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11 Things You Should Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (10/16 - 10/22)

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By Stephanie Eckelkamp

Guys, this week is pretty awesome: We've got a kick ass drumming workout, a food truck fest, haunted ghost tours, running races, healthy cooking demos, and a lot more. Check out our weekly curated events list and mark your freakin' calendars. You won't be disappointed. 

MONDAY

Live Music at Playa Bowls in Bethlehem (4 - 7pm/ Free)
Have you checked out Bethlehem’s newest and trendiest destination for healthy eats? If not, get your butt to Playa Bowls, home of some magnificently kick-ass smoothie bowls, on Monday night and listen to some sweet acoustic tunes from musical guest John Rodden. More info here

TUESDAY

Guided Nature Walk in Easton (9am - 12pm/ Free, registration required) 
Got the day off from work? Or want just want to play hookie? Then we’ve got just the thing: A guided nature walk through the Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary in Easton, where you’ll search for birds, flowers, butterflies, and other autumn wonders. Register here.

Sip and Sculpt Party at Bethlehem Brew Works (6:30 - 9:30pm / $45)
If you can't possibly go to another paint and sip party, Glossy Stones is taking over the Bethlehem Brew Works for a new kind of inebriated craft time. If you're conjuring up images of Ghost, don't worry—you'll be using air dry clay to craft ornaments, trinkets, or whatever your creative side(or favorite Pinterest board) can think of. $45 gets you all your supplies, instruction, personalized kit, goodie bag, appetizers, and a complimentary beverage. Get your tickets here.

WEDNESDAY

Healthy Cooking Demo by Two Local Nutritionists at Easton Public Market (2 - 3pm/ Free)
This is the perfect event for anyone who wants to eat healthier and reduce their intake of refined carbs. Alison Unger and Carissa Hrichak, nutritionists from Easton Hospital, will offer tips and techniques for packing healthy lunches, and recipes for low calorie/low carb lunch options, including apple chicken salad lettuce wraps. YUM! More info here

THURSDAY

Tre Locally Sourced Food Truck at Hop Hill Brewing in Bethlehem (5 - 8:30pm/ Free)
Have you been to Hop Hill? It’s an awesome tasting room (with giant Jenga!) that’s just a little bit off the beaten path, but totally worth a visit. Especially this Thursday, since Tre Locally Sourced Food Truck, a new-ish food truck focused on (you guessed it) seasonal-inspired cuisine that is regionally grown and raised. We can get behind that! More info here

FRIDAY

Haunted Walking Tours in Easton and Bethlehem (Times and prices vary)
Since it’s Halloween and all, you might as well do something a little on the spooky side this week (and hike up that step count while you’re at it!). That’s why we fully support a haunted walking tour. Lucky for you, there are loads of options: the 14th Annual Haunted Easton Walking Tour on Friday night from 8pm-9pm, and loads of options this week in Bethlehem from the Moravian Book Shop starting at 6pm. More info on Easton tours here, and Bethlehem tours here.
 

Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival (All weekend) 
The Runner’s World Half and Festival kicks off tonight and features loads of races (5k, 10k, half marathon, kids races, dog races, and more) and festivities. Best part? There’s still time to register! Registration information here.

SATURDAY

Lehigh Valley Cider and Wine Festival at Coca Cola Park (12pm - 10pm/ $35)
Helloooo! This is were ⅔ of the Live Well Lehigh Valley crew will be this Saturday. Want to join us? Buy your ticket NOW. We’ll be sipping on local wines and ciders, and noshing on some delicious food truck fare, and jamming out to the musical stylings of Tim Harakal (swoon!). Buy tickets here
 

Free Mini Consultations with Herbalist at Nature’s Way in Easton (1pm - 3pm/ Free) 
How cool is this? Every Saturday, you can head to Nature’s Way (an amazing health food and supplement store) for a quick consultation with herbalist Cheryl Karcher to see what natural remedies might suit your lifestyle. More info here

SUNDAY

Pound and Pour at Allentown Brewworks (2 - 2:45pm/ $20)
This Sunday, you can experience POUND, an alternative group fitness class inspired by drumming, at Brewworks. By using lightly weighted drumsticks while completing cardio and strength exercises, this workout transforms drumming into an intense and insanely fun exercise. Plus, it just looks pretty damn cool (see pic above) AND you get a free beer after the class. What more could you want? More info on how to register here….we advise you do so ASAP.  
 

