Charming Easton, Pennsylvania, sits roughly 55 miles north of Philadelphia and on the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh rivers. The city is divided into four districts: historic downtown, West Ward, South Side and College Hill. Summers are warm, winters are snowy; fall and spring bring the mildest weather. Classic elegance, high ceilings and mixed use characterize downtown properties. Outside of the city center, luxurious new construction awaits in communities such as Hilltown Walk and Maple Shade Estates. Its diverse population of approximately 26,000 calls Easton home.
Easton can be explored by bike thanks to a network of cycle lanes and racks. While downtown, explore part or all of the 2.5-mile Karl Stirner Arts Trail where you’ll find sculptures, benches and a dog park. The D&L (Delaware & Lehigh) Trail is a 165-mile multi-use path that parallels canals, passes through both city and country and introduces visitors to undulating terrain, waterfalls and wildflowers. Spend a day with your kids at the Crayola factory for some creative stimulation. At the National Canal Museum, explore the industrial history of the city and even take a mule-drawn canal boat ride. Culture and fashion buffs can take a glimpse into the Era of Elegance at the Sigal museum. On a warm afternoon, enjoy a frozen yogurt or a refreshing microbrew. For dinner, options abound: gourmet, farm-to-table, casual, Italian and Thai cuisine, just to name a few.
The job market is strong in the Easton area, with large employers including Leigh Valley Hospital, St. Luke’s, Air Products, Sodexo and Amazon.com. Top rated elementary schools include March and Paxinosa. Easton Cyber Academy provides one-on-one tutoring and the ability to take in-person courses to supplement online coursework. When it’s time to shop, you’ll find many options downtown in close proximity, where you can find electronics, apparel, antiques, collectibles, books, ceramics and other unique gifts. The Palmer Park Mall in Easton and The Crossings Premium Outlets in nearby Tannersville offer additional retail therapy. South of town, nature lovers will find swimming, boating, disc golf and horseback riding at the over 5000-acre Nockamixon State Park. For another day-trip option, check out Hershey, home of the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, where you can see over 85 classic cars and trucks and drop in for other special events. You can’t see it from Easton, but The Big Apple is just an hour and a half drive in the other direction, with plenty of world-class entertainment, shopping and dining. If you’re looking for a small town that still has many options for connecting with nature, fun entertainment and plenty of shopping, Easton may be for you.