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About The Area

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Guess what – northern NJ isn’t just about turnpikes and factories – the ‘Skylands’ of NJ is within an hour’s reach of NYC – here are some neat things to check out in the northwestern NJ areas.
Cross the Delaware, and the Lehigh Valley is a just over an hour’s drive, 65 miles west from NYC, and 65 miles north of Philadelphia. Situated at the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers you find Eclectic Easton; a city with great architecture, personalities and grit… it’s also the home of:

  • Lafayette College in Easton – ranked #40 of US Colleges by US News & World Report. Lehigh University and Moravian College in Bethlehem, Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg Colleges in Allentown.
  • the very first outdoor Farmers’ Market (longest-running) in the Nation, open May-Nov in Center Square on Saturdays 9-1. Also enjoy Easton’s Public Market!
  • an exciting new Silk Mill Complex is in the works, along Easton’s Bushkill creek /Karl Stirner Sculpture Trail corridor – Brick+Mortar Art Gallery/Design Studio, and some really yummy craft beers are a’Brewin here. As are some beautiful residential lofts for rent.
  • Annual arts events include the Movies@the Mill, Riverside Festival of the Arts (late Sept), BaconFest (with art du Cuchon!), and check out Easton’s ACE Art community happenings.

In addition to many wonderful college galleries and theaters, other super cultural venues in the Lehigh Valley include:

Allentown’s exciting new Phantoms Hockey arena, Symphony Hall and the Allentown Art Museum. There’s a thriving arts scene in the Lehigh Valley and here’s the latest that’s going on in the Allentown Arts 20:21 Vision. Bethlehem’s Zoellner Center, ArtsQuest, Steelstax, and the Sands Casino event center. Artists, also consider joining the Arts Community of Easton: ACE.

Easton’s venues include the State Theatre and the Sigal Museum. To our east, we have the Hunterdon Art Museum …fear not my friends, culture abounds!

The city of Easton contains 4 major neighborhoods: historic downtown | college hill | south Easton | west ward. Check out this beautiful easton area video created in fall 2015 by local talents Tim & Earl.

Link-Badge-100-x-100The Delaware River Valley is loaded with great trails, towns, and scenic nature to enjoy. Along the NJ side, check out Warren County’s tourism site or Hunterdon County things to do.
In the Easton vicinity, more local attractions include:

Demographics economic stats for the lehigh valley: lehigh valley economic development * optomistic trends! Lehigh Valley was chosen as Site Selection Magazine’s #1 region of its size, for the Northeast in 2014 – and, LV has been in the top ten for the last decade.

Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors Association just released (March 2017) the 2016 market stats… it appears that we are on the verge of a Seller’s Market… See their overview of the Lehigh Valley. Also see their quarterly residential data reports.

area news / BLOGS:IMG_2045
EastonIsHome / njFringe.com
lehighvalleylive (express-times)
morning call
– lehigh valley community action committees site.
bethlehemPatch
west ward in easton
lehigh valley vanguard – an interesting collection by local poets
— Bike Smart Easton
EastonHistory.com historic information on downtown Easton properties.
— and last, but NOT least! Chauncey Howell’s DiddleySquatter.
— also check out our newsletter archives.IMG_8136

Schools

public: check PA school ‘report cards': www.paprofiles.org

private schools:

public transportation:IMG_5208_2

Learning the area – things to do

Fabulous Farmers’ Markets!!IMG_4998

  •  Easton Farmers’ Market! Every Sat. 9am-1 centre square, May-November. Check out this inspired EFM “To the Market” film short created by local emmy-winning film maker MaGiK. EFM is the longest-running outdoor market in the nation, and crowned the #1 farmers’ market in the nation, 2015!
  • Emmaus Farmers’ Market
  • Allentown (year-round)
  • Phillipsburg, NJ Farmers Market
  • Stockton NJ – indoor year-round foodie market
  • AND: Easton’s answer to the Chelsea or Reading Terminal markets: Easton Public Market – 400 block, Northampton st. a year-round indoor culinary delight of butcher/cheese/produce/italian specialty /many goodiesEPM_logo1

fests, fests, & more FESTS: there are no lack of wonderful events + ‘fests’ in the lehigh valley!

outdoor stuff & day-trips

SHOPPING – check out the boutiques and locally-owned businesses in our urban centers * exciting new downtown vibrancy!! shop easton, shop bethlehem & allentown; the hamilton district… also, there’s the lehigh valley mall; the lovely promenade shops – an upscale outdoor mall in center valley; and outlets in south bethlehem, at the Sands casino.

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