Lynn's Guidebook

Lynn
Lynn's Guidebook

Food scene

Upscale farm to table restaurant nearby. Chef owned and operated. Sunday brunch is a treat.
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Curious Goods
7705 Bake Oven Rd
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Upscale farm to table restaurant nearby. Chef owned and operated. Sunday brunch is a treat.
Local distillery making apple jack, rum, gin, rye, vodka. Specialty cocktails, food and live music. Open Thursday to Sunday. Check out the Sunday brunch!
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Eight Oaks Farm Distillery
7189 PA-309
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Local distillery making apple jack, rum, gin, rye, vodka. Specialty cocktails, food and live music. Open Thursday to Sunday. Check out the Sunday brunch!
Great place for locally grow organic produce, freshly baked sour dough bread and local crafts. Deli sandwiches, limited breakfast sandwiches. Locally produced Kombucha.
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Wanamakers General Store
8888 Kings Hwy
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Great place for locally grow organic produce, freshly baked sour dough bread and local crafts. Deli sandwiches, limited breakfast sandwiches. Locally produced Kombucha.
Craft beers and casual menu. My favorite dish is polenta with cheese and wild mushrooms topped with fresh broccoli.
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Kutztown Tavern
272 W Main St
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Craft beers and casual menu. My favorite dish is polenta with cheese and wild mushrooms topped with fresh broccoli.
Craft beers and delicious menu with some vegetarian offerings. Open Thursday through Sunday.
1787 Brewing Company
43 S Fourth St
Craft beers and delicious menu with some vegetarian offerings. Open Thursday through Sunday.
Local diner for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The ice cream is great!
Katie's Family Restaurant
6397 PA-309
Local diner for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The ice cream is great!
Local CSA open to public from 10 to 2 on Saturday from June to November. Brick oven baked sour dough bread, pizza, baked goods, lamb, beef, eggs, and whole milk. Veggies!
Willow Haven Farm
7686 Herber Rd
Local CSA open to public from 10 to 2 on Saturday from June to November. Brick oven baked sour dough bread, pizza, baked goods, lamb, beef, eggs, and whole milk. Veggies!
Local vineyard 3 miles from The Shanty. Wine tastings.
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Blue Mountain Vineyards
7627 Grape Vine Dr
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Local vineyard 3 miles from The Shanty. Wine tastings.
Funky diner that is an old wooden Art Deco diner. You’ve never seen anything like it! Menu offerings are staggeringly large and artery clogging, but maybe one visit won’t hurt? It’s very small so go early to avoid waiting for a seat.
Letterman's Diner
242 W Main St
Funky diner that is an old wooden Art Deco diner. You’ve never seen anything like it! Menu offerings are staggeringly large and artery clogging, but maybe one visit won’t hurt? It’s very small so go early to avoid waiting for a seat.
Great menu, great views from the large windows and you can watch skiers ski down the mountain. Outside dining.
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Slopeside Pub & Grill
1660 Blue Mountain Dr
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Great menu, great views from the large windows and you can watch skiers ski down the mountain. Outside dining.
Delicious Thai food 20 minutes from the Shanty. It’s BYOB and a wine and spirit store is two doors away.
Thai Avenue Restaurant
4791 Tilghman St
Delicious Thai food 20 minutes from the Shanty. It’s BYOB and a wine and spirit store is two doors away.
Local favorite for lunch and dinner. 18 minute drive from the Shanty.
C.J. Hummels Restaurant
28 Willow St
Local favorite for lunch and dinner. 18 minute drive from the Shanty.
Friday night live music, wine and a food truck for a light meal.
Weathered Vineyards
7670 Carpet Rd
Friday night live music, wine and a food truck for a light meal.
Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes. The sushi is great. Singapore Noodles are my favorite.
China House II
4515 PA-309
Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes. The sushi is great. Singapore Noodles are my favorite.
Open Thursday through Monday. Less than 10 minutes from the Shanty. In warm months there is great seating out back. The Appalachian Trail crosses at the east end of its parking lot. If you start and end your hike here, you can have a beer afterwards!
Thunderhead Lodge
2520 West Penn Pike
Open Thursday through Monday. Less than 10 minutes from the Shanty. In warm months there is great seating out back. The Appalachian Trail crosses at the east end of its parking lot. If you start and end your hike here, you can have a beer afterwards!
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Blue Mountain Vineyards
7627 Grape Vine Dr
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Sightseeing

