With chilly winds and cooler temps, it’s a great time of year to enjoy a warm, hearty meal in a cozy restaurant. Luckily, there’s no shortage of award-winning eateries in and around the city of Philadelphia! Here are a few of our favorite spots in the surrounding counties:
The historic Kimberton Inn in Chester County offers a cozy fireplace, rustic decor, and an extensive wine list! Seafood lovers will find plenty of fresh options on the menu, and be sure to stop by on the weekend for the popular Sunday brunch.
Enjoy the region’s finest French country fare at Spring Mill Cafe in Conshohocken! A favorite among locals, the quaint BYOB is located in a charming farmhouse and features an incredible menu by chef Michele Haines.
It doesn’t get much cozier than the Inn at Phillips Mill in Bucks County! Nestled among pretty gardens and winding roads in the New Hope area, the Inn at Phillips Mill offers a rotating, French-inspired seasonal menu and romantic fireside dining.
If you haven’t heard of Maize in Perkasie, you’ve been missing out! The intimate eatery is a foodie’s paradise, with the locally-grown dishes changing weekly and every item made from scratch. Because of the restaurant’s popularity, we recommend making reservations well in advance.
Foodies, rejoice! The Main Line’s most walkable neighborhood, Ardmore, will be hosting the second annual Ardmore Restaurant Week from now until July 31st.
Participating restaurants will be offering three-course dinners for just $25 or $35. A few of our favorites include Local Wine and Kitchen (a farm-to-table restaurant), Mikado Thai Pepper, and Firinji for delicious Mediterranean food.
Additionally, a number of Ardmore’s most popular bars will be offering reduced-priced (at least 25% off) happy hour specials from 5-7pm. Be sure to stop by McCloskey’s Tavern, Fuel, and Robeks.
Don’t forget to make your reservations early, as this popular event fills up quickly! For more details and a full list of participating restaurants, be sure to visit Ardmore’s official website.
July is packed with festivals, exhibits, and conventions! Here are a few that we’re looking forward to:
1. XPoNential Music Festival will be held this year from July 22-24th on the Camden River Waterfront. The lineup this year is packed with great artists like Old Crow Medicine Show, Ryan Adams, Father John Misty and more. And did we mention food trucks?!? Be sure to reserve your passes soon, as this event fills up quickly.
2. The Blue Cross River Rink Summerfest is back is back until September 5th! The fest is open daily, free, and open to the public. The popular spot features a play area for kids, food and drink (including Chickie and Pete’s waterfront crabshack!), and plenty of exciting events throughout the summer. Plus, it’s also Philly’s only outdoor skating rink – so be sure to bring your roller-skates or rent them there! It costs just $3 to skate. Kids are welcome!
3. While not technically a festival, we’re always excited for warm summertime days at Spruce Street Harbor Park! Named one of the best urban beaches in America, Spruce Street Harbor Park is back for the summer — open until September 25th — and features dozens of beloved hammocks, a floating restaurant, a huge selection of drafts from the beer garden, outdoor games, and a waterfront boardwalk along the Delaware. And at night, the entire pop-up park is illuminated by gorgeous LED lights. It’s free and open daily – need we say more? See you there!
There’s never a shortage of things to do in the City of Brotherly Love, and America’s 240th birthday is no exception!
Kick off the weekend at Penn’s Landing with a free concert by the award-winning Philadelphia Orchestra on Friday at 8pm. Fireworks will follow the live music.
Additionally, some of Philly’s favorite museums will be offering free admission this weekend as part of Wawa Welcome America’s Free Museum Day series. A few of our favorites include complimentary admission to The Barnes Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday, July 3rd. Check out the full list here.
And of course, it wouldn’t be 4th of July in Philadelphia without the city’s celebrated Independence Day Parade beginning at 5th and Chestnut Streets around 11am. This year’s affair will feature dozens of floats, live music and entertainment, and approximately 5,000 marchers!
Plus, dozens of local towns will be offering Independence Day events all weekend. Skippack will be featuring a parade and fireworks on July 4th, Conshohocken’s Sutcliffe Park will be hosting fireworks on the evening of July 3rd, and Washington Crossing will be holding a celebration and fireworks on July 4th at their popular park.
Plus, Glenside will be holding a 4th of July parade on Monday morning, King of Prussia will be hosting the Upper Merion Carnival with fireworks, and Phoenixville will be home to a fireworks celebration on the evening of July 4th.
