Traveling to Bethlehem, Pa

Bethlehem, Pa is not just for Christmastime: there are lots of new things going on for summer fun, too. Photo: Tamar Alexia Fleishman

Bethlehem, Pa, June 13, 2011 - The old Bethlehem Steel headquarters is in the middle of a complete renaissance. Between the new Sands Casino, several restaurants run by Emeril Lagasse, music fests, wine fests, quaint shops and cafe’s in the historic part of town, and even an indoor go kart track, you’ll find lots of fun things to do this summer.

 

The Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa

The Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa

 

Staying at the new hotel at the Sands Casino puts gaming, three Emeril Lagasse restaurants — including the elegant Emeril’s Chop House and the more rustic Emeril’s Italian Table — as well as Emeril-run room service, and even fests right under your roof. At night, the old blast furnaces are lit up in multi-colors: a veritable Emerald City for grown-ups. The casino recently hosted the Lehigh Valley Food and Wine Fest.

 

Emeril's Italian Table has exclusive wines

Emeril’s Italian Table has exclusive wines

 

The interior design is modern, yet pays beautiful homage to its steel heritage. The cool mix of textures throughout the hotel and casino suggested to me a steampunk feeling.

 

Room at the Sands Casino Hotel

Room at the Sands Casino Hotel

 

A fun work in progress is the SteelStacks arts/educational center. There are already music fests, exhibits, and a neat gift store in place.

In the historic commerical section of town, there are several antique stores, clothing boutiques, and interesting shops of all kinds. If you get a little peckish, Alando Kenyan Cuisine has authentic and tasty fare. The sumptuous historic Hotel Bethlehem has a Sunday brunch that lives up to its decor.

The whole family will have fun at the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix: the area’s only indoor go kart track. It’s exhilarating but not terrifying. Kids love it, corporate retreaters love it, couples love it… you’ll have fun, too.

It takes a Renaissance woman to cover the cool, shocking, tasty, and thought- provoking things in the Baltimore region and beyond. Tamar is a Kentucky Colonel, a beauty pageant winner, and has managed several Southern rock and alt-country bands. She also has a column online, as well as articles of interest to the military. Read more Out and About Baltimore in The Washington Times Communities.

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Tamar Alexia Fleishman

It takes a Renaissance woman to cover the cool, shocking, tasty, and thought provoking things in the Baltimore region and beyond.

Tamar came to Charm City as a child prodigy violinist to study with Daniel Heifetz at the Peabody Conservatory. Musically, she accomplished the gamut from being Concertmistress of the now-defunct Annapolis Theater Orchestra to founding and conducting the Goucher/Johns Hopkins Russian Chorus. However, after earning her BA in Political Science from Goucher, her JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and membership in the Maryland Bar, she discovered there was a whole world out there beyond classical music.

Or, perhaps it was when appearing on tv with celebrities such as Bill Maher, Greta Van Susteren, and Peter Frampton. Possibly, it was after she judged the Roadkill Cookoff, the International Water Tasting Fest, or the Mason-Dixon Chef Tournament.

Tamar is a Kentucky Colonel, a beauty pageant winner, and has managed several Southern rock and alt-country bands. She also has a column online, as well as articles of interest to the military.

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