Holiday Attractions from West Chester to Media!

Happy Holidays from Pam Cloud!
Happy Holidays from Pam Cloud!

Delaware and Chester counties are rich in history and steeped in character; the perfect backdrop to get you in the mood for the holidays. In particular, the towns of  Media and West Chester ooze with storybook charm, adding to the magic of the season. If you want to get to know West Chester or Media better, winter is a great time to do it!

These walkable towns offer unique shopping, great restaurants and beautiful streets filled with historic homes for you to enjoy. There’s also a better chance you can meet the locals during this time of year and get a feel for the neighborhood vibe. If you prefer to enjoy your time away from the hustle-bustle of downtown, discover the natural beauty of Westtown, Glen Mills or Chadds Ford, whose rolling hillsides and farmland have inspired artists for centuries.  If you are new to the area or just want to do something different, here are some of my favorites to get you started:

Fun things to do in West Chester! 

The West Chestser Railroad
Santa’s Express!
  • Old Fashioned Christmas parade, downtown West Chester-Friday, December 4th.
  • Santa’s Express on the West Chester Railroad   Take leisurely train ride on a vintage train car along Chester Creek. Starts in West Chester  and stops in Glen Mills–approximately 90 minutes round trip. A new store, The Sporting Gentleman, just opened up across from the Glen Mills Train station. Hop in for a quick cup of hot chocolate before your return trip.
  • Cut your own Tree at Wiggins Tree Farm!
  • I’ve always loved strolling the streets in West Chester, admiring the Victorian homes decorated for the holidays, then grabbing a cup of tea with  friends at The Lincoln on Market Street. The university provides some interesting entertainment off the beaten path as well. Here is a link to more activities.
  • Click here for the West Chester Calendar for a detailed list of events!
Quincy's in Media, Pa.
This window at Quincy’s on State Street in Media looks good enough to eat!

Fun things to do in Media!

  • Festival of Lights-fun for the little ones! Rose Tree Park-every night from 5:3opm-FREE
  • Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Media Sunday, December 13th!
  • Tyler Arboretum Annual Greens Sale – December 4th
  • Take a hike in Ridley Creek State Park
  • Linvilla Orchards-Christmas around the Farm~Caroling and Hayrides, Trees and Goodies
  • Carriage rides, shows at the Hedgerow Theater, the Christmas Village and more! Check out the Media Calendar of Eventsfor dates and times!
  • Check out the Media Theater for upcoming shows.
  • If you like the old-fashioned feel of a “five and dime,” put Deals on your schedule! I love the creaky wooden floors and it seems they have an ample supply of everything!
  • Did you know that Media is the first Fair Trade Town in the U.S.? It has a wide variety of shops  from new age to high fashion and art you should get to know!
  • Check out Media’s calendar for a detailed list of events!
  • Maybe you would just like to enjoy fellowship with your neighbors in Media? That’s what  Transition Town Media’s Winter Solstice Celebration on December 19th is all about!
Thornbury Train Station
The enchanting Thornbury Train station evokes a feeling of yesteryear. The West Chester Railroad makes it come to life with its seasonal tourist rides from West Chester to Glen Mills.

Winter Festival at Oakbourne Mansion,  The Westtown Township Parks & Recreation Commission is hosting its annual Winter Festival at Oakbourne Mansion on Sunday, December 6, from noon to 3:00 p.m. with craft vendors, craft making for children, music and refreshments. Free admission and plenty of parking.

  • Tree Lighting at Thornbury Park, December 5th at 5pm. Refreshments will be served and Santa will be visiting!
  • Christmas at Bethlehem-Free Christmas Festival and Live Nativity in Thornbury-December 11, 12 & 13 from 7pm-9pm. Enjoy a bonfire, s’mores and refreshments and bring a non-perishable food item for City Team Ministries!
  • Arasapha Farms-Hayrides, pick your own tree and then go for a quick bite at the Country Deli in Gradyville.
  • Brandywine River Museum for an awesome train display that covers 2000 feet of track!  Be sure to click on the link for other exciting activities at the museum!
  • Chadds Ford Candelight House Tour-December 5 1pm-5pm.
  • Thornton Farmer’s Market and Grace Winery are hosting their first Holiday Market on December 4 from 4 to 9 pm.  Join in the tasting room to purchase your holiday gifts including original paintings, holiday decorations and hand crafted goods while sampling some of Grace Winery’s finest wine and food offerings.  Located on Sweetwater Road in Glen Mills.
  • Yuletide at Winterthur ~ enjoy visions of holidays past, crafting workshops, A Christmas Carol performance and Yuletide Jazz and Wine through January 3rd.
  • Holiday weekends at the Grange Estate in Havertown, Pa. Visit the Model Train Display in the Carriage House, tour the beautifully decorated mansion and visit the delightful Gift Shoppe stocked with unique seasonal gifts.
  • Live Nativity at Neumann University a  re-enactment of the Franciscan tradition of the crib, first celebrated in Greccio, Italy in 1223.  Event includes a petting zoo!  More info here.
  • If you love holiday baking , check out Booth’s Corner Farmer’s Market for a wide selection of produce and ingredients. Just a few weeks ago I purchased the best colored marshmallows for festive hot chocolate! Here’s a list of farmer’s market’s in the area.
  • A list of more Delaware County Attractions.

