Pennsylvania’s third-largest metropolitan area, with nearly 1 million residents, the Lehigh Valley is home to six independent colleges and universities, an outstanding summer music festival, many museums, superb dining, great concerts and theaters, and plentiful outdoor activities from river sports to hiking in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains.

Scroll down for a list of some of Easton and the Lehigh Valley’s hotels, restaurants (fine and casual dining), stores and malls.
All are conveniently located within a half hour’s driving distance of Lafayette (miles from campus listed).
Inclusion subject to changes and does not necessarily represent endorsement by the College.

The Lehigh Valley is represented by two area codes—610 and 484. Unless otherwise noted, the area code is 610.

Hotels, Motels, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns


  • Grand Eastonian Suites Hotel, (discount code LAF); 140 Northampton St.; 610.258.6350 (1.6 mi.)
  • Hampton Inn Easton, 3723 Easton/Nazareth Highway; 610.250.6500 (6 mi.)
  • Holiday Inn Express, 90 Kunkle Dr.; 610.923.9495; 800.HOLIDAY (3.8 mi.)
  • Lafayette Inn, 525 W. Monroe St.; 610.253.4500; 800.509.6990 (1/4 mi.)
    • Family Weekend and Graduation at The Lafayette Inn:
      Due to the high demand for rooms during Family Weekend and Graduation, The Lafayette Inn uses a lottery system to reserve rooms. Parents and other family members of Lafayette Students can put their name on the list to participate in the lottery at any time and they are entered in the drawing an additional time for each night they have stayed at the inn. The Family Weekend drawing takes place the first week of May and the Graduation drawing takes place the first week of September. Winners are notified by phone or email after the drawing.
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott, 3800 Easton/Nazareth Highway; 610.829.2000, 800.257.3000 (6.3 mi.)




Fine Dining


  • Locanda Cavallo (reservations required); Rt. 611 South; 610.525.2500
  • Maxims 22 (French Bistro); 322 Northampton St.; 610.252.2622
  • Oak Steakhouse; 323 Northampton St.; 610.559.5510
  • Ocean (Modern American fusion); 235 Ferry St.; 610.559.7211
  • River Grille (Modern American fusion); 243 Northampton St.; 610.923.5110


  • Apollo Grill (Modern American cuisine, reservations suggested); 85 W. Broad St.; 610.865.9600
  • Blue Grillhouse | Winebar (steaks, extensive wine list); 4431 Easton Ave.; 610.691.8400
  • Bolete (Modern American, Farm-to-Table); 1740 Seidersville Road; 610.868.6505
  • Edge (French Fusion); 74 W. Broad St.; 610.814.0100
  • Emeril’s Chop House; (American-style steakhouse); 77 Sands Blvd.; 484.777.7777
  • Hilton Garden Inn; 1787-B Airport Road; 610.443.1400; 877.782.9444

Along the Delaware River

Casual Dining



  • Bethlehem Brew Works (American pub fare); 569 Main St.; 610.882.1300
  • Cactus Blue (Mexican); 2915 Schoenersville Road; 610.814.3000
  • Nawab (Indian); 13 E. Fourth St.; 610.691.0388
  • Outback (American-Aussie steakhouse); 3200 Emerick Blvd., Bethlehem Township; 610.814.5860
  • Ruby Tuesday; 2102 Emrick Blvd., Bethlehem Township; 610.694.9801
  • Thai Thai II (Thai); 509 Main St.; 610.868.1919



Stores & Malls

During your time at Lafayette, you may need to furnish your room with a few essentials you lack or stock up on snacks for midnight munching. Most of the retailers listed below are within 5-10 minutes of campus, making a pit stop fairly easy when parents visit. Some of these destinations can be accessed through the Lafayette College Area Transportation (LCAT).

Stores and Supermarkets

  • Cantelmi’s Ace Hardware 1805 Sullivan Trail, Easton; 610.515.9800
  • Giant (supermarket; open 24 hours) 301 Town Center Blvd., Easton 610.559.8770; 801 South 25th St., Easton; 484.546.0084
  • Kmart 320 South 25th St., Easton; 610.258.2324
  • Home Depot 721 South 25th St., Easton; 610.253.1094; and 1209 Route 22, Phillipsburg, N.J.; 908.213.0403
  • Lowe’s 1325 Route 22, Phillipsburg, N.J.; 908.213.3047; and 4443 Birkland Place, Easton; 610.991.4000
  • Target 1204 New Brunswick Ave., Phillipsburg, N.J.; 908.387.1305; and 3835 Dryland Way, Easton; 610.250.5280
  • Walmart 1300 Route 22, Phillipsburg, N.J.; 908.454.3622; and 3722 Easton/Nazareth Highway, Easton; 610.250.8603
  • Wegmans (supermarket; open 24 hours) 3791 Easton/Nazareth Highway, Easton; 610.515.2400
  • Weis Market 3825 Sullivan Trail, Easton; 610.252.6539 and 3011 William Penn Highway, Easton; 610.923.7501

Malls & Shopping Centers

  • Palmer Park Mall,Route 248 & Park Ave., Easton; 610.258.6017
    •      Anchor Stores: Bon-Ton and Boscov’s
  • Phillipsburg Mall, 1200 Route 22 East, Phillipsburg, N.J.; 908.454.4459
    •      Anchor Stores: Sears, Bon-Ton, Kohl’s, H&M
  • Lehigh Valley Mall, Route 22 West & MacArthur Road, Whitehall; 610.264.5511
    •      Anchor Stores: Boscov’s, JCPenney, Macy’s
  • Greenwich Shopping Center, Route 22 West, Phillipsburg, N.J.
    •      Stores: Target, Staples, Pier 1, Ashley Furniture, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s
  • Northhampton Crossings Shopping Center, 3718 Easton/Nazareth Highway, Easton
    •      Anchor Stores: Walmart, Kohl’s, Sam’s Club, Staples, Sears Hardware
  • Southmont Shopping Center, Route 33 & Freemansburg Ave., Easton
    •      Stores: Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lowe’s, Michaels, Panera Bread, Pier 1, Staples, Texas Roadhouse, T.G.I. Friday