Blue collar or white collar, everyone is subject to the summer slow down. Sometimes when your trying to beat the heat, the heat wins. Many times the office can seem like a ghost town and productivity dips to its annual low point. So what is the magic bullet to pick up your game? How do you stay in tune or even rise above the dog days of summer? It is easy to get into a routine of leaving early to mow the grass, or to get the grill fired up for dinner, and who doesn't want to kick back with a cold drink on a hot afternoon? An old adage goes, "if you can't beat em' join em". As with all things in life, a little moderation goes a long way. If your company allows you some summer flexibility, don't be afraid to use it. Take your vacation time! You don't have to look far to find a number of studies that indicate that productivity levels go up when you take advantage of some downtime. Your family will appreciate your presence and you will finally get to clear your mind. The beautiful Pennsylvania scenery awaits your free time. Take some time to go for a hike. Enjoy someone else cooking for you this time, and go find some great outdoor dining. Take a Monday off work and do an overnight stay so you can relax by the pool or book yourself a service in the spa. You work hard, but don't forget who you are under that efficient machine you call an employee. Indulge yourself, but don't become a lazy glutton either, remember moderation. Vacations are great, but spread it out. Saving all your relaxation, recreation, dining out and partying one week a year is a quick way to burn out. We are in a great part of the country where we have the benefit of four distinct seasons. Pick a getaway in each of the seasons. It does't have to be a long vacation, but if you can, make the best of it. Spring is a great time to take on a new sport like mountain biking or disc golf. Summer is clearly the best weather for a dip in the pool, kayaking, paddle boarding or a walk in a stream. Autumn is great for a hike in the changing leaves and the winter is your time for a ski and stay getaway. These things might not be your preference, but the point is that there are plenty of options and reasons to get out and enjoy yourself. Don't be a victim of work place burnout and the summer slow down, Get out and live a little!
We are officially into the summer season at Bear Creek. July has always been my favorite month of the year. It is the month I most associate with family trips and vacations. Over the years, my family has taken a number of vacations. We often took trips to the beach, for our family it was Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey. The thing we liked the most about Point Pleasant was that our family could enjoy a full day of activities at the boardwalk then enjoy some great local restaurants and relax at night. The food never tasted so good and the air conditioning never felt so good than after a full day at the beach and the boardwalk.
Bear Creek is very fortunate to be located nearby so many great activities. First and foremost is Dorney Park. Dorney Park is within twenty minutes of the resort. I was a long time season pass holder, and thanks to my girlfriend, a current season pass holder as well. After a 21 year hiatus from the park, I can attest that the park has really grown. It is an ideal spot for families of all ages. Dorney Park is just one of the great offerings that the Lehigh Valley provides for families and couples alike. If the park isn’t your style, try the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, or The Lehigh Valley Grand Prix, or one of the area’s many wineries. The area has so much to offer and keeps growing all the time.
If you are looking for a great summer trip, consider visiting one of the areas attractions such as Dorney Park and coming back to Bear Creek to relax at The Spa or having an excellent dinner at The Grille. If this sounds like something you are interested in, check out our Stay and Scream Dorney Park package. If you live locally, you can still feel like you are on a vacation with Margarita Mondays, Music Under the Stars on Thursdays, or a visit to our Spa.
No matter what activity you do during the day, I promise the food will taste great and the air conditioning will feel better than ever.
Public Relations Manager at Bear Creek Mountain Resort
Last week I went up to the Grille for our Thursday night Music Under the Stars. We do this every Thursday night during the summer months. The weather was a little off, with ominous clouds the whole time, but it stayed dry and turned out to be a fun night. It happened to also be a Chamber Mixer with both the Upper Perkiomen and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. I had a couple of fantastic conversations and met some new contacts from both chambers. It is great to see the hard working members of our local business communities come out of the office and up to the resort to network with likeminded people. A good amount of the people attending the mixer stuck around for dinner and music on the deck, and a good time was had by all. This week is our annual Lobster Week and the Grille has been the best scene in the area for dinner. After tonight only two days are left of Lobster Week, but know need to worry, reservations are still available and even if you miss it, the Trail’s End is having Margarita Monday with Tex-Mex food by the pool. If dinner is your reason, then Bear Creek is in season! http://www.bcmountainresort.com/dining See you soon!