Local Getaway: The Ledges Hotel

Now that the Holidays are behind us, we thought it might be nice to start sharing some ideas on how to get through the remainder of the winter months with a little excitement — or at least with a few things to look forward to. With that in mind, The Bloomsburg Daily is starting a new series, Local Getaway, to help point out some amazing places all within an easy drive of our area.

First up is a quiet stunner in Hawley, PA aptly called, The Ledges. This eco-friendly, contemporary hotel is surrounded by some of the most amazing scenery one can hope for in a small out of the way location. It is a new hotel tucked into the lower portion of the historic Hawley Silk Mill complex. Only about a two hour drive from Bloomsburg, The Ledges provides an escape that you can’t imagine exists so close to home. Approaching the property you may not expect much from the nondescript grey stone building, but walk into the lobby and you can instantly tell you are in for a treat.

You are greeted by a sparse, but well designed entry area that houses the receptionist desk and a series of glass doors leading out to an observation deck. It is when you walk through those doors that you discover why this is such a special destination.

The hotel is built into the rock at the base of a series of absolutely amazing waterfalls that cascade from well above.The sound of the water is enough of a rush, but the views push it over the top. The prices aren’t cheap, but if you are like us, you’ll have no need to leave the property for the duration of the visit. Room rates vary throughout the year, but don’t expect something for under $100.00 a night. The standard hotel rooms are a bargain, but it is in the one and two bedroom suites that you are able to really enjoy what this boutique hotel has to offer — the sight and sounds of the falls!

Our one bedroom suite was a two story unit with a spiral staircase connecting the two spaces. The ceilings were no less than 12 feet and the suite could have easily slept two couples or more. The giant windows opened onto the rushing waters below and opening them provided the most splendid view and sounds. The hotel also boasts free wifi, wonderful marble and granite bathrooms, kitchens, flat panel televisions, and room service.

The attached Glass Wine Bar and Bistro serves mostly American fare, but it is the setting that is most special. Grab a seat on the covered porch, order a couple of small plates, and a glass of wine to really take advantage of your visit. If you want to save a little money we would recommend you ask for a room with a view of the falls, pack a bottle of wine, and some things to eat and just stay in your room with the windows open. You’ll be happy you decided to come as you sit, relax, and enjoy the roar of the rushing waters below.

Ledges Hotel
A Pocono Mountains Boutique Hotel
120 Falls Avenue
Hawley, PA 18428
570-226-1337
info@ledgeshotel.com

Photo Credit
Lobby, Image One 
Courtesy: The Ledges Hotel 

Remaining Photo Credits
Copyright: Kristin Camplese 

Where to: Celebrate Halloween

Hear ye, Hear ye!  Ghosts and ghouls, witches and goblins, the Halloween Season is now upon us!

Whether you’re looking for a fright, a cozy hayride, or a parade, we’ve got your Halloween plans right here:

 

HALLOWEEN/225th BERWICK CELEBRATION PARADE
October 25th, 6pm
Free

from 2nd Street to length of Market Street, Berwick
(570) 204-7771

How often do you get to a chance to celebrate the 225th birthday of anything? Throw in a Halloween parade and you have a one-of-a-kind opportunity!

 

HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT PARADE AT COLUMBIA MALL
October 26th, 6:30pm
Free

Columbia Mall
225 Columbia Mall Boulevard, Bloomsburg

(570) 387-4909

Children 12 & under in costume receive a “trick or treat” bag at the gazebo inside the main entrance so they can parade through the mall, collecting treats from the stores.

 

DANVILLE HALLOWEEN PARADE
October 27th, 6pm
Free

Downtown Danville
(570) 275-4863

The Danville Halloween Parade Committee hosts this treat-filled parade for the “ghosties and goblins.”

 

ANNUAL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT ROHRBACH’S FARM
October 28th & October 29th, 10am – 9pm
Prices vary per event

Rohrbach’s Farm Market, Gift Shop and Bakery
240 Southern Drive (Rt 487), Catawissa

(570) 356-7654

The hay rides are free at this annual festival while the other events children’s playland, apple slingshot, corn maze range in price from free to $5 per person (depending on event and age of participant). Pick your own pumpkin all day, Rohrbach’s food stand featuring their apple dumplings as well. Flashlight corn mazes from 7pm – 9pm.

 

TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
October 28th, 6pm – 8pm
Free

The Children’s Museum
2 West 7th Street, Bloomsburg

(570) 389-9206

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum hosts this costumed scavenger hunt for the holiday. Follow clues around the museum in order to find your treats!

 

HALLO-FUN NIGHT AT KNOEBEL’S
October 28th, 6pm – 10pm and October 29th, 2pm-10pm
Free admission/Pay-as-you-ride

Knoebel’s Amusement Resort
391 Knoebels Boulevard, Elysburg
(800) 487-4386

Catch the final weekend of the area’s premiere amusement resort’s transformation in to a Halloween-lover’s paradise.  Ride the “Scare Coaster” and explore the Haunted Mansion, or just get lost in the Straw Maze.

 

HALLOWEEN AT THE MOOSE EXCHANGE
October 28th, 7pm – 8pm
Free

Moose Exchange
203 West Main Street, Bloomsburg

(570) 317-2596

Dress your kids (up to age 12) in their finest Halloween apparel and head down to Main Street! Look for the orange pumpkin signs in front of participating businesses to trick or treat. Collect 5 stickers in your treat bag and proceed directly to the Moose Exchange, where the YMCA will be sponsoring food and crafts starting at 7pm and the costume contest begins at 7:30pm.

