The term "staycation" has been floating around since last summer, but I think some are missing the boat on this one. Sure, we aren't hopping on jets and resetting our watches in different time zones like we used to, but that doesn't mean you have to spend vacation time looking at dirty dishes in the sink. Your luggage called...it wants to get out of the attic!

Lehigh Valley is home to many fine inns and bed & breakfasts and today, I'm going to mention one favorite of mine, Wydnor Hall in Bethlehem.

Recently I visited Wydnor Hall and met with Kristina Taylor, who, with her husband Charles, resurrected this over 200-year-old property back in 1986. Kristina showed me the recently completed transformation of the ruins of the property's original structure (just three stone walls) into a secluded two-story guest house, now called The Bordaria Cottage. Boy, did they hit the nail on the head with this one!

The Bordaria Cottage (pictured) combines a rustic exterior with an elegant yet comfortable interior.  Starting with just a shell, Kristina and contractor Dennis Reiss of American Heritage Restoration were able to incorporate top-notch hospitality features into this unique getaway retreat. There's no way I can describe how cool this turned out...you'll have to see for yourself. Luckily, they hold an open house every Sunday from noon to 2pm. (I'd call first to make sure the cottage isn't occupied.)

So, next time you need a little R&R, or if you're looking for the perfect gift for new parents, I'd reccommend a mini "va-ca" at Wydnor Hall Inn. Your luggage will thank you!