Discover Lehigh Valley hosted the “Lehigh Valley FAM Tour” April 17 - 19 in conjunction with Mid-Atlantic Events magazine. This weekend trip welcomed twenty meeting planners and their guests on a fun filled visit to Lehigh Valley.

Attendees started their weekend by checking in for a stay at Sands® Bethlehem, a full-service casino resort. 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.

After settling into their accommodations, the group got to know each other with an ice breaker and team building activity presented by NorthStar Team Development. This local company presents many sessions to help employees of an organization strengthen their bonds and work more cohesively as a team.

Meeting planners then traveled to nearby Silver Creek Country Club for a Lehigh Valley Showcase Night. At this event, planners were able to meet with representatives from various venues throughout the area that cater to the meetings market. Dinner was provided by Silver Creek Country Club.

The tour continued on Saturday with a visit to Bear Creek Mountain Resort. In the wintertime, this resort is known for its family-friendly skiing and snowboarding terrain, but there is more than just winter sports. Bear Creek features a full-service hotel with ample meetings space, as well as a restaurant and on-site spa. Attendees of the FAM tour were treated to breakfast and a tour of the venue.

Other locations visited included Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery for a tasting, and a tour of the America On Wheels Museum. Lunch was hosted at the brand new Renaissance® Allentown Hotel, another venue that hosts many large scale events.

The planners wrapped up their evening with a delicious Taste of Sands® Bethlehem dinner, which included a tasting menu from each of the restaurants on the Sands property.

On Sunday morning, FAM tour participants arrived at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts for their final stop on the tour. A delicious breakfast was provided by the Center at Holiday Inn.

Discover Lehigh Valley was thrilled with the response from this FAM tour, and hopes to continue similar opportunities in the future.