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Spring is the perfect time to experience Jim Thorpe.

You couldn’t ask for a prettier weekend in Jim Thorpe, the gateway to the Pocono Mountains.

While bikers and hikers are hitting the flowering trails, there’s also lots to do  for those looking to soak in the scenery while enjoying a more relaxing weekend.

Strolling Jim Thorpe’s shops and stopping in for free wine-tasting at Big Creek Winery on Race Street are always a fun way to spend a day.

World in a Bubble artist Tom Storm exhibits his bubble-less works at Venus and the Moon on historic Race Street all April long.

Also up on historic Race Street, the Country Cottage is offering a free pack of seeds with purchase to celebrate Earth Day all month long. Just a few doors down, be sure to check out World in a Bubble-artist Tom Storm’s bubble-less work on display at Venus and the Moon throughout April.

This weekend’s concerts range from classical to psychedelic. The Bach and Handel Chorale will perform its Easter concert at the historic St. Mark’s Church on Saturday, April 14 at 3 p.m. while the Mauch Chunk Opera House will host a Janis Joplin/Jimi Hendrix tribute.

A weekend drive to nearby antique shops is another way to enjoy the beauty of the area. The Quiltery in nearby Weissport is one of our favorite stops. From Jim Thorpe follow 209 north and make a left at the Dunkin’ Donuts and Castle Grill – love their burgers. Once you cross over the bridge the Quiltery will be on your left.

Another great place to check out is Bits-and-Pieces on 903. From Jim Thorpe follow 209 south to the light at the bridge and follow 903 for about eight miles to Stony Creek Road. A delicious lunch – fabulous artisan pizzas – at Trattoria 903 will be another highlight of your weekend.

For more things to do and see, visit www.jimthorpe.org.

Next up…Earth Day weekend.

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