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  1. The Inn at Jim Thorpe is probably going to be one of the 2-3 most expensive places to stay in Jim Thorpe, but it's worth it - stay in the main building if you can, which is smack-dab in the center of town. Park your car (for free), and use it only if you're going to stray from the village, which you won't need to do during a two-night stay. The moment you walk in, you're greeted with a smile, and (in our case) delicious, hot apple cider. The bedrooms are lovely, with enough space (the two-queen bed setup actually makes the room look bigger than the one-king bed setup - we had both). My only nick would be the restrooms, which (for reference) aren't quite as luxe as they were at the Cambria Hotel in Philadelphia. The restrooms are fine, but this is a large hotel, with many rooms, and redoing them would cost a fortune. Here are some pictures from their website - the town is actually much *more* charming than it looks here. I recommend for everyone to go here at least once - I hadn't been in thirty years, and it was pretty much just as I remember it (don't bother looking for great food - stick with craft beer, and when it comes to dining, you're probably best off with chili and the like (although there is one "chef-driven" restaurant called Moya that I didn't try)). The restrooms could tug this down to 3 stars, but it's just so charming that I have to rate it 4.
  2. Only once in MLB history have both teams thrown nine-inning no-hitters: On May 2, 1917, Fred Tony and Hippo Vaughn dueled through 9 entire innings, with both pitchers completing the regulation game with no-hitters, and the score locked at 0-0. In the 10th inning, Vaughn threw a single, and then an error put runners on 2nd and 3rd. At-bat was none other than Jim Thorpe, who hit the ball back to Vaughn, and the play at home was botched (Vaughn didn't want to throw to 1st because "Thorpe ran like a racehorse.")
  3. I hadn't been to Jim Thorpe in decades - it's a place that everyone should visit for a long weekend. It's a charming mountain town, 80-miles north of Philadelphia, and 100-miles west of New York City, in Eastern-Central Pennsylvania. Even though Jim Thorpe is touristy, it's also a really charming, nice place to spend a couple of days. There are several decent places to stay (the Inn at Jim Thorpe, for example), and Jim Thorpe's final resting place is also here in town. The first roller coaster in the U.S., the Mauch Chunk Switchback Gravity Railroad, was here (you can still ride a mountain coaster at Camelback, less than an hour away). My favorite Jim Thorpe legend (about the man; not the town): Thorpe was arguably the greatest all-around athlete in history. In the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, Thorpe won the decathlon and the pentathlon (winning 8 of the 15 events outright!) - King Gustav V awarded him his medals, and said, "You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world," to which Thorpe replied, "Thanks, King."
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