Wilkes-Barre’s “Diamond City” Shines

East Mountain Apartments

While we offer a calendar of fun events to keep the East Mountain residents busy, there is a lot to explore in the local area.

Nicknamed the “Diamond City”, due to its coal mining and industrial roots, Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania holds the fourth largest workforce in Pennsylvania. About 60 new businesses, including Geisinger Health Systems, Blue Cross Health, and eBay, have settled here, creating 15,000 downtown employees. Wilkes-Barre is also known for it’s convenient “walk-to-everything” life style. Within the downtown Public Square, you can find both locally owned and nationally recognized restaurants, plus the seasonal Thursday Farmer’s Market.

For individuals who are less about the city life and more about enjoying nature, Wilkes-Barre has a variety of different parks. Kirby Park is the largest, at 52 acres. It is one of Wilkes-Barre’s most valued areas for relaxation. Here, one can partake in several different activities including tennis; fitness trails, walking paths, running tracks, softball, volleyball, and more. Also, Wilkes-Barre is only a short drive from the Pocono Mountains, known for romantic getaways and outdoor activities including adventure parks, biking, hiking, zip lining, paint-balling and horseback riding.


Special Events at Holiday Inn Wilkes Barre

special events wilkes barrePerhaps you have already enjoyed a meal at Wildflowers Bistro or stayed in one of the modern plush rooms at our Holiday Inn Wilkes Barre. Did you know that we specialize in events?

No matter your budget or event size, our stylish venues and helpful staff are here to help you realize your dreams. Our expert planners and talented catering team work hard to ensure your event runs seamlessly, to keep your guests talking long after the plates are cleared and the music stops. So, from the initial planning session to the last bite of cake, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the fun.

And we don’t just create beautiful weddings. Call us to help celebrate the other important events in your life.

Birthday, Anniversary, Communions, Bereavement breakfast/luncheons, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Class & Family Reunions

We invite you to come in for a tour and enjoy lunch for two at Wildflowers on us.



Scranton St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The next Parade Day in Scranton is on Saturday March 14, 2015. Parade Day begins with Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral at 10am. The parade kicks off at Noon.

The Saint Patrick’s parade in Scranton boasts 12,000 participants, including multiple bagpipe, high school and string bands. The parade is enhanced by many floats and large balloons. Many Irish groups and societies are also represented. It has been going on annually since 1962 and is organized by the St. Patrick’s Parade Association of Lackawanna County. The parade has received national attention as being one of the better St. Patrick’s parades. The parade route begins on Wyoming Ave in front of St. Peter’s Cathedral, proceeds to Lackawanna Ave. over Jefferson Ave. then down Spruce St to get to Washington Ave. where it passes the William J. Nealon Federal building and finally the reviewing stand.

This is the second largest parade in the country, as measured by participants per population of the city in which it’s held. Savannah, GA is first, New York City is third.