There’s nothing we love more than trying a great new restaurant, but we’d rather stay in and whip up a tried-and-true Pinterest recipe at one of these ultra-luxe kitchens any day. Plus, all of these homes are located in Greater Philadelphia and currently for sale!
With soaring 20-foot ceilings, this gorgeous kitchen combines historic charm with modern day amenities. Plus, this home (Squire Cheyney Estate) is a national historic landmark! 148 Freedom Rider Trail, West Chester, PA – Asking $2.2m
Truly a chef’s kitchen! This sleek, open, and sun-filled space offers top-of-the-line appliances and a beautiful view of Rittenhouse Square. 2000 Delancey Pl, Philadelphia – Asking $2.2m
Custom designed by Coventry Kitchen, this chef’s paradise offers skylights, a walk-in pantry, work station, and high-end appliances. After preparing your meal in this gorgeous space, be sure to enjoy it in the enclosed sunroom overlooking the pool! 1318 Valley Rd, Villanova – Asking $1.7m
This posh kitchen is more than just a pretty face! In addition to the fun color palette (complete with leopard print rugs), this kitchen also offers Wolf/Sub-Zero appliances and a huge butler’s pantry. 1028 N Spring Mill Rd, Villanova PA – Asking $2.99m
Seeing double! This country-inspired kitchen features TWO dishwashers, TWO ovens, and TWO dining areas. Plus, this ultra-luxe home offers a 6-burner Viking range. 402 Rockwood Path, New Hope PA – Asking $7.7m
With oversized windows overlooking the property’s stunning 4.25 acres in Upper Makefield, and sunny skylights, this cheery kitchen is perfect for a homemade brunch with friends! It also offers custom cabinetry by William Draper. 43 Street Rd, New Hope PA – Asking $1.8m
Did you know Philly is considered the best beer drinking city in the nation? It’s true! The City of Brotherly Love has been brewing for over 300 years, and is home to some of the greatest craft breweries in the nation (Yards! Victory! Sly Fox!).
This week’s schedule is jam-packed with tastings, pub crawls, and festivals. In fact, over 100 locations will be hosting events! Here are our top picks:
For starters, be sure to stop by The Fillmore on Friday, June 3rd for the official kick-off party featuring tastings from more than 40 local breweries.
Head to the Spruce Street Harbor Park for rare beers, live music, and some of Philly’s favorite foods at the official Beer Week Beer Garden all week! Plus, admission is free.
And on Saturday, June 11th be sure to stop by Fishtown’s FestivALE . Think of a big carnival for adults, with beer tastings and live music outside all day! Plus, even non-beer lovers will want to stop by for the food – pulled pork sandwiches and soft shell crab sandwiches are just two exciting items on the menu.
For a full list of Philly Beer Week Events, be sure to check out their official website.
Food lovers, rejoice! Philadelphia is home to some of the greatest restaurants and eateries in the country, and we’re planning to celebrate them all month long:
The 9th Street Italian Market Festival will be coming to South Philly on May 21st and May 22nd. The non-ticketed (free to enter!) event will celebrate the flavors of authentic Italian American food. Sample and purchase delicious cheese, meats, pizza and –of course– cannolis.
Treat the strawberry lover in your life to Peddler’s Village annual Strawberry Festival on May 21st and May 22nd. Sample smoothies, shortcake, pies and more as you stroll the dozens of boutiques and eateries that make up one of Bucks County’s favorite villages. This event will be enjoyable for the whole family, and entry is free.
Head to the scenic Wyndsor Farm in Elverson (Chester County) on June 4th for the Chester County Blues Barbecue! Enjoy delicious barbecue from Baby Blues BBQ and listen to live blues, rock, and roots music all evening. Plus, you’ll be supporting a good cause — all proceeds go to local non-profit organizations.
Beer lovers, rejoice! Local residents know that the City of Brotherly Love is renowned for its craft breweries and tap houses, and this weekend’s celebrations highlight some of the “best of the best” in the region. Here’s what’s on tap:
Don’t miss out on Hawthorne’s Annual IPA Block Party this Saturday! On May 14th, the Bella Vista Cafe and Bottle Shop will be hosting their 7th annual event with live bands and “street” food (food trucks, anyone?!). Look for beers from Surly, Russian River, Wicked Weed, and Fat Heads.
The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Beer Festival will run from 1-5pm on Saturday, May 14th. Featuring 75+ spring-style craft beers, the popular outdoor event will also offer food by Cannstatter’s and the opportunity to purchase hand-rolled cigars. Expect to see major brewers such as Yards, Victory, Troegs, and Dogfish. General admission tickets are $40 in advance and “DD” tickets are also available for just $10.
