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Chill Out in the Classic Towns

Summer may be coming to a conclusion but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cool treat in the Classic Towns! Here is a list of eight great dessert shops that you’ll love for a final hooray. 1. Roxborough Custard…

Lansdowne Landing is a Summer Must-See

For our latest List List List we’re spotlighting a brand-new community gathering spot that is doing big things this summer: Lansdowne Landing, located in the heart of historic downtown Lansdowne, Pa. The area celebrated its grand opening…

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The Best Summer Activities in the Classic Towns

Summer is the best time to get outside and truly enjoy all the activities and events the Classic Towns provide. From concerts and festivals, to markets and camps, the towns offer affordable events perfect for a…

Summer Road Trip

  The warm weather was a perfect complement for our latest Classic Towns Road Trip as people happily welcomed summer with amazing activities. We were eager to explore some of the ways our communities spend time outside…

A Taste of Media

It comes as no surprise why Media, Pennsylvania, America’s first Fair Trade certified town, is dedicated to building a community of empowered businesses and restaurants that emphasize supporting local and global sustainability. “Everybody’s Hometown” is more…

10 Reasons Why Living in the Classic Towns is Ideal

With historic charm and modern amenities, the Classic Towns offer an intimate community feel while still being close to the city. From award-winning dining and activities, to transportation and parks, here are 10 reasons why living in the…

Sustainable Spring Road Trip

Spring is blooming in the Classic Towns and we couldn’t wait to get out and experience the fresh air and different ways our communities are celebrating the new season. This Road Trip we focused on sustainable…

Spring Cleaning in the Classic Towns

The air is warmer, the plants are blooming, and as Earth Day approaches, we feel it is the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning in the Classic Towns. Here are 10 ways you can get…

Valentine’s Day in the Classic Towns

Whether you’re a seasoned Valentine’s Day pro or celebrating your first Valentine’s Day with that special someone, the Classic Towns have a variety of fabulous activities that tailor to everyone’s holiday taste. From affordable to family-friendly, check…

A Taste of Haddon Heights

On our second Taste of the Towns stop we headed out to Haddon Heights to explore what this growing New Jersey community has to offer. From local fare to family favorites, Haddon Heights is home to a…

New Year, New You!

If a fitter, better you is on your New Year’s resolution to-do list, look no further than the Classic Towns to help you kick off 2017 the right way. From clean eating to boutique fitness, we…

(: and :( and LOL at Act II Playhouse

There’s no shortage of talent and fun in the Classic Towns, and you can find both in local theaters. Here are some of the best things about Ambler’s Act II Playhouse that we need to share!…

A Taste of Jenkintown

Welcome to our very first Taste of the Towns, where we highlight some of the unique local flavor in our vibrant communities. Come with us to Jenkintown, where the food and atmosphere are second only to…

Surprising Sustainable Finds and Excellent Ethical Sourcing!

We’d like to celebrate the sustainable practices, ethical business, and eclectic goods available in the Classic Towns. This month the spotlight is on Mimosa Goods in Bordentown, New Jersey, whose collection of fair trade products benefit…

Fall Road Trip!

Classic Towns has rounded up some of the best autumn hotspots to soak in this enchanting season! Join us as we find the best apple cider donuts, handcrafted furniture, fresh pumpkins, and live music in Media,…

Warning, Adorable Pups and Kittens Ahead!

If you love animals, look no further than the Classic Towns! You can find a new family member to fill your home with love, meet new friends with four legs, or care for the pet in…

Hop-Happy: Drafts to Down in the Delaware Valley

Boasting breweries large and small, the Classic Towns have a large selection of locally brewed craft beer. We put together our favorite friendly hotspots for intricately flavorful and lovingly made beers in the Delaware Valley. 1.…

Sweet Summer on the Silver Screen

Chill out in the air-conditioned bliss of a Classic Towns theater this summer. From stand-up comedy to indie films, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! 1. Ambler Theater Where: 108 E Butler Ave, Ambler, PA Established:…

Summer Livin’ In Collingswood

Beat the heat with the Blueberry Festival, spend your nights outdoors catching a free movie with the kids, and get an education in classic cars—all of which you can find in Collingswood, New Jersey this summer!…

Wow-Worthy Incredible Delicacies in Jenkintown

From original cuisine to traditional fare, you can’t go wrong in the Classic Towns. This summer is a perfect time to fulfill your foodie destiny with a visit to one of the Classic Towns’ dessert havens…

A Cultural Experience in the Classic Towns

It’s time to explore the Classic Towns again with our latest road trip! This summer we experience art, creativity, originality, and culture in four of the quaint towns that make the Greater Philadelphia area so fantastic.…

Creativity is Alive and Kicking in Kennett Square!

