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Plan ahead now for your autumn, winter, spring, summer getaway and come stay at Hemphill Farm. Recreation is abundant whether is it hiking, walking, skiing, boarding, snow tubing, mountain biking, cycling, tennis or at the amusement and wild water park. Seasoned firewood for wood stove and fire-pit wood available. Please ask ahead of arrival. Dura-flame logs for the wood stove are also a great idea to pick up when grocery shopping for the get-away.
The farmhouse is a perfect base for family and friends going to the next door ski mountain Bear Creek. 1.6 miles away. 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!
Snowsports School- Discovery Program weekdays $80- weekends $94- Discovery Plus weekdays $94- weekends $110- Snowtubing weekdays $24- weekends $30.
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. 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.
St. Lukes and other hospitals throughout the Lehigh Valley are a 30 minute drive to the farm. Longer term rentals considered, please inquire.
The farmhouse on a hill with views from all the windows of the pastures. The front porch faces south and has 180 degree views. The house is situtated on over 9 acres which gives the impression of stay...moreless
window units in each of the three bedrooms as well as a large stand up window unit on the first floor. With the farmhouse situated on top of a hill, most summer days the screen allow a nice breeze to flow through the house. There is a door to close the second floor to allow for cooling just the bedrooms on those hot summer evenings....moreless
fully stocked kitchen with a new refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and oven. Freshly painted with a pass through for conversations and ultimately the views almost 360 degrees...moreless
there is an expansive front lawn around the farmhouse with views of the pastures. A walking trail goes around the farm. A large firepit is in front of the farmhouse with wood supply available...moreless
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Autumn season 2015
Sep 7 - Dec 20, 2015
1 night min stay
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Dec 21 - Mar 14, 2016
1 night min stay
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spring season 2016
Mar 15 - May 26, 2016
1 night min stay
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summer season 2016
May 27 - Sep 6, 2016
2 night min stay
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2 night min stay
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Enjoy watching the sheep meander through the farm's pastures while sitting on the front porch or dining al fresco at the picnic table in the spring, summer and autumn. A fire-pit and charcoal grill are available. Hiking and mountain bike riding is 1.6 miles away. There is a nature trail around the farm for guests to enjoy. The nearby ski mountain has state of the art snow making as well as a top notch ski school. There is night skiing as well. The farmhouse is a perfect getaway all four seasons of the year.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is an amusement and water park located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The park features eight roller coasters, other adult and children's rides, and a waterpark, Wildwater Kingdom.
Bear Creek has 17 slopes serviced by six lifts and tows, a half pipe, snow tubing and a terrain park. The mountain offers something for every level of skier or rider, from the beginner area served 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% snowmaking capabilities and lighted trails - don't you love the opportunity to extend your time on the slopes with some night runs? Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center and the farmhouse are convenient to an array of amenities. Fine dining is very nearby. Visit 'Hemphill Farm' on facebook to see all the liked restaurants and activities in the area. Put your bicycles on your car and visit the area's picturesque small towns, stopping to tour around and relaxing at lunch or pack a lunch and enjoy the many parks. There are many wineries in the area to visit as well are farm stands.
Expect the unexpected with the Discovery and Discovery Plus programs for beginners and beyond. These ski and snowboard packages include equipment, extended day lift ticket, and progressive instruction combined with flexible start times. Sessions are held daily from 9:30AM- noon, 1-1:30pm, and 6-8:30PM. No reservations necessary. Youth Discovery: Packages for first-time skiers and riders ages 8-12/ 2 hour lession with flexible start times/ lift ticket limited to D and E lifts. Discovery: Packages for first time skiers/riders age 13 and up/ Progressive ongoing instruction, come and go as you please/Lift ticket limited to D and E lifts (Discovery and Youth Discovery packages are $77 on weekdays and $90 on weekends and holidays). Youth Discovery Plus: Packages for improving novice (green-circle slopes) skiers and riders ages 8-12/ 2-hour lesson with flexible start times/ All mountain lift included. Discovery Plus: Packages for improving novice (green-circle slopes) skiers and riders age 13 amd up/ Progressive ongoing instruction, come and go as you please All-mountain lift ticket included.
Discovery Plus and Youth Discovery Plus packages are are $90 weekdays/$105 weekends and holidays.
Private Lessons: Enjoy personal instruction, or share a lesson with family or friends. Reservations are recommended. Children under 6 must have a one-on-one lesson. Not recommended for children under 4. For reservations call 610.641.1319.
Private lessons: 1 1/4 hour lesson available at 9:30am,11am, 1pm, 2:30pm, and 6pm daily. $99 for one person, $60 for each additional person.
