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.
The staff of Pocono Segway Tours leads groups of up to 5 sightseers on segway-propelled escapades through the scenic Split Rock Resort in the Pocono Mountains. A battery-powered personal transporter, the segway allows recreationalists of all shapes and sizes to navigate the gyroscopic machine along wooded paths and roadways while taking in the area's picturesque vistas during guided, multimile excursions.
Despite being open to the public since 1930, Lost River Caverns has been kept in immaculate condition, retaining a youthful character that belies its close to 250,000-year existence. Step underground and peer at the profusion of stalactites, stalagmites, fluorescent minerals, and other natural crystal formations filling the cavern’s five chambers—including the Crystal Chapel, which radiates with residual love from the more than 80 wedding ceremonies it’s hosted since 1949. As dripping sounds echo in the distance, you’ll encounter the eponymous lost river, whose waters originate from an unknown source before disappearing back into Earth’s great Fiji bottle. You’ll also get wise to the Lost River Caverns’ colorful history and the odd ways it’s been used by bootleggers, college fraternities, and fantasy fellowships looking to level up by fighting the caverns’ many tonberries. Once you emerge back into daylight, ogle the rare fossils, unique minerals, and gems that abound inside the Gilman Museum before relaxing over a bite in Picnic Grove, whose covered bridge overlooks the leisurely flowing Silver Creek.
Knowledgeable tour guides and fluctuating locales spicy up this lively approach to dinner, in which food fanatics embark upon a steered exploration of center-city cuisine. The three-hour tour ditches wayward water vessels for walking shoes and begins with appetizers of calamari fries and three-cheese flatbread and drinks at Mediterranean-fused Sangria. Next, move onto the entree portion at Made in Brazil Steakhouse for authentic grilled comestibles. Lastly, wrap up the itinerant palate party with coffee and dessert at Allentown Brew Works, located in the historic Harold's Furniture Building. Indulge in a custardy chocolate pot de crème and a professional beer talk accented with malty ghosts of armchairs and footstools. Tours include tax and gratuity and vary per weekend night.
Blue Mountain Vineyards owners, Joe and Vickie, are pinot pioneers. Beginning with a 5-acre experiment in 1986, they discovered that the soil of the Lehigh Valley does a fine impression of French terrain, making it suitable for growing the grapes of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and other European varietals. Since then, they've expanded to a 50-acre plot, where they now produce wines that have won awards from the Fingerlake International Wine Competition and Appellation America.
Panoramic views of the Blue Mountains overlook scenic terraces at the vineyards, where grapes spring from soil that soldiers roamed during the Revolutionary War. Tastings, concerts, and other events fill the winery's glass-flanked deck, spilling onto an outdoor patio surrounded by ponds as tranquil as a silent lullaby. Visitors admire the vines during tours, and they can also adopt their favorites to preserve the vines' flavorful histories.
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.