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Mar 6 2015

Philly Region Festivals Celebrate Art, Music, Mushrooms & More

In The Towns Of The Philadelphia Countryside, There’s Always Something To Celebrate In 2015

With just the turn of the ignition key and within less than an hour, visitors to Philadelphia can explore the region’s quaint towns and charming settings. And what better way to discover them than with the homegrown festivals and events that celebrate their distinct personalities. Some festivities are quirky—think tens of thousands of folks coming together to pay tribute to the mushroom. Others honor the culinary talents of their hometown chefs or the creative handiwork of local artisans. While still others harken back to the town’s proud role in American history. Whatever the topic or the time of year, local

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Nov 3 2014

Make A Date For Romance In The Towns Of The Philadelphia Countryside

Couples Find Lots To Fancy At The Region’s Restaurants, Galleries, Parks & Museums

Romance reigns in the Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside, where lovers can reenergize their relationships at charming B&Bs, cozy restaurants, sophisticated galleries and picturesque parks on or near quaint main streets, all within a short drive of Center City.

Here are some suggestions for those eager to embrace the region’s lovely side:

Bucks County:

  1. New Hope’s unbeatable combination of history, art and country charm are enough to jump start any love connection. While gallery hopping along Main Street, it’s easy to find a token of one’s affection at A Mano Gallery, Exquisite Earth and The Jonathan Rice Collection. Come
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Jan 26 2015

Backgrounder: Garden Story Angles

Philadelphia Gardens Find Roots In Quaker & Colonial Practices; A New Trail Highlights The Local Landscape

The Gardens and Galleries Trail of Greater Philadelphia
Visitors can use The Gardens and Galleries Trail of Greater Philadelphia on visitphilly.com to plan their trips to the beautiful gardens of the Philadelphia region. In addition to Mother Nature’s artwork, the trail highlights historic galleries and museums that feature artistic interpretations of the local landscape.

Arboretums For Pleasure, Education & Inspiration
In part because the Quakers who settled in Pennsylvania were meticulous about identifying and cataloguing the forms of natural life they discovered here, the Philadelphia region is internationally recognized for its wealth of arboretums. Chestnut Hill’s Morris Arboretum of the

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Sep 30 2015

Bucks County: Bristol

Founded in 1681, the town of Bristol, Pennsylvania boasts a long and proud history. Located on the banks of the Delaware River, Bristol served an important role in both the Revolutionary and Civil wars, and at one time it was a major textile-milling center. The old-world influence still exists today, as evidenced by the town’s many antique shops, historic mansions and significant landmarks.

History:
Along the riverfront, several statues pay tribute to such icons as Christopher Columbus and Harriet Tubman. Two other important figures for the town: textile-milling tycoon Joseph R. Grundy and his sister and library advocate Margaret

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Jun 15 2015

Bucks County: Doylestown

When Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter traveled to the Vatican to visit Pope Francis, he presented the pontiff with a gift: a set of handcrafted Mercer tiles from Doylestown. The mayor is one of many who have discovered Doylestown through the legacy of Henry Mercer. The late 19th- and early 20th-century archeologist and ceramist built the cheerful borough its three most striking landmarks: Fonthill, a maze-like 44-room concrete castle; the Mercer Museum, a six-story Gothic historical repository for pieces of early Americana that Mercer collected; and Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, where employees preserve fading methods of

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Jul 9 2015

Bucks County: New Hope

There’s likely nowhere else in the country that can claim New Hope’s special blend of quirkiness, history, joviality, an abundance of art galleries, sophisticated dining, eclectic shopping and a lively theater scene. This riverside town boasts a strong gay community, a concentration of artistic talent and a past as a player in the East Coast shipping trade.

Together with Lambertville, New Jersey, a more compact but equally adorable town connected by a pedestrian bridge, New Hope’s commercial district nurtures a business community with wide-ranging tastes. On Main Street alone, dozens of shops offer a variety of goods—from art and women’s

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Jul 14 2015

Chester County: Kennett Square

Dubbed the Mushroom Capital of the World, Kennett Square sits in the heart of the lush Brandywine Valley. In the center of town, locals gather to shop and dine, while further out, the surrounding farms produce roughly 60% of the country’s mushrooms, earning the area its well-deserved nickname.

