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Author: Alicia Quinn

Alicia M. Quinn is the Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Alliances for Discover Lehigh Valley®. A lover of destination marketing, all things travel, food & wine, the great outdoors and the joy of discovery, Alicia has a deep passion for equestrian life and cats. Yes, horses and cats. Alicia also finds time to volunteer at Ovarian Cancer Awareness events in an effort to help educate women on the too often overlooked symptoms of below the belt cancers.

Previous work experience includes Visit Philadelphia®, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. Alicia also served as Chairperson of The Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance, a cohesive unit of Mid-Atlantic regional tourism partners from PA, MD, VA, DE, DC and West Virginia that ignore geographical boundaries and promote common threads and stories as a whole. Alicia is a member of U.S. Travel and Destinations International.

Alicia's a graduate of Westminster College with a B.A. in Public Relations. Connect with Alicia on LinkedIn and Twitter.

When you need a change of scenery, it's often time for a little escape. And just because it's winter in Lehigh Valley doesn't mean you need to head to warmer ground. Check out some of Lehigh Valley's cozy places to stay in cities and towns with plenty of things to do, both inside and out, from shopping to restaurants, a variety of vacation packages are available.

Boutique & extended-stay hotels to open in the region

Big-​brand hotels are opening in ​Lehigh Valley—​Delta by Marriott, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place—​and historic renovated buildings strengthen the ​region’s boutique and hotel cred. ​Together, the new hotels and those under contract are unlocking ​720 new rooms to meet ​the anticipated ​visitor demand, which ​was steadily increasing before the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. and has been on the rise for over the past ​10 years.​ Even since the pandemic, the region has seen some of the strongest hotel demand in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since March 2020. Once all of these are open, Lehigh Valley hotel room totals will be over 7,000.​

From a former U.S. Coast Guard making creamy ice cream and a former army vet making succulent BBQ, to an army veteran distilling award-winning spirits and ex-soldiers crafting beer, Lehigh Valley is home to several talented veterans who have opened innovative and inspirational businesses in the community. This Veterans Day, we highlight some veteran-owned businesses to support not just on the holiday, but throughout the year.

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