Jim Thorpe, PA, one of the top 50 places to live and play. Jim Thorpe, a top 100 adventure town. Go to Jim Thorpe they say. It’s the Switzerland of America. It’s the Gateway to the Poconos with it’s picturesque scenery, mountainous location, AND architecture. Come to Jim Thorpe, it is named after the world’s greatest athletes!
We went to Jim Thorpe and I’ll tell you what….I’d rather see Switzerland. I’ve been wanting to go to Jim Thorpe for several year now. I heard from someone it’s creepy. Creepy isn’t always bad, is it? Someone told me it’s completely adorable and charming. Adorable and charming? I’m.all.over.it. Who doesn’t love a little town with really pretty buildings and architecture set inside of mountains. Little shops downtown, I’m also all over that. I was all over EVERYTHING until I realized…there was nothing to be all over.
I had a brilliant idea. I use the word brilliant lightly because they are usually not that brilliant, but dumb in fact. Anyway, I had a brilliant idea. There’s a park there called Flagstaff Mountain Park. You can hike up to the mountain and see the pretty views. I googled the views to see what it looked like and it was amazing. I showed Adam pictures and he was game. The night before the trip we looked up to see if it was too strenuous. We haven’t hiked in awhile, so we didn’t want it to be too difficult. He couldn’t find the blog on about the hike anywhere. All I kept saying is “Are you typing in Jim Thorpe? Are you typing in PA?” The morning of the trip I hopped on my computer to look up everything. The Mountain was in Colorado. Clearly we won’t be making it out there this trip.
We hopped in the car and headed into town. First thought a-dor-a-ble. Seriously. The architecture. Everything. I could live in a town that looks like this. It just seems so picturesque like a movie. We stopped by the Jim Thorpe Information Center, which was also near the railroad, gorge, and the I guess a bank.
We may have gotten lost…a lot. Mainly trying to find a parking spot. Let’s go to the Asa Packer Mansion. Nope, no parking lot for the hotel. Let’s go to the parking lot across from the Mansion. Nope people are being ticketed. If we drive up the street a little more maybe there will be parking. Nope. More woods. WHERE IS ALL OF THE PARKING?!
So, we drove back downtown and parked several blocks away. There were so many tiny stores there, so I didn’t mind window shopping and browsing on the way to the mansion. A bunch of the stores were….crap. You can get it anywhere. Nothing that screamed “I am from Jim Thorpe. I was apart of the Lehigh Railway. We are similar to Switzerland because we have mountains.” Nothing. Leave it to me though. If there’s one thing I can find…it’s an ice cream and chocolate shop. On the way to the Asa Packer Mansion we ended up stopping in a shop called Rainbow’s End. We are cheap, but bring in chocolate and ice cream and suddenly we are millionaires.
This is how you know you are fat. Signs all over the place stating “$10 credit card limit”. We get ice cream
Ice Cream Scooper: “that’ll be $8.50”.
Adam: “Oh we only have a card”.
Ice Cream Scooper: “That’s fine, just tell the lady at the register”
Ashley: “I don’t know Adam, maybe we should get chocolate. You know, to make it $10”
And get chocolate we did.
We headed up to the Asa Packer Mansion and the Harry Packer Mansion
Both mansions were closed for the daily tour, so we just wandered around the grounds until we walked back to the car.
While it was not the most amazing, gorgeous, adorable, charming town I expected, it did leave us with some pretty good laughs at our failed expectations. Would we go sight seeing there again? Probablyyyyyyyyyyyyyy not, but they do have lots of outdoor activities going on in the area.: rafting, biking, hiking, and kayaking.
My statement still stands, I’d rather go to Switzerland.
Have you ever been somewhere where it did not meet your expectations? Where did you go?