Once it was a place of green rolling hills, fertile fields, and sparkling waters ruled by Mother Nature and cared for by a tribe of Native Americans called the Leni-Lenapes (also spelled Lenni-Lenapes). Attracted by the shelter of the surrounding mountains and the promise in the rich soil, the Europeans came and settled in this virtual paradise. By the mid-1700s they had brought with them a diversity of cultures—Scotch-Irish, Moravian, English, and German. In the 1900s another wave of immigrants found their way to the valley, drawn by the hope of employment and a life of prosperity in its shining new cities, the largest of which were called Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. Bounded on the north and northwest by the Kittatinny (Blue) Mountains, on the east by the Delaware River, and to the south by the Lehigh (South) Mountains, the Lehigh Valley is still a beautiful area. Located only an hour or so north of Philadelphia
, it is also an escape for all seasons . . . especially during Christmas, when the valley becomes an old-fashioned winter wonderland of light, tradition, and song. And, after all, what more appropriate place to celebrate the season than in a little town called Bethlehem? Highlights include: thrills and chills, family fun, town and country, and cultural diversity. The detailed itinerary in this chapter is a driving tour that features extensive recommendations for sightseeing attractions, recreational activities, lodging, restaurants, shopping, and more.
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Quick Escapes: Philadelphia Guide Book