Discover Lehigh Valley hosted a FAM tour April 6 - 8 to showcase meeting-friendly properties throughout Lehigh Valley. This trip welcomed 12 meeting planners and their guests to a fun-filled experience in Lehigh Valley.
Participants checked in for their stay at Sands® Bethlehem, a 4-diamond hotel that recently completed a $9 million guestroom renovation. Located on the site of the former Bethlehem Steel plant, the Sands® features a luxurious hotel, full casino, meeting space, concert and event center, and many dining options.
On Thursday night, a welcome reception, dinner, and Lehigh Valley Showcase kicked off the FAM tour at ArtsQuest™ Center at SteelStacks,™ a 65,000 square-foot facility. At this event, meeting planners met with representatives from various venues throughout the area that cater to the meetings market.
Friday morning started with a light continental breakfast at Sands®. From there, the group visited Bear Creek Mountain Resort where they were treated to a full breakfast and resort tour. Bear Creek features a full-service hotel, 26,000 square feet of meeting space, a restaurant, on-site spa, and indoor and outdoor heated pools and hot tubs. The resort is known for its year-round activities including skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, hiking, mountain biking, boating, tennis, and disc golf.
The tour continued in downtown Easton with visits to Nurture Nature Center (home to the famed Science on a Sphere®), the newly opened Easton Public Market for lunch, and Crayola Experience, packed with colorful hands-on attractions for all ages. Dessert was served at the Grand Eastonian Hotel & Suites followed by a tour.
After free time at Sands®, the planners finished the evening with dinner at the Luckenbach Mill in the Bethlehem’s Colonial Industrial Quarter, part of the National Historic Landmark District. The Center at Holiday Inn catered dinner that included a cheese board and three-course dinner made with ingredients from farms and vendors throughout Lehigh Valley. Chef Ian entertained the group with stories about the foods’ origin as each of the courses were served.
On Saturday morning, FAM participants enjoyed breakfast and a visit to the new National Museum of Industrial History, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial history. Next stop was PPL Center in Allentown for a behind-the-scenes tour of the world-class facility that opened in 2014 as home to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.
From there, the planners headed to the adjacent Renaissance® Allentown Hotel for the final stop on the tour. Built around the bones of the nearly century-old Dime Savings and Trust building in downtown Allentown, the hotel’s modern industrial chic design draws inspiration from the community and local history. With almost 18,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel is conveniently located in the center of everything Lehigh Valley has to offer.
Discover Lehigh Valley was thrilled to host these meeting planners and look forward to their return visits. Meeting and event planners who are interested in receiving information regarding future FAM tour opportunities should contact Suzanne.