Things to Discover in Lehigh Valley, PA

February 2012

Hey guys and gals, if you haven’t planned Valentine’s Day for your significant other yet, you have less than two weeks … so get to work! Check out the Valentine’s Day specials that we’ve put together with area hotels, restaurants and wineries to make your job a bit easier this year. These deals will be available for the entire month of February.

Don’t let your precious weekends fall by the wayside! If you happen to be in the area and on the hunt for things to do, visit our daily events calendar and find us on facebook and twitter to keep in touch.

We really want to make sure you get the most out of your visit to Lehigh Valley, so we’ve come up with yet another way to help you save money. We call it “Travel Tuesday,” and every week (on Tuesday) we announce the newest deals and discounts available at area hotels and inns. You will find these deals exclusively on our website, and we’ll continue to work with area hotels and attractions to bring you the best money-saving deals around.

And don’t forget to visit out Deals & Discounts page, created just for you.

Arts & Culture

Frock & Roll: Fashion That Rocks” is a fashion design exhibit curated by Pamela Ptak, project runway designer and instructor at The Baum School of Art. This exhibit will be at the Baum School throughout the entire month, and it’s completely free and open to the public. Rock Through The Valley with us!

If you’re a fan of rock and roll, you won’t want to miss “Martin Guitars that Rock the World“. Concurrent with the Allentown Art Museum’s Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present exhibit, C.F. Martin’s Museum and Visitors Center will feature a display of artist’s guitars that includes Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. Martin’s 177 year history weaves through American culture with a priceless collection of guitars and artifacts.


With the unpredictable weather that February brings, sometimes it’s just easier to plan your weekends at places where the weather can’t get at you. We have an impressive list of indoor attractions in Lehigh Valley that are open year-round, rain or shine.

Have you been to the Sands® Casino Resort Bethlehem lately? The sprawling casino on the old Bethlehem Steel grounds boasts seven restaurants, including three from world-famous chef Emeril Lagasse. The new event center slated to open this spring will bring in top-notch performers touring the east coast throughout the year. While you’re there, stroll around the brand new Shoppes at Sands, home to luxury brand outlets just steps from the casino floor.

Dining & Shopping

Bethlehem’s Winter Restaurant Week is taking place right now, continuing through the weekend and ending on February 4. More than 30 restaurants are participating in this Winter Restaurant Week, offering fixed menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Find out everything you need to know here. Bon appétit!

The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley will be having their Restaurant Week at the end of this month, from February 26 through March 1. There will be a large variety of participating restaurants, ranging from the Starbucks to Shula’s Steak House. Find out everything you need to know here.

Fairs & Festivals

Blue Mountain’s Winter Festival is taking place this weekend, February 4 & 5! Enjoy on-site ice carving demonstrations and participate in winter-themed events like snowshoeing & dog sledding. The USA Luge Team & Coaches will also be at Blue, now home to the only East Coast natural USA Luge open to the public.

Family Fun

On February 18, parents of young visitors to the Sigal Museum in Easton can enjoy free museum admission for children through age 12 (must be accompanied by an adult). There’s no better time to experience the American history made right here in Northampton County beginning with the original settlers, the Lenni Lenape and you’ll even see a letter hand written and signed by Abraham Lincoln in the “Civil War and Northampton County” exhibit.

There will be a unique family concert at Zoellner Arts Center on February 26 at 3 p.m as Maestro Greg Funfgeld communicates with young listeners to engage their eyes and ears in this imaginative program, “Dancing with Bach – Baroque, Blues & Brilliant.” Performing with The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra, this year’s dance partners include the Muhlenberg College Dancers and the Dance Program of the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts


Don’t miss this month’s Hunt for History Club at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, on February 4 from noon – 4 p.m. The theme of this month’s hunt for history is “On the Prowl for Animals.” Children will be able to search for animal images in the Moravian Museum’s collection to create their own crafts. The day will be complete with exciting animal games for the young ones. The kid’s hunt for history is free with paid adult admission ($7/adult, limit 5 children per adult).


We have unbelievable money-saving packages for visitors planning a ski trip to Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Blue Mountain. The packages include two lift tickets, an overnight stay and breakfast at one of our featured hotels starting at just $149 based on double occupancy. Visit our Stay & Ski page for more details and start planning your winter getaway today!

Bear Creek Mountain Resort is a family-friendly resort featuring skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. The mountain has 21 total slopes, trails and parks on 86 ski-able acres.

Blue Mountain has 39 trails, featuring Pennsylvania’s highest vertical and 5 terrain parks for all abilities. Ride the region’s only high-speed 6 person lift and touch the sky at Blue Mountain Ski Area.

If you’re a Lehigh Valley resident or employee, Blue is hosting a Habitat for Humanity event on February 16. From 4 to 10 p.m., you can ski for only $15 and all proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity Lehigh Valley.


The Red Bull Buttercup is coming to Easton’s Centre Square on February 11. If you’re not familiar with buttering, check out this short video of the most recent competition to get yourself acquainted. The Buttercup is a roaming contest series that showcases creativity in technical flatland tricks, with points awarded for style and creativity. If you think you’ve got what it takes, registration takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. and the entry fee is $20. If you don’t want to compete but still want to see what this event is all about, the skilled snowboarders will be putting on a show from 4 – 7 p.m.

If you’re on twitter, follow #buttercup for more information leading up to the event.

Need somewhere to watch the Superbowl this Sunday? We know just the place: The Grille at Bear Creek. The Superbowl Party will be complete with giveaways all evening, drink specials, the game on every tv and even a visit from the Sam Adams and Miller Lite girls. Find out everything you need to know here.


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with wine and chocolate pairings at Clover Hill Winery in Breinigsville on the weekend of February 11 & 12, from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Select wines will be paired with samples from Moussey Moose Chocolates in Alburtis, and premium chocolate and wine will be available for purchase as well. Featured samples include the Riesling paired with a Gingerbread truffle and the Vidal Blanc paired with Raspberry truffle.

Bring your significant other to the St. Valentine’s Day Celebration at Galen Glen winery this month. Celebrate romance with a decadent pairing of Barrel 29 and Sweet Street’s Fabulous Chocolate Chunk Brownie on two weekends, February 11 & 12 and February 18 & 19. Galen Glen will also offer “Sarah’s Favorite Chocolate Lover’s Indulgence” to purchase with a Glass of Barrel 29, a velvety cask aged Chambourcin dessert wine.

To keep up with all of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail happenings, make sure to follow the Taste of the Trail blog.