Half-day private lesson: 2 1/2 hour lessons available at 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, and 6pm daily. $175 for one person, $108 for each additional person.
Kodiak Kids Programs:
Kodiak kids programs are lift, lesson, and rental packages that include half-day small-group instruction and indoor/outdoor supervision.
Sessions are held daily from 9:30am-noon and 1-3:30pm. Reservations are recommended, and registration begins 1 hours prior to the desired session.
Kodiak Rovers: Packages for first time skiers ages 6 and 7/limited to one session per child per day.
Kodiak Rangers: Packagesfor novice (green- circle slopes) or better skiers ages 6-12/Participants must be able to ride lifts and turn/stop on at least green-circle slopes. Kodiak Kids packages are $90 on weekdays and $105 on weekends and holidays.
Snowtubing: weekday (per session) $24
Weekend/Holiday (per session) $29
Mon-Thurs. 5:30-10pm: Fri 3:30-6:30pm & 7-10PM
8:30-11am, noon-3pm, 3:30-6:30pm and 7-10pm
Lift Tickets: Seniors 70 & over and children 5 & under ski for FREE!
4 hours- weekday $41/weekend$50
Extended day (open to close)- weekday $47/ weekend $62
Evening (4-10pm) weekday & weekend $34
YOUTH (6-21) and SENIOR (62-69)
4 hour weekday $40/ weekend $49
Extended Day (open to close) weekday $40/weekend $53
Evening (4-10pm) weekday/ weekend $34
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: Originally from Vancouver Island, Canada. Travel and hospitality has always been in my blood. Opening the farm to guests traveling from all over the world is fun and rewarding. In the winter I am at the next door mountain skiing and coming back to the farm. My work assignments as a photographer include weddings as well as commercial all over the East Coast as well as Internationally. Will caretaker/ co-owner is passionate about farming since he was very young and continues to keep the chickens and sheep healthy and available for the guests to interact with.
Why the Owner Chose Allentown:
The farm being located 1.6 miles from a ski resort was definately one of the reasons to purchase the farm. Not to mention the close proximity to New York, Philadelphia, Atlantic City and Washington DC. Recreation is abundant in all four seasons. Cycling, hiking, skiing, snowboarding are just a few sports. At the farm there is a nature trail to walk around, the fire-pit, BBQ, and front porch faces south to enjoy the sunrises and sunsets. Having some chickens and sheep makes the farm a perfect getaway after trips into the cities. A work assignment in NYC or Philadelphia for the day makes the farm a perfect retreat at the end of the day.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
Experiencing staying at a private farm with sheep meandering in the pastures without the responsibility of taking care of the animals. Almost 10 private acres with a walking trail around the perimeter of the farm and space to relax and unwind all day long. The farmhouse is simple and uncluttered with all the amenities to enjoy in all seasons. The farm is located 7-10 minutes from grocery shopping and minutes from nature and sight seeing. Will is caretaker/ co-owner of the farm so there is always someone available to field questions or be of assistance during your stay.
Set in the midst of 10 acres with sheep filled pastures and a magical farmhouse.
The sheep meandering in the upper pasture. Great entertainment for the guests.
Evening snow with the wood stove going inside with friends and family gathered
Interacting with the sheep on a private farm for your get-away and take a walk.
Relax by the fire pit roasting marshmallows, making smores.
The sun setting with always a breeze on the front porch. Enjoy the exteriors!
The kitchen has new appliances, fully stocked for cooking,bring your groceries.
The dining room- a meeting place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Entertaining.
Livingroom with TV/DVD, door to front porch and stairs to bedrooms.
The queen size bed with winter views of the pastures and shades trees in summer.
Full bathroom on the second floor. White towels provided. Views of the Pastures.
Summer at the farmhouse entering the mudroom side of the house. Lots of shade.
Nothing beats the ambiance of a wood stove on a cold autumn and winter day.
Warm and cozy back at the farmhouse located one mile from skiing. Bring friends!
The front porch is the favorite meeting place sunrise to sunset and late night.
When the leaves fall from the trees you can enjoy the stringlights and porch
A view from the walking trail in the lower pasture looking back at the farmhouse
The front porch and lawn with picnic table and charcoal grill, grilling season
Gather around the fire-pit with friends and family, a perfect getaway, s'mores.
Plenty of comfortable seating in the living room with the wood stove as ambiance
Bedroom with either twin beds or a king bed. Beds made with white linens.
Bedroom with a king size bed. A restful sleep awaits. Wake up on a farm.
A spring evening with the sheep grazing in the orchard. A welcomed dinner!
Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom is only minutes away by car from the farm.
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