Creativity is Alive in Kennett Square! Classic Towns celebrates Kennett Square and the unique artists who live there! 1. Robert C. Jackson Props – robertcjackson.com Robert C. Jackson creates colorful, fun, and fascinating still life images…

The Buzz on Biz in Manayunk

When it comes to opening a business, whether it’s totally fresh or you’re expanding, one key factor is the most important part of your decision – location, location, location! So, with all the choices in the…

Holiday Road Trip

Welcome to our second edition of The Classic Towns Road Trip. On this festive journey, we’re getting ready for the holidays by sharing some of the great places you can visit to find a special gift,…

Meet the Winners of the #ClassicTownsHaunts Photo Contest!

Thank you to all who entered the #ClassicTownsHaunts Photo Contest! We received a number of beautiful autumn photos from across the region and YOU chose the winners! 1st Place Winner: Bennett N. Photo: Fall Location: Downington,…

The Doors Are Always Open in New Hope

By Grace Capuzzo What makes New Hope, Pennsylvania a distinct gem, different than every other idyllic town in the Delaware Valley? Sure, it attracts numerous tourists and has an impressive art and food scene, but what…

All Aboard! Down by the Station Day!

Visit Haddon Heights on Saturday, May 9th from 10am to 3pm along Station Avenue for Down by the Station Day! No tickets are required to Celebrate National Train Day and National Historic Preservation Week by visiting…

All Aboard! Down By The Station Day

Visit Haddon Heights on Saturday, May 9th from 10am to 3pm along Station Avenue for Down by the Station Day! No tickets are required to Celebrate National Train Day and National Historic Preservation Week by visiting…

I Love Classic Towns Photo Contest Ending Soon!

This marks the second year of our I Love Classic Towns Photo Contest, (we were so excited about the results the first time around). We’ve received a wide variety of submissions from across the Greater Philadelphia…

Autumn Harvest in the Classic Towns

The month of October has been a time of continual celebration and harvest in Greater Philadelphia. From traditions like Bordentown’s Annual Cranberry Fest Craft Show to local farmers’ markets, the Classic Towns have been embracing the…

Fridays in the Summertime!

 Ambler Running May through October First Fridays in Ambler takes place on Main Street from 6pm – 9pm.  You can enjoy live music, original artwork, food trucks and restaurant specials, and local merchant promotions.   You might…

Kennett Square mentioned in Pennsylvania Borough News

The Classic Town of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania was mentioned in the July issue of Pennsylvania Borough News, a publication of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. The article entitled “Traveling Through Pennsylvania’s Boroughs” includes the following…

Mark your calendars for the Manayunk Arts Festival!

Whether you’re a serious art collector or just looking for something fun to do on a summer weekend, the Manayunk Arts Festival is for you.  Manayunk’s main thoroughfare will be closed to traffic and nearly 300…

Holiday Shopping, the Classic Town Way

The holiday season is underway and fortunately for us there are many wonderful holiday shopping opportunities in and around the Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia. This list of Top Holiday Shopping in Philadelphia by VisitPhilly.com highlights some of the best shopping spots in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Photo Credit: Rachel Winslow

Have it All in the Classic Towns

According to the 2011 Community Preference Survey released by the National Association of Realtors, “most Americans would like to live in walkable communities where shops, restaurants, and local businesses are within an easy stroll from their homes and their jobs are a short commute away.

Photo Credit: Rose Friedman

Classic Gifts from the Classic Towns

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to think about shopping for the special people in your life. Wondering where to start? Try one of the Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia. Whether you’re shopping for art enthusiasts, foodies, fashionistas, health nuts, or simply the hard-to-shop-for friends and family, we’ve made it easy with our Classic Towns Gift Guide.

“What’s Cooking in the Classics?”

From fine dining to casual family eateries, the Classic Towns boast a world of distinctive local flavors. Now you can explore them all through “What’s Cooking in the Classics,” a special segment offered exclusively in the Classic Towns Times. Visit our featured restaurants for a special treat, and try our chefs’ classic recipes at home to bring their good taste to your kitchen.

In this segment of “What’s Cooking in the Classics,” we visit Jack’s Steaks and Shakes in West Chester.

Of Interest: Events for Planning Professionals

Of course planners and community development professionals are planning for the holidays like everyone else. Still, there are a number of special events we’re marking on our calendars.

What’s Cooking in the Classics

From fine dining to casual family eateries, the Classic Towns offer a world of distinct local flavors. Now you can explore them all through What’s Cooking in the Classics, a special new segment offered exclusively in the Classic Towns Times. What’s Cooking In the Classics gives you a taste of everything from new restaurants to classic recipes you can cook at home.

