A Tourist in My Home Town & #SpreadTheKindness Link Up #24

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the family and I headed to Pennsylvania for the long holiday weekend. The weekend was booked solid with plans and events. Friday was spent mostly traveling. Then on Saturday, my mother-in-law kept the children for us and we headed off to my hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for the night. For those of you who may not be familiar with my little hometown of Bethlehem, it isn’t really that little and it is host to many tourists, drawing crowds for a huge annual music festival. It also boasts many museums, a casino, and local venues for all sorts of artistic and musical aficionados. In addition to being a culturally fascinating town, Bethlehem is also wrought with deep historical traditions. Basically, my hometown is a huge tourist town. And growing up in a tourist town, you tend to stay away from the tourist attractions. But over the holiday, the husband and I decided to just be tourists.

First stop was for lunch at Corked Bar, Grille, and Nightclub. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of the restaurant (except the one below of me standing with it in the background) or of the amazing food. But I must say this…the food was freaking amazing. For an appetizer, my husband and I shared a smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta. Then for my entree, I had a truffle cheeseburger with truffle fries. Everything was drizzled with truffle oil and my taste buds were in complete heaven! This is going to be a long post, so I am not going to give many more details. Just this…if you visit downtown Bethlehem, you must stop at Corked for some amazing food, a gorgeous atmosphere, and if you ask for Kara, you will received world-class service and the most fabulous dining experience ever.

With our bellies full but wanting some truffle oil for home, we headed directly across the street to Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Tap Room. This place is a foodie’s dream! (Again, I didn’t take photos because I wasn’t planning a blog post.) The walls are lined with casks of the most unique and flavorful oils and vinegar…all which can be tasted before purchasing. They also have a deli area that is stocked with the most aromatic cheeses ever.  And the sales staff is so friendly and super knowledgeable.  We only purchased a jar of black truffle salt this time, but we will be buying some oils soon. Again, if you are in the Bethlehem area, it is definitely worth stopping into Seasons.

Then we really got all touristy and started exploring the Moravian area of Bethlehem. In 1741, a small group of Moravians founded the mission community of Bethlehem. And this particular area of the town is filled with the most beautiful architecture and the most interesting stories run through it. Here is a little visual tour…

*This is not a sponsored post, but there are lots of plugs for small businesses that we had visited. This post also gets really photo heavy from here on out. If you are only here to add a link, just scroll right down to the bottom where you will find the link up!

As we walked past the old Moravian Cemetery, we were intrigued by the flags that had been placed on the graves for Memorial Day. As the sign indicates, no one had been buried in this cemetery since 1910. So we had to go inside and read the memorials. In this cemetery, there are buried soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War and one who fought in the Civil War. It was so fascinating to walk on this sacred ground.

As we strolled through my hometown, we did stop here and there for some photo opportunities. I am a fashion blogger, after all!

*Dress is Victoria Beckham for Target.

Feeling a bit fatigued after eating a huge lunch and then walking the very hilly terrain on those wedges, we headed back to our hotel for a little nap. When evening came around, we went to visit a dear friend of ours for a few hours and then we headed out to dinner for the “real” date night! Of course, I got all dressed up in my fabulous new outfit from Torrid Salmon Run Mall. I need to write a separate post on this sassy outfit. But here is a peak…

After a wonderful night’s sleep in a hotel with no kids, we leisurely started our Sunday morning with coffee and bagels. Then we worked on the husband’s speech for the following day before heading to my brother-in-law’s house for a barbecue. On Monday, my husband was the keynote speaker in his hometown’s Memorial Day parade and he delivered a heart-warming and tear-jerking speech which earned a standing ovation from the crowd. It was a very proud Army wife moment for me!

Now that I very well may have bored you all to death…here are your favorite links from last week.

Rena of Fine Whatever shared a post filled with lots of updates and a very pretty dress in A Little Of This, A Little Of That: In Real Life. Please send some positive and healing thoughts out to Rena as she has surgery coming up next month. You will be in my prayers all through this, my dear friend.

Sheela of Sheela Writes shared a post hinting at some major changes for her in the blogging realm and on a personal level in Recharge, Reboot, Reset. I don’t know what she has in the works, but whatever direction this brilliant and gorgeous woman takes, I know she will be just as amazing and as fabulous as she has always been. Sending so many well wishes your way, my dear friend.

Keeping it lengthy on the edge,


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52 Responses

  1. jodie filogomo

    I think that’s the best thing ever, to play tourist in your own town (or hometown). We’ve stayed in a hotel downtown and done the same thing (much easier when you don’t have kids..ha ha)!

  2. You live in such a cute area! You’ve inspired me to try some more touristy things near where we live over the summer now! I think so many people don’t take advantage of places nearby!

    • Thanks so much, Laura! Actually, I don’t live there any more after moving with the Army, but it sure was fun to explore the town I grew up in from a different perspective! I hope you find fabulous things to do in your area this summer.


  3. That looks like a very ,,clean,, town. And what a fantastic weekend you had! Wonderful!

  4. Oh, how amazing that your hometown has so much history Shelbee.. and I knew I recognised that dress from the VB Collection for Target 😉
    Love how you look in that outfit with the long kimono. Just beautiful !

  5. You wore this dress Best. I have seen many others wearing it but you made it come alive. Enjoy!

  6. I love to be a tourist in my own town and I enjoy staying at hotels here sometimes, too! That striped dress is so, so cute! I am loving stripes this summer!


