- Philadelphia Magazine named Jim Thorpe its 2012 Best of Philly: Best Romantic Getaway.
- The town has been called the “Switzerland of America” due to the picturesque scenery, mountainous location, and architecture.
- In 2012, Jim Thorpe was voted the fourth most beautiful small town in America in the Rand McNally/USA Today Road Rally series.
We fell in love with the town of Jim Thorpe while camping with the Single Volunteers of Bucks County up at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. After several day trips each year, we hoped to find a small vacation home here. We both felt a special affinity for the old Times-News building on Race Street. Chris was captivated with the bones of the circa 1870 structure, built into Flagstaff Mountain. Diane, a former journalist for two newspapers with Times in their names, felt it was meant to be, and our stewardship of the property began in 2006.
Though we toyed with sexier names, when it came time to select a name for our B&B , we knew it had to pay tribute to the Times-News, its role in the history of Mauch Chunk and Jim Thorpe and the people who made that history. Hence, the Times House was born.
In October 2009, we opened our first Times House Bed and Breakfast suite on the most romantic street in the Pocono Mountains.
Since then we’ve been privileged to welcome guests from all over the country and around the world, who have allowed us to play a part in their vacations and special celebrations.
One of our return guests wrote “You help create wonderful memories for your guests!” The truth is they create wonderful memories for both of us.
Times House History
From 1927 to 1967, the building served as the home of the Times-News, during which its longtime editor Joe Boyle started the nickel-a-week campaign that ultimately brought Jim Thorpe’s body and name to the towns of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk.
The above photo shows Anne Genshart (far right) and other children playing outside the old Times-News building at 23/25 Race Street during Old Home Week in the Mauch Chunks, celebrated from July 27 through August 2, 1947. Anne, the daughter of Gertrude Apfelbaum and granddaughter of Times-News founder James J. Boyle, was kind enough to share some history and photos with us. Click here for more history.