Itinerary: (Subject to change due to local conditions, unforeseen events, or more interesting, as-yet unplanned awesome experiences that become available)
A Scenic Summer Soiree
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Two Day Tour ~ August 13-14, 2021
Highlights: One Night Accommodations at the Historic Inn at Jim Thorpe • Asa Packer Mansion • Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway • Old Jail Museum • Charming Downtown Jim Thorpe • No. 9 Coal and Mine Museum • Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary • Stabin Museum & Café Arielle • One Breakfast • One Lunch • Fully Escorted
Get ready for the finest of times in the cutest of towns! Nestled in the breathtaking Lehigh Gorge, Jim Thorpe is a Victorian town teeming with history, romance, and charm. The walkable downtown is filled to the brim with unique shops, boutiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants. We’ll have a scenic train ride through this “Switzerland of America”, be amazed by a lavish mansion, spend time in jail, go 1600 feet into a mountain, lunch in an art museum and walk with butterflies. Grab your overnight bag for this picture-perfect summertime soiree!
Day 1. We drive today to the picturesque town of Jim Thorpe, originally known as Mauch Chunk, a Munsee-Lenape word meaning “Bear Place” which is thought to be a reference to nearby ridge, Bear Mountain that once resembled a sleeping bear. Our first day in this charming European style village will start with a tour of a magnificent mansion, home to philanthropist Asa Packer who was a coal and railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh University. This three-story Victorian Italianate home sits high above the town, complete with ornate woodwork, Gothic window arches and gingerbread trefoil motifs trimming the verandah. We’ll step back in time to 1860 as we wander through the hallway in amazement of this beautiful architecture. There’s a special surprise here, a rare, ceiling high orchestrion music box, only one of two in existence! After a relaxing lunch on your own at one of the fine downtown restaurants, it’s time for jail. We’ll wander the Old Jail Museum’s cold hallways, creep into the eerie dungeon, and peek in Cell 17 to get a glimpse of the mysterious handprint on the wall. You can even stand under the gallows where seven of the accused Molly Maguires were put to death! Once back in the freedom of the outdoors, we’ll hop aboard the scenic Lehigh Gorge train in our open-air car. The Reading and Northern Mainline will whisk us away, winding along the Lehigh River through the gorge rounding curve after curve to Old Penn Haven. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to spend at your leisure around town and enjoying the comfort of our historic hotel, steps away from everything.
Day 2. Did you ever wonder what it’s like to be inside a coal mine? Well, today you’ll find out! At No. 9 Mine Museum, we’ll ride by rail 1600 feet into a mountain where we can examine the original 700-foot-deep mine shaft, walk the “mule way”, and see a miner’s hospital cut into rock. Above ground is a museum filled with a large collection of mining artifacts to browse at your leisure. Lunch today will be at the unique Café Arielle, housed in an old Wireworks Factory and former Silk Mill, and now home to the Stabin Museum. Dining tables are constructed from old silk cutting tables, shelves are made from old sewing machine cabinets and table legs are pipes from the original heating system. In addition to the creative reuse of old objects, there’s an amazing sculpture in the Avant Garden and a display of Stabin’s works that are often compared to Salvador Dali, Dr. Seuss, and M.C. Escher. We’ll end our time in Jim Thorpe walking among the butterflies in the Flutterarium, live butterfly flight room, at the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary. The sanctuary also houses a native caterpillar exhibit, exotic frog room, and a unique nature-based gift shop. What a metamorphosing experience!
Departs Ridgewood (Linwood Avenue and Northern Parkway) at 7:30 AM and returns at approximately 6:00 PM
Departs from the Chatham Middle School at 480 Main Street at 8:15 AM and returns at approximately 5:15 PM
Price per person is $475 Twin & $550 Single. No reservations accepted without a deposit of $150 per person. Make checks payable to Group Tours & Travel and mail to the included address. Final payment is due June 14, 2021. Deposits are fully refundable if cancellation occurs on or before June 14, 2021. There are no refunds if cancellation occurs after June 14, 2021. Travel protection/cancellation coverage is available and highly recommended (approximately 10% of the total cost of the tour) but not included. One piece of luggage per person and one carry-on are permitted. Group Tours is not responsible for any delays, cancellations, injuries or circumstances beyond its control and reserves the right to change this itinerary. All trip components are subject to change in accordance with Government, State and Local guidelines and/or mandates. This tour will run rain or shine.
Methods of Payment:
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