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The definition of small town, Ambler covers less than one square mile, but 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.
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Residential yet urban, independent yet central, historic yet forward-facing. Even the community itself straddles two counties (Ardmore is seated in Montgomery, while South Ardmore is in Delaware). Add to that some of the area’s best shopping, dining and nightlife and visiting Ardmore is a multidimensional experience.
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Located on the banks of the Delaware River, Bristol served an important role in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The old-world charm continues even today, as evidenced by the town's many antique shops, historic mansions and significant landmarks.
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Chestnut Hill

Loaded with photo-worthy charm, Chestnut Hill is always ready for its close-up. Tucked up in the northwest section of Philadelphia just 25 minutes from Center City, the National Register Historic District enjoys an abundance of greenery and open spaces courtesy of its location near the Wissahickon and Cresheim creeks and Fairmount Park.
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Doylestown has gathered a following with those who’ve discovered its history through the legacy of 19th century archeologist and industrialist Henry Mercer, who built the three most striking landmarks in this cheerful borough: the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, Fonthill Castle and the Mercer Museum.
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One of the oldest boroughs in Montgomery County, Jenkintown brims with historical interest and secret finds. Visitors find that there’s much more than meets the eye in this residential community, including National Landmarks, an active arts scene and retail and restaurants that are not just along the main drag.
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Kennett Square

Dubbed the Mushroom Capital of the World, Kennett Square sits in the heart of the lush Brandywine Valley. State Street, the town's main drag, showcases an array of locally owned businesses, charming shops, farm-fresh eateries and an abundance of small-town charm. Further out, the surrounding farms produce 60% of the country's mushrooms, earning the town its well-deserved nickname.
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Manayunk rises up from the Schuylkill River banks and just keeps on going. 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.
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Located 12 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Media is compact and quite multi-faceted. Not only does it carry the nickname “Everybody’s Hometown” for its stated commitment to diversity and neighborliness, but it also holds the distinction as America’s original Fair Trade town.
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Mt. Airy

Mt. Airy, only 20 minutes from Center City, is a happy combination of dense leafy park land, miles of multi-use trails, tree-lined residential communities and a historic cobblestoned business corridor.
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New Hope

A small riverside town with a big city feel, New Hope offers Bucks County visitors a premier dining scene, eclectic shopping and lively nightlife. With a charming Main Street and more than 200 years of history, it's no wonder New Hope was named one of "America's Favorite Towns" by Travel + Leisure.
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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, Bridge Street – the town's main thoroughfare – offers a mix of tasting rooms, low-key restaurants and artsy, locally owned shops.
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Quaint to its floorboards, Skippack embraces its historic appeal. Amid the covered bridge and old-fashioned lampposts, however, lurk stylish gift stores and galleries, restaurants and bars that speak to a modern-day audience. With a mixture of European charm and hippie ease, this shopping village has evolved through the years to become a popular tourist destination.
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Wayne is one of the region’s most sought-after addresses for shopping, dining and the arts, with its approachable central business district clustered around Lancaster Avenue and North Wayne Avenue, which is considered Wayne’s “Restaurant Row."
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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. West Chester also attracts local politicians, as it serves as the county seat for Chester County.
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The Philadelphia Craft Beer Trail

See why the Philadelphia region is one of the best places for beer in the world
Recently named one of the 14 best beer cities on the globe by Frommer’s, Philadelphia is home to dozens of crafts breweries and brewpubs. Take a look at our comprehensive guide to Philadelphia’s beer scene and discover why the city is a major destination for beer lovers.
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The Hiking, Biking and Recreation Trail of Greater Philadelphia

Combine a city visit with a quick day-trip into the countryside
Whether it’s hiking, biking, rowing, fishing, sailing, running, horseback riding or dog walking, Philadelphia’s Towns are full of fun ways to get outdoors. This trail aims to show just how easy it is to combine a city visit with a quick day-trip into the countryside.
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The Historic American Revolution Trail of Philadelphia

Sites throughout the region recount America’s fight for independence
Explore more than 30 significant American Revolution sites in Philadelphia.
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The Wineries and Vineyards Trail of Greater Philadelphia

Sample the award-winning wines the region has to offer
Explore the 25-plus award-winning wineries and vineyards in the Philadelphia region.
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The Main Streets Trail of Greater Philadelphia

Experience the charming shops, fantastic dining, history and fun of the Town’s Main Streets
Experience small town charm with big city style during a visit to the Main Streets of Philadelphia’s Towns of the Countryside. Charming shops, fantastic dining, history, and fun for the whole family are a short drive away.
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Philadelphia Neighborhoods

The Philadelphia Neighborhoods campaign spotlights 14 of the visitor-ready areas that surround Center City. In these outrageously cool 'hoods, you can explore the storied streets, buzzed-about restaurants, craft beer-centric bars, emerging art galleries, indie shops, intimate music venues, plentiful parks and annual festivals.

Philadelphia and The Countryside®

From public gardens, arboreta and miles of open space to acres of grape vines and specialty shops, below are 15 of the most popular towns in Philadelphia and The Countryside®, all located within an hour drive or train ride of Center City Philadelphia.

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