Jim Thorpe Victorian Home and Garden Tour on Sunday

Take in the architecture and splendor of days gone by this Sunday when the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center is excited to present its Victorian Home and Garden Tour from Noon to 5 p.m.

The self-guided tour of 20 Victorian homes and gardens will offer goers a rare glimpse inside Jim Thorpe’s 19th century homes including the magnificently restored Dimmick House, the Convent home on West Broadway, the Stone Row home at Three Mountains Gallery on historic Race Street, as well as magical secret gardens such as the Friends of the Library hidden pollinator garden on Broadway.  Several private homes have never been open to the public in the past.

The Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center at 41 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe is sponsoring the fall tour to help further its mission of preserving and presenting historical artifacts, personal treasures and experiences of those who lived and worked in the anthracite coal region from the early 1800s to the present time.

The Museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day through October 31; weekends November and December; by appointment January through May.

Same day tickets may be purchased at the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center, 41 West Broadway, Josiah White Plaza at the Train Station in Jim Thorpe, and Friends of the Library 58 Broadway. $20 adults; $10 children. Rain or Shine.

Kick off Fall fun in Jim Thorpe Wednesday night at the Broadway Grill

Mixer20150923Come celebrate with the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency as they welcome Fall, introduce the 2015-2016 Jim Thorpe Visitors Guide and get ready for a whole season of fun in Jim Thorpe, including Fall Foliage Festival weekends – recently  listed on a “28 Things to See or Do in Pennsylvania Before You Die” bucket list.

Sponsored by the Inn at Jim Thorpe and Rainbow’s End, the Autumnal Equinox Mixer featuring live entertainment, appetizers, raffle drawings, a cash bar and drink specials will be held at the Broadway Grill & Pub on Wednesday, Sept. 23 beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person, with every dollar raised helping JTTA volunteers promote the town.

Just 90 minutes from Philadelphia, two hours from New York and 35 minutes from the Lehigh Valley, Jim Thorpe is at the center of it all, where tourists and locals alike enjoy hiking and biking surrounded by Technicolor scenery, 36 shops, boutiques and galleries, 12 restaurants, bars and wineries, fantastic live entertainment at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, mansion, jail and ghost tours, along with a full slate of events from this weekend’s Jim Thorpe Victorian Home and Garden Tour to the Victorian Ball in November.

Sunday, Sept. 27 – Jim Thorpe Victorian Home and Garden Tour – Guided tours of historic homes and churches, along the streets of Olde Mauch Chunk. 12 – 5 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 on tour day. For more information, visit  www.mauchchunkvictorians.com

Sunday, Sept. 27 – Ghosts of Old Mauch Chunk – Exhibit of ghostly photographs in the Rex House, 29 Race Street. Presented by Kevin Yee and Race Street artist David Price. Exhibit continues on October weekends with event on Saturday, Oct. 31. For more information visit, https://www.facebook.com/JimThorpeHistoricRaceStreet

Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18 – Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival Weekends – Outstanding vendors (food, arts and crafts), free music events at four stages throughout the downtown area, ticketed headline shows at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, and seasonal specials from restaurants, and shops. For more information, visit http://www.jimthorpe.org/fallfoliage.htm

Saturday, Nov. 7, 5 p.m. – Mauch Chunk Victorian Ball – Mauch Chunk Ballroom, 41 W Broadway. Dinner and dancing. Victorian attire encouraged but not required.Tickets: $40. For more information, visit  www.mauchchunkvictorians.com

JTTA plans, presents and promotes four major festivals each year: WinterFest (February), the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration (May), Fall Foliage (three weekends in October), and the Olde Time Christmas festival (December). These events attract thousands of visitors, who stay at hotels, B&BS, inns and campgrounds in Jim Thorpe and throughout Carbon County.

JTTA also maintains a web site, which helps potential guests plan their daytrip or extended stay in our area. Website features include photos and a description of our town, an events calendar and clickable links to accommodations, restaurants, shops and attractions.

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

Time to support our ol’ Opera House

It's not too late to donate to help support the Mauch Chunk Opera House.
It’s not too late to donate to help support the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House is throwing a party for itself tomorrow night – the Luv it Live Benefit Bash! And for the lucky folks with tickets to the sold out affair featuring Craig Thatcher, it’s going to be a blast!

The former vaudeville theater now stages live entertainment to throngs of locals and tourists alike, who can always count on a great show in at a great price.

Chris and I love the Mauch Chunk Opera House and are always happy to support it, hosting entertainers and concert package auction winners. If you go, see if you can find our seat. 🙂

If you can’t make the show but love this gem of a venue, don’t worry. You can still support it here.


Wheeling around Jim Thorpe

(From right) Barb Timberz of Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz and Maggie Miller pose for a quick pic on historic Race Street .

There are lots of ways to experience the beauty of Jim Thorpe and the Lehigh Gorge- hiking, biking, by foot, by car, by train, even by horse and buggy.

For motorcycle enthusiasts and folks just out for an adventure, a ride in a vintage BMW sidecar is the perfect way to take in the sights.

According to the Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz website, you can choose from a one-hour to four-hour excursion taking in the incredible sights and sounds of each season’s unique beauty. Cool off with a thrilling country ride along amazing local waterfalls deep in the mountain laurel; or visit a local winery for a tasting!

The vintage BMW sidecar rigs can accommodate two riders on the bike in addition to your guide. Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz now offers three sidecar rigs that can accommodate up to six riders in addition to the tour guides. Experienced antique motorcycle enthusiasts Barb Timberz and Ed Fink will pick you up at your location. $75 per hour, per bike. Goggles and helmets are provided. 570-249-1570.

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