Friday, June 29, 2012

Visiting a daughter at Moravian College

Through a dear friend, I was connected to this nice woman visiting her daughter at Moravian College. She wanted to make the most of her time with her daughter, and sent me this sweet email:

Hi Megan,

My husband and I are taking a day trip in on spend it with my daughter. We were thinking of heading into historic Bethlehem. We like to shop, maybe visit a museum, and have lunch somewhere nice. I should mention my daughter is a vegetarian. Is the historic district the place to go?
I appreciate any info you can give me. Thanks :-)
I replied:

Hi Carol,
You have picked a great weekend to visit. There is an ArtWalk happening on Main Street in downtown Bethlehem. That means there will be music and artist vendors in the middle of the street from 4-8 p.m.
Shopping on Main Street is quaint and original. Great gift stores and beautiful atmosphere. Don't forget about the stores inside Main Street Commons and the Moravian Book Store. You can park in one of two parking garages for a small fee. For more mainstream shopping, the Promenade Shops of Saucon Valley has some great stores. It's a "lifestyle center" so if you go, dress for the weather.
There are a lot of nice places to have lunch on Main Street and Broad Street, so as you're shopping, peek at the menus and see what looks good to you. Apollo Grille, Tapas on Main and Edge are upscale and nice. All have some outdoor seating, too.

You mentioned that your daughter is a vegetarian. If you don't mind a scenic 1-mile walk or drive from Main Street, there are two outstanding restaurants on the South Side of Bethlehem: Horns and Blue Sky Cafe. Both offer a wide variety of menu items to suit veggies and non-veggies alike. Horns prides itself on sourcing a lot of their ingredients locally. Blue Sky offers a ton of gluten-free options, and it is very popular with locals and Lehigh University students, staff and faculty. The food at those two is outstanding and the atmosphere is a little more casual than the places on Main Street. Metered parking should be easy to find on the block. Also - both are BYOB.

For museums, Historic Bethlehem Partnership may be your best bet. There are some historic sites within walking distance of Main Street, and the organization offers regular walking tours of the area.

There is a phenomenal venue called the ArtsQuest Center at Steelstacks, also on the South Side of Bethlehem. It looks like Craig Thatcher (a popular local blues/rock musician) is playing a free outdoor concert at 7 p.m., but that may be too late for you. There are independent films and galleries as well as musical performances. Even if you just go down and walk around - the Steel blast furnaces will take your breath away.

I hope that you enjoy your visit, and that you'll let me know how you liked Bethlehem!

Kind regards,


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  1. Perfect suggestions! Makes me wish I was in Btown today!

    1. Then you should move back :)