It’s WinterFest!








If it’s President’s weekend, it must be WinterFest in Jim Thorpe – the Switzerland of America, the gateway to the Poconos.

This year marks the 18th annual festival sponsored by the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce. Goers will enjoy ice and wood carving exhibitions down at the Josiah White Park (train station), the famous Jim Thorpe Mug Walk, pinata busting, kids shows, Civil War reenactors, and much more.

The Lehighton-based Faculty Brass, shown here in front of the Times House Bed & Breakfast, can always be counted on to lend a musical backdrop to Jim Thorpe festivals. They'll do the honors once again on Saturday for the 18th annual WinterFest.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House has two great shows lined up for the festival weekend. On Saturday night, the British blues band, Savoy Brown, will celebrate the release of its new CD, Voodoo Moon. Blues guitarist and Opera House favorite, Craig Thatcher, will open.

The acclaimed Allentown Band will take the Mauch Chunk Opera House stage for a 5 p.m. Sunday show.

Up on historic Race Street, the Country Cottage will be offering huge savings during its Anniversary Sale. Be sure to ask Lori for a pickle fact. She’s got a hundred of them. On Saturday, just a few doors down, David Miller will be doing Tarot card readings at Venus and the Moon from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Walk-in appointments subject to availability.

LaBrusca is back in stock at Big Creek Vineyard and Winery. Stop in the Race Street shop for a taste and don’t forget to check out Homespun’s new line of gourmet food and bath products.

The Times House Bed & Breakfast still has availability for the weekend of February 24/25 –  the last weekend for guests to take advantage of its February Valentine’s package. Book two nights and a dozen roses, a bottle of Big Creek wine and a heart-shaped box of chocolates will be waiting for you in your suite.


PS – More Valentine’s weekend happenings on historic Race Street

In celebration of Valentine s Day, Big Creek Vineyard and Winery is releasing a very limited bottling of its 2011 Muscat.  Sweet as Aphrodite but as serious as Bacchus: When sipped, curiously and almost without exception, lips curl into a mischievous smile and the eyes twinkle  An Old World style dessert wine that all wine lovers will enjoy.  This wine deserves a special glass so we will also have our Schott Zwiesel Crystal on sale at half price

Muscat Tasting Notes and Availability
The color is a crystal clear straw blonde with aromas of honey, melon, ripe peach, orange and pears dancing above the glass.  Compared to the previous vintage, it is a little higher in alcohol, lower in residual sugar and fuller bodied.   The 2010 vintage was extremely well received and sold out quickly (2010 tasting notes and award)

Wines will be available beginning Friday February 10th at $12 per bottle until supplies are gone.  We will have it at both the winery in Kresgeville and the Shoppe in Jim Thorpe (27 Race Street) Big Creek Vineyard and Winery

Venus & The Moon for a little Magick
Learn all things Aphrodisiac at Venus & the Moon, 31 Race Street, and leave with love inspired luxuries some made just for you, by you like *Massage Oil *Bath Salts *Love/Lust Karma Bags. Snag St. Valentine’s Tea, Valentine’s Soap, and Love/Lust Incense too!

Receive over a handful of aphrodisiac recipes & more.  Classes Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12 at Noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. $50 per couple. Register at

Natural bath & body products, incredible hand dipped incense, organic botanicals, essential oils, stones, wedding & shower favors, Zen Creations Jewelry. Featuring local artists every month. Spiritual consultation & Tarot reading with Michelle Gallagher by appointment.—the-Moon.html/

Moya Restaurant for a Romantic Dinner
Join Heri, Stephanie and Maxine for innovative, elegant, straightforward cuisine in a beautiful setting that’s easy for everybody to enjoy.

Heri s primary goal in opening Moya is to offer gourmet, eclectic cuisine. His food has few rules and is executed in a relaxed, healthy style with an emphasis on flavor and freshness. His menu is constantly changing to accommodate local product and palate. Moya is also home to the paintings of noted local artist Stephanie Verme, wife of Chef Heri Yunda and the co-owner and manager of Moya,  24 Race Street, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229-2004 (570) 325-8530

Spend Valentine’s weekend on the most romantic street in the Poconos

Horse-drawn carriage rides down Jim Thorpe's historic Race Street are a highlight of many a romantic weekend getaway.

Historic Race Street in the heart of Jim Thorpe is considered by many one of the most romantic streets in the Pocono Mountains – not to mention this side of the Atlantic.

In the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, just a block above Broadway, you are in the heart of all Jim ‘Thorpe has to offer but  located where it’s a little quieter than the hustle and bustle of the main street.

