Ski season opening December 1, 2013 already!!! Plan ahead now for your winter getaway and come stay at Hemphill Farm. The farmhouse is a perfect base for family and friends going to the next door ski mountain Bear Creek. The mountain has an excellent ski school for all levels and top notch snow making throughout the winter. If you need to be shuttled to the mountain, let us know when you make your reservation. The farmhouse is a perfect autumn, winter, spring, summer getaway. Escape to visit the local wineries which are abundant in the area. The farmhouse offers nearby activites throughout the year with something for everyone. Enjoy the quiet of this private home that is just a stone's throw from Bear Creek and it is a quick weekend getaway to the country. Spend time together with your family and friends at a farmhouse surrounded by pastures of sheep. Located just down the road from Bear Creek Mountain Resort, this c. 1870 farmhouse is an ideal home base for getaways. Intimate and cozy, the farmhouse is set back on 9+ picturesque acres and is close to all sorts of sightseeing in the Lehigh Valley and the rural scenic farmland and hills of Berks County. After a full day of sightseeing, come back to the cozy farm nestled in the hills where you can enjoy the use of a full kitchen for those who love to cook and entertain with friends and family. The front porch is set up with comfortable seating and a picnic table just a few feet away for 'al fresco' dining per season. The farmhouse sleeps up to six people. The bedrooms have quality beds and white linens for a perfect restful vacation. From the all the windows are views upon views. The farmhouse is easy to get to from points east in New York and New Jersey via I-78; it is only 1.5 hours from New York City and one hour from Philadelphia. Lehigh Valley International Airport is 20 minutes away.
The farmhouse is an ideal location to stay when visiting the kids at university and college. Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Kutztown University, Desales University, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Moravian College, Muhlenberg College, Cedar Crest College are all within a 30 minute drive from the farm.
The farmhouse is a meeting of; old and new, country and city, people and farm animals. The farm is a romantic getaway, friends getting together away from the city, and family reuniting. Enjoy being on a farm with the amenities of quality bedding in three bedrooms, a fully stocked kitchen, dining room for six and sofa seating for six. The front porch almost always has a breeze and seems to be one of the popular common meeting places while staying at the farmhouse. Whether reading the morning newspaper with coffee or watching the sunset over a glass of wine the views upon views are never ending and soul soothing.
A wood stove in the livingroom adds to the warmth and charm of the farmhouse. In front of the farmhouse is a large firepit perfect even on a winter evening. Please ask for wood supply during your stay.
Arrive at the farmhouse and park in front of the picket fence on the circular driveway and enter the farmhouse through the mudroom where ski gear can be stored. If your stay happens while a snow fall happens, the driveway and walkways will be cleared immediately. The I-78 and other roads leading to the farm happen to be the first roads to be cleared after and during snow falls.
Can't wait to hit the slopes? The ski resort is only five minutes by car from the farm. The mountain has 17 slopes services by six lifts and tows, a half pipe, snow tubing and terrain park. The mountain offers something for every level of skier or rider, from the beginner area serviced by a carpet lift and triple chair, to three progressive terrain parks with a wide variety of freestyle features, to the 50%slope of sasquatch, the most challenging black diamond trail. There is 100% snow making capabilities and lighted trails- don't you love the opportunity to extend your time on the slopes with some night runs?
Ski/ snow board lessons are available. Seniors 70 & over and children 5 & under ski for FREE! Four hour Adult lift tickets weekdays are $41 and weekends $50. Rental equipment - skis/boots/poles $35- snowboards/boots/poles $35 - helmut $11
Snowsports School- Discovery Program weekdays $45- weekends $81- Discovery Plus weekdays $77- weekends $95- Snowtubing weekdays $15- weekends $29.
The area now know as Bear Creek was home to the Rittenhouse Gap mines, a part of the Mid Atlantic Iron Belt The mines date back to the 1800's and the time of Thomas Edison, who was drawn to the mines to develop a cost effective means of extracting iron ore from crushed rock. The raiload servicing the mines was known as the Catasaqua-Fogelsville Railroad. It was built in the 1850's as a way to transport iron ore to furnaces along the Lehigh River, including Lock Ridge Furnace in Alburtis, where the ore was used to make cannon and machinery. The Rittenhouse Gap mines were abandoned after World War I when the iron industry was drawn to the upper Midwest.
One the the favorite locals weekends of the year is the Macungie car show. One of the country's largest antique and classic cars shows. August 3,4,5-2012. For 48 years, Das Awkscht Fescht has been a summer tradition for all ages. Offering three fun-packed days in the great outdoors, it's a perfect way for families to celebrate summer. This year, come cruisin' through 42 acres of fun at the Fescht - and enjoy the great things classic summers are made of. Admission Includes all events, shows, and entertainment. Everywhere you look are antique and classic cars coming and going along local roads, a sight to see.
The farmhouse is also a great location for those visiting family members in the Topton Home located only minutes away. Also Cedar Crest Hospital is only 15 minutes away.