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Philadelphia Area Counties
Philadelphia’s Majestic Countryside
The outlying counties of Greater Philadelphia—Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties—bring culture and entertainment to Philly’s ’burbs, offering numerous nightlife options for all tastes and moods. From the most coveted reservation in the country at Talula’s Table in Chester County to the local filmmakers preview parties at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in Montgomery County to the renowned live music venue of John & Peter’s in Bucks County, the small towns that make up Philadelphia’s Countryside each offer a distinct experience and together create an area packed with restaurants, nightlife, shops, attractions, museums, history, art, theaters, gardens and much more.
A quick ride on Septa’s Regional Rail or a short drive up the Schuylkill Expressway leads to the quintessential small towns of Philadelphia’s suburbs. With cultural attractions such as Washington Crossing Historic Park and Valley Forge National Historical Park, the countryside reads like a text on early United States history. In the counties, daytime sightseeing blends seamlessly into evening dinner and cocktails. After dark, the main streets of quaint towns like Doylestown, New Hope and West Chester come alive with modern restaurants, chic bars and lounges, casual dine-in pubs and celebrated museums and theaters. Together, all the nightlife elements bring a casual sophistication and a fun-your-way character to the picturesque counties.
With special seasonal and year-round events, there’s no better place to enjoy the warm-weather season than at Chaddsford Winery, where outdoor concerts and tastings make for a lively evening, or Longwood Gardens, where fireworks and fountains light up the evening sky. On Saturdays, June through November, visitors won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn about the mystery and history of New Hope’s famed streets during a guided Ghost Tour.
The northernmost county, Bucks County is not only a scenic destination full of rolling hills, blue water vistas and sweeping fields of lavender—it’s also famous for its covered bridges, miles of antique shops and galleries, quaint river towns and legacy of great American literary figures. By gracefully blending old and new, Bucks County is an ideal place to meander back and forth between past and present, from an early 20th-century locomotive ride through scenic New Hope (New Hope & Ivyland Railroad) to an authentic New Orleans supper served in a restored church (Marsha Brown’s Refined Creole Kitchen & Lounge).
Montgomery County / Valley Forge
Southwest of Bucks is Montgomery County, the oldest of 18 Montgomery counties in the United States. But the Montgomery County outside of Philadelphia holds some important distinctions. It’s home to the East Coast’s largest retail shopping mall (King of Prussia) and one of American history’s most significant sites (Valley Forge National Historical Park), kept up to date with modern interpretive activities, storytelling benches, trolley tours and programs. In Pennsylvania’s most affluent county, visitors can also explore the nostalgic main streets, parks and nature trails, heritage sites, sophisticated restaurants and historic overnight accommodations.
To the west of Philadelphia, Chester County boasts history, horses, wine, art, boutiques, fine dining, parks and more. Home to stunning Longwood Gardens, home-shopping institution QVC, lush landscapes made famous by painter Andrew Wyeth and the biggest winery in Pennsylvania (Chaddsford Winery), there would be plenty to do without visiting the county’s most prominent villages. But West Chester, Phoenixville and Kennett Square are so charming, it’s hard to pass them by.
And between Chester County and Philadelphia, Delaware County is home to parts of the Philadelphia suburbs’ aristocratic Main Line region and home to towns that have been setting standards in dining, shopping and touring for centuries. Situated along Lancaster Avenue, the downtowns of the Main Line offer some of the area’s best-preserved history and poshest destinations, with outposts of some of Philly’s chicest restaurants. Meanwhile, other Delaware County towns offer thriving main streets loaded with microbreweries, outdoor cafés and lively musical entertainment.
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