    • Isn’t it so much fun, Carrie! Being a tourist in your hometown AND striped dresses for Spring?! Haha! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a fabulous week!


  7. Thank you for showing me round the town. I found it quite interesting. I too am sad to see Sheela away for a bit. I look forward to her next project xx

  8. Shelbee, it looks like you had a great time. I love all the pics. It is always fun to see and hear about places I’ve never been before. It’s had to remember to take pictures, but you did a nice job. You look cute in both of your outfits. Be sure to thank your hubby for serving! – Amy

    • Amy, thanks so much! I like to capture the moments in photographs but I also like to just be in the moment and not worry about photographs! But I guess I did okay balancing it out!


  9. That is so cool. I would love to visit that town.

    I play tourist in my hometown a bunch, of course I was born in San Francisco.

    Thanks for hosting.

    • Thanks so much, Patrick! I thought you would enjoy this post! It really is a very cool town so if you ever travel to the east coast, you should visit it. I would love to see your take on my little town of Bethlehem!


  10. i love those wedges and your dress is so cute!

    cute & little

  11. Your home town looks incredible, Shelbee! I’m a huge fan of historical buildings and architecture and it looks like the kind of place I’d love to explore. Oh and that date night outfit is GORGEOUS!!!!
    Suzy xx

    • Thanks so much, Suzy! It really is a very cool place to visit. And it does draw a ton of tourists every year for MusikFest and at the Christmas holidays we get a huge crowd because it is called “The Christmas City.”


  12. What an interesting place you live in! When I worked in online journalism I wrote a feature about William Blake’s Moravian roots – there was a community of Moravians close to where my ex-father-in-law lived. I love your VB for Target dress, and you look stunning in your date night outfit!

    Emma xxx

    • Thanks so much, Emma, for the lovely comment. The history of the Moravians is so interesting to me. And they settled just this one little part of my town. The architecture is so beautiful. We also have The Moravian Book Shop which apparently is the oldest continuously operating book store in the United States. Kind of a cool little fact.


  13. What a fun trip1 Thanks for sharing these photos and loving your striped dress. It’s so chic and perfect of summer. Thanks for the link up!


  14. It’s always fun to explore! There are so many places to see in my hometown, that I haven’t visited. I love your dress too!

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  15. I love the shirt dress! How did I miss that in the VBxT collection? Also love your boho outfit. While I don’t know you at all, you sure looked like you were comfortable in and enjoying that persona! Both the floral top and gladiators were slaying! Thanks for your huband’s/family’s service.


    • Elizabeth, thank you so much for this wonderful comment! I definitely feel very mush “myself” when I am wearing a boho outfit! But I also feel very much “myself” wearing vintage dresses and sassy edgy outfits, too!


  16. I think too often when we think of traveling that the greater the distance, the more worthy the trip. You’ve proven just how wrong this thinking can be. Your introduction to Bethlehem was wonderful and has me intrigued enough to put on the list of places to visit when we get to exploring Pennsylvania. I love the VB dress on you and only wish that I’d be able to find it in my size. And thank you so much for the special feature. I appreciate the call out for positive vibes and I can definitely feel them coming from you.


    • Rena, thanks so much for stopping by! I do hope you get the chance to explore Bethlehem! I would love to hear what you think of it. And I am so glad you can feel the love and positive thoughts surrounding you. By the way, almost all of the VB pieces are on super clearance now online. I just ordered 4 of the dress and they were $10.50 each. With free shipping (over $40, I think), you can’t beat the price!


  17. Love the dress! I love being a tourist in my own town!

  18. My husband grew up not a million miles from there. We visit quite a bit but have never made to Bethlehem but your pictures have made me think we should change that


    • How awesome that your husband is a nearby native, Molly! It is definitely a place worth visiting as a tourist! If you ever make it there, I would love to hear about it! Have an amazing weekend.


  19. Sounds like a fun trip! 🙂

  20. Love this shirtdress on you Shelbee! What a great style, and those sandals look so fun too. I think it is great to be a tourist in your hometown, as when we go back to Pittsburgh to visit my mom, you forget about some of the place or want to go see things that you havent in awhile. Looks like you had a great trip!
    Thanks for linking
    jess xx

  21. Sounds like you had a fun time! Love these photos and your outfit <3


  22. I love playing tourist in my town! Being in Baltimore, there are so many great opportunities! Love the tour through your hometown, I have heard of it but never been! However, I’ve spent way too much time in your current town, lol, as my son was stationed at Drum and my oldest granddaughter lives there with her mother.

    • Oh wow, Janet! What a small world! My husband has been stationed here for the past 6 years and we have been here as a family for 4 years. I kind of like it here! Although I think I have done ALL of the touristy things here at this point! You are not too far from Bethlehem, PA. It is definitely worth a weekend trip for either Musikfest in August or at the holidays. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


  23. How cute is Bethlehem. Those restaurants sound amazing, I am hungry!

    You look fabulous in both dresses. I missed out on that VBxTarget dress though I did get quite a few dresses from her line. =)

    • Thanks so much, Ada! It is definitely a cute town to visit. I just ordered a few more VB dresses online. They were on sale for $10.50 each! I can’t wait to share them!


  24. Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style linkup party.

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  26. I live in Philadelphia, and have never been to Bethlehem, though it’s so close. I think a trip is definitely in order. Thanks for sharing, Shelbee! I love your pics and can’t wait to see the new Torrid outfit in more detail.

    • Thanks so much, Maggie! You are so close to Bethlehem…you definitely need to take a day trip and explore the area. There is so much to do and see!