Where to Stay, What to Do in Bethlehem, Pa.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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Getting There Bethlehem, Pa., is about four hours from Washington. Take Interstate 95 north from the Beltway to Exit 7, then I-476 north toward Plymouth Landing. Take Exit 56 onto U.S. 22 east toward Allentown. Exit onto Route 378 south into center city Bethlehem.

Where to Stay For charm, elegance and central location, try the Hotel Bethlehem (437 Main St., 610-625-5000, http://www.hotelbethlehem.com). Double rooms start at about $169. Comfort Suites (120 W. Third St., 610-882-9700, http://www.comfortsuitesbethlehem.com) has doubles from $129. A best buy is the Best Western, three miles north of town (300 Gateway Dr., 610-866-5800, http://www.lehighvalleyhotel.com), with doubles for $89.

Where to Eat At the Christkindlmarkt, vendors sell waffles, Southern barbecue, strudel, pizza and pita wraps. Along Main Street, there's Mama Nina's Foccacheria (546 Main St., 610-867-9802). McCarthy's Tea Room (534 Main St., 610-861-7631, http://www.donegal.com/tea_room_home.asp), inside the Donegal Square store, serves Irish fare for dinner only on Fridays and Saturdays; breakfast, lunch and tea served daily. Bethlehem Brew Works (569 Main St., 610-882-1300, http://www.thebrewworks.com/bethlehem-brew-works) offers lunch and dinner daily.

What to Do For information and tickets for caroling sessions, the Imperial Circus of China, the Bach Choir and the events and venues listed below, call 610-332-1300 or visit http://www.christmascity.org. Christkindlmarkt is in tents on Main Street Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday till 6 p.m. $8, age 12 and younger free. The Christmas Putz of the Central Moravian Church (40 W. Church St.) is on display through Dec. 31, Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 1-8 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Free. The Moravian Museum of Bethlehem (66 W. Church St., 610-691-6055, http://www.historicbethlehem.org) tells the story of the Moravian founders. Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.

-- J.F.L.

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