1. Historical nirvana. Trod on cobblestones older than the U.S. Constitution, worship in the same pews as the founding fathers, and stay in B&Bs that take their “George Washington Slept Here” signs very seriously.

2. Pennsylvania Dutch diners and BYOB (bring your own bottle) restaurants. More per capita than perhaps anywhere else in the country. And they’re almost all absurdly good.

3. Unique Museums: Places exquisitely dedicated to pinball, quilts, corpses, Civil War ghosts, and the Three Stooges.

4. Andrew Wyeth landscapes. Gorgeous, lush, and accessible by almost any back-road drive in New Hope, West Chester, and Berks County. Plus, the forests of the Poconos go on forever.

5. Cheesesteaks. No matter what they tell you, they just aren’t as good west of the Susquehanna.

I started this blog to coincide with the release of the second edition of Eastern Pennsylvania: An Explorer’s Guide. Both are aimed at anyone looking for cool and easy things to do in the Keystone State – with and without the kids.  I am a native Pennsylvanian who grew up near Valley Forge National Historical Park, lived in a corner of a converted sugar mill in Old City, Philadelphia, and got married in a historic 19th century church in New Hope, Bucks County. My blog posts will cover old favorites and new discoveries, plus tips on parking, hiking, eating, and other ways to make the most of your time here. Expect entries devoted entirely to pretzels, whoopee pies, used bookstores, and covered bridges. It’s a diverse and endlessly fascinating state, and I can’t wait to share my discoveries with you.

Thanks for dropping by!




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