Easton Food Truck Festival (12 - 6pm/ Free) 
YASSS! What’s better than a crap load of food trucks in one place? Literally nothing….well, maybe if it was a food truck and puppy fest, but we’ll settle for this. The invite promises lot's of delicious food, drinks, craft beer, and live music. We’re sold. More info here
 

Yoga and Brunch at Easton Public Market (8 – 9:30 am/ Cost: $18)
Enjoy a one-hour gentle morning flow guided by an Easton Yoga instructor to wake your body up followed by a nutritious breakfast from Greenmouth Table. Talk about a healthy start to your Sunday! More info here.

 

*Got an event we should list in upcoming weeks? Shoot us an email here or leave a comment to be considered. We have final approval for all listings, but we love suggestions!

12 Things You Should Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (10/9 - 10/15)

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By Stephanie Eckelkamp

You know the drill by now! Here's our curated list of awesome events in the LV this week. We've got everything from boozy yoga and nature hikes to volunteer projects and FREE bacon happy hours (yassss). Enjoy!

MONDAY

Nothing crazy going on today. So chill out and meditate, read a book, or do something else that makes you happy. 

TUESDAY

LV Style Insider Happy Hour (5:30pm - 7:30pm/ Free)
Mix and mingle with LV locals and nosh on some free h’ourdourves at Centro. Great event for anyone who’s been meaning to network more (because it usually kind of sucks, amiright?). Bonus: You might get your pic taken by Lehigh Valley Style! More info here

WEDNESDAY

Starry Night at Paint and Party (6:30pm - 8:30pm/ $30)
Tonight, the pros at Paint and Party in Allentown will walk you through creating your very own version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. No experience necessary. Just grab your gal (or guy) pals and a bottle of vino and get ready to embrace your creative side. Sign up here

Free Bacon Happy Hour at Two Rivers (4pm - 7pm/ Free)
Here at LWLV, we’re firm believers that bacon can be part of a healthy diet (we just balance it out with lots of Brussels sprouts and kale and kombucha). So, we’re pretty pumped that every Wednesday Two Rivers offers $1 off all drafts, ½ price bar appetizers, and FREE motherlovin’ bacon. More info here

THURSDAY

Monocacy Park Stream Restoration Progress & Planting (4pm - 5pm/ Free)
Itching to be of service? Join Wildlands Conservancy in Monocacy Park for an afternoon of planting wildflower plugs and learning more about the native plantings scheduled for next spring. Register here

Harnessing The Power Of The New Moon (6:30pm - 7:30pm/ $15)
Need to harness some good vibes? Join Jamie Hamod, energy intuitive and guide, at The Loving Piece in Easton for a night of learning how to use the power of the New Moon to set intentions and manifest goals. Don’t knock it til you try it. More info here

FRIDAY

Fall Fest at Palmer Nursery (3pm - 9pm Fri, 10am - 6pm Sat + Sun/ Free)
Grab the fam and head out to Easton for Palmer Nursery’s 3rd Annual Fall Fest featuring live music, food vendors, games, and contests. Feed their resident goats, rabbits, and fish while you’re there. We freakin’ love goats. More info here.

SATURDAY

Steel Fitness Premier Fit Fest Open House (7am - 5pm/ Free)
Get a free workout in for a good cause this Saturday! Steel Fitness in Allentown will be holding its first open house allowing non-members to workout, sample classes, and take a swim in their pools or dip in the hot tub. The gym will also be hosting the Girls on the Run Lehigh Valley Run-a-Thon to help more LV girls have access to this after school program that emphasizes health and fitness. More info here

Dinner with Friends Wild Fox Farm at House and Barn (7pm / $65 with drinks, $50 without)
Want to get your hands on some local farm-to-table fare? One of our fave local restaurants, House & Barn,  will be serving up Wild Fox Farm goodness alongside some amazing drink pairings for a night that’s sure to be absolutely delicious. More info here

Stroll Along Bushkill with Get Out Lehigh Valley (10am - 12pm/ Free)
We love a good nature walk. Join Get Out Lehigh Valley for a 2.5 mile walk along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail from 13th Street and the old Simon Silk Mill to 3rd Street at the base of Lafayette College in Easton. More info here.

