Winter Blog


Here in the Lebanon Valley, we don’t let the cold weather keep us inside! This Winter Blog gives you great suggestions on how to make the most out of these colder months. From snow geese to coffee trails, there are opportunities for you and your family to enjoy activities both indoors and outdoors. 

Play Outside in the Snow

The Lebanon Valley has beautiful, expansive outdoors for you and your family to explore and we are firm believers of spending time outside, even when the weather outside is frightful! Enjoy the stillness and quiet of the snow by heading out on the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail for cross country skiing or a short walk with your favorite furry friend.

Looking for something more fast paced? Then check out Iron Valley Tubing for some fun with the whole family and enjoy stunning views of the Lebanon Valley! If you’re looking to get out of the snow, take the fun indoors at Klick-Lewis Ice Arena for some fun during their public skate.

 Snow Geese Migration: A Local Phenomenon

The migration of snow geese through the Lebanon Valley attracts thousands of visitors to our county each winter. From mid-February to mid-March, hundreds of thousands of snow geese will stop in southeast Lebanon County during their migration as they return to the north.

Easy access to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area will let you view the snow geese from a variety of different places during your visit to the Lebanon Valley. Take a driving tour to see the snow geese and even stop to take a walk down to the water where the snow geese roost. This natural phenomenon displays some of the finest wildlife the Lebanon Valley has to offer.

If you plan on seeing the snow geese, we recommend making a weekend of it! Check out our Middle Creek Weekend Itinerary for some other great spots to visit while you’re in town, including history, dining, and shopping.

Pictured right: Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Melody Mellinger

2023 Java Journey

Support our local “morning people” with the 2023 Java Journey, a coffee tour of our local cafés and coffee shops. From Monday January 16 through Saturday March 11, stop into one of our participating local coffee shops to sign up for $10 and receive your passport and complementary ceramic mug, while supplies last.

Over the next eight weeks, make sure to visit each location and get your passport stamped when you visit. Plus, get exclusive access to a special drink created at each location. Leave your completed passport at your final stop and be entered into a drawing to win a grand prize that includes merchandise supplied from each Java Journey location and a $200 value, midweek overnight at The Londonderry Inn in Campbelltown, with more runner up prizes to be awarded.

Our cafes and coffee shops love hosting the Java Journey every year and are looking forward to your visit! The 2023 Java Journey locations are: 3J’s Coffee in Palmyra, Ancestor Coffeehouse & Creperie in Cornwall and Campbelltown, Baked Sweet Coffeehouse & Bakery in Frystown, Swatara Coffee Company in Annville and Jonestown, Sydney Roasting Company in Lebanon, Timeless Cafe in Lebanon, Whirling Dervish Bakery & Coffee Shop in Annville. New to the Java Journey this year is Cakes by Moraima & Cafe in Lebanon, and City Watch Coffee in Lebanon.

Say “I do” In the Lebanon Valley – Blog

The Lebanon Valley is home to many stunning and historical manors, mansions, and buildings that are ready to host your next special event. Our venue owners care about the small details and are ready and willing to work to make your celebration the best that it can be. The “Meetings & Event Venues” page on our website has all kinds of information regarding locations, catering, rentals, and other wedding services like cake bakers, florists, and DJ’s.

Our newest blog, Say “I Do” in the Lebanon Valley, gives you a glimpse into some of the very best backdrops for your event that we have to offer.

Pictured right: Wind in the Willows, Grantville

Lebanon County African American Heritage Trail – February: Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month here with us in the Lebanon Valley. Available starting in February, the Lebanon County African American Heritage Trail offers you and your family a guide to exhibits and historic sites in our county that are related to Black History. With some of these sites traced back to the 1700’s there is lots to see, read, and learn about the people and places that helped to shape this area of Pennsylvania.

Available starting February 2023, more details to come.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

– Nelson Mandela

Pictured left: Cornwall Mine, 1885

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