Costumed guides lead up to 20 ghoul-gazers on a tour of Bethlehem’s spookiest sights, bestowing historical knowledge and challenging participants with trivia questions. After meeting at 1 W. Broad Street, specter-seekers follow their well-informed leader on a meandering path stretching just under a mile, stopping at several locations along the way to hear true tales of ghost lore and Bethlehem’s role in the American Revolution. The legend of the Rubber Ghost thrills chiropractors with spine-tingling details and imparts a constant suspicion of plungers, and the spooky experiences of the previous year’s tours add an element of fun and foreboding. Mind-haunting trivia questions pepper the knowledge-fest, giving participants the opportunity to win prizes and earn bragging rights. Lehigh Valley Tour Group recommends folks bring a camera, comfortable pair of shoes, flashlight, and pulse.
Villa Milagro Vineyard is more than a spot for the creation of fine wines. It's also a protective habitat for native species, a culinary school, and a bastion of organic and sustainable agricultural practices. On winery tours, guests stroll down lanes surrounded by vines that are grown without pesticides or herbicides. You can sign up for cooking or wine-tasting classes, or simply sit down with the vintners for dinner. Tastings let you sample the vineyard's output, and bottles are for sale once you find something you like.
According to local legend, Oliver Sommersby built the Waldorf Hotel not to welcome travelers, but to usher them towards an untimely demise—at his own hands. Today, at The Haunting at the Waldorf Hotel, his victims' souls wander through the hotel's peeling paint and overturned furniture, lurking in the wine cellar, perching at the head of the dining table, or crouching over a dollhouse, waiting for more guests to terrorize. Outside in the cornfields, hayrides tow guests through the haunted grounds, where the undead thumb-wrestle each other as they lie in wait for fresh victims in more than a dozen horror-filled scenes.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
Teams clad in protective goggles scatter into a mountain field thick with laurel, rhododendron, and brier as they seek cover, their markers locked and loaded. Hearing paintballs whiz through the brush, a player dives into prone position. Adjusting her goggles after colliding with the ground, the combatant freezes, notices the silhouette of a whitetail deer crouched in the brush just yards away, and lets down her guard long enough to appreciate the moment before taking new aim.
At Pocono Mountain Paintball, players step onto 12 fields—including three scenario fields—ranging from untouched natural terrain to 1,700 feet of trenches and sandbag bunkers. To maximize players' game time, Pocono's staff maintains a reservation system that limits the fields to 100 players per day. Further touches include camouflage overall rentals, an online FAQ with participant advice, and changing rooms with hot showers so players can spruce up before meeting Mom for a post-game debriefing. Pocono's crew also coordinates rafting, biking, and kayaking packages through partner company Whitewater Rafting Adventures.
Planted by hand in 1990, 56,000 special seedlings spiral toward the sun, spawning bundles of grapes that wait to be plucked and transformed into casks of delicious libations. The owners of the elegant winery and castle welcome guests to meander through the scenic vineyard or delve into the cool, climate-controlled cellar to sample wine or rifle through Dionysus’s old storage boxes. Large tasting rooms and an outdoor pavilion can also host private events on the regal grounds.