History:
Originally occupied by Lenape Native Americans, the area known as Kennett Square served an important role in the nation’s history. British soldiers camped here during the Revolutionary War, the town served as a military encampment during the War of 1812 and many prominent Kennett Square citizens helped slaves escape as

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Jul 14 2015

Chester County: Phoenixville

At the intersection of the Schuylkill River and French Creek, Phoenixville blends historic charm with a modern mindset. Originally known as Manavon, it adopted its current name in 1849; at the time, the town’s biggest employer was the Phoenix Iron Company, a major manufacturer of nails, rails, structural steel and weapons. Today, Phoenixville boasts an artsy, low-key vibe that attracts visitors craving a relaxing day with a creative twist.

History:
Occupying the former Phoenix Iron Company Foundry building, the Schuylkill River Heritage Center offers a multimedia glimpse in to the industrial history of the Chester County and the Schuylkill

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Jul 28 2015

Chester County: West Chester

Home to West Chester University, this quaint town in the Brandywine Valley exudes an energetic, young vibe. In the bustling downtown area, casual eateries and food-centric events satiate hungry palates, and throngs of charming shops line the streets.

History:
As Chester County’s county seat, West Chester has a strong political history. The first biography of Abraham Lincoln, which was instrumental in his eventual election to the presidency, was published in The Lincoln Building on West Market Street in 1860. Downtown West Chester has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized as a Distinctive Destination

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Jul 14 2015

Delaware County: Media

At less than one square mile, Media may be compact, but the county seat of Delaware County, located 12 miles southwest of Philadelphia, is quite multi-faceted. Not only does it carry the nickname “Everybody’s Hometown” for its stated commitment to diversity and neighborliness, it also holds the distinction as America’s original Fair Trade town, marking its public support of businesses that ensure workers receive a fair price for their products and labor. The feeling of community is palpable on State Street, where shopkeepers tend lovingly to stores situated in buildings older than the town itself, and acquaintances greet one another

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Jul 14 2015

Delaware County: Wayne

In 1940, movie director George Cukor set his Oscar-winning film The Philadelphia Story in the prosperous enclave of Wayne, selecting it to depict high-society America. With such distinction to its name, along with a location on Philadelphia’s clubby Main Line, Wayne carries itself with an elegant grace while maintaining a down-to-earth spirit. Sure, some of downtown’s boutiques set the standard for trendy women’s fashions, and many restaurants set their tables with crystal stemware, but it’s clear from one step inside the bohemian Gryphon Coffee or Teresa’s Next Door Belgian beer bar that Wayne never loses its genuine sense of welcome

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Aug 14 2015

Montgomery County: Ambler

The definition of a small town, Ambler covers less than one square mile. Despite its diminutive size, it’s amazingly complete, with a host of shops, restaurants, bars and special events that keep the streets bustling. Unassuming and unpretentious, Ambler has retained an historic gentility and independent spirit that are the pride of this tightly knit community.

History:
Originally known as the Village of Wissahickon, Ambler was renamed in 1869 in honor of Mary Johnson Ambler, a Quaker resident who helped lead rescue efforts during the Great Train Wreck of 1856. The town served as a manufacturing hub in the

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Aug 19 2015

Montgomery County: Ardmore

As the largest and most diverse town on the ritzy Main Line stretch of suburbs, Ardmore has a distinctly double character: It’s residential yet urban, independent yet central, historic yet forward-facing. Even the community itself straddles two counties (Ardmore is seated in Montgomery County, while South Ardmore is in Delaware County). Add to that some of the area’s best shopping, dining and nightlife, and visiting Ardmore is a multidimensional experience.

History:
Once known as Athensville, the town was rechristened “Ardmore” by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1873. The railroad also lent the town its transportation hub, and gave the “Main

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Sep 30 2015

Montgomery County: Jenkintown

One of the oldest boroughs in Montgomery County, Jenkintown brims with historical interest and secret finds. In this residential community, visitors find National Landmarks, an active art scene and shops and restaurants.

