Valentine’s Day and WinterFest in Jim Thorpe


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wine, flowers, chocolate

Valentine’s Day Romance Package all month long at the Times House.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Did you know Jim Thorpe was named the 2012 Best Romantic Getaway by Philadelphia Magazine? Lovers flocking to town this weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day know and know why.

With Tusk (Fleetwood Mac tribute band) concerts at the Mauch Chunk Opera House both tonight and Saturday nights, delicious offerings at local eateries – some with prix fixe menus, free wine tasting at Big Creek Winery and a wine and chocolate benefit for the Bach and Handel Chorale at the Mauch Chunk Museum on Saturday afternoon, there’s lots of reasons to enjoy a romantic weekend in Jim Thorpe.

Ice sculptures are always a highlight of Jim Thorpe's WinterFest.

Ice sculptures are always a highlight of Jim Thorpe’s WinterFest.

And that doesn’t even count all the WinterFest fun – from Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway train rides, to ice carvings and magic shows, not to mention the infamous Mug Walk.






Baby it’s cold outside


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If you love winter, come on up to Jim Thorpe all week long for some snowshoeing and cross-country skiing along the trails and downhill skiing at nearby Blue Mountain Ski Area.

If you like to look at the beautiful scenery but prefer shorter doses of the great outdoors come on up and spend the weekend. Check out Jim Thorpe’s great shops and eateries and cozy up at a B&B in town.

Here at the Times House on historic Race Street, we’re offering our annual Valentine’s Special. During the entire month of February, book two nights in any room or suite and we’ll include a bouquet of flowers, a bottle of wine and a heart-shaped box of chocolates.

While you’re here, check out the Mauch Chunk Opera House, our gem of a venue withing walking distance downtown. Tonight Donna the Buffalo takes the stage. Tickets: $26. Showtime 8 p.m. For more info, click here.

Check out Donna the Buffalo’s Blue Skies and Buttercups…wouldn’t you love to see some?

ice wolfNext weekend it’s WinterFest with Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway WinterFest train rides on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Check back for more details!


Butter Crumb Cake = Love


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20150120_125444 Times House guests have come to expect delicious baked goods for breakfast. Many of them are family recipes – Mom’s Irish Bread, Aunt Cass’ Apple Cake. Today I’m sharing a favorite recipe and remembering a favorite person – my former mother-in-law, Jean Villano, who died late last month.

Mom V. was a kind, generous, wonderful woman, who loved her family, friends and a good mystery. Her Thanksgiving dinners were stupendous, her Super Bowl lasagna delicious, and her Butter Crumb Cake – heavenly. Everything she made, she made with love. I try to do the same. Though she’s missed terribly, I’ll remember her in so many ways but especially when I make her crumb cake.

So for our food blogger niece, Roberta AKA Homemade Delish, and all of our guests, who’ve asked for the recipe…here it is.

Duncan Hines Butter Golden cake mix – combine ingredients according to directions.

Grease and flour 10″ x 15″ pan, pour in batter and bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 17 minutes – until firm enough to hold crumbs.

20150117_105740In a large bowl mix the following together until it resembles coarse sand:
1 pound of soft butter
4 cups of flour
1.5 cups of sugar
1 tbs. vanilla
1 tbs. cinnamon

Drop on cake and bake for an additional 17 minutes.
Shake on powdered sugar and enjoy.

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Be sure to stop by and say hello to Roberta, who will be doing food demonstrations and handing out samples, at the Philadelphia Inquirer Travel and Culinary Expo at the Valley Forge Casino Resort on Feb. 21 and 22. You could win a one-night stay at the Times House.

Song, wine, chili…mmm, mmm fun


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The Mauch Chunk Opera House is Jim Thorpe's gem of a venue for live entertainment.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House is Jim Thorpe’s gem of a venue for live entertainment.

A little song, a little wine and a bowl of chili adds up to a lot of hot fun in store for those in Jim Thorpe this holiday weekend.

Our favorite music venue, the Mauch Chunk Opera House, is hosting the Infamous Stringdusters Thursday night, Jan. 15 to kick off the long weekend. Check out Let it Go…no princesses here.

The LA-based New West Guitar Group returns to the Opera House on Saturday night, Jan. 17. If you didn’t catch them on WFMZ earlier this week, check out this link.

Tickets for the Infamous Stringdusters: $23; New West Guitar Group; $15. Showtime 8 p.m.

If you’re looking for a great bowl of chili, you have seven chances to find the one that’s just right for you at Galen Glen Winery’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Click here for more information, The winery is just a short drive from Jim Thorpe and a member of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, of which our neighbors at Big Creek are members.

Can you believe Valentine’s Day is one month from today? At the Times House on historic Race Street, we’re celebrating all-February long with a bottle of wine, bouquet of flowers and a heart-shaped box of chocolates at no additional charge with a two-night stay. Just bring your love!

Lots of holiday fun in Jim Thorpe this weekend


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Times House on historic Race Street

Historic Race Street gives an Old World – Olde Time Christmas feel.

Don’t pout if you didn’t get to Jim Thorpe’s 33rd annual Olde Time Christmas Festival, there’s still lots of holiday fun and shopping to be had in town.

Great gifts and holiday cheer abound in more than 40 great shops and galleries in the historic district, not to mention great drink and food offerings at our wonderful restaurants and pubs.


And don’t forget to look for that mistletoe to take part in a romantic holiday tradition! Post your mistletoe and other Olde Time Christmas selfies on the Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas Facebook page.

The “Spirits of Christmas Past” Scavenger Hunt continues now through December 24th. Kids and adults alike are having fun finding clues in the shops for a chance to win one of 23 gift certificates this Christmas. It’s FREE to play! Entry forms are available at the train station or participating shops, just look for this sign.

Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas

Spirits of Christmas Past Scavenger Hunt

Get your tickets early for train rides with Santa – a fun outing for the whole family. Call 570-325-8485 for ticket info.

With Kenny Rodgers at Penn’s Peak and two great shows at the Mauch Chunk Opera House this weekend, there’s lots of entertainment for a quick getaway and still have time for last minute Christmas preparations.

A Grateful Dead-ish holiday party tonight at the Opera House features Splintered Sunlight. Tickets: $15. Showtime: 8 p.m.

The Aztec Two-Step  Holiday Show offers a tribute to Simon & Garfunkle and the Everly Brothers on Saturday night. Tickets: $25. Showtime: 8 p.m.




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