Race Street also offers the comfortable elegance of the Times House Bed and Breakfast, as well as fine dining at Moya’s, shops, a gallery and free wine-tasting at Big Creek Winery, not to mention the magnificent architecture and Tiffany windows of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, recognized on the National Historic Register.

On Race, visitors stroll hand-in-hand and often mention the European feel of the street. A few minutes walk up Race Street leads you to Broadway, directly across from the Mauch Chunk Opera House, where Times House guests get a discount. This weekend Tusk, a Fleetwood Mac tribute concert is scheduled.

The Times House celebrates Valentine’s Day all month long and provides the perfect setting for your celebration with complimentary roses, a bottle of Big Creek wine and a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Just bring your love. For Valentine’s weekend – February 10 and 11 – special pricing is also offered.

The Times Elegance Suite is the perfect place to spend Valentine's weekend.

Two nights in the Times Elegance Suite, roses, wine and chocolates are offered at $298, plus tax.

The Times II Suite offers the romantic charm of another era.

For Valentine’s weekend, two nights in the Times II Suite, a bouquet of roses, a bottle of wine and a heart-shaped box of chocolates is only $249, plus tax.

Winter full of fun at the Times House and Jim Thorpe

Though it’s mid-January, there is still plenty of fun to be had and to look forward to in Jim Thorpe.

Despite just a sprinkling of snow to date this winter, Blue Mountain is hopping with lots of trails open. You can check out Blue Mountain Ski Area Report for up-to-date conditions. Folks looking for ski packages and winter getaways, need look no further than the Times House and Jim Thorpe’s bed and breakfasts.

You can always count on a great line-up of shows at a great price at the Mauch Chunk Opera House – where our guests get a discount -and plenty of good food and good company in Jim Thorpe’s restaurants and pubs, not to mention free wine-tasting at Big Creek next door to us on Race Street.

Each February, the Times House celebrates
Valentine’s Day all month long.

Book two nights  in one of our romantic suites
and receive a complimentary bottle of wine, a
bouquet of roses and a heart-shaped box of

Just bring your love.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for
WinterFest 2012, celebrated on February 18
and 19 during President’s Day Weekend. Goers
will enjoy ice and wood carving demonstrations, Civil War Re-enactors, shopping specials and the famous Jim Thorpe Mug Walk. For more information, check out

Ice carvings at the Josiah White Park are always a WinterFest highlight.

The countdown is also on for the annual St. Patty’s Day Parade, held the Sunday before St. Patrick’s feastday. This year it will be held on March 11. Here are a few photos to warm an Irish heart, the first of which shows our friend and 2010 Grand Marshall Hugh Dugan.

Here comes Chip Burnett and the AOH.
The Pipe Bands are always phenomenal.
On St. Patty's Day, it's easy being green in Jim Thorpe.

And if you’re longing for some more warmer weather fun, Pocono Whitewater just issued its Whitewater Dam Release Schedule.

Gargoyles and gothic graves in Jim Thorpe

Gargoyles on the Chapel of the Resurrection look over the graves of Mauch Chunk's movers and shakers.

While the gruesome faces of gargoyles are among the things that occupy our imaginations and scare us around Halloween, they can be found in Jim Thorpe year round at the Upper Mauch Chunk Cemetery.

There, fixed on the east side of the Memorial Chapel of the Resurrection, they watch over the graves of and monuments to the movers and shakers of Mauch Chunk including Asa Packer. The chapel itself was financed by Packer’s daughter, Mary Packer Cummings, who dedicated it to her sister Marion Packer Skeer.

Before the pulpit, a black wrought iron fence surrounds an Otis elevator, on which coffins descend to the crypt below and the entombed are held there for the winter, as the ground is too frozen to accept their remains.

The cemetery itself is a beautiful Victorian statuary with ornate monuments accenting the landscape of simpler stones.

 The Rex family, who once operated a coffee warehouse in our Times House building,  had giant granite balls adorning the top of their monuments. A peculiar and somewhat spooky story concerns one ball that got away from its mount at the cemetery and rolled all the way down from the Heights, across Broadway to Race Street, where it hit the spring at the top of the street before rolling to a stop a few doors away from us at what was once the Rex family home, now Three Mountains Gallery at 29 Race Street.

Jim Thorpe artist David Price, who lives and works at Three Mountains, is working on a series of prints and a narrative  inspired by that true story and a dream he had. Price is scheduled to play the Tibetan Bells at a poetry reading this weekend at Strange Brew but I guess we’ll see for whom the snow tolls. Huhuhuhuha – supposed to be a deep evil laugh.

Happy Halloween from the Times House Bed and Breakfast!