and The Christmas Oratorio. Since its founding in 1898, the now-famous Choir has been attracting thousands of national and international visitors every May to its annual Bethlehem Bach Festival.

423 Heckewelder Place
Bethlehem , PA 18018
610-866-4382


Moravian College, Foy Concert Hall

Foy Concert Hall hosts a variety of performing arts events each year. Call for current schedule.

Main and Church Streets
Bethlehem , PA 18015
610-861-3916

Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem

We are pleased to introduce this dynamic young string quartet to our audience. They will be presenting music of Mozart, Debussy, and Schubert. The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem has been bringing world class ensembles to the Lehigh Valley since 1951.

Church and Main Streets
Foy Hall, Moravian College
Bethlehem , PA 18017
610-435-7611

Pennsylvania Youth Theatre

Pennsylvania Youth Theatre provides theatre by and for children ages 4-18 through classes, performances, workshops and the presentation productions.

25 West 3rd. Street
The Banana Factory
Bethlehem , PA 18015
610-332-1400


Pennsylvania Playhouse

Experience the finest productions by the best regional performers in an intimate theatre where no seat is more than 9 rows from the stage. In a continuing effort to improve our playhouse, we have recently installed new seats for the comfort of our audiences.

Illicks Mill Road
Bethlehem , PA 18017
610-865-6665

Cedar Crest College Theatre

The Performing Arts Department offers theatre and dance events throughout the year. The department is committed to producing premieres and original works by new playwrights that offer important acting roles for women and convey themes with significance for women.

100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104
610-606-4608

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at Desales University

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University is a not-for-profit professional theatre company and the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034
(610)-282-9455


DeSales University, Labuda Center for the Performing and Fine Arts

The Labuda Center for the Performing and Fine Arts at DeSales University is a state-of-the-art facility that is home to the theatre and film departments. Call for current schedule.

2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley , PA 18034
610-282-3192

Civic Theatre of Allentown

One of the Lehigh Valley’s premiere theatre venues, presenting the best of Broadway, off-Broadway shows and the classics of American theatre.

527 North 19th Street
Allentown , PA 18104
610-433-8903

Allentown Symphony Orchestra

Originally built in 1896, and one of only a dozen remaining designed by the famous architectural firm of J.B. McElfatrick, the Hall hosts the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. Come and visit this gem in downtown Allentown.

23 North 6 Street
Allentown , PA 18102
610-432-7961


Art Galleries

Allentown Art Museum

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is currently closed to the public and undergoing an expansion and renovation project. The project will increase gallery, classroom and storage spaces; improve the visitor experience; increase educational and program offerings; and enhance museum operations.

1 N. Fifth Street
Allentown, PA 18101
610-432-4333

Bethlehem House Gallery

Bethlehem House Contemporary Art Gallery specializes in both emerging and established regional artists and provides original, innovative art in a variety of contemporary styles for a range of household budgets. At Bethlehem House, they believe that anyone can be an art collector and all homes can be enriched by the display of original fine art.

459 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-419-6262

Payne Gallery

A premiere venue for visual art in a two-story historic setting on Moravian College campus. The former gymnasium was converted into the Frank E. and Seba B. Payne Gallery. The gallery, named in honor of her parents, was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of Priscilla Payne Hurd.

Main and Church Streets
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-861-1667

Banana Factory

The Banana Factory, a community arts center and gallery, offers art education to everyone, regardless of age, race or economic background. From gallery exhibitions by nationally-known artists to shows by local school children and summer employment programs for inner-city youth, the center is making the arts accessible to all.

25 West Third Street
Bethlehem , PA 18015
610-332-1300

Lehigh University Art Galleries

University has 5 wonderful galleries, offering 20 exhibitions a year on 3 different campuses. Also look for lectures, films, workshops, artists-in-residence and make sure you visit the museum shop.

420 East Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-758-3615

Museums

Museums

Moravian Museum of Bethlehem

Visit the oldest building in Bethlehem, originally an apothecary, built in 1752. See where Bethlehem was started by early settlers with a unique way of life. Go back in time and learn about the early Moravian settlers and the history of this area.

66 West Church Street
Bethlehem , PA 18018
(610) 691-6055

John Sebastian Goundie House

This is a well preserved and restored Federal House dating back to 1810. It once served as the home to the local brewer, today is a house museum.

501 Main Street
Bethlehem , PA 18018
610-691-5300

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Located in Bethlehem’s National Register Historic District, Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts is housed in two historic buildings. Its permanent collection encompasses 250 years of fine period furniture, silver, glass, textiles, china, paintings, toys and grand mementos, beautifully displayed to showcase Bethlehem’s early history.

427 North New Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-868-6868


Old City Walking Tour

The one-hour guided tour with a guide dressed in traditional Moravian attire through Bethlehem’s historic district will take you on an exploration back in time! Visit the 1714 Gemeinhaus, the 1803 Central Moravian Church, the 1715 Old Chapel, the 1742 God’s Acre and the 1758 Nain House.

