Main Street Memories

Published: 2012-08-14

The Valley Forge area and Montgomery County, Pa. boasts an abundance of irresistible small town downtowns and main streets chock full of eclectic shopping, excellent eats and entertaining evenings. Here’s a sampling of where to find the remarkable architecture, charm and feel of years gone by each represents in unique ways: 

A stroll along East Butler Avenuein Ambler yields family-owned and operated Ambler Flower and Gifts and, doors away, The Flour Pot, a cookie boutique tantalizing with an amazing array of delectable decorated designer cookies. Among several eateries, Detterra Restaurant and Wine Bar tempts with a progressive American menu inspired by and infused with organic spices and herbs grown on-site. Afterward, Act II Playhouse and the national historic landmark Ambler Theater stage live comedy, music and drama and screen indie films, respectively. Late(night) breaking news: Numerous nightcap nooks available!  

In Ardmore, Lancaster Avenue is the main street of the much fabled Main Line suburbs ofPhiladelphia. It’s rich in early 19th-century architecture and its shops present truly unique estate collections and historical artifacts, like those found at Harry’s Treasures and Collectibles and numerous antique shops. In complementing contrast, one ofAmerica’s earliest non-city shopping centers has morphed into hipSuburban Square, replete with designer name-bearing chic boutiques and trendy art galleries. The Ardmore Farmers Market warms the Square’s “cool” with comforting food specialties and produce from nearby Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Restaurants, coffee shops and night spots round out the multiplicity of reasons to visit. 

Skippack Pike’s the main drag in northwest MontgomeryCounty’s quaint Skippack Village. Here, visitors browse antiques at Pennsylvania Traditions, find loose teas, spices and fresh coffee beans at Le Butler’s Pantry and mingle through many other diverse and delectable shops and eateries. In season, enjoy Basta Pasta’s Italian specialties for an alfresco lunch at the edge of town, but there’s also a year-round plethora of fine and casual dining options and several nightspots. Hint: Skippack packs extra-special charm during the Holiday Season. 

About 15 minutes west of Skippack, you’ll find the main streets of Telford and Souderton. Souderton boasts Bakers on Broad for delicious scones, croissants and more, and Heartwarming Treasures’ name says it all for country primitive home décor. For breakfast that can’t be beat, go to neighboring Telford’s morning hot spot, Towne Restaurant, where it’s served up home-style. Later, be wowed by a matinee or evening performance at Montgomery Theater, home to professional productions in Souderton’s erstwhile firehouse. 

There are many more small towns and main streets to explore in Montgomery County and the Valley Forge area, each with unique charms, pleasures and memories to make. Please visit www.montcomainstreets.com for more information about them and the Valley Forge Value Pass, and to book an affordable overnight stay or value-added package


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