The Moravians welcomed guests from throughout the Colonies at the specially constructed Sun Inn (1758, restored 1979). Most of the Founding Fathers (and their spouses) stayed at the Inn, which had remarkable accommodations for the colonial period, including private rooms. The food was praised by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams.
A foodie’s delight. Today a prosperous Bethlehem offers dozens of restaurants throughout the town to delight even the most sophisticated pallet. Here is a sampling:
- The Bookstore Speakeasy– This twenties style South Side speakeasy (something for which Bethlehem was famous "in the day") highlights custom drinks from the era, live music, eclectic food and an intimate setting. Just tell the bartender what you are in the mood for and he will create your own special drink – with a fresh cut block of ice!
- Corked – A wine bar, steak house and über-modern Main Street with a lively crowd features the top wine list in town, with steaks, chops and seafood.
- Broadway Social – In a former fire house on the South Side, the eclectic menu includes coconut chili chicken tostados and prosciutto wrapped salmon entrée. After 11, tables disappear and the intimate space becomes a dance floor with in house DJ and bottle service.
- Tapas on Main – The Columbian infused menu of small plates includes charcuterie and cheese boards, grilled baby lamb chops with fig balsamic glaze and garlic honey sauce, flatbreads, salads and amazing entrees. A busy bar scene and outdoor summer dining on Main are part of the attraction.
Please see our Dining page for a more comprehensive list.
A good night’s rest. Since the Moravians opened the Sun Inn, Bethlehem has been noted for its quality lodgings. Bethlehem has many hotels and bed and breakfasts, with a wide range of styles and prices. They include:
- Historic Hotel Bethlehem – Built in 1922 by Bethlehem Steel on the site of the first house in Bethlehem, this beautiful gem includes two restaurants, both of which take advantage of their magnificent views of Main Street and the historic Moravian buildings. After a good night’s rest, simply walk out the front door to explore beautiful Main Street.
- Sayre Mansion Inn – Home of one of the leading industrialists of the early Twentieth Century, this 1907 mansion is perched on a hill overlooking the city with easy walking distance to both the SouthSide Arts District and the Moravian Historic District. Elegant rooms and a breakfast to match are offered by an attentive staff.
- Sands Hotel – This modern 300 room hotel within the Sands Casino Resort complex at the former Bethlehem Steel plant offers easy access to the Sands Casino, Shoppes, Restaurants, Events Center and the nearby SteelStacks cultural campus. Room service and suites offer unlimited possibilities.
- Morningstar Inn – A beautiful mansion situated in the heart of the Victorian residential section of the Moravian Historic District, offers charming rooms, a beautiful setting and even a swimming pool for respite after a day of shopping and sight seeing.
Please see our Lodging page for a more comprehensive list.