Let's start off in the heart and soul of Bethlehem in Downtown Bethlehem. Here you will find plenty of places to eat, drink and shop.
On your left we will be passing Edge Restaurant which has been named Morning Call’s Readers' Choice “Best Dining'' four years in a row. Here you can enjoy delicious food with a mix of French and Asian flair.
If you’re looking for a spot to grab a drink, Fregley’s Brew works is a homegrown favorite, being family owned and operated here in Bethlehem since 1998. Enjoy Fregley’s flagship brews with a side of bar classics like loaded nachos, hand-pressed perogies and spicy buffalo wings.
While you're down here, make sure to stop by the Bethlehem House gallery which is uniquely set up like an actual house. This exhibit offers a way to view art the same way we have been viewing everything else during the pandemic - at home.
This is a quaint little downtown area with unique shops on either side of the street. Slow down, take your time, and make note of what shops and restaurants you wanna check out later!
Please stay on Main Street and then make sure to take a left at W Lehigh Street. Next stop - wine and cheese.
See that dark red brick building on your right? Well, if you enjoy a cold beer and cigar, look no further because The Wooden Match is the place for you. Enjoy live music coupled with an eclectic menu and delicious curated beers. If you come here, I’ve got to recommend the Jameson Carmel wings. You won’t be disappointed.
Well, what if you want something a little more low key? Visit the Artisan Wine and Cheese cellar located in the historic freight house building. Enjoy your favorite glass of prosecco along with an artisan crafted cheese board. You can also enjoy live music everyday 6 to 9pm.
Next, take a right on New Street toward the Philip J Fahy Memorial Bridge. Officer Fahy was a police officer who died in the line of duty back in 1969.
The bridge will take us over the Lehigh River which is actually a 109-mile-long tributary of the Delaware River. White water rafting and fishing are popular here so grab your fishing pole. Or your raft. Whichever you like best.
After the bridge, please turn right on West 3rd Street and then left on Wyandotte St.
So it’s hard to see through all the beautiful trees, but trust me - it’s there. A few blocks to your left is the campus of Lehigh University. If you wanna go explore, go for it! Just come back to this road to continue on the tour.
Lehigh University is a private-university, established in 1865. Lehigh University is tied for the 49th rank among national universities and is considered highly selective with having just a 19% acceptance rate. Lehigh University is known for its strong engineering and business schools as well its deep held traditions including their Rivalry week bonfire.
You’ll see the Goodman stadium, this is a very active spot around town, especially during football season. There's a huge football rivalry with nearby Lafayette College in Easton, so if you’re a Lafaytte fan you may not want to make it known.
Do you hate taking the stairs? Well thank Lehigh Alumnus, Jesse W. Reno who invented the Escalator in 1891!
Please continue down Wyandotte St.
Coming up on your right is Hop Hill Brewing, Bethlehem’s own microbrewery. Enjoy a lively, fun atmosphere and relax with one of their homemade brews. They offer a wide range of beers including IPA’s, stouts, lager, blonde ales and ciders. If you get hungry, there is always a food truck outside to help satisfy any cravings.
On your left you will pass Black River Farms. This family operated vineyard and winery has been serving Bethlem since 2009 with over 9 acres of delicious grape vines. Aside from a winery, they also have their own distillery, so you can get a wide range of specifically crafted spirits.
Take a left up at Colesville Road.
Please turn right on Black River Road and then left on Bingen Road. We are going to cross a small bridge that will take us over a very narrow, (narrow as in you might not even see it) portion of the Black River. This river is over 4.5 miles long and is a designated coldwater and migratory fishery with an abundance of trout. Aside from trout, fishers can find catfish, bass and walleyes here.
Enjoy the pretty drive and then please turn right on Friedensville Road.
We are now approaching the borough of Hellertown. Please turn left on Main Street. This borough was officially incorporated in 1872 but original settlers date back all the way to 1738.
As you pass through Hellertown, you might see Saucon Creek, which is a tributary of the Lehigh River. This 17 mile creek is considered a great place for fly fishing as the stream is often stocked with wild brown trout. There is also an amazing walking and biking trail that runs along the river!
While in Hellertown you have got to visit the Lost River Caverns. These caverns are made of natural limestone and began forming in the last 250,000 years. On your tour, you’ll be able to walk through over 1200 feet of limestone and naturally grown crystals.
Did you know that Lost River Caverns once held a chapel between 1949 and 2009? Over 100 ceremonies were performed in the caverns. Imagine that ceremony!
Continue on and look at all the fun shops that you will want to come back and visit!
How about we cross over another little bridge? The one ahead will take us over Hellertown’s famous Saucon Creek.
Saucon Creek is 17 miles long and is a tributary of the Lehigh River. The creek’s original name was Sakunk, the indigenous people’s name for “where a stream empties into a larger stream.”
Stay on this road. We are almost to the end of the tour.
Our final stop on this tour is Windcreek Casino. Wind Creek is Bethlhem’s premiere casino, offering over 150 table games, 3,000 slot machines and its very own poker room.
The Windcreek Event Center is a luxury entertainment venue offering everything from Boxing and MMA fights to concerts and tradeshows. This 14,000 sq foot venue space is your place to see unforgettable performances.
Right next to the casino is the Wind Creek outlets, this indoor shopping mall was created in 2011 and has been Bethlehem’s leading shopping center. You’ll find plenty of high-end retailers like Coach, Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors.
Rather enjoy something that doesn't strain your wallet? Relax at the Steel Magnolia spa and salon. Unwind with a deep tissue massage or seaweed wrap or get a touch up like a new gel manicure or on-site spray tan.
That concludes our tour of Bethlehem, if something peaked your interest on this tour, don’t hesitate to go back and look around. Bethlehem has plenty to offer!
If you would like to see more of the area, make sure to check out Shahla’s other tour of Allentown, Pennsylvania. If this looks like the place you call home, reach out to Shahla at 484-547-8259 or shoot her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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