Now that the leaves are beginning to turn, button up your flannel and set out to explore the shopping, dining, entertainment and autumn festivals that abound in towns around Montgomery County. Taste of Autumn in Montco Part II takes you through the lively towns of Ardmore and Narberth, writes Susan Greenspon for Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board.
Downtown Ardmore has become a magnet for millennials as well as locals and visitors of all ages for its blend of breweries, ethnic restaurants, eclectic shops and a top entertainment venue.
On any given evening, the 600-capacity Ardmore Music Hall offers a lineup of musicians from Grateful Dead tribute bands to disco to funk to jazz to rock and roll for grownups and kids. See the October and November calendars for upcoming acts.
Unique boutiques abound along Lancaster Avenue and in Suburban Square, the nation’s first outdoor shopping center founded in 1930. Step into Past Present Future for handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, glass and so much more. Or, for toys that bring out the child in us all, visit pucciManuli in its grand new space at the corner of Cricket and Lancaster avenues. For contemporary women’s clothing, Styche is where you will find pieces for any occasion.
Hungry or thirsty? Check out the array of eateries and breweries in Ardmore at https://menupages.com/restaurants/pa-ardmore.
There are few downtowns like Narberth, where the blocks of shops and restaurants have a cozy, timeless feel that draw visitors and locals alike throughout the year.
Among the fun family festivals upcoming is the annual Witches of Narberth tour Saturday, October 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.. Halloween season kicks off with a kids’ (of all ages) scavenger hunt during which witches – 13 of them – await discovery in shops around town. The event is free.
And one of the top events of the year is the Narberth Dickens Festival Sunday, December 2, from noon to 4 p.m. where the streets are transformed into 1840s London and your favorite characters from A Christmas Carol, including Ebenezer Scrooge, roam the streets for the afternoon.
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