More daylight = more time for fun and adventure in Jim Thorpe

No need to curse the Monday after Daylight Savings Time. Extra daylight means more time for fun and adventure in beautiful Jim Thorpe!

Take a hike or a bike ride along the D&L Trail and check out landscapes that will be hidden in the coming months once the trees along the canal and river turn green. Listen to the rush of the river and breathe in the clean, fresh air. (Did you know the Times House is a D&L Trail Friendly Business with bike storage, maps, tools, pump, water and snacks for the trail?)

Enjoy the sun on your shoulder while sipping a post-ride pint on the deck of the Molly Maguire or Marion Hose Bar or while strolling the historic district shops for your Saint Patty’s Day gear just in time for the Jim Thorpe Irish Fest this weekend.

Irish Fest highlights include the Celtic staples of the Tartan Terrors (Saturday) and Kilmaine Saints (Friday) at the Mauch Chunk Opera House to get your Irish blood flowing, plenty of tea and ale and whiskey, horse and carriage rides, a Kilt Crawl, a Benefit Irish Brunch at St. Mark’s Church on Saturday morning, a Youth Fiddle Competition from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Cafe Arielle at the Stabin Museum 268 West Broadway. On Sunday there, you’ll enjoy live Celtic music at Café Arielle while you enjoy brunch. Last but not least you’ll enjoy strolling bagpipers on Sunday.

For a complete schedule of events, visit

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.