Philadelphia and the Countryside - Press Room

Releases: Expanded View

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.

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 Reiff opened the first store in town, thus beginning Skippack’s long reign as a shopping hub. When the Souderton, Skippack & Fairview Electric Railway Company was formed in 1901, trolley service brought visitors and more extensive development. (A trolley car has been preserved outside of Hotel Fiesole.) By the 1990s, Skippack’s still-rural charms inspired reverent redevelopment of its stores and restaurants.

Its Main Street:
The appropriately named Skippack Pike (Route 73) serves as the center of town. Many restaurants and shops are clustered in Skippack Village.

Arts & Culture:
Given the inspiring creekside setting, visual artists and art are plentiful in Skippack, most notably at Green Wolf’s Village Barn Shoppes, where visitors can find local creations at outposts including Andrea O’Driscoll’s Art by Heart Gallery. Locally minded boutique Pennsylvania Traditions houses early American reproductions of furniture, crafts, artwork and linens in a late-1700s barn. The interactive studio and gallery Black Sheep Pottery features a ceramic reference library of local artists’ work and offers ceramics classes. A local institution, Skippack Playcrafters stages six main theater productions every year.

The Great Outdoors:
History lives on in annual Revolutionary War encampment re-enactments on the Indenhofen Farm, a restored 18th-century homestead. Mill remnants and 18th-century homes are visible around Evansburg State Park, an ideal locale for picnics, trout fishing, golf, hiking and horseback riding. The Perkiomen Trail, a 20-mile stretch for biking, walking and jogging, can be accessed here too.

Food & Drink:
An elegant Parisian-style restaurant and wine bar, Brasserie 73 serves classic French cuisine. The mobile Love Hot Dog Company, popping up in the Skippack Farmers Market parking lot and the Food Truck Pod, slings exotic hot dogs, game sausages and toppings and keeps it fresh with a weekly changing menu. The Skippack Village Italian Market evokes the Philly spirit with an extensive array of hoagies, while The Fat Cat serves light breakfast and lunch fare and espresso. Hotel Fiesole’s Ratskellar and The Cabana Bar/Basta Pasta host live music, the former in a sophisticated lounge setting, and the latter, weather permitting, in an island-inspired outdoor setting.

Shops, Shops, Shops:
Foodie wares abound in Skippack: Le Butler’s Pantry’s extensive gourmet kitchen supplies; Skippack Sweet Spot’s retro candy, artisanal fudge, gelato, local raw honey and gluten-free baked goods; the Village Wine Cellar’s vintages from the local Crossing Vineyards and Winery; and The Grand Fromage’s exquisite cheeses (some of which are local), condiments and other makings for a Perkiomen picnic. Fashionistas adore Timeless Styles’ well-curated selection of vintage and new clothing and accessories and The Skippack Hope Chest’s new and gently used designer apparel, jewelry, handbags and accessories. In addition to the many antiques and vintage shops around town, there are monthly Trash to Treasure flea markets held one Saturday a month from spring through fall.

Events & Festivals:
Hardly a week goes by in Skippack without a special event, whether it’s the Winetober Fest (May and October), the Cars & Cigars Show (June) or the Village Carnival (July). October’s Skippack Days is the biggest event weekend on the calendar, as the town makes way for crafts, jewelry, art and other vendors, as well as music and family activities. From May through December, local businesses offer specials on First Fridays, which celebrate local art and music with activity spilling out onto porches and sidewalks. On Friday evenings from Thanksgiving through Christmas, the shops of Skippack Village stay open late and glow with festive lights during Illuminated Nights.

Getting There:
The best way to reach Skippack is by car. Parking is free in lots throughout town, except during events.

Where to Stay:

  • Hotel Fiesole, 4046 Skippack Pike, Skippack, (610) 222-8009,
  • Courtyard by Marriott, 600 Campus Drive, Collegeville, (800) 321-2211,

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.

On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, and, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

  • E-mail

Related Releases

Jun 14 2017

What's In The Society Hill Neighborhood?

Restuarants, Bars, Cafes, Shops, Entertainment, Historic Attractions, Parks And More

With its cobblestone streets and original 18th- and 19th-century buildings from the Delaware River to 7th Street and Walnut to Lombard Streets, Philadelphia’s quaint Society Hill neighborhood remains as picture-perfect today as it was hundreds of years ago. Its proximity to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Independence Visitor Center make it hard for people to resist the appeal of walking the same streets the nation’s founders once did.

Following an era when the neighborhood was home to a number of luminaries—Samuel Powel, the first mayor of the city after independence was declared, future

May 10 2017

What's In Old City And Along The Delaware River Waterfront?

Two Historic District Neighborhoods Offer Restaurants, Art Galleries, Nightlife, Shopping—And History

Located just next to Independence Mall, where the country’s Founding Fathers declared liberty and built a free nation, Old City, part of Philadelphia’s Historic District, boasts charming cobblestone streets and plenty of 18th-century charm—along with an independent streak that’s evident in everything from its owner-operated shops to its edgy art scene.

Its proximity to the Liberty Bell, Penn’s Landing and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge make Old City a favorite for out-of-towners as much as for the residents who call it home. People love the neighborhood for its fashionable boutiques, great restaurants, eclectic galleries, boundary-pushing theaters and vibrant nightlife.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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