In this edition of the Classic Towns Times, we give you a taste of Mangia Bene, an Italian dining experience that popped up on September 23, 2012 in Haddon Heights.

What’s Cooking in the Classics

From fine dining to casual family eateries, there’s a world of flavors in the Classic Towns. And here’s an easy way to discover them. What’s Cooking in the Classics is a special new segment of The Classic Towns Times. We’ll be dishing on some local restaurants (go check them out) and sharing recipes that you can make at home.

For this inaugural feature, we’re highlighting Tortilla Press in Collingswood.

Classic Summer Celebrations

Is summer the most classic season? We’ve been wondering that a lot lately as we look at all of the colorful parades, community picnics, and small town charm that shine brightly each summer. Of course Memorial Day and Independence Day are landmarks of the summer season. And the Classic Towns are showing off their patriotism in a variety of ways. Here’s how you can celebrate our country in the Classic Towns.

Make it a Date in the Classic Towns

Think you’re all of out places to take your date during the colder months? Think again. Winter is the perfect time to follow your heart and find all the warm and romantic retreats that the Classic Towns have to offer.

Whether you’re looking for world-class cuisine, live entertainment, or an intimate escape for two, you’ll find them all in the Classic Towns. We’ve collected ten divine destinations for romantic rendezvous. They’re sure to get your heart racing for Valentine’s Day and keep you warm through the winter.

Life is Sweet in the Classic Towns

Looking for a decadent treat to impress that special someone? Then don’t reach for the same old box of chocolate at your local drugstore. There’s still time to discover the one of the Classic Towns’ many sweet spots. From world-class chocolatiers and national producers to fourth-generation family confectioners, there’s something for every taste and budget.

Celebrating the New Year in the Classic Towns

From now through New Year’s, there are so many fun ways to celebrate the season in the Classic Towns, like Tuba Christmas in Lansdale Borough. But as we look to close out the calendar year, you may be looking for ways to celebrate. Here are a few ways to ring in the New Year in the Classic Towns.

Get a Taste of the Classic Towns

This fall, the Classic Towns are overflowing with flavors thanks to food and drink festivals. From Bordentown City celebrating the very special cranberry to Kennett Square embracing earthy mushrooms, here are a few ways to explore the culinary sides of the Classic Towns.

Photo Credit: J. Smith for GPTMC

A Culinary Tour of Chester County

With more than 1,700 farms, Chester County is the second largest producer of agricultural goods in the state. Farms in and near the Classic Towns of Kennett Square, West Chester, and Phoenixville grow some of the most delicious produce around. And thanks to strong local support, they’re growing a new crop of food artisans, too.

Fall Energy-Saving Maintenance Ideas

With summer fading to fall, many homeowners are wondering how they can begin getting their homes ready for colder weather. Here are some basic, energy-saving tips that homeowners can use to save money and improve the comfort of their home during the winter months.

Wonderful, Walkable School Districts

Only a few decades ago, walkable school districts were plentiful. These days they’re few and far between. Although they’re largely a thing of the past, they could also be an essential part of our future…especially in the Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia.

Classic Summer Fun in the Classic Towns

The streets of the Classic Towns are buzzing with festivals, while over in the parks, people are laying out their blankets and beach chairs for movies and music under the stars. Find out how you can join in all the fun.

Buy Fresh, Buy Local – Like at a Classic Towns Farmers Market

One of the best things about living in Greater Philadelphia is our access to fresh, local foods. And there’s no better place to find them than at one of the many farmers markets that will soon be sprouting up throughout our region. There are more than 80 at last count, and they’re all as varied and unique as the fruits, vegetables, and prepared foods they offer. A few of them are award winners, too.

All Aboard The Classic Towns Trolley Tour

On July 28 representatives from 10 Classic Towns, as well as state officials, community development professionals and Bucks County Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia joined DVRPC staff for a Trolley Tour of three Classic Towns.

Home For the Holidays in the Classic Towns

‘Tis the season for Santa parades, holiday house tours, and shopping for that special someone. Well, there’s no better place to celebrate the most wonderful time of year than in the Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia. All are sparkling with the joy of the season.

Tree lightings in particular, are when many communities come together to begin celebrating the season.

Collingswood Theater’s Second Act

Main street movie theaters were an important fixture in traditional small towns and close-knit communities. Over time, though, many have disappeared. This is not the case in a number of Classic Towns. Ambler, Lansdowne and Wayne are home to theaters that continue to thrive as entertainment destinations and community focal points. Collingswood’s Theater offers a unique alternative and powerful testament to the benefits of adaptive re-use.