The Best Places to Cool Off Around the Main Line Area This Summer

Ah, summertime around the Main Line: warm rays, blue skies, and hot temperatures. While we do enjoy all of the sunshine that comes with the season, sometimes you need a little relief. Luckily, the area has plenty of swimming holes, pools, and lakes perfect for cooling off!

Whether you’re willing to take a quick trip out of the city or prefer to stay close to home, here are a few of our favorite swimming spots around the Main Line.

Bellmawr Lake

A dock at a lake.

Located just 16 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Bellmawr Lake is one of the most popular swimming spots around the city thanks to its convenient location and affordable admission fee. In addition to the lake itself, there’s also a soft white-sand beach, beach volleyball courts, a water slide, horseshoes, and picnic shelters.

An added bonus: You can also grab a drink at the on-site beach bar, and enjoy a game of mini golf once you dry off!

Atsion Recreation Area

A man grilling by a lake.

Another short trip from Philadelphia (just 45 minutes away), the Atsion Recreation Area is home to Atsion Lake, a 100-acre body of water surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches. In addition to swimming in the lake, you can also rent canoes and kayaks from nearby Pinelands Adventure or hike around the two trails around the waterfront.

Feel free to pack a picnic and some cool drinks, and use the picnic pavilions and grills to enjoy some lunch. Other amenities around the area include playgrounds, athletic fields, and a concession stand. Be sure to get there before the park reaches capacity!

Clementon Park & Splash World

A girl in a water slide.

Part theme park, part water park, wholly fun—Clementon Park and Splash World is just outside of Philadelphia and offers tons of attractions to fill up your weekends. The water park has three different thrill ride slides, a giant wave pool. a lazy river, river rapids rafting, and a kids’ zone.

Since daily admission includes access to both the theme park and water park, why not hit up the rides after you dry off? From roller coasters to ferris wheels and everything in between, you’ll find plenty of rides for all ages.

Dilworth Park Fountain

People running through a fountain.

Located in the heart of the city, the Dilworth Park Fountain features a thin layer of water constantly replenished by three-foot-high bursts of water, interspersed throughout the large expanse of pavement.

The city uses rainwater collected on-site to keep the fountain filled, making it a fairly self-sufficient system. If you’re walking around the city and working up a sweat, then the Dilworth Park Fountain is the perfect place to get your feet wet and cool off!

Find Your Home around the Main Line

No matter the season, life around the Main Line is truly one-of-a-kind. If you’re thinking of buying a home here, take a look at our in-depth community guides to learn more, browse our buying resources, and use our specialized search tool to narrow down your options.

Once you’re ready to get started, just give our team a call!

Award-Winning Restaurants to Try around the Main Line this Month

A few days ago, the annual James Beard Awards were hosted, honoring the best chefs, restaurants, food journalists, and more throughout the United States.

The awards are some of the most prestigious recognitions in the culinary world, often referred to as “the Oscars of the food world,” and Philadelphia brought home one of the highest honors. From the Outstanding Restaurant winner to several top-ranking nominees, here are the top restaurants around the Main Line to check out this month!

Zahav

Chefs in a kitchen.

The big news of the awards’ night: Philadelphia restaurant Zahav took home the title of Outstanding Restaurant, making it the best restaurant in the entire country.

Specializing in Israeli cuisine, Chef Michael Solomonov has brought the flavors from where he was born to the city where he was raised. Grilled duck hearts, branzino, chicken shishlik, fresh laffah—the menu offers a variety of traditional flavors combined to make unforgettable dishes.

Vetri Cucina

Pasta.

Tucked in an intimate townhouse on Spruce Street, Vetri Cucina chef and Philadelphia native Marc Vetri snagged a nomination for Outstanding Chef. Although the award went to a Raleigh-based chef, Marc Vetri’s dishes at Vetri Cucina can’t be missed.

The restaurant’s specialty is handcrafted pastas and creative flavorful combinations, inspired by Vetri’s years of working in top Italian kitchens—not to mention the truly unique atmosphere.

High Street Hospitality

A scallop.

Nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur, Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality runs a number of eateries around the city, including Fork, High Street on Market, High Street on Hudson, High Street Provision, and A.Kitchen + Bar.

Coffee, pastries, and croissants. Roasted scallops, whole black bass, and potato gnocchi. Outstanding wines, Sylvetta arugula, and bison tartare. Each restaurant has a different specialty, with a focus on sustainability and local ingredients.

Royal Izakaya

Sushi.

Chef Jesse Ito, nominated for Rising Star Chef of the Year, is only 29 years old but has already made a name for himself on the culinary scene. His restaurant, Royal Izayaka, is known for its Japanese fare and inventive sushi combinations.

On the menu, you’ll find sushi like salmon skin rolls, yellowtail rolls, and salmon sashimi, as well as other dishes like yaki curry tofu, pork belly, and chashu buns.

Vedge

Roasted veggies being sliced.

If you couldn’t guess from the name, Vedge is all about vegetable-based dishes. Run by Chef Rich Landua, a nominee for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic region, Vedge has been serving up fresh dishes for almost ten years.

The Vedge menu is seasonal, and while it is vegetable-centered, even meat-eaters will find the flavor combinations to be mouthwatering. Applewood smoked tofu, asparagus carbonara, eggplant braciole, stuffed avocado—is it time for dinner yet?

South Philly Barbacoa

tacos.

The last Philly restaurant on the list of nominees, South Philly Barbacoa‘s Chef Cristina Martinez also snagged a nomination for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic region. An unassuming little restaurant near Passyunk Square, South Philly Barbacoa regularly boasts lines that wrap around the block.

With highly