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36 Hours in BETHLEHEM, PA

36-Hours in Bethlehem, PA

We have been hearing so many great things about Bethlehem, PA we had to check it out.  After 36 hours in "The Christmas City" we were not disappointed. 

-7:00PM-Arrive, check-in to the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. The hotel was built in 1922 to cater to clients of the Bethlehem Steel Company because its owner, Charles M. Schwab wanted his business partners to thoroughly enjoy their visits to this steel city.  In its earliest days the hotel had a "club room", barber shop, shoe shine and coffee shop, all done first class. Today the hotel is bustling with families, business travelers, college students and extravagant parties and events.

-7:30PM-Dinner at the hotel in the Tap Room.  Enjoy comfort food while dining among the Gallery of Distinguished Guests. You will be very impressed with the photos of others who have dined in the same space, including former Presidents, famous athletes, musicians and other celebrities.

-9:00PM-Check the calendar and plan a visit to  Steel Stacks the city's vibrant entertainment center located on the former Bethlehem Steel plant that is now home to concerts, festivals (including Musikfest and Oktoberfest), comedy shows, theater, dining and more!

-9:00AM-Crepes for breakfast at Cachette, then enjoy some of the great shops, including the Moravian Book Shop founded in 1745 and the oldest continuously-running bookseller in the world.

-11:00AM-Visit The Moravian Historical Society to learn about the history of the region and explore one of the oldest and most distinguished collections of artifacts, art and architecture related to Moravian history in North America.

-12:30PM-Grab a great lunch at Fegley's Brew Works, then take a walking tour of the Bethlehem Steel Factory or Hoover Mason Trestle.  Or purchase the digital download and walk, jog or hike through three centuries of Bethlehem on the pet-friendly Heritage Trail.

-7:00PM-There are many exciting choices for dinner, but the best restaurant in town might just be Apollo Grill so if you can get a reservation, take it!  For dessert head to the Penn State Creamery ice cream counter located in The Shoppe at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.

-Sunday Morning-Before heading out of town it's time for Sunday Brunch at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. This brunch has been voted one of the top 100 brunches in the country by Open Table and features live music, incredible food selections and a beautiful historic setting.

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