Longwood Gardens is the quintessential way to celebrate the holidays in the Brandywine Valley with family and out-of-town guests. This amazing display of floral and light displays and famous fountains never gets old.

Enjoy your holidays!

Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park
Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park

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Sleighton School to Present at Edgmont Planning Commission meeting September 28

Sleighton School will be making a presentation to the Edgmont Planning Commission meeting on Monday, September 28th regarding the development of the former Sleighton School Property located on Valley and Forge Roads in Glen Mills.

Of the 280 acre site, 173 acres are situated in Edgmont township, the remainder are located in Middletown township.

Background on Sleighton School

Article on Proposed Development – Delco Times

The meeting is open to the public.

Edgmont Township Planning Commission Meeting

Date: Monday, September 28th

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Edgmont Twp. Bldg,  1000 Gradyville Rd.  Newtown Sq., PA

Click Here for the Agenda

Abandoned Church at Sleighton School
Abandoned Church at Sleighton School as seen from Valley Road

4 Bedroom French Colonial in Media

4 Moore Circle in Knowlton Charter is ideally located near all things green!

4 Moore Circle Media Pa.
Back on Market! 4 Moore Circle in Media. Fully inspected!

The Nature of Delaware County is all about connecting people to the wonderful places in Delaware County. Middletown township has a number of great natural attractions to be discovered, which is one of the attributes that make it a desirable place to live.

If you work in Philadelphia or Wilmington, you don’t necessarily need to sacrifice your down-time serenity due to a long commute if you live in Middletown. Middletown is served by The Media line and the Elwyn Station is your stop.  The train ride itself is only about a 45 minutes to center city Philadelphia.  I’ve known people to get there in less time driving, using I-95 or the Blue Route.

Knowlton Charter
Knowlton Charter is a community of 43 homes in Middletown Township

When you live in the development known as Knowlton Charter, located just off Route 352 and Knowlton Road in Media, you can enjoy the benefits of farm fresh produce without actually living on the farm.  This planned community consists of a 43 homes and is within walking distance to Linvilla Orchards. 

4 Moore Circlea wonderful 4 bedroom home in this community,  just came on the market. With all the amenities of a modern home, and the advantages of a Homeowner’s Association, you’ll enjoy year-round views of hundreds of acres of orchards and Christmas trees as you come and go from your Knowlton Charter home base.  An added benefit is that you can buy (or even pick) your produce at its peak, knowing it has had zero time on a delivery truck, which is ultimately the healthiest way to consume food.

Hidden Hollow Swim Cloub
Hidden Hollow Swim Club is located just off Knowlton Road

Hidden Hollow Swim Club is another reason to love this area.  Just around the corner from Knowlton Charter, it’s nestled in a culvert and surrounded by trees, you would barely know it was there. It’s the type of place that childhood memories are made of.

Linvilla is by far the most notable farm in the area, attracting visitors from all over the Philadelphia region. However, if you value organic food and enjoy picking your own, or have dreamed of  participating in its cultivation, there are a number of CSAs to consider.  In fact, now is the time to start exploring memberships in a CSA.

Down the road a mile or so is Hillside Farm at Elwyn, or Neumann’s Red Hill Farm in Aston, both of which I’ve written about before.  Also, did you know that as well as being America’s first Fair Trade Town, Media is also ramping up to be a Transition Town ? Basically, that means people are joining together  with the goal living a more healthy lifestyle, conserving resources; everything from energy co-ops to green living to recycling and reusing household items.

Hillside Farm Middletown township
Pick your own fruits and vegetables at Hillside Farm in Middletown township.

Here are a few more places to buy locally grown products that are near 4 Moore Circle:

As far as other natural attractions in this neck of the woods, there is Ridley Creek State Park, Tyler Arboretum, Arasapha Farms in Edgmont. Middletown affords you the best of both worlds, in that you can be in the midst of thousands of acres of open space in one minute and enjoy a variety of dining choices and great shopping in downtown Media the next.

Contact me for more information on the area or if you have questions on my listing at 4 Moore Circle in Knowlton Charter and start enjoying the Nature of Delaware County today!

 

 

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