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.
When planning a trip to Historic Bethlehem, check out the interactive map on Visit Historic Bethlehem’s site to view historic sites, shopping, dining and more to make your trip memorable.
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 Christkindlmarkt at Steel Stacks as well as the Christmas City Village in the Historic District.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
420 East Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3006
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.
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.
Today, the former steel plant is once again thriving, this time as one of the premier destinations in the Northeast for music, art and entertainment. Since its opening in spring 2011, more than one million people have visited SteelStacks to enjoy 1,750-plus musical performances, films, community celebrations and festivals including Musikfest, the largest free music festival in the nation!
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks is a nonprofit community organization that presents 50 FREE concerts each summer as part of the Levitt Summer Concert Series. The concerts take place at the Levitt Pavilion nestled at the base of the iconic Bethlehem blast furnaces on the SteelStacks arts and culture campus.
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
Founded in 1981, Touchstone Theatre is a professional not-for-profit theatre dedicated to the creation of original work. At its center is a resident ensemble of theatre artists rooted in the local community of Bethlehem, the Greater Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and the international community of Ensemble Theatres.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, Pa., is dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial heritage. It is located in a 100-year-old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America. The Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
The Burnside Plantation is a 6.5-acre plantation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 1758, Burnside’s widow sold the remaining 300 acres to the Moravian Church. Lehigh County bought the plantation in 1986 and leased it into a private corporation “to restore, develop, and manage it as a living and natural history resource”. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 2, 1990. The museum is an affiliate within the Smithsonian Affiliations program.
The Hoover Mason Trestle (HMT) was once used as a narrow gauge railroad to carry the coke, limestone and iron ore needed to make the iron from the ore yards to the blast furnaces. Now a public walkway designed to be part museum, part community recreation resource and part attraction, the trestle stands 46 feet tall and 2,000 feet long. Visit the Hoover Mason Trestle to get up close and personal with the blast furnaces!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Historic Hotel Bethlehem is affiliated with Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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 winning photographer, Robin Hood.
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