 

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT AT PPL MONTOUR PRESERVE
October 28th, 7pm – 8:30pm
Free

PPL Montour Preserve
700 Preserve Road, Danville

(570) 437-3131

Naturalists Jon D. Beam and Amanda Jenkins host this “walk in the dark” which meets at the reserve’s Environmental Education Center. Learn the origin of Halloween, explore bats, spiders, black cats, owls and other hair-raising creatures and more!

If the weather does not permit, the program will still go on – but stay indoors.

 

ANNUAL CATAWISSA HALLOWEEN PARADE
October 29th, 7:30pm
Free

Downtown Catawissa
(570) 784-6378

Catawissa closes down Main Street at 6pm in preparation for their 104th annual Halloween parade full of bands, floats, and costumed fun!

 

BLOOMSBURG TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT
October 31st, 6pm – 9pm
Free

The Town of Bloomsburg

Break out the costumes and look for lit porches on All Hallow’s Eve to participate in the time-honored tradition of tricking and being treated.

 

ONGOING:

TERROR AT BOWMAN FIELD
Now through October 29th, Fridays & Saturdays, 6pm
Adults $12, Children 12 & under $9, free parking

Bowman Field
1700 West 4th Street, Williamsport

(570) 326-3389

The minor league baseball season is over and the Williamsport Crosscutters’ Bowman Field is now home to a large haunted house attraction which features a “Field of Screams,” “Maze of Despair,” “Black Widow’s Vault,” and much more for the brave and thrill-seeking.

 

FALL HAY RIDES AT KOHL’S TREE FARM
Now through October 30th, Fridays, 1pm-8pm / Saturdays & Sundays, Noon-6pm
Adults $2, Children 16 & under ride free

Kohl’s Stony Hill Tree Farm
3021 Mexico Road, Milton

(570) 437-3193

The Christmas Shoppe is open and the fields are ready for tagging your tree while you’re on the farm, enjoying a half-hour long hay ride through scenic fall foliage and across the covered bridge ($2 per person, children under 16 ride free).

 

PUMPKINVILLE AT WHITENIGHT FARM
Now through November 5th, Saturdays & Sundays, 11am – 6pm
Adults $4.50, Children $8

Whitenight Farm Market
1500 Sunbury Road, Danville
(570) 275-4690

It’ll be “Pumpkins galore” at the Whitenight farm all month long. Outdoor play area with a giant slide, hayrides, llamas, sheep and goats galore make this excursion fun for the whole family, not just the pumpkin lovers.

 

–Jen Ralston, The Bloomsburg Daily
Photo courtesy of Melanie Ramph Strileckis

Where to: Get Your Music Fix

In the mood for a little music? Whether it’s taking in a live performance at the bar or shaking your booty on the dance floor, from country to jazz, classical to classic rock, and thrash to hip-hop, there’s something for almost every ear in town:

 

Bloomsburg University Music Division
(Locations Vary)
(570) 389-4284

At least once a week each semester, the Bloomsburg University Music Division has a free concert somewhere on campus or at a local church. Upcoming performances include the Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble. Check their online schedule for details.

 

Chumley’s Bar
45 East Main Street, Bloomsburg
(570) 387-1111

Housed in the old Capitol movie theater, this bar features a DJ for your dancing needs Thurs-Sat from 10pm on. No cover.

 

Good Old Days
501 East Street, Bloomsburg
(570) 784-6269

No live music at this local institution, but musical opportunities abound with their Karaoke nights (Tues-Sat, 10pm). If you’d rather move to the beat of a DJ, try their upstairs bar (Thurs-Sat, 10pm). No cover charge.

 

Hardware Bar
22 East Main Street, Bloomsburg
(717) 333-4324

The Hardware Bar is a full night club with live bands and DJs pumping out a wide range of musical styles for a diverse crowd. Check their online calendar for details. Cover charge varies by time and night of the week.

 

Hess’ Tavern (and the Painted Pony)
118 East Main Street, Bloomsburg
(listed phone number no longer in service)

A DJ keeps the dance floor moving Thurs-Sat nights on the main floor. Cover charge at the door.

 

The Links at Hemlock Creek
55 Williamsburg Boulevard, Bloomsburg
(570) 387-8339

Every Friday night, this golf course bar and grill features live music. No cover.

 

Marley’s Brewery and Grille
18 West Main Street, Bloomsburg
(570) 784-9600

Thursday nights are open mic night at Marley’s and some Fridays there’s a cover band as well. Call the bar for details as the schedule varies. No cover charge.

 

Phillips Emporium
10 East Main Street, Bloomsburg
(570) 387-8027

This coffee shop by day is a sometimes music venue on weekend nights. Check their front window for a current schedule. Cover charge varies based on how many bands are playing on a given night.

 

Russell’s and Kristy’s Pub
117-119 West Main Street, Bloomsburg
(570) 387-1332

This Main Street restaurant and bar features live music every Wednesday and Friday night starting at 10pm in the main dining room (between the two bars). Mostly acoustic bands and some classic rock as well. No cover charge.

 

Scoreboard Sports Tavern
6190 4th Street (Old Berwick Road at Oak Street), Bloomsburg/Scott Township
(570) 387-8999

A couple nights a month, the dart boards are off-limits to make room for live music. To find out when and what’s playing, stop by the bar and pick up their calendar. No cover charge.

 

–Compiled by Jen Ralston and Tara Moore, The Bloomsburg Daily