52 West Broad Street
Bethlehem , PA 18018
800-360-8687

Lehigh County Historical Museum

The museum displays artifacts from the Native Americans, German settlers, and others. The museum also houses a research and genealogical library.

Fifth and Hamilton Streets
Allentown, PA 18105
610-435-4664

Mack Truck Museum

See 14 Mack truck models from 1907 to 1973, plus memorabilia and photographs. Occasional changes in displays. If you like trucks, this museum is sure to fascinate!

997 Postal Road
Allentown, PA 18103
610-266-6767


Liberty Bell Shrine Museum

In 1777, as the British were about to seize Philadelphia there was fear that the King’s Army would destroy the great bell in Independence Hall that symbolized the American Republic. The bell was removed and hidden for nearly a year in a Church, where the memorial stands today.

622 Hamilton Street
Allentown , PA 18101
610-435-4232

Moravian Historical Society and Whitefield House Museum

One of the oldest historical societies in Pennsylvania, the Moravian Historical Society was established in 1857 to preserve the history of the Moravian Church. Also see fine and decorative arts, hear music, and visit the genealogical research library.

214 East Center Street
Nazareth , PA 18064
610-759-5070

Martin Guitar Museum

The Martin Guitar Museum is a centre for reflection, bringing together music history, culture and craftsmanship. Attractive displays showcase over 170 exquisitely crafted guitars that parallel our history. Through six generations, our Company’s legendary heritage has helped create music history and define musical culture.

510 Sycamore St
Nazareth , PA 18064
610-759-2837

Golf Courses

Golf Courses

Olde Homestead Golf Club

Yardage: 6,800 I Rating: 73.2 I Slope: 137 I Par: 72

Homestead Golf Club is a 4 star daily fee course nestled in the foothills of the Blue Mountains where history and tradition are part of daily life. Our golf course features many restored buildings such as the Farmhouse (now our clubhouse) built in 1910, a 1700’s Summer Kitchen with bake oven, a One Room Schoolhouse, the drive-through Corn Cribs and a Horse Drawn Carriage Museum. Our friendly atmosphere along with these features will make you feel as though you’ve come home.

6598 Route 309
New Tripoli, PA 18066
610-298-GOLF (4653)

The Club at Morgan Hill

Yardage: 6749 | Rating: 728 | Slope: 135 | Par: 71

A world-class environment that welcomes golfers of all abilities to enjoy a wide array of amenities and services typically only found at private clubs. Full-service clubhouse, championship 18-hole golf course, award-winning Vintage restaurant and bar.

100 Clubhouse Drive
Easton, PA 18042
610-923-8480

Riverview Country Club

Yardage: 6505 | Rating: 71 | Slope: 123 | Par: 72

Riverview is one of the region’s premier public golf facilities. The player friendly layout, great course conditions, beautiful views and courteous staff will make your golf experience one to remember. Riverview is also the home of the Philadelphia section PGA KNBT Lehigh Valley Open.

1 Riverview Place
Easton, PA 18040
610-559-9700


Bethlehem Golf Course

Yardage: 6.674 I Rating :74 I Slope: 128 I Par: 72

Built on flat terrain, the Bethelem Golf Course features numerous trees and sand bunkers that will alter your shots. The course’s signature hole is number 3, requiring a long tee shot to a narrow, well-bunkered green. This municipal golf complex offers an executive nine hole course and an eighteen-hole regulation course. The Executive Course has wide open fairways that vary in undulation. The greens are small and elevated. (Course not included in golf package)

400 Ilick’s Mill Road
Bethlehem, PA 18017
610-865-7105

Wedgewood Golf Course

Yardage: 6,050 I Rating: 68.1 I Slope: 122 I Par: 71

Wedgewood Golf Course nestled away in the scenic mountains of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania offers golfers the opportunity to play 27 challenging holes. Enjoy a course with over 40 years of history at a value most courses can’t take a swing at!

4875 Limeport Pike
Coopersburg PA 18036
610-797-4551

Allentown Municipal Golf Course

Yardage: 6,053 I Rating: 68.2 I Slope: 121 I Par: 72

The course is long, open, and flat with water hazards coming into play on a number of holes. The fairways have a scattering of trees that can alter your shots, and the large greens are somewhat undulating. The signature hole is number 12, a 394-yard, par four, requiring a tee shot up a dogleg left fairway that plays uphill from tee to green. Nine hole play is only available after 3:00 p.m. (Course not included in golf package)

3400 Tilghman Street
Allentown, PA 18104
610-395-9926


Southmoore Golf Course

Yardage: 3,179 I Rating: 70.4 I Slope: 128 I Par: 72

Southmoore Golf Course has established itself as the premier public course in the Lehigh Valley and Eastern Pennsylvania, offering country club conditions at public club prices. Its reputation has begun to attract golfers from all over the region. The Upscale clubhouse has proven to be a delight for everyone offering an expansive and fully stocked pro shop, golfers lounge, restaurant and outing pavilion. The course has hosted the PGA Maxfli Junior Championship Qualifier, the Philadelphia PGA Assistant’s Championship and hosted the Open qualifying for the Nike Lehigh Valley Open in June 1999.

