Are you driving into Bethlehem this weekend for a day-trip? Here’s how to hit the hot spots, learn the city, fill your belly and get home before bedtime!

Itinerary:

10:00am: Arrive on 4th Street in Southside Bethlehem. Find a meter and pay for about an hour and a half and make your way to Johnny’s. It’s located in Lehigh
University’s Campus Square and has omelet specials named after landmarks in the area (we recommend the Lehigh and the breakfast potatoes on the side are just as tasty) and authentic New York style bagels. If you’re nice to the guys working, they may even decorate your food.

11:30am: Make your way down to SteelStacks, walk around the cafe and PBS station, purchase your tickets for the Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel Walking Tour for just $12.

1:00pm: Be ready outside of the SteelStacks center to take your guided tour. With a trained guide, learn how blast furnaces worked, why men needed brass checks to get in the gate every morning, and which buildings housed which operation on this on-site walking tour that gives visitors a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a steel worker. Did you know that the steel used in the Ferris Wheel that was premiered in the 1893 World’s Fair came from Bethlehem Steel? Well, you do now and you’ll learn a lot more on this awesome tour!

3:00pm: Drive over to the Historic District of Bethlehem and shop at the countless stores and boutiques along Main Street. For every $10 you spend in participating stores, you’ll get a contest entry to win fantastic prizes during the We Dig Main Street promotional. Tons of stores in the Historic District are participating, including The Attic on Main where you can find really unique pieces to add to your fall wardrobe. The contest continues until October 27, and prizes include an all-expenses-paid trip to Florida, an iPad, a $500 value gift basket from Downtown Bethlehem shops and restaurants and $100 gift certificates to Bethlehem stores. Do you need any more reasons to shop?

5:00pm: Start to get hungry. If you’ve worked up an appetite and are looking to carbo-load after all of your shopping, get to Molto Pazzo for Italian food that will overwhelm you in quality and quantity, plus it’s BYOB. Try Pazzo Ralph’s Lobster Ravioli for a really decadent meal.  But if you’re a beer connoisseur, you’re going to want to eat at Brewworks on Main Street. They have a huge selection of their signature brews. If you’re new to microbrewing, try the Valley Golden Ale, what they call a “beautiful golden colored brew sure to satisfy those who wish to take a small step into the world of lighter microbrewed beers. It’s the perfect cool drink to wash down a spicy dish. Thirst quenching with a premium malt taste that no commercial beer can match. Touched with Cluster and Hallertau hops with a nice refreshing aroma.  Drinkable from the first sip to the last, you’re guaranteed to be left wanting more.” Mmmmmmmmm!

9:00pm: End the night with a martini night cap in the Hotel Bethlehem bar and listen to live classic piano music by Dan Mies.

10:00pm: Head home, even though you don’t want to leave and you know you’ll be back soon!

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