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Embracing Winter!

By Darlene Mackinnon, LINC Board Chair

Perhaps I am a little biased, but hear me out.  I love winter, and I particularly love winter in the Lehigh Valley. I may come by my love of winter naturally.  After all, I was born and raised in Canada. I may have nurtured my love of winter during the 17 years I lived in Michigan. Whichever it is, I’ve learned that when the weather turns cold and the skies turn grey, it is time to bundle up and enjoy!

Here in the Lehigh Valley, our relatively mild winters make it easy to stay active.  At the top of my list of winter “to do’s” is a trip to the PPL Center to see the Lehigh Valley Phantoms play ice hockey.   If you aren’t already a hockey fan, one game is sure to hook you in for life. When you are in Allentown’s Center City, be sure to check out one of the outstanding restaurants near the arena. Center City has everything from burgers at Bell Hall to hearty fare at The Hamilton - there is everything you could want.  

Should the game inspire you to strap on your skates, try public skating at Bethlehem’s Steel Ice Rink and stay for a drink and snacks at the adjacent pub. 

Want to take it outdoors? Try the Earl E. Schaffer outdoor ice skating rink in Bethlehem. Ski or dine at Bear Creek. Take a day trip into the Poconos and check out one of the larger ski resorts. Not a skier, try tubing! When snow’s in limited supply, winter walks on one of our local trails is always invigorating, especially when it is followed by a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Try the outstanding cafes along Historic Main St. in Bethlehem or visit the Easton Public Market.

One of the other joys of winter is the opportunity to stay cozy and warm inside. Take in some live music at the Musikfest Café where you can enjoy a dinner club atmosphere. Make it a point to see all the Oscar nominated movies at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema. Grab a fabulous dinner at one of our quaint country inns, where there is sure to be a fire blazing. I like the Limeport Inn for its atmosphere and varied menu. If you feel like a little drive, try a Sunday afternoon trip to the Black Bass Hotel and enjoy lunch and a view of the Delaware River. Bonus - if it is mild enough, you can walk off lunch on the trail that winds its way alongside the river. If you’d prefer to stay in the comfort of your own home, visit the Allentown Farmer’s Market to get some fresh ingredients to cook up your own gourmet dinner. If curling up with a good book sounds inviting, don’t forget to visit the Moravian Book Shop, the oldest in the country, to find your next great read! 

Bottom-line, the Lehigh Valley is brimming with things to do in the winter. Loving winter is about embracing all it has to offer. 

If all else fails, the other best thing about winter is that spring is only weeks away!

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