History:
Settled by William Jenkins in 1697, Jenkintown was incorporated in 1874. Among the quirkier holdovers from older days are the two fire companies founded in the 19th century. Both continue to serve the half-mile area today. Like many of the suburbs that surround Philadelphia, Jenkintown had its first heyday in the 19th and 20th centuries. A downtown revival in the 2000s, with the renovation of the

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Sep 30 2015

Montgomery County: Skippack

Quaint to its floorboards, Skippack embraces its historic appeal. Amid the covered bridge and old-fashioned lampposts, however, visitors find stylish gift stores and galleries and buzzing restaurants and bars that speak to a modern-day audience. With a mixture of European charm and hippie ease, this shopping-centric town has evolved through the years to become a popular tourist destination.

History:
Skippack’s origins date back to 1683, when German settlers overran Germantown and moved by boat up the Perkiomen Creek to a place where the shallow water prohibited farther travel. There they stayed and named the land “Schippach.” In 1795, Jacob

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Jul 14 2015

Philadelphia County: Chestnut Hill

Loaded with photo-worthy charm, Chestnut Hill is tucked in the northwest section of Philadelphia just 35 minutes from Center City. And thanks to its location near the Wissahickon and Cresheim creeks and Fairmount Park, this National Register Historic District enjoys an abundance of greenery and open spaces.

Once a suburb where well-to-do Philadelphians escaped the city’s summer heat, Chestnut Hill saw an influx of year-round residents with the arrival of railroads in the 19th century. It was then, and still is, a relatively affluent community with an array of historic mansions and Victorian twins and row houses.

Throughout the

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Jun 24 2015

Philadelphia County: Manayunk

On the list of Philadelphia’s quirkily named geographic landmarks, Manayunk is right up there. This Native American word, meaning “where we to go drink,” references the neighborhood’s location next to the Schuylkill River. While the river helped shape Manayunk’s identity, so do the hills (more on those to come). Yet despite its famous inclines, or maybe because of them, what was once one of the city’s hottest industrial centers is now one of its hottest neighborhoods, with plenty of places where people can go to drink.

The combination of singles, young families and life-long residents whose families have lived here

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Aug 3 2015

Philadelphia County: Mt. Airy

Sometimes a name so perfectly defines a neighborhood that it creates a pretty accurate mental image. That’s Mt. Airy. Gently rising from the banks of the Wissahickon Creek, Mt. Airy, which is only 20 minutes from Center City, combines dense leafy park land, miles of multi-use trails, tree-lined streets and a historic cobblestoned business corridor that attracts aspiring entrepreneurs.

Mt. Airy’s varied architecture recounts its historic roots. Structures dating back to the 18th century sit alongside Victorian and 20th-century homes. The community’s Quaker roots might be one reason that Mt. Airy became a model of successful integration early

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Jun 2 2014

VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ Encourages Visits To The "Towns Of The Philadelphia Countryside"

New Marketing Effort Connects Residents & Visitors To 15 Towns

VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ just made it easier to explore 15 quaint towns and neighborhoods in the five-county region. A new marketing effort, entitled Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside, reveals the treasures found throughout Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. The campaign encourages locals and visitors to explore the towns’ storied streets, boundless recreational opportunities, lush gardens, authentic historic sites, treasure-filled museums, buzzed-about restaurants, lauded wineries and breweries, independent shops and not-to-be-missed festivals. The program's main component is a highly visual and interactive towns section on visitphilly.com/towns, which serves as the call to action for advertising, public relations and social

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Sep 9 2014

VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ & Zipcar Partner To Make Travel To & Through The Region Easy & Convenient

Partnership Includes Advertising, Web & Social Media Promotion, Events & More

VISIT PHILADELPHIA has teamed up with Zipcar to encourage quick and easy trips—Ziptrips—to the Philadelphia suburbs. Running now through spring 2015 as part of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside campaign, the partnership includes advertising, web promotion, social media, events and giveaways—all touting the ease and excitement that comes with exploring the Philadelphia region.

“Our Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside campaign promotes 15 charming towns within an hour drive or train ride of Center City, so partnering with Zipcar makes perfect sense for us,” says Meryl Levitz, president & CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “Our website features themed

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