Historic pioneer village. Playground, picnic area, walking path.
Ontelaunee Park
7344 Kings Hwy
Historic pioneer village. Playground, picnic area, walking path.
If you like history, take a short ride from Kempton to Wanamakers on this old railroad. You can disembark in Wanamakers, have lunch there and get the train back on the next trip. Sundays. $12 for adults. Trips at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
WK&S Railroad
42 Community Center Dr
If you like history, take a short ride from Kempton to Wanamakers on this old railroad. You can disembark in Wanamakers, have lunch there and get the train back on the next trip. Sundays. $12 for adults. Trips at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
This is one of the stops on the covered bridge tour of the Lehigh Valley. You can find the self-guided tour brochure at https://www.discoverlehighvalley.com/things-to-do/tours/covered-bridge-tour/ There are seven covered bridges. Five of them are open to traffic and two are pedestrian traffic only. It will take you several hours and the tour is about 50 miles long. Many places for a picnic lunch and the scenery is beautiful. K
Covered Bridge Park
2465 Wehr Mill Rd
This is one of the stops on the covered bridge tour of the Lehigh Valley. You can find the self-guided tour brochure at https://www.discoverlehighvalley.com/things-to-do/tours/covered-bridge-tour/ There are seven covered bridges. Five of them are open to traffic and two are pedestrian traffic only. It will take you several hours and the tour is about 50 miles long. Many places for a picnic lunch and the scenery is beautiful. K
Allentown has a wonderful art museum. Recently a painting, part of the museum's collection since 1961, thought to be painted by a student of Rembrandt, was discovered to actually be a Rembrandt. The painting, Portrait of a Young Woman, has been restored and has been displayed since June, 2020. The library from the Francis W. Little House by architect Frank Lloyd Wright is a favorite of locals. There are three floors of collections of textiles, fine art, sculpture, photography, paintings and decorative arts, as well as a nice gift shop and cafe. Admission is free on Sundays from 12 - 4 p.m. and the third Thursday of each month after 5 pm. Otherwise, admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.
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Allentown Art Museum
31 N 5th St
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Allentown has a wonderful art museum. Recently a painting, part of the museum's collection since 1961, thought to be painted by a student of Rembrandt, was discovered to actually be a Rembrandt. The painting, Portrait of a Young Woman, has been restored and has been displayed since June, 2020. The library from the Francis W. Little House by architect Frank Lloyd Wright is a favorite of locals. There are three floors of collections of textiles, fine art, sculpture, photography, paintings and decorative arts, as well as a nice gift shop and cafe. Admission is free on Sundays from 12 - 4 p.m. and the third Thursday of each month after 5 pm. Otherwise, admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.

Neighborhoods

Kutztown University is here. Good selection of restaurants, independent book store, coffee shop, clothes shopping, natural foods store, Pennsylvania Dutch Cultural Center, home of the annual Kutztown Folk Festival at end of June, Kutztown University Concert Series, and a craft brewery.
Kutztown
Kutztown University is here. Good selection of restaurants, independent book store, coffee shop, clothes shopping, natural foods store, Pennsylvania Dutch Cultural Center, home of the annual Kutztown Folk Festival at end of June, Kutztown University Concert Series, and a craft brewery.