The Yardley Beer Festival is back and better than ever on Saturday, May 14th for its 9th year! Head to the popular Bucks County town for over 100 beers on tap as well as live music and delicious food … we’ll cheers to that! Tickets are $40 in advance and the event runs from 1-5pm.
Bridge Street is located in the center of Phoenixville and is considered the entertainment hub of Chester County. Lined with award-winning shops and eateries, Bridge Street is a popular spot for residents and visitors alike!
There’s no shortage of restaurants in Phoenixville , but Marly’s BYOB just might be our very favorite. With one of the very best menus in the region, Marly’s consistently impresses with dishes including Wasabi Pea Crusted Salmon and Shrimp and Grits. And their fresh bread? To die for! The intimate spot is great for date night, a small gathering of friends, or a girl’s night out — but note that it can get a little noisy on weekends.
Another Phoenixville favorite includes Steel City Coffeehouse – which is so much more than a coffeehouse! The popular spot offers live music featuring excellent local artists (including open mic nights), delicious artisanal coffee creations, and a great menu of sandwiches and tapas.
Lastly, we highly recommend Bluebird Distilling. The craft distillery is nestled in the heart of Phoenixville and serves up award-winning spirits and cocktails from Wednesday through Sunday. Be sure to stop by and check out the popular and tasting room designed with mixed metals, reclaimed wood, and industrial artifacts. Weekends are busy!
It’s festival and street fair season in the City of Brotherly Love! Here are the May events that we’ve already put on the calendar:
The quaint and popular neighborhood of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia will be hosting their annual Home and Garden Festival on Sunday, May 15th. In addition to 150+ home and garden vendors, Germantown Avenue will also be lined with amusement rides and other kid-friendly activities. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to dine al fresco at one of Chestnut Hill’s award-winning eateries.
Head to Bucks County’s Peddler’s Village on May 21st and May 22nd for their annual Strawberry Festival! After you enjoy their strawberry-related festivities and pie-eating contest, be sure to check out the village’s 65+ unique shops and eateries. This event is free (and so is parking!)
The enormously popular Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival will be held on May 21st this year. One of Philadelphia most well-attended street fests, the Spring Festival includes fashion events, live music, international entertainment and –of course–food! The event is free, but we recommend taking public transportation.
The country’s oldest and largest horse show is back for its 120th year! The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will be running from May 26th-June 5th, and it’s not just for horse lovers. Both local residents and visitors also love the country fair, which features a gigantic Ferris wheel, game booths, delicious food vendors and a juried art exhibition! (Psst – crowds will be biggest at the Grand Prix on May 28th!). General admission to the horse show costs about $75, and believe us — it’s worth it!
It’s finally feeling like spring! With temperatures in the 70s and plenty of sunny days ahead, we’re finishing the plans for our garden and getting ready to plant our seedlings outdoors. Here are three easy plants to grow right now:
1. It’s time to plant those kale, spinach, and lettuce seedlings! These hardy, leafy greens prefer the cooler springtime weather, so be sure to pick up a few small plants at your local nursery within the next week or so. They’re just a couple bucks each and you can throw a handful in your smoothie each day! (Note: It’s a bit too late to start them from seed – usually it becomes too warm for them by June 15th or so)
2. If you’re feeling ambitious and plan to start your garden from seeds, it’s time to get your tomato, cucumber, and onion seeds in Jiffy Pots! These plants will thrive in the most sunshine possible, and be sure to keep the seeds extra moist until they germinate.
3. No room for a garden and not enough sunshine? No problem! Consider an indoor herb garden packed with soft, leafy herbs like chives, peppermint, cilantro, oregano, and lemon balm. They can handle more shade than most other herbs, but be sure to place partitions between them – some of these herbs (peppermint!!!) are known to spread and become invasive.
Chester County is more than just a pretty face! Nestled among the rolling hills, historic homes, and elegant horse farms are a few truly special eateries. These are three of our favorites:
It doesn’t get much fresher than Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook! Nestled on a working farm built in the 18th century, this BYOB restaurant is a true “farm-to-table.” All meats are raised on their 360-acre sustainable farm, and vegetables are also local and seasonal. Some current items on the menu include an artisanal cheese plate, lamb tartare, and goat cheese cannelloni. Dinner is served from 5pm-9pm Wednesday through Sunday, and reservations are required.
