A Gem in Our Own Back Yard: This Montco Community Offers Year-Round Appeal

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The enchanting town of Ambler is just thirty minutes away from Philadelphia (and an even shorter commute for Montco residents), but visitors are recognizing the gem as a perfect weekend getaway, writes Beth Price-Williams for OnlyinYourState. 

Ambler has earned its accolades for its small-town charm and its proximity to a major U.S. city. Out-of-town guests can have the best of both worlds by flocking to Philly for a day trip and finding respite in the more laid-back Ambler.

And locals can drop in, find convenient parking, and amble their way through this highly walkable community.

The town’s parks and nature reserves are the main source of attraction. Ambler Borough Park is great for nature trails. At 56 acres, Four Mills Nature Reserve is the perfect escape from the city.  

The downtown area features plenty of shops and restaurants on its main street, such as Mexican restaurant El Limon, Tannery Run Brew Works, and Sweet Briar Café and Ice Cream.

Locals and guests alike can check out the historic Ambler Theatre or see a live play or musical at Act II Playhouse.  

Ambler also has an ample number of events that run throughout the year, including First Fridays and Farmers Markets.

Wander long enough and it’s possible to bump into mayor Jeanne Sorg, a friendly presence who is commonly out and about.

The town was originally named the Village of Wissahickon, according to the website Visit Philadelphia, and was renamed in 1869 after Quaker Mary Johnson Ambler.  

Read more about this Montgomery County town on OnlyinYourState.com.


A 2018 overview of Ambler from the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board.

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