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For the Love of the Grape on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail

For me, traversing this bucolic region, l’arte del fare il vino – the art of making wine – seems more la storia d’amore di fare il vino – the love affair of making wine.

the wine shop at Cherry Valley Vineyard


Big Creek Vineyard & Winery
Big Creek Vineyard and Winery and Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyard are two of the vineyards on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail in northeast Pennsylvania that make for a pleasant weekend getaway.
named for Dr. Dominic Strohlein’s grandmother – Big Creek Vineyard

Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyard


the garden for catered events at Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyards
the garden for catered events at Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyards





Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort: Preserving Pennsylvania’s Best for a Century

Jackie Gleason learned how to play golf at Shawnee in 1959

“Out with the old and in with the older.”

Shawnee’s Centenary motto


On Pennsylvania’s Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort’s spacious and secluded grounds guard bees congregate on the porch of the hives providing ventilation for the life of the queen. Six varieties of tomatoes, white eggplant, Chinese five-color peppers and multi-colored chard thrive in the middle of one of America’s oldest award-winning golf courses. Micro-beers are being bottled by a former electronics engineer of advanced defense weapons. Goat cheese is delivered fresh from a local farm. The mist on the Delaware River swirls through the tree-covered Pocono Mountains, and Frank Sinatra’s voice croons softly through the 100 year old lobby. This is the 21st Century?


The River Sanctuary
Shawnee Inn (1911)
guard bees in the Apiary – they’re providing cooling ventilation for the Queen
Chinese 5-color pepper at the Shawnee Farm
The Verandah at Shawnee Inn
The Inn in the evening