Trains return to Jim Thorpe just in time for WinterFest

Jim Thorpe visitors and merchants got an early Valentine’s Day present when Reading Northern Blue Mountain Railroad announced earlier today that trains will return to town this weekend.

The railroad’s Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway suspended service in November over a tax dispute with the borough, which has recently been resolved.

Trains will run at 11 .am., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The addition of the trains is the icing on the cake for a weekend full of fun in Jim Thorpe.

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

The Jim Thorpe historic district will be aglow with luminaries on Friday, February 14 for a romantic Valentine’s Day stroll, while the the 28th annual WinterFest will feature ice carvings, live entertainment, horse drawn carriage rides, food and drink specials, two ice sculpture bars, a blacksmith demonstration, a special Kid’s Club area, and the now famous (sold out) Mug Walk. For more information, visit

Thankful in Jim Thorpe

Times House and Stone Row on Historic Race Street, Jim Thorpe, PA
It’s a beautiful day to be thankful in Jim Thorpe.

It’s a beautiful day in Jim Thorpe to be thankful and count your blessings.

In October, we marked 10 years of welcoming guests to the Times House, many of which we are now lucky to call friends. Some have even fallen in love with Jim Thorpe the way we have and are now our neighbors.

We are thankful for their friendships and the privilege to be a part of all of our guests’ celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, proposals, honeymoons, babymoons, etc.

We are thankful to have been featured in Berks County Living and AAA World Magazine this year and are thrilled for our recent designation as a D&L Trail Friendly Business. We love the new trail south toward Weissport and our guests do too.

We are thankful to be a part of this historic street and this community nestled between the mountains here.

As we count our blessings around the table today, please know we’ll be counting all of you. Happy Thanksgiving!

Mansion House Pedestrian Bridge opens on Monday

Picture of the Mansion House Pedestrian Bridge connecting the D&L Trail in Jim Thorpe, PA

Pump up your tires and put on your sunscreen. Monday will be a beautiful day in Jim Thorpe as the long awaited re-opening of the Mansion House Pedestrian Bridge finally happens.

The bridge was dedicated in June 2018 and opened for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Sojourn and Jim Thorpers Bike Team to walk their bikes (it’s a pedestrian bridge) across it and continue their ride along the D&L trail. It was subsequently closed for trail work and a retaining wall, work which was delayed due to weather.

View of the Lehigh River from the American flag bedecked Mansion House pedestrian bridge.

Even if you don’t bike, the bridge affords access to fantastic views of the river and not often seen views of town.

Exterior of the Times House with bicycles out front

After a day of cycling, stay over and enjoy the town. The Times House is just blocks away from the bridge and offers midweek rates and bike storage.

Thank you to our guests

Chris and I are always honored and humbled by the reviews written by our guests of their stays with us.

Thanks to those guests, we’ve received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the sixth year in a row – since 2014 – and Hall of Fame status for the second year in a row. We are extremely grateful and will continue to work hard to make our guests stays special.

It’s all about the man

If it’s the third weekend in May, it’s time to celebrate the man, athlete and Olympic legend, Jim Thorpe.

The Annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at the Josiah White Park (train station) in Jim Thorpe.

The festivities kick off on Saturday morning at 10:30 am with a Native American tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum, located at Joe Boyle Circle and Route 903, the site where in 1957 the Jim Thorpe Memorial Mausoleum Committee  laid earth from the Prague, Oklahoma farm where Thorpe was born, as well as soil from Saupula, Oklahoma, the Polo Grounds (the former home of the New York Giants, where Thorpe played), the pitching mound of Indian Field at the Carlisle Indian School, as well as the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden where Thorpe won the decathlon and pentathlon.

  • Jim Thorpe Burial site
  • Jim Thorpe Football statue
  • Image of Jim Thorpe memorials
  • Jim Thorpe statue dedicated May 21, 2011

Don Wild Eagle, grandson John Thorpe and Carlisle Guests will be on hand for the ceremony. At 11 a.m., the Olympian Cross Country and Track teams will carry the lighted torch from the monument to the Jim Thorpe High School Stadium to light the Olympic Torch for the Special Olympic Track and Field Competition and then down 903 to the Heights, down Opera House Hill and then down Broadway to Josiah White Park for the lighting of an Olympic Torch.

The Varsity Cheerleaders will stretch a ribbon across Broadway in front of the County of Carbon Court House prior to the arrival of the runners. Medals will be awarded to the team and coach and the resolution that Rep. Doyle Heffley had the Pennsylvania House pass declaring that May 18, 2019 has been named “James Francis Thorpe Day” in the Commonwealth will be read.

Festivities, including Native American dancing and drumming, will continue throughout the weekend at the Josiah White Park. For more information, visit