Rose: A Saturday in the Lehigh Valley

On Saturday, M and I went to visit his grandparents in Easton, Pa. I love our little trips to the Lehigh Valley because it’s like taking a vacation without going too far, plus we get the added benefit of visiting with family. As natives of Pennsylvania, we can appreciate all it has to offer. The streets are lined with history, and it brings back our appreciation for factory towns and steel mills. For example, where else can you shoot images like this one — of an old building so rich with history?

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We decided to make a day of it on Saturday, so after visiting Morgan’s grandparents, we hit up one of our favorite restaurants in town — The Bookstore Speakeasy in Bethlehem, Pa. I first encountered this spot in another life sometime around 2009. Set up like a traditional speakeasy, the atmosphere is dark, cavernous and low key. The menus are cleverly tucked inside the fronts of books. The vibe is ideal for a private dinner date or a place to get cozy over conversation.

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For dinner, we ordered a smattering of dishes — mostly small plates and snacks. I love ordering this way because we can share food and try different dishes. We took our time, chatting, snacking and drinking. Unfortunately, we had to leave by 7 p.m. — this place books up early, and they are serious about their reservations — so we headed down the street to the newly opened distillery in town: Social Still. While I’m not a fan of vodka or gin, this place makes their own, so we had to give at least one drink a chance. Here is M’s Key Lime Pie beverage (and it really did taste like a slice!)

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This new micro distillery is sure to be a popular spot in town. Now if only I liked liquor! Nevertheless, we had a great day in Eastern Pennsylvania, and we’ll certainly go back again soon!

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