Activities and Sports

A beautiful lake for fishing, kayaking and canoeing, picnicking, walking. Three different launches. Ask me for directions. There’s a 4.5 mile loop trail to take you around the whole lake. Parts of the trail might be wet. Lots of long grass, so wear long pants and use bug spray! Picnic sites available. Public restrooms. No running water. Fishing is very good, catch and release only. A superb muskelunge fishery! Ice fishing can be terrific, too.
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Leaser Lake Park
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A beautiful lake for fishing, kayaking and canoeing, picnicking, walking. Three different launches. Ask me for directions. There’s a 4.5 mile loop trail to take you around the whole lake. Parts of the trail might be wet. Lots of long grass, so wear long pants and use bug spray! Picnic sites available. Public restrooms. No running water. Fishing is very good, catch and release only. A superb muskelunge fishery! Ice fishing can be terrific, too.
Raptor sanctuary. Hiking trails. Lookout. Bird watching. $10 fee payable at the Visitor Center. Visitor Center has some nice displays, classes, demonstrations and a gift shop with books, clothing, mugs, cute stuffed animals. https://www.hawkmountain.org
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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
1700 Hawk Mountain Rd
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Raptor sanctuary. Hiking trails. Lookout. Bird watching. $10 fee payable at the Visitor Center. Visitor Center has some nice displays, classes, demonstrations and a gift shop with books, clothing, mugs, cute stuffed animals. https://www.hawkmountain.org
Nature displays, gardens, hiking and walking paths. Located on the Lehigh River very near to where the Appalachian Trail crosses. https://lgnc.org
Lehigh Gap Nature Center
8844 Paint Mill Rd
Nature displays, gardens, hiking and walking paths. Located on the Lehigh River very near to where the Appalachian Trail crosses. https://lgnc.org
Links style 18-hole golf course 5 minutes from The Shanty. Also has a 9-hole par 3 course, a practice range and restaurant. Wedding venue. Historic buildings incorporated in the course include a one-room school house.
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Olde Homestead Golf Club
6598 PA-309
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Links style 18-hole golf course 5 minutes from The Shanty. Also has a 9-hole par 3 course, a practice range and restaurant. Wedding venue. Historic buildings incorporated in the course include a one-room school house.
Challenging hike to the highest peak nearby. You'll be rewarded with fantastic views.
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Pinnacle Trail Head, AT access
400 Reservoir Rd
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Challenging hike to the highest peak nearby. You'll be rewarded with fantastic views.
From the website: "The Valley Preferred Cycling Center is the premiere velodrome in the United States – offering thrilling professional and amateur track racing as well as robust community programming designed to get more people on bikes in a safe and fun setting. We host the cycling community year round – from weekly group rides to cyclocross races and gravel races!" For information on training and weekend racing, check out the website. About a 30 minute drive from The Shanty. http://thevelodrome.com
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Valley Preferred Cycling Center
1151 Mosser Rd
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From the website: "The Valley Preferred Cycling Center is the premiere velodrome in the United States – offering thrilling professional and amateur track racing as well as robust community programming designed to get more people on bikes in a safe and fun setting. We host the cycling community year round – from weekly group rides to cyclocross races and gravel races!" For information on training and weekend racing, check out the website. About a 30 minute drive from The Shanty. http://thevelodrome.com
Saturday and Sunday rentals for kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes. http://leaserlake.com. Text or call Jamie at 484-221-1522.
Leaser Lake Boats, Bikes & Bait
Saturday and Sunday rentals for kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes. http://leaserlake.com. Text or call Jamie at 484-221-1522.
From All Trails: "Bake Oven Knob via Appalachian Trail is a 0.8 mile out and back trail located near Germansville, Pennsylvania that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. "
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Bake Oven Knob
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
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From All Trails: "Bake Oven Knob via Appalachian Trail is a 0.8 mile out and back trail located near Germansville, Pennsylvania that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. "
I have never visited Tuscarora State Park, but several guests have gone swimming there this summer and had a wonderful time. It is in Barnesville and is a 30 minute drive from The Shanty. You can hike, swim, fish or picnic at the park.
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Tuscarora State Park
687 Tuscarora Park Rd
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I have never visited Tuscarora State Park, but several guests have gone swimming there this summer and had a wonderful time. It is in Barnesville and is a 30 minute drive from The Shanty. You can hike, swim, fish or picnic at the park.

Antiquing

Several fun antique and collectible establishments to browse and enjoy the memories from your childhood.
New Ringgold
Several fun antique and collectible establishments to browse and enjoy the memories from your childhood.
Lots of antique booths to browse. Also Pennsylvania Dutch eateries, local butcher shops, coffee, baked goods, fresh veggies and fruit.
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Renninger's Antique and Farmers' Market
740 Noble St
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Lots of antique booths to browse. Also Pennsylvania Dutch eateries, local butcher shops, coffee, baked goods, fresh veggies and fruit.
Three floors of collectibles for you to search for treasure.
Krumsville Vintage Shop
1538 Krumsville Rd
Three floors of collectibles for you to search for treasure.
Large, well organized and expansive. Fun to explore. Good prices.
Fleetwood Antique Mall
14129 Kutztown Rd
Large, well organized and expansive. Fun to explore. Good prices.
Closest place to The Shanty for antique hunting. 7 minutes away. Household items, furniture, toys, collectibles.
Snyder’s Second Chances
6185 PA-309
Closest place to The Shanty for antique hunting. 7 minutes away. Household items, furniture, toys, collectibles.

Historic Interest

A group from Philadelphia took the Liberty Bell out of the city to keep the British from taking it and melting it down to create weapons for the army. The bell arrived in Bethlehem on September 23, 1777, and the following day was hidden under the basement floorboards in Zion's Reformed Church in Allentown.
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Liberty Bell Museum
622 Hamilton St
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A group from Philadelphia took the Liberty Bell out of the city to keep the British from taking it and melting it down to create weapons for the army. The bell arrived in Bethlehem on September 23, 1777, and the following day was hidden under the basement floorboards in Zion's Reformed Church in Allentown.