Friday, October 07, 2011

Nothing to do in the Lehigh Valley

I stopped by an expo hosted by the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal earlier this week, and was glad to see so much enthusiasm for the growth of business in the Lehigh Valley. Lots of local businesses and organizations that support local businesses were there showing off their stuff.

I paid close attention to two booths in particular. The Lehigh Valley International Airport’s marketing staff and Discover Lehigh Valley ambassador extraordinaire Nancy were giving away swag and information about what’s happening next.

The airport is concerned that with Southwest Airlines’ purchase of AirTran, that the low-cost carrier will leave the region. Wouldn’t it be great to have Southwest Airlines in the Lehigh Valley? If you have never flown Southwest, it is an affordable option that makes up in charm what it lacks in amenities. No meals, no assigned seats… but you'll enjoy the friendly and accommodating staff, and fast boarding and deplaning. To let Southwest know what you think, click here.

Nancy was distributing its 2011 Map and Guide and new Lehigh Valley Dining and Discount Guide in the Discover Lehigh Valley booth. I always learn something new talking to Nancy and reading the organization’s helpful materials. For instance:

  • Did you know there is a clothing-optional resort in the Pocono Mountains? Oh yes, Sunny Rest Resort is available for your nudist enjoyment year-round.
  • Have you heard of the Macungie Institute? I hadn’t, but then again, I don’t live in Macungie. It’s a meeting and conference facility with an auditorium, conference room, and classrooms, for both business and social events. 
  • What about Landhaven Bed & Breakfast in nearby Barto?
  • ...Lehigh Valley Tour Group’s haunted tours?
  • ...Flint Hill Farm AG in Coopersburg and Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Stroudsburg? Pay a visit, and you and your family can experience everyday farm life.
Still think there's nothing to do here?

Thanks, Discover Lehigh Valley! As always, I encourage Lehigh Valley residents new and not-so-new to explore this region as if you were a tourist.

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