Montco’s small towns make us great
Head off the beaten path and embrace the beauty of hidden towns in Montgomery County. From antique shopping to trying the local cuisine, hiking through the trails to strolling through museums, unplug from your normal daily routine to find the beauty of these small towns.
Montco is the hub for fun events, no matter when you visit! Whether it is a summer live music series, a fall festival, a play grand opening or more, there is always something new to check out. Montco’s events page at breaks down fun things to do weekly and monthly so you don’t miss a thing, and our calendar is filled to the brim with events and attractions offering fun deals and new things to explore.
Learn the History
TheBryn Athyn Historic District is home to an estate, cathedral, and museum all adorned with remarkable architecture and deep-rooted history. Established in the late 19th century as a religious community, it later became home to esteemed families of the area, and now serves as Bryn Athyn’s notable arts and culture scene. Tours of Cairnwood Estate will take you back to the late 1800’s and reveal how the Pitcairn family lived a life of luxury in this Beaux arts-style home.
The Glencairn Museum was once a residence, but now houses some of the area’s most prominent religious and historic art pieces, including exhibits from ancient Egypt and medieval Europe. The Bryn Athyn Cathedral’s floor to ceiling stained glass windows and grand Gothic- and Romanesque-style architecture still stand as a house of worship, but is also open for tours throughout the year. Of course, the historic Valley Forge Park will also bring you back to colonial times, with walking and trolley tours to learn about the harsh winter faced by Washington and his army.
The beauty of small towns in Montco is the unique shopping available along cobblestone streets and locally owned boutiques. Antiquing is popular along the Montco area, especially at Nannygoat Antiques and Vintage Style in Narberth. Explore this antique market for affordable, unique pieces to add vintage charm to any space. Skippack Village offers a rare and exciting shopping experience, with everything from name brand carriers like Head over Heels, to Southwest Trading Post which is known for their eclectic handcrafted silver and turquoise jewelry directly from Indian Reservations. For more designer styles, Ardmore’s Suburban Square provides an open-air shopping experience with luxury brands like Lululemon, West Elm, and Madewell. With a farmer’s market next door to the stores, explore the fresh produce, flowers, and artisan-made décor.
Try our cuisine
If you’re looking to sample some local cuisine, look no further than these hometown favorites. General Warren Inn is the ultimate date night destination, with fresh seafood like swordfish and salmon, or classics like lamb and filet mignon. Woodside Lodge at Spring Mountain has scenic outdoor seating with views of the beautiful spring mountain and a cabinesque-style environment paired with signature dishes like Chicken Francaise or the Grilled Pork Chop.
One of the newest small-town gems, The Ways Restaurant and Brewery, offers house-made craft beers and a variety of pub-style comfort foods. For a big night out, the Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant brings elegance to your candle-lit meal with signature dishes like the Chilled Seafood Bar and Sweet Potato Gnocchi. And for when you don’t want to leave the house, Duffy’s delivery has everything from breakfast sandwiches to paninis, wraps, and cheesesteaks.
For more things to do in Montco’s small towns, go to valleyforge.org
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