Poses for Puerto Rico at Lehigh Valley Yoga (1pm + 2:30pm/ Cost: $20 donation)
This Saturday, you have two opportunities to join Lehigh Valley yoga for a calming yoga and meditation class that benefits hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. More info here

SUNDAY

Pints and Poses at Weyerbacher (10am - 11am/ $20)
Grab a mat and join guest instructor Amber Campbell in front of the brewhouse for a yoga flow followed by a beer cocktail and some tasty snacks. To purchase tickets, click here

Emmaus Night Out at Yergey and Triple Sun (5pm - 8pm/ Free)
Hey Emmaus locals! Come out and meet your neighbors at Yergey Brewing and Triple Sun, sip on beer and cocktail specials, and nosh on some awesome food from Licensed to Grill. Bonus: There will be Oktoberfest-themed specials, like wild boar sausage, 1/2 lb beef Franken-"footer" (nope, we have no idea what that is), sautéed cabbage and noodles, and more. More info here.
 

 


 

Step Into What the Valley Has to Offer

By Siobhan DeRemer

Now that it’s sweater weather, what better time is there for a nice stroll through some greenery (orange-ry)? Good for your heart and the best way to view the seasonal change, there are some top notch walking and running trails in the Valley to keep you moving (and motivate you to get out there). If you’re itching to make your 10,000 steps for the day, training for that 10K, or just looking for a way to get out of the house, let these trails be your guide.

Running/Walking 

For those in Emmaus or closer to the Macungie area, it can be hard to run on streets without safe sidewalks and in the midst of busy roads. However, you’re in for some great hills and terrific scenery if you know where to go. South Mountain is great, even for experienced trail runners and newbies looking for a challenge (and has great biking and hiking trails, too). The loop is a well-marked about 8.5 mile moderate terrain wooded setting, with additional loops to choose from for an easier or more difficult run.

Are you in the Christmas City or downtown A-town and need inspiration for parks near you but unsure of their locations? Check out Bethlehem Parks / Allentown Parks Finder for a map view of parks. Bethlehem’s Monocacy Park has wonderful walking and mild hiking opportunities, not to mention the chance to fish or simply sit and enjoy nature, while sitting only 10 minutes from downtown Main Street. In Allentown, the Lil’-Le-Hi Trout Nursery on Fish Hatchery Road provides some quiet-ish pavement running on sidewalks and trails with wooded views and river scenery––and you can stop and feed the fish if you’d like! Lehigh Parkway’s 6-mile loop is great for social runners (there are always people on this one, but check the event calendar; you never know what’s going on in the area!) and has a few hills to add a bit of a terrain change. Some of this area is paved as well, so you can utilize both trail and pavement running options.

The D&L Rail Trail (which is about 165 miles total) section running from Allentown to Easton is a great path for runners looking for a long-distance trek or shorter, well-kept trails. Broken into sections (that all average about 3.5 miles each), the flat concrete path is shaded and turns to gravel/dirt when closer to Palmer. Easy for an out-and-back trip, less crowded, and perfect if you’d like to avoid the hills of other trails in the Valley. Another section of this trail, running from the Northampton area to Lehighton, is a quiet, flat offshoot made primarily of cinders, with other paved options in the Walnutport area and a series of rocky trails closer to Lehighton. Also in Northampton is the 5.1 mile (10 mile out-and-back) Nor-Bath Trail perfect for solo (or tandem) runs as it’s not heavily traversed.

