Last night Casey, my mom, sister and I went over to Bethlehem Masonic Temple to further our wedding plans. After all that fun stuff was over, John, who wears many hats at the Temple, asked if we would like to take a tour of the mansion next door.

The mansion was originally owned by Wilbur Packer, nephew of Asa Packer. Asa Packer built canal boats and locks for Lehigh Valley Coal & Navigation Co. He later controlled many railroads, which he eventually merged into Lehigh Valley Railroad. He also established Lehigh University.

I was told last night that Wilbur built the mansion directly across from Lehigh Valley Railroad’s offices because he liked to keep a close eye on the business. Regardless why he built it, the mansion is beautiful. There is fire place in every room and a beautiful mantle above every single one of them. The wood work throughout is amazing. I can’t even imagine the amount of time and skill it took to accomplish a project like that.

After the tour, we picked our jaws up off the floor and headed over to Looper’s in South Side Bethlehem for dinner. My mom had Chilean sea bass tacos, which were very tasty. Casey and I both had the Ben Hoagie, which just might be the best sandwich in Lehigh Valley. My sister had pulled pork quesadillas also very good.

Not a bad Wednesday night: some wedding planning was accomplished, learned a little history and had some good eats.