Times House one of several JTTA members awarded Certificate of Excellence

Times House on Historic Race Street

Jim Thorpe, PA  — (May 26, 2015) — The Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency (JTTA) is proud to announce its member accommodations, restaurants and attractions that were awarded 2015 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence last week.

The Inn at Jim Thorpe, the Times House Bed & Breakfast in Jim Thorpe and the Hampton Inn in Lehighton were recognized for excellence in accommodations; Moya, Tony Stella’s Encore, and Wheel for excellence in restaurants; and the Asa Packer Mansion, Bear Mountain Butterfly, the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, Mauch Chunk Opera House, the No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum, Penn’s Peak and Pocono Whitewater for excellence in attractions. The Jim Thorpe Memorial was also recognized.

“We are very proud of our JTTA members who consistently set the bar for quality of service in Jim Thorpe,” said JTTA president Randall Sellers. “Their extra effort is what brings customers back for return visits and encourages them to tell their family and friends to visit our area. Return customers and positive word-of-mouth are extremely important to tourism, which drives our entire local economy.”

Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site.  To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

Jim Thorpe, PA has been touted by National Geographic, the Travel Channel/USA Today and Philadelphia Magazine as among the best places to live and play, most beautiful, friendliest and best romantic getaway. Nestled in the Lehigh Gorge and the gateway to the Pocono Mountains, tens of thousands of tourists visit Jim Thorpe each year.

The Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency’s mission is to draw visitors to Jim Thorpe from N.Y.C, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., throughout the Lehigh Valley, the Poconos, the entire Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, across the country and around the world.

JTTA, a nonprofit volunteer organization, plans and promotes four major festivals each year: WinterFest, the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration, Fall Foliage and Olde Time Christmas.  JTTA maintains a website with photos, an events calendar and clickable links to accommodations, restaurants, shops and attractions. A full-color, glossy Visitors Guide with walking map is produced annually.

For an online visitor guide, more information on Jim Thorpe events, attractions, accommodations, restaurants, shops and more, visit   www.jimthorpe.org 

Happy Birthday Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe monumentThe 20th Annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration takes place this weekend on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17.

The people of Jim Thorpe are doing what they have always done – honor the man born on May 28, 1888 Jacobus Franciscus “Jim” Thorpe and Wa-Tho-Huk, which means Bright Path in the Sac and Fox language.

Jim Thorpe’s grandson, John Thorpe, and Sitting Bull’s great-grandson, Ernie LaPointe,, along with Don Wild Eagle and other honored guests from the Carlisle School will participate in this year’s memorial tribute at the Jim Thorpe mausoleum at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

After winning the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics, King Gustav of Sweden declared Thorpe “the greatest athlete in the world.”

It’s only fitting that the Jim Thorpe High School Olympian Cross Country and Track teams join in on the tribute, carrying a lighted torch to their school stadium to light the Olympic torch for the Special Olympic Track and Field Competition on through the town and down Broadway to the Josiah White Park (train station).

The birthday party continues with Native American dancing, drumming, folklore, craft and food vendors, as well as a Chinese auction.



May is popping with fun in Jim Thorpe

The Race Street Park is popping with color.

The flowers are blooming, the trains are running and there’s lots of great fun and entertainment this month in Jim Thorpe.

Penn’s Peak has Dark Star Orchestra onstage tonight. Get there early for a spectacular panoramic view of the area.

Be sure to check out Damn the Torpedoes when they return to the Mauch Chunk Opera House  Saturday night with their tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. You won’t be disappointed! They put on a terrific show, which we caught last time they were in town. Guests of ours said they sounded even better than Petty and crew! Tickets: $20. Showtime: 8 p.m.


Don’t forget Sunday is Mother’s Day. If you can’t give Mom breakfast in bed, consider giving her a gift certificate to the Times House Bed and Breakfast.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 14 and start next weekend out early with Emmy award-winning actor/musican Jeff Daniels at our venerable ol’ Opera House with his son’s band – The Ben Daniels Band. Tickets: $30. Showtime: 8 p.m.

Check back next week for more info: Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration – Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. 

Let them eat cake in Jim Thorpe

Spring in Jim Thorpe
Who needs a trip to Paris when you can enjoy springtime in Jim Thorpe?

This first weekend of May not only marks the arrival of regular season train excursions with the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway but also the start of National Tourism Week.

What better place to celebrate than Jim Thorpe! Back in 1850, known then as Mauch Chunk, it was second only to Niagara Falls as the most visited tourist destination in the United States.

On Saturday, Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency (JTTA) members will welcome tourists, locals and business owners alike down at the Josiah White Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. handing out free coffee and cake. JTTA members will also celebrate National Tourism Week at a Cinco de Mayo party on Tuesday, May 5 at the Broadway Pub & Grille.

National Tourism Week, which communities across America celebrate each year, shines a light on what travel means to jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.

Randall Sellers, JTTA president and owner of Sellers Books on Broadway, sees the impact tourists bring to his business.

 “Tourism is the backbone of our local economy, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to Jim Thorpe each year. Dollars spent in shops, attractions and accommodations benefit not just those who cater to tourists but all local businesses and families,” he said.

 It’s also a great time for JTTA to celebrate both tourists and its members.

 After all, we get to live, work and enjoy everything tourists do all year long – in a town with European charm, outdoor adventure, train rides, art galleries, fine restaurants, live entertainment, shops, pubs and wine tasting – not to mention highly rated accommodations.

Also this weekend, be sure to check out the lineup at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Steepwater Band performs Friday night and local favorite Free Range Folk takes the stage on Saturday.

Jim Thorpe celebrates Earth Day – a better late than never post

4618486094_246x344Today Jim Thorpe celebrates its 16th annual Earth Day. Organized by Race Street’s Horizons Gift Store owner Shelli Holland, activities include a river clean-up, live music, hula hoops, rock climb, book readings, crafters, and much more. Click here for more info.

The Race Street Park will be the site for several Earth Day activities including Tai Chi demonstrations and Hula Hoop crafting.

What better place to celebrate Earth Day than a place surrounded by natural beauty. Anyone who has ever driven around the gorge on a beautiful sunny day understands the magic of Jim Thorpe.

The late Irish-born, British author Iris Murdoch captures that feeling in this quote of hers. “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”.

While on Race Street, be sure to stop in and say hello to Beth and family at Everything Nice’s new location at 31 Race Street.

Our friends at Big Creek (formerly of Race Street, next door to the Times House) have just opened down the street next to the Train Station, adjacent to the Josiah Whie Park in the Hooven Building. Check out their new 24-foot bar for wine-tasting and wine by the glass. We’ll have pictures and let you know when they schedule their Grand Opening.

rsd+date_wide+vinyl_2012And don’t forget about Record Store Day!

Sound Check Records, 23 Broadway, will also celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, one of two days a year where independently owned record store patrons have access to special releases – CD and vinyl – and various promotional products.  For more information, visit http://www.recordstoreday.com

The Mauch Chunk Opera House features a Smiths & Morrisey tribute with Sons & Heirs tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20.