Wednesday, January 23, 2019

{Travel} Holiday Weekend in Jim Thorpe, PA - Part 2

This is the second and last part of our holiday getaway to Jim Thorpe, PA.
After the Santa train ride we walked around the town and up to the Asa Packer Mansion.
This was the home of the philanthropist, train magnet and founder of Lehigh University, Asa Packer. #noslouch
The mansion looks out onto the town of Jim Thorpe.
Next door to the mansion is the Harry Packer Mansion Inn.
It is said that the design of this house inspired Disney's Haunted Mansion and I agree that it reminds me of it.

The town also has March Chunk Opera House (the town was previously called Mauch Chunk before it was renamed for Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe).

We stopped back in at Muggle Mug for some coffee.
This was the mirror in the ladies room!
You can't see it in the photo but it did flurry a little bit on this day.
We had lunch at the Broadway Grille.
We shared this amazing appetizer of carmelized Brussels sprouts and butternut squash.
We went in most of the shops in town and visited my favorite one called Somersault Press.    They create and print beautiful stationery and invitations. I stocked up on their hilarious cards while I was there.
We stopped in at Big Creek Vineyard and Winery for a wine tasting.
It was the perfect spot to get warm and take a break on a cold day.
That night we had dinner at Bonnie & Clyde Pub and Grille.
In the morning we took a quick drive back through town.
We followed the signs to a scenic overlook and stopped for breakfast at the Bagel Bunch--it was such a great little breakfast and lunch spot. I would definitely go there again.
We also stopped at Country Junction on our way home.  It's the world's largest general store apparently and the place is huge.   I feel like it's expanded since the last time we were there.
It's definitely a fun place to poke around.  You never know what you're going to find!

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Monday, January 21, 2019

{Travel} Holiday Weekend in Jim Thorpe, PA - Part 1

We got away for a little weekend trip to Jim Thorpe in early December.  We had been there once before in the summer (this trip) but we wanted to check out the Christmas activities.
 We stayed right outside of Jim Thorpe at the Hampton Inn Lehighton.
If you want to stay in town, I'd recommend the Inn at Jim Thorpe, that place oozes charm!
 Our hotel was pretty decked out too!
 We headed into to town for dinner at Stone Row Pub & Eatery.
 I had this homemade macrobiotic bowl which was amazing!
 We were stuffed from dinner and wanted to explore the town a little. Everything closes early there so we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
 It felt like the setting of a Hallmark Christmas movie.

In the morning we went right to the train station to get our tickets for the Santa Express.

Seriously, how cute is this place?
We had a little time before the train was leaving so we went looking for a cup of coffee.

 We ended up at Muggles Mug which was a coffee shop that seemed to be dedicated to all things Harry Potter.
Fun drinks!
 Each Hogwars house was represented and they were playing HP movies on the wall.   Their coffee is great too!
 Back to the train station

The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway runs a narrated round trip train ride through the Lehigh Gorge State Park and back.
 During December you get to ride with Santa and friends.
 The train was all decked out for Christmas too. The conductors were so sweet and full of interesting facts.
 We got to see a couple of pretty waterfalls.
 A little snow would have been nice but it was still a pretty trip.
 Santa's helpers came out to give out treats.
Then SANTA came out to say hi to everyone and pose for pics!
to be continued...

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Friday, January 18, 2019

{Field Trip} Longwood Gardens at Christmas

We managed to pack a lot into our Christmas break and one fun activity was going to Longwood Gardens.
 I hadn't been there in a long time and it was wonderful to see it all decorated for Christmas.
 We went with a big group and had fun touring the indoor and outdoor displays.
College Girl came to hang out with her parents cousins.
 I lost count of how many trees were decorated.

  I didn't bring my big girl camera so the Iphone had to do.
These trees looked like they were floating above the water like in Harry Potter.
 This tree was in a library room, it was roped off but it looked so cozy and comfy in there.
 The greenhouses had lots of beautiful flowers to look at.

 I loved the orchid room.

 This was a creative interpretation of a Christmas tree.
 A beautiful topiary.
 Oh the roses!!

 So many breath taking displays!
The female contingent from our group--such a fun night!

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