In the Coplay/Whitehall area, the Ironton Rail Trail provides a 5.3 mile loop that is mostly paved, well-traveled, and easy to traverse. This would be a great spot to join a friend for a run or easy walk. Great for a small run (and perhaps for intervals, sprints, or run/walk training) in North Whitehall is Kolapechka Park trail, wrapped around a kids’ park, clocked in just under a mile. This one could be perfect if you’re transitioning from city/pavement running to trail and you’d like to test your strength on a cinder trail. In Schnecksville, the Trexler Nature Preserve (this one has awesome hiking options too - see below for more on that!) has great running trails, suitable for all levels and ages. Mostly packed dirt trails, there is an outer 8.5-mile path and a mixture of shorter paved/dirt trails to choose from. Since it surrounds the Lehigh Valley Zoo, it’s a great spot for meetups, team/family runs, or just a friendly, scenic stroll.

Also within the northern reaches of the Valley in Bangor is Columcille Megalith Park, which is perfect for outdoor meditation, simple walking, perhaps a bit of trail running, and just enjoying nature (Side note: Their illustrated park map is enough to awaken the fantasy nerd in all of us). Self-titled as an “outdoor sanctuary,” this park’s collection of large stone structures provides spiritual and inspiring scenery. 

Are you a social runner or just looking to meet others who share in your love of hitting the pavement or might give you the boost you need to start running on a more regular basis? Maybe you love running on your own but would like an ear to the ground about local races. Check out these running clubs and running opportunities in the Lehigh Valley and lace up your sneakers and go! 
Lehigh Valley Road Runners
Group Run with Run Inns (Nazareth/Emmaus)
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Hiking

One of the best parts of living in (or visiting) the Lehigh Valley is the great mix of the outdoors and city life. You can head out for a morning hike or afternoon trek and then find a multitude of happy hour options when you return. Check out some of our picks for hiking trails/parks (for all levels) to try today and then get together with friends, family, or the friendly people in the meetup options around the Valley to fuel what will most likely become a need for nature once you see the local beauty that’s only minutes away.

Mentioned above for its stellar running trails, Trexler Nature Preserve (Schnecksville) has a ton of hiking options of varying degrees of difficulty as well. The extensive Trail map provides information about the just over a dozen trails that the Preserve offers. There are spaces for mountain biking, picnics, bird viewing, fishing and kayaking in the Jordan Creek, and camping as well. While the Trexler Border trail can be a tough one, the views make the trek more than worthwhile. 

Hawk Mountain, which is about a 30-minute drive immediately to the west of the Lehigh Valley area, has five trails that are mostly short but have some elevation changes. This site is a Sanctuary for local raptor and hawk populations and serves as a model for conservation of these birds of prey worldwide. There is a minor fee to hike here, but be rest assured that the small price is helping to improve conservation and protection efforts.

For the experienced hikers (or casual hikers looking for a challenge), the section of the Appalachian Trail from Bake Oven Knob to the Lehigh Gap, stretching about 9.5 miles, is one of the highest rated in the area––both for scenery and bragging rights. The trail’s great for a day trip or overnight and takes you over the Lehigh Tunnel. Just beware that this one isn’t for beginners and while it’s moderate at times, it’s exposed and you should be prepared for the elements. If you want all the views but a bit less of the length and the work, hike the teeny 0.4 mile trail from Bake Oven Road to the top of Bake Oven Knob.   

If you’re closer to Nazareth, then you can check out the 18.5 miles of trails in Jacobsburg State Park (also known as Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center). The attractive area in Henrys Woods (part of the Center) has wooded scenery, streams, Bushkill Creek, and community events and education opportunities for visitors of all ages. Just a note of caution: Part of the Center’s land is used for hunting, so if you’re planning to wander the area during hunting season, plan to grab yourself some blaze orange or super bright apparel to bring along.

For group meetings and chances to explore hiking trails you may not want to try on your own, check out the Allentown Hiking Club or the Greater Lehigh Valley Outdoor Adventures Meetup (and check out their site for even more meetup options in the area). TrailLink is also a great resource for more running/walking/hiking trail options in your area!

Do you have a favorite walking, running, or hiking trail in the Lehigh Valley that you’d like to share? Be sure to let us know in the comments!