Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is perhaps best known as the center of American steelmaking during the Industrial Revolution, and the industry remains a central part of the city's identity. The city also played an important role in the colonial era and American Revolution. Lodgings in the Bethlehem area give you the opportunity to experience these parts of local history. In the city center, choose among conveniently-located modern apartments or condos. House rentals in the suburbs are usually detached properties with plenty of space for a family stay.
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Find a welcoming vacation home for as little as $83 per night by searching and comparing the 373 options listed in Bethlehem. By directly analyzing these accommodations, HomeToGo highlights the lowest prices as well as the most popular vacation homes in Bethlehem.
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Finding a vacation rental with a pool shouldn't be too hard in Bethlehem. More than half of the rentals include one. Interestingly, our data shows that more hotel room provide a pool than cabin. In addition, they can host 7 vacationers, on average, while cabin with pools can welcome an average of 3 guests. In Bethlehem, most of the vacation rentals offering a pool are close to the water.
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Eclectic Eats in Town
Bethlehem's restaurants offer something for everyone, from local favorites such as cheesesteak or apple butter, to more adventurous cuisine. One of the city's most consistent highly-rated restaurants is Bolete, a family-run establishment which has a formal restaurant alongside more casual tavern-style dining. Menus change regularly depending on what's in season. The 1741 On The Terrace restaurant is another excellent option. 1741 specializes in modern American farm-to-table cuisine served in elegant Victorian surroundings. It even offers a bed-and-breakfast package for couples.
If you've opted to dine in at your vacation accomodation, then do as the locals do and seek out some local Bethlehem produce. Valley Farm Market sells local meat and vegetables, and has a huge deli department to help you pull together anything from a simple picnic to an extravagant meal. If cooking isn't on your vacation agenda, they also sell a wide range of pre-prepared dishes—just heat them in the oven and enjoy.
Decorative Arts and Colonial History
Long before the steel plants were built, Bethlehem was settled by Protestant settlers from Germany. The Moravian Museum tells the stories of these. Step inside the museum's 1741-vintage Gemeinhaus building which served as the community's original residence, school, workplace, and church. Guided tours offer insights about life for early Pennsylvanians, with exhibits on aspects like clothing and professions. Also in the same complex is the interesting apothecary building, dating back to 1752.
Bethlehem is home to the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, one of the best in the state. The three linked houses housing the museum date back to the 1800s, and showcase how American tastes in home decor have changed through the centuries. Don't miss the early examples of Pennslyvania textiles, the huge collection of dollhouses and furniture, or the delicately beautiful wedding china belonging to Annie Kemerer, the building's original owner.
Artistic Creativity and Underground Discovery
There's a thriving contemporary arts scene in Bethlehem, and the city's largest arts centers have extensive programs aimed at younger guests. There's always something worth checking out at the Banana Factory Arts Center, with exhibitions, regular events, and classes on everything from mosaics to ceramics. Exhibitions change regularly, with all the latest details on the center's website. Along similar lines is the SteelStacks complex, a performance space converted from the remnants of the former Bethlehem Steel plant. The 10-acre campus provides a range of family-friendly music, comedy, and movies.
Just south of Bethlehem is the impressive Lost River Caverns. Descend underground with an experienced guide and learn about stalagmites, stalactites, gems, and minerals. It's a great option for cooling off on a hot summer's day as the temperature underground is significantly cooler. Once you're back on the surface, have the kids pick out some minerals or rocks in the gift shop.
Stroll Through Steelmaking History
Bethlehem has a proud history as one of America's most prominent steelmaking centers. Although the last steel plant in town closed in 1995, signs of the city's industrial past are present everywhere you turn. One of the best starting points for a walk through history is at the Hoover-Mason Trestle, a linear park running past the old blast furnaces that fueled steel production. Signboards along the route explain the story of the Bethlehem Steel plant and its workers, with plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the view. Visit at night to see the old furnaces illuminated.
Also worth a visit is the National Museum of Industrial History, a few minutes' walk from the old steel plants. Although steel remains a major part of the story here, visitors can also see examples of steam machinery, learn about the life of weavers and spinners in the textiles industry, or take in one of the temporary exhibitions on different aspects of engineering and technology.
Information about vacation rentals in Bethlehem
|🏡 Vacation rentals||373 properties|
|💳 Possible discounts||up to 47%|
|🌙 Nightly prices starting at||$81|
|⭐ Popular amenities||Air conditioning, TV and Internet|
|🐾 Pet friendly accommodations||60 properties|
|🏊 Vacation rentals with pools||231 properties|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the typical price per night for a vacation home in Bethlehem?
The nightly price of accommodations in Bethlehem starts at $81. If you would like to stay in a house rental, the average price is $444 per night. A apartment rental Bethlehem will cost on average $170 per night.
How many vacation homes are available for booking in Bethlehem?
There are 373 vacation rentals in Bethlehem to choose from and book for your trip.
What amenities are most popular for vacation rentals in Bethlehem?
If you're looking to book a vacation rental in Bethlehem, the most common amenities are: Air conditioning, TV and Internet.
How many vacation rentals with a pool are there in Bethlehem?
Bethlehem has 231 Hotel room and Cabin available for renting.
Are pets allowed in vacation homes in Bethlehem?
If traveling with a dog in Bethlehem, 14% of rentals allow pets.
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