‘Tis the season for Pumpkins and Poe

Halloween is always a fun time in Jim Thorpe.

Morning fog, lifting over the Victorian architecture, revealing magical reds and golds on the mountains that surround us, can make you wonder about the town’s past and those that have walked these streets and wandered through these doors for more than 200 years. Maybe they still do.

A family of ghosts on Broadway? You decide.

At the Times House, we love to pull out our spooky old movie posters to get into the spirit and no Halloween is complete without a Raven or two.

Looking for an extra spooky treat? Be sure to check out the Mahoning Drive-In this weekend for Psycho, Halloween II, Casper, Addams Family, Cujo and The Howling on 35 mm. Dee Wallace will be there too!

Happy Halloween!

2020 Travelers’ choice

Chris and I are thrilled to share that the Times House has been awarded a 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award. Previously known as the Certificate of Excellence, the Times House had achieved Hall of Fame recognition for receiving that award six years in a row.

Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners are known for consistently receiving great traveler/diner feedback, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe, according to the worldwide travel platform.

We are so very thankful to our guests who have shared experiences of their stays with us in beautiful Jim Thorpe PA and will continue to work hard to make their outdoor adventure trips, romantic getaways and happy occasion celebrations special and safe. At a time when all of us are facing unprecedented difficulties, the continued kindness of our guests and this award warms our hearts.

“Winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners’ achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for travelers/diners as the world begins to venture out again.”

Mellow yellow opening in time for Memorial Day

Times House in-room Continental breakfast is enjoyed at a private table for two set with china and silver
A delicious Times House en suite Continental breakfast is a great way to stay safe in Jim Thorpe and enjoy a relaxing post-Covid getaway.

Chris and I hope you all are well and can’t tell you how much it has meant to us to hear from so many of you during this pandemic and look forward to welcoming you back. We’ve missed you too.

We are pleased to announce that the Times House will be opening up next weekend in time for Memorial Day, now that Gov. Tom Wolf has issued the transition of Carbon County to a yellow phased opening.

Since we opened in 2009, the Times House has welcomed guests looking for romantic getaways or outdoor adventure to Jim Thorpe’s historic Race Street, offering our unique style of in-room breakfast service in the privacy and comfortable elegance of your room or suite. We’ve always done it this way. So we’ll be ready to help you enjoy a relaxing post-Covid getaway.

At a table set with china and silver, a delicious Continental Breakfast awaits featuring my scrumptious home-baked scones, breads, cakes, muffins, homemade granola, yogurt topped with fresh fruit, and our own Times House blend of locally roasted coffee. Set in your room on arrival, you can enjoy it at any hour you please.

As restaurants will still be in the “take-out only” phase, we would be happy to help coordinate takeaway service with your favorite Jim Thorpe eatery for you to enjoy in your room or alfresco in our hidden “Coal Yard.”

In addition to our usual high standards for cleanliness, we are proud to commit to the Pennsylvania Bed and Breakfast Inns Promise, following recommended guidelines, including disinfecting of common touch areas throughout the day, have hand sanitizer available in common areas, will block out rooms so there will be at least 24 hours between guests, seating arrangements will be socially distant, and at least through June, we’ll hold to a two-night minimum and one booking per floor to lessen interaction. We will be wearing and will require guests to wear masks in common areas. (We will be happy to supply if you need them.)

We will be relaxing our cancellation policy and ask that if you have been exposed to COVID-19 recently or have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), please help us keep everyone
safe by rescheduling your stay.

Did you know the Victorians moved to ceramic tile because they considered it a more sanitary wall and flooring option? Now all four of our bathrooms have vintage style ceramic tile thanks to my handy hubby.

Times II Nostalgia Suite bathroom with new vintage style tile
Here’s a sneak peek of Chris’ handiwork and the new vintage-style tiled bathroom update in the Times II Nostalgia Suite.

We're all in this together

Broadway with trees in bloom

We hope you and your family are well.

In an effort to keep us all safe and healthy during this unusual time, the Times House will be closed through mid-April as per the Governor’s recommendations.

We are also relaxing our cancellation policy. Please be assured that when we do reopen, we will continue to take every precaution necessary, disinfecting above and beyond our usual protocol.

In the meantime, I’m trying out a few recipes that I hope to share with you all soon.

Please follow CDC guidelines and if you can’t get outside for some socially-distanced fresh air, find a sunbeam and hold good thoughts for an enjoyable summer in Jim Thorpe.

Message or email us if you would like a weekly update.

Take care,
Chris and Diane

JIm Thorpe Celtic shows, shops, restaurants & lodging still a go

Jim Thorpe merchants offer plenty of options to get your Irish on.

The Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency, in collaboration with state, county and borough officials, along with the regional tourism office and those involved in the planning of Irish Fest, has decided to postpone some Irish Fest events scheduled for this upcoming weekend. 

Given the ever-changing developments with the spread of the COVID-19 virus and mindful of several parade cancellations in Philadelphia, Boston, Scranton & Ireland over the last 24 hours, the JTTA has decided to act out of an abundance of caution. 

The Whiskey and Ale trails, Kilt Crawl and benefit Irish Brunch at St. Mark’s have been postponed. 

There’s still lots of Irish fun to be had in Jim Thorpe this weekend.

Still on:
The Mauch Chunk Opera House shows – Kilmaine Saints on Friday and the Tartan Terrors on Saturday – will go on as scheduled. 

There will be whiskey tastings at the Harry Packer Mansion on Friday and the Broadway Grille and Pub on Saturday. 

​The Youth Fiddle Competition at Cafe Arielle at the Stabin Museum on Saturday and Sunday’s Cafe Arielle’s Celtic Brunch.

Stone Row Pub and Eatery’s St. Paddy’s Day High Tea on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Jim Thorpe restaurants with special Irish offerings and merchants will be open this weekend and have already been taking numerous precautionary steps. 

It also looks like the weather will be good for a hike or a bike ride in your green St. Paddy’s Day T-shirt.

The JTTA reiterates the CDC precautions: wash your hands frequently, do not touch your face, cough/sneeze into a clean tissue or your elbow, and avoid people who are sick.  Hand-washing stations will be available around town, sponsored by the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation.

For more information, visit https://www.jimthorpe.org/irish