The fall equinox arrives September 23, meaning that this weekend marks the last official Saturday and Sunday of summer 2014. Temperatures are cool; skies have been sunny; it's a great opportunity for multiday #MakeItMontco magic.

If you're concerned about finding something to do this weekend, put those concerns to bed. The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza unfolds September 18-21 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Over the course of four days, a quilt competition features wonderful entries from across the U.S. On exhibit are more than 600 quilts and garments presented gallery style, as well as more than 200 vendor booths offering everything from completed quilts and garments to the supplies and equipment used in making them.

Garments of a different kind will be modeled - and explained - at the Pottsgrove Manor Living History presentation on September 20. Entitled "Clothing the Common Sort," the focus of the day is the garb that our Colonial ancestors wore when working. The outfits aren't just placed on mannequins to stare at; they're worn by historical re-enactors who relate the details of their purposes and practical designs.

 

Grab your leash and take your four-footed friend to the Pottstown Pet Fair September 20 at Pottstown Memorial Park. It's a full day of animal antics, including a duck race (don't get your feathers in a ruffle; they're plastic), a blessing of the animals ceremony, a preview tour of the 

Pottstown carousel, animal rescue success stories, retail vendors and pet photos. The Quality Inn - Pottstown has adopted a pet-friendly policy to accommodate attendees, vendors or sponsors who would like to enjoy an overnight. 

The shops, restaurants and historic sites of downtown Ardmore unlatch their doors wide on September 20 for an open house. Stroll this picturesque, Main Line neighborhood and enjoy the sidewalk sales, outdoor dining, food & drink specials, live music, workshops, kids' activities, trunk shows, fashion & beauty makeovers, antique appraisals and historic tours. Local artist Deidre Murphy will create a chalk masterpiece, and kids can either join her or create art of their own.

 

Patriotism meets athletic challenge at the Travis Manion 5K & 1 Mile on September 21. Hosted by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, the run honors victims, first responders and heroes of 9/11, as well as all the veterans who have fought and sacrificed since. Travis Manion, a local hero, made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq, saving every member of his patrol. For his actions, he was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star with Valor.

With the fall season comes the chance to enjoy an evening in front of a cozy fire or a snuggle beneath a fluffy comforter. Both these delights - and more - are available at our many signature hotels. To find the overnight amenities that mean the most to you, review the accommodations on our website. To make it a complete getaway, reserve a table and enjoy the culinary delights at L'angolo Blue in Blue Bell.