Looking for an amazing alternative to your usual Sunday brunch? Look no further than Creperie Béchamel in Wayne! This popular spot offers an delicious array of sweet and savory, light and fluffy crepes.
If you love craft beer (and really, who doesn’t?) be sure to check out Boxcar Brewpub in downtown West Chester! With a large assortment of beers and a great pub menu, Boxcar Brewpub is known for their friendly service, live music, and “speakeasy” vibe. Duck in for a Mango Ginger Pale Ale or Baked Mac ‘n Cheese Tuesday through Sunday — prices are affordable, too!
Philly isn’t just a pretty face! It’s no secret that Philadelphia is a great place to live, work and play — and now the City of Brotherly Love is getting the accolades it deserves as a top destination spot, too. Lonely Planet recently named Philadelphia the No. 1 place to visit in the United States in 2016.
In a recent press release, the popular travel guide company explained, “the city is experiencing a transformation to its urban core, yet retaining its deep American history and uniquely gritty flavor.” Referring to Philadelphia as a “national treasure”, the travel company noted that the top 10 travel spots attempt to encompass the most exciting, intriguing and up-and-coming destinations.
There is no shortage of romantic restaurants in the Greater Philadelphia Area! If you’re looking for something extra special for Valentine’s Day weekend, consider making reservations at these local favorites:
Bucks County – Impress your sweetie with classical French fare at The Inn at Phillips Mill in New Hope! Dine by the fire and enjoy almond-dusted brie with a mandarin orange reduction, salmon florentine, or pan seared scallops in the cozy and quaint 18th century farmhouse. And for an added surprise, consider spending the night at one of their charming rooms!
Chester County – It doesn’t get much more romantic than The Gables at Chadds Ford! The picturesque eatery serves fresh seasonal cuisine and offers an extensive wine list. Plus, The Gables is offering live music, a Valentine’s Day Menu, Valentine’s Brunch, and an Aphrodisiac Tasting Menu! In warmer weather, be sure to check out their beautiful garden patio.
Delaware County – So chic! Treat the sushi lover in your life to Azie in Media, a “refreshingly global” culinary experience with chic, minimalist decor and a reputation for excellent service. Our personal favorite is their Kobe Beef Hot Rock.
Montgomery County – Sweet and sophisticated, Tango in Bryn Mawr offers a contemporary menu and a romantic, cozy atmosphere — in fact, some of the tables are even located in intimate dining-car-inspired booths! Tango is offering a Valentine’s Day Brunch menu, and just wait until you see the menu (spoiler alert: we’re looking forward to French Toast Souffle!)
Philadelphia County – It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite in a foodie-filled city like Philadelphia, so we’re going to take a nod from OpenTable.com and name Bistro Romano the most romantic spot. In fact, the intimate Italian eatery was the only Philadelphia restaurant named to the Top 100 Romantic Restaurants in America! The Society Hill favorite offers a piano bar, wine cellar dining and award-winning rustic Italian fare.
Our other romantic Philly favorites include XIX Nineteen, Rose Tattoo Cafe, and a quaint brunch at Cake.
Philadelphia is a city of museums! And sure, we’ve all been to the Franklin Institute, Please Touch Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and maybe even the Mutter Museum. But we bet you aren’t as familiar with the following three! So take the kids, pack a snack, and head to one of the Philly’s lesser-known spots on a snowy winter weekend:
Fishtown is home to the world’s first pizza museum, and yes — we’re serious! Be sure to bring the kids along to Pizza Brain, which features the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia and offers an artisan pizza restaurant (because we bet that you’ll get hungry after learning all about pizza!). Bonus points: Little Baby’s Ice Cream World Headquarters is next door! Located on Frankford Avenue.
2. The Barnes Foundation and Arboretum. Okay, maybe you’ve heard of this one, but did you know that The Barnes Foundation is considered the finest private post-impressionist collection in the nation? The beautiful art museum offers affordable pricing, as well as discounts for students and seniors. Plus, the museum stays open until 9pm on the first Friday of each month with live music. The Barnes Foundation is located at 20th Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway, and the arboretum is located in nearby Wynnewood.
3. Book lovers, unite! Stop by the Rosenbach Museum & Library on Delancey Street for a truly special collection of rare books, manuscripts, and Americana. Featuring the treasures of the Rosenbach brothers (preeminent book dealers during the early 20th century), the museum seeks to educate and inspire the public with exciting events, reading groups, and one-of-a-kind exhibitions. Admission is just $10 for adults and $5 for children. Located on Delancey Street.