I’m lucky to live super close to one of the 17 Most Amazing Christmas Towns in America – Bethlehem.
This past weekend I took a trip with my mom and nephew to the Christmas Village in Bethlehem. Christmas Village is set up in a courtyard and is filled with little stands, each run by a small business from the surrounding area. It’s quite adorable.
One of my favorite stands included the Backdoor Bakeshop, where I got a Pumpkin Cayenne Spice Coffee, my mom got their famous Mulled Spiced Wine, and the nephew got a hot chocolate. Another favorite was the Backyard Beans Coffee Company. There was one guy running this stand, and I was able to talk to him long enough to find out that he runs this business all by himself, sets up stands to sell on the weekends but has a corporate job during the work week. He eventually hopes to leave the corporate world and make this his sole source of income! I love stories like that. The coffee at his stand smelled amazing, and I couldn’t tear myself away without buying a bag of their Holiday Cheer blend.
They also had stands selling homemade soap and other body products, handmade jewelry, and handmade hats, gloves and scarves. I bought an adorable knitted hat to keep my head warm.
We also checked out small businesses down Main Street, like the Moravian Book shop where the nephew wrote a letter to Santa Claus…
and a store called Seasons. Oh my god, Seasons…every food lover’s dream. It’s a small shop full of different flavored balsamic vinegars and olive oils…all on tap, so you get to walk around and sample each and every one. Amazing, right? We bought an espresso balsamic vinegar and a Tuscan Olive oil. So far, we’ve used the espresso balsamic vinegar on steak, and it was delicious. I’ve been using the Tuscan Olive Oil on my brussel sprouts for roasting and in my salad dressings. It’s been nice to have a different flavor than regular olive oil!
If you’re within a short driving distance of Bethlehem, go go go!! This is the last weekend to do so I believe. There’s much much more that I have not even gotten a chance to do yet, like Christkindlmarkt, Gingerbread house-making contests, horse-drawn carriage rides around the town, and nightly Candlelight tours covering the history of Christmas in Bethlehem.