235 Moorestown Drive
Bath , PA 18014
610-837-7200

Blue Shamrock Golf Club

Yardage: 6,700 I Rating: 72.6 I Slope: 132 I Par: 72

Top-notch, scenic private golf course with exceptional layout and conditions. Beautiful clubhouse and banquet facility. Outstanding restaurant and bar with spectacular views. Great location for outings. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Affordable golf and social memberships. Country club style without the cost.

2230 Fireline Rd.
Palmerton PA 18071
610-826-2504

The Architects Golf  Club

Yardage: 6,836 I Rating: 72.5 I Slope: 131 I Par: 71

In 2001, owners Dennis and Larry Turco had a vision to open one of the most renowned golf courses in the world — one that paid tribute to the great design styles of the game’s most prolific architects. Together, they partnered with golf course architect Stephen Kay and Golf Digest Architectural Editor, Ron Whitten, to unveil New Jersey’s only legacy course and name it, “The Architects Golf Club.” The Architects embodies 70 years of great design styles and is the only course to offer a history lesson in golf course architecture as guests play through their round.

700 Strykers Road
Lopatcong, NJ 08865
908-213-3080

Other

Other Attractions

Heritage Walking Trail

Experience Bethlehem like never before: On your own time and at your own pace, while focusing on what you enjoy.

With the use of handheld audio devices, the Heritage TrailTM allows participants to walk, run, or bike through three centuries of Bethlehem history. Stops along the trail include two National Historic Landmarks, the newly designated Historic Moravian Bethlehem National Historic Landmark District, Victorian era homes, and Bethlehem Steel buildings. Headsets are available at the Front Desk of the Hotel.

Historic Bethlehem
Bethlehem, PA 18018

God’s Acre Cemetery

God’s Acre, one of the oldest colonial cemeteries in America, has long been a destination for visitors. Over the years, it has provided a pleasant, peaceful spot for walks or meditation. Poplar, Locust, Maple and Dog-wood trees line the well tended paths.

Market Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Just Born

Just Born is a candy manufacturer based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Its tagline is “A great candy isn’t made…it’s Just Born.” Just Born produces Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales, ZOURS, Teenee Beanee Gourmet Jelly Beans, and marshmallow Peeps.

1300 Stefko Boulevard
Bethlehem, PA 18017
610-867-7568

 


PPL Center

PPL Center  is a Global-Spectrum managed state-of-the-art multipurpose arena.The arena seats more than 10,000 for concerts and more than 8,500 for Phantoms professional hockey games. The amenities-packed PPL Center host more than 140 events each year, offering something for everyone, including the Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, live concerts, family shows, trade shows, figure skating events, youth sports, high school and collegiate events, Disney on Ice, conferences, graduations and many more events.

701 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101
610-347-8499

Coca Cola Park

Coca-Cola Park is an 8,278-seat baseball park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. It is the home field for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A level minor league baseball affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

1050 IronPigs Way
Allentown, PA 18109
610-841-1509

Steel Ice Center

At the Steel Ice Center they have a dynamic mix of programs that will suit the beginner skater  all the way to the person seeking the advanced levels of their ice skating sport. Their mission at the Ice Center is to provide an excellent skating experience by providing a clean, safe facility with well supported activities through attention to customer service.

320 E. First Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-625-4774


Crayola Experience

Crayola Experience, located in the heart of downtown Easton, Pennsylvania, is the only place in the world where the magic of Crayola comes to life. Here, you’re always encouraged to let your creativity run free, to color outside the lines and to play, explore, and learn. This one-of-a-kind attraction is where color, chemistry, and technology magically combine to create a colorful adventure for a child’s imagination.

30 Centre Square
Easton, PA 18042
610-515-8000

Delaware River Railroad Excursions

The New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society Inc. was formed in the fall of 1988 by several longtime observers of the railroad who felt that there was a need for an organization to preserve the history of Susquehanna, its ancestor corporations and the rich railroading history of New Jersey.

99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
732-752-8586

Dorney Park & Wild Water Kingdom

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is an amusement and water park owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company and located outside Allentown, Pennsylvania. The park features eight roller coasters, other adult and children’s rides, and a waterpark, Wildwater Kingdom.

3830 Dorney Park Road
Allentown, PA 18104
610-395-3724

scents

The Shoppe

Enjoy browsing The Shoppe at Hotel Bethlehem on your next visit.

Ladies clothing, Jewelry, Scarves, Wraps, Purses, Hats and so much more is now available in The Shoppe located in the Lower Lobby of the hotel, with a Main Street entrance.

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Historic Hotel Bethlehem is located on one of the “Top 10 Main Streets” in the country according to U.S.A Today.

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Bethlehem Book

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A glossy 120 page coffee table book celebrates nearly 200 years of hospitality on the site of Bethlehem’s first house in 1741. The book features photographs taken by Pulitzer Prize wining photographer, Robin Hood.

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