Phoenixville has a cultural event on the first Friday of every month on Bridge Street in the downtown area.
The small shops and antique stores are open which makes a great opportunity to see some great art at the Phoenixville Art Center, or go see a movie at the Colonial Theater after having dinner at the Black Lab Cafe across the street.
Some of my favorite shops are Artisan's Cafe, selling art and also doubles as a cute coffee shop, The Bread and Cheese store next to Iron Hill sells fabulous organic whole grain breads, and delicious cheeses; Brown's Cow has delicious hand served ice cream; Best Friends sells modern styled clothing items; Diving Cat Studio has fabulous jewelry; And there's a lot more that I haven't even mentioned! Come and see what everyone's raving about :)
Outside along the street are several independent musicians playing their instruments and singing out to the passerbys. It's quite endearing. Perfect for a date night! Make sure you make reservations, it can get really busy on these nights!
Afterwards, don't forget to stop by one of the fantastic bars to grab a drink. Iron Hill, Molly Maguires, Fenix lounge, Bistro on Bridge, etc. are all great places to go!
Swiss Pines is a private Japanese garden and wildlife preserve with flowers, statuary, nature trail, streams and ponds located on the north side of Charlestown Road between the village and Hollow Road. Beautiful and tranquil Swiss Pines was designed and created by the late Mr. Arnold Bartschi and is open to the public through the efforts of Henriette Bumeder. A totally private facility, Swiss Pines does not benefit from any public monies or public grants or tax relief.
Due to the nature of the terrain, Swiss Pines is only open if the ground is fairly dry. The gardens are open Wednesday through Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM, and on Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM, from the 2nd Wednesday in May until the end of November. The gardens are closed Sundays through Tuesdays, holidays and during wet or inclement weather.
Swiss Pines cannot accommodate bus tours. Groups may not exceed 15 visitors, and must visit by appointment only. A $5.00 donation per visitor is charged for groups visiting the gardens, and should be paid in advance.
1. The canal in Phoenixville is a great place to go for a walk or mountain bike ride. Starting at the bridge crossing the Schuylkill river, directly across from Produce Junction, you can follow this road along the canal to a lock. Here is where the trail head starts. This trail continues all of the way out to a farm where you can get onto Rt. 113 and circle back onto the road and come back the opposite way starting where the boat dock is. Since they built the boat dock, getting back onto the trail is tricky, and requires crossing the rocks and carrying your bike. This trail will have you end up at the Railroad, where you can follow back to the bridge and work your way back to where you started. This trip takes about 45 minutes to complete the loop. Worst case scenario, follow the trail only to the farm, turn around and take the trail all of the way back to where you started...
2. There are also boat rentals nearby, at Fitzwater Station (turn right at produce junction) to rent a kayak or paddle boat. Call the Fitzwater Station for pricing.
3. There is a beautiful park located at the Valley Forge Christian Academy that has a paved path going around it. This path is approximately 3 miles long.
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We had never been to Phoenixville before so we asked a number of local shopkeepers for restaurant recommendations and this place was on everyones list. We didnot have a reservation but we agreed to leave by 7:30 (It was about 6). I have not had much experience with Creole food before so we chose the selection recommended by our waitress.
Favorite Dish: The Chef's selection. 4 Courses selected by the chef. I believe the selections vary each day. the cost was $30. The coffee was excellent as well.
The Epicurean has a great eclectic menu with lots of great fish and pasta choices. The Bar fare has some excellent fish sandwiches for decent prices. For restaurant eating, reservations are recommended, however there is a bar area where you can grab a quick bite with last minute notice.
If you are going out on a pub crawl to grab some drinks, a downside would be that the Bar area gets very crowded and there is very limted seating because they have live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Favorite Dish: I recommend the crab cake sandwich. It's decadent with a white creamy sauce and crispy roll bread. There are also other fish sandwiches which I adore, but if you are looking for an entree, I suggest always going with the special. I've never been dissapointed eating here.
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Mountain biking on this trail is approximately a 35 - 40 minute ride if you go all of the way around.
Start out in Mont Clare right over the river from Phoenixville. Across the street from the Produce Junction is a one lane entrance that goes down along the canal. Follow this road to the end, and park by a foot bridge that goes over the canal. (Or you could park earlier along the side of the canal and ride down to this point - which is what I prefer to do). Then ride into the woods! The path begins a bit rocky, especially once you reach the Black Rock Dam. After you pass the dam, you will be on a nice flat path, with very few technical rocks and roots to maneuver your bike over.
There are a couple of streams that you obviously have to get off the bike to carry your bike over.
Once you reach the end, you'll appear to be in some sort of park. Don't stop here!!
Continue to the right up the road by a cow farm. Make a left onto the real road, go over a one lane bridge, and make a left at the stop sign to go over a bridge that crosses the schyukill river.
Immediately after you cross the river, make a left into a parking lot. At the opposite end of the parking lot is the entrance to the trail again.
Right now, they are doing some sort of construction that you may have to carry your bike over to get back on the path.
This path will continue on the otherside of the River that you just came up on. You will eventually pass the dam again, this time on your left.
Once you reach the end of the trail, climb the hill (carrying your bike) up to the train tracks.
Don't cross the tracks.
Instead, follow them across the little bridge, and there will be a clearing on the right full of gravel.
Cross this clearing and it will take you back to the bridge that will take you directly back to Mont Clare.
Make the left onto the small road that you parked your car on.
You just did a circle!!
Equipment: One bottle of water will suffice. This isn't a difficult ride.
Favorite thing: Being a new place in phoenixville, one would think that the owners of the MoonSaloon would be trying to get as many of the local bar patrons to con to their establishment as possible, but it seems to be quite the opposite. Though most of the bartenders are great, and the manager Lana is a treat, the owner is not that welcoming to people who would be termed, undesirerable. If you need a futher description of what that means, then people of color is a better description. Judgemental, racist, and down right rude exudes from this ladies body, and its only a matter of time before that will be what the moon is known for. As long as you are what she wants, then you will be welcomed, but those who thought that space would nat have racism, think again, for it still exist on the moon