Wednesday, November 2, 2011


(does not include Philadelphia or Pittsburgh)

East Berlin
Restaurant Sydney – 101 East King Street; 717-259-1319;; beautiful, beloved, and highly regarded.

Gettysburg (includes Biglerville & Orrtanna)
Bakeries, Coffee, Ice Cream, Juice & Tea
Johnny Como’s Cupcakes & Coffee – 62 Chambersburg Street; 717-339-0339;; 50s themed; try Peanut Butter Madness cupcake.
Mr. G’s Ice Cream – 404 Baltimore Street; 717-334-7600; 16 homemade flavors.
Wells Family Baking Co. – 100 Chambersburg Street; 717-337-2900;‎; cupcakes, but also biscotti & coffee.

Bars & Nightclubs
Appalachian Brewing Co. – 401 Buford Avenue; 717-334-2200;; cozy wooden bar; in-house brewing system can be toured.
Garryowen Irish Pub – 126 Chambersburg Street; 717-337-2719;; Irish pub.
Cafe Saint-Amand – 48 Baltimore Street; 717-334-2700;; French-style bistro.
Garryowen Irish Pub – 126 Chambersburg Street; 717-337-2719;; Irish pub grub.
Hunt’s Battlefield Fries – 61 Steinwehr Avenue; 717-334-4787; believe it or not, best breakfast in area.
Sidney Willoughby Run – 730 Chambersburg Road; 717-334-3774;; locally sourced, seasonal American menu; overlooks battlefield.
A&A Village Treasures – 53 Chambersburg Street; 717-398-2555;; local crafts & gifts.
Gallery 30 – 30 York Street; 717-334-0335;; homewares & pottery items.
Gettysburg Farmers’ Market – Center Square; 717-334-8151;; great place for ad hoc breakfast.
Historic Round Barn & Farm Market – 298 Cashtown Road (Biglerville); 717-334-1984;; fresh produce and housemade jams.
Sights & Sites
Adams County Winery – 251 Peach Tree Road (Orrtanna); 717-334-4631;; tastings in 1860s red barn.
Gettysburg College – 300 North Washington Street; 717-337-6300;; founded in 1832; on 200 acres north of town center; mostly brick, Georgian & Victorian buildings.
Gettysburg National Military Park & Soldiers’ National Cemetery – 97 Taneytown Road; 717-334-1124;; stations numbered to correspond with auto tour (Gettysburg Story Battlefield Auto Tour, worth purchasing) along road network that wraps around 6K-acre preserve; despite name, actually vast battlefield series that stretches across landscape backstopped by Appalachian Mountains to west; although mandate is to preserve it as closely to 1863 condition as possible, exception are 1.4K monuments and markers that make it world’s largest sculpture garden; make sure to see Gettysburg Cyclorama, monumental 1884 painting by Paul Philippoteaux.
Hauser Estate Winery – 410 Cashtown Road (Biglerville); 717-334-4888;; can bring picnic (from Historic Round Barn, for example).
Shriver House Museum – 309 Baltimore Street; 717-337-2800;; house of family who fled battle and returned to find home repurposed as wounded soldier treatment center; gives glimpse of how battle affected civilians.
David Wills House – 8 Lincoln Square; 717-334-2499;; where Lincoln stayed night before he gave Gettysburg Address.

Hyeholde Restaurant – 1516 Coraopolis Heights Road; 412-264-3116;; stone and timber restaurant just outside Pittsburgh; show up early enough to stroll through lush grounds; famous for sherry bisque.

Dietrich’s Meats & Country Store – 660 Old Highway 22 (Krumsville, Exit 40 off Interstate 78); 610-756-6344;; great smoked meats.

Bakeries, Coffee, Ice Cream, Juice & Tea
oWowCow – 4105 Durham Road; 610-847-7070;; homemade ice cream.

Chester Springs
Sights & Sites
Historic Yellow Springs – 1685 Art School Road; 610-827-7277;; historic village and ghost town in West Pikeland Township, Chester County (between Phoenixville & Downingtown); historic churches, established in 1770s by German Reformed and Lutheran members.
Yellow Springs Farm – 1165 Yellow Springs Road; 610-827-2014;; native plants, design and installation services, and award winning artisan goat cheese products.

Kennett Square
Talula’s Table – 102 West State Street; 610-444-8255;; tough part is getting in to Aimee Olexy’s European BYO, where groups of 8-12 sit at sole table for 8-course prix fixe; expensive and seek reservations year in advance.
Sovana Bistro – 696 Unionville Road; 610-444-5600;; high ceilings, elaborate wood chandeliers; mushrooms take center stage.
Thomas Macaluso Used & Rare Books – 130 South Union Street; 610-444-1063;; labyrinthine; books and maps, including 1st editions.
Sights & Sites
Longwood Gardens – 1001 Longwood Road; 610-388-1000;; exquisite flowers, majestic trees, dazzling fountains, extravagant conservatory, starlit theatre, thunderous organ; gardening arts encased in classic forms and enhanced by modern technology; Pierre S. du Pont made most enduring contribution, turning family business into corporate empire in early 20th Century and using resulting fortune to develop Longwood; farm purchased in 1906 to preserve trees; from 1907 until 1930s du Pont created most of what is enjoyed today; in 1946, Gardens turned over to foundation.

West Chester
Northbrook Canoe Co. – 1810 Beagle Road; 610-793-2279;; canoe rentals; no rapids but lots of history and scenery.
Baldwin’s Book Barn – 865 Lenape Road (West Chester); 610-696-0816;; 5-story extravaganza with over 300K titles.
Eclat Chocolate – 24 South High Street; 610-692-5206;; among world's best; try Fortunato No. 4.

Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub – 1425 Woodland Road; 814-765-7190; hamburgers.

Bakeries, Coffee, Ice Cream, Juice & Tea
Leo’s Homemade Ice Cream – 1416 Trindle Road; 717-960-0000;

Chadds Ford (includes Brandywine)
Brandywine Prime – 1617 Baltimore Pike; 610-388-8088;; dark wood bar in popular local steakhouse.
Gables at Chadds Ford – 423 Baltimore Pike; 610-388-7700;; converted dairy barn that is piano bar & restaurant.
Brandywine River Hotel – 1609 Baltimore Pike; 610-388-1200 or 877-320-0664;; scenic location; clean & comfortable.
Brandywine Prime – 1617 Baltimore Pike; 610-388-8088;; popular local steakhouse.
Gables at Chadds Ford – 423 Baltimore Pike; 610-388-7700;; converted dairy barn that is piano bar & restaurant.
Hank’s Place – 1625 Creek Road; 610-388-7061;; busy breakfast joint; for long time, Andrew Wyeth’s favorite.
Sights & Sites
Brandywine Battlefield Park – US Route 1; 610-459-3342;; Brandywine Battlefield visitors center set amidst 50 acres rolling park & woodlands; inside, historical exhibits; on park grounds, not far from center are both Washington’s headquarters (Ring House) & Lafayette’s quarters (Gideon Gilpin’s farm house).
Brandywine River Museum – 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road; 610-388-2700;; American art museum on Brandywine Creek banks; showcases Wyeth (Andrew, Jamie & N.C.) family art in converted 19th Century gristmill; permanent collection also features American illustrations, still life works, and landscape paintings by Jasper Francis Cropsey, Harvey Dunn, Peter Hurd, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, William Trost Richards & Jessie Willcox Smith; glass-wall lobby overlooks Brandywine Creek and rolling countryside; museum also operates tours of 2 nearby National Historic Landmarks, N.C. Wyeth House and Studio & Kuerner Farm; beautifully maintained Wildflower and Native Plant Gardens.
Kuerner Farm – 415 Ring Road; 610-388-2700;; must order tour tickets; major Andrew Wyeth inspiration; National Historic Landmark.
N.C. Wyeth House & Studio – Murphy Road; 610-388-2700;; must order tour tickets; N.C. Wyeth home in Chadds Ford; National Historic Landmark; 18 acre site includes his home, his studio, barn & other structures.

Mill Run
Sights & Sites
Fallingwater – 1491 Mill Run Road; 724-329-8501;; designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; hour’s drive from Pittsburgh.

Lancaster Arts Hotel – 300 Harrisburg Avenue; 717-299-3000 or 866-720-2787;; 63-room boutique property.
John J. Jeffries – 300 Harrisburg Avenue (at Lancaster Arts Hotel); 717-431-3307;; Pennsylvania food based on local, organically sourced ingredients.
Lancaster Central Market – 23 North Market Street; 717-572-6780;; country’s oldest farmers’ market; in Amish country heart, in beautiful 120 year-old red brick building; regional food specialties include Pennsylvania Dutch sausage, scrapple (breakfast meat of pork scraps and cornmeal), preserves, including chowchow (pickled vegetables in spicy mustard sauce), and bread and butter pickles.

Root’s Country Market & Auction – 705 Graystone Road; 717-898-7811;; oldest single family-run country market in Lancaster County; began as poultry auction in 1925.

Good ‘N’ Plenty Restaurant – 150 Eastbrook Road; 717-394-7111;; Pennsylvania Dutch cooking.

Lodge at Glendorn – 1000 Glendorn Drive; 814-362-6511 or 800-843-8568;; Relais & Chateau hotel; on 1,280 acres of woodland.
Sights & Sites
Zippo Lighter Museum & Visitors Center – 1932 Zippo Drive; 814-368-1932;

Sights & Sites
Tannersville Cranberry Bog – take I-80 to Route 715 (exit 299), then follow 715 north to Route 611, then south on 611 for 1.1 miles and left onto Cherry Lane Road, then 2.7 miles and turn right onto Bog Road; North Wood Trail 0.3 miles on left and Fern Ridge Trail another 0.3 miles on right; 570-629-3061;;; rare endangered flora (like native orchids); parts by appointment only.

Elkins Park
Sights & Sites
Elkins Estate – 1750 Ashbourne Road; 215-782-6000;; open house every Tuesday from 6-8 pm but call 1st to make sure okay to visit; estate contains 5 buildings, most notable being Elstowe Manor and Chelten House, both Horace Trumbauer designed mansions.

King of Prussia
Sights & Sites
Valley Forge National Historical Park – 1400 North Outer Line Drive; 610-783-1077;; Continental Army’s 3rd winter encampment during Revolutionary War, taking place from December 19, 1777-June 19, 1778; Memorial Arch designed by Paul Cret.

Milford (includes Hawley)
Hotel Fauchere – 401 Broad Street (Milford); 570-409-1212 or 800-735-2478;; destination inn; impeccable décor and food, as well as art collection; built in 1852 by chef Delmonico; ask for 1 of 2 2nd floor rooms with balconies.
Lodge at Woodloch – 109 River Birch Lane (Hawley); 570-685-8500 or 866-953-8500;

Lodge at Woodloch – 109 River Birch Lane; 570-685-8500 or 866-953-8500;; great spa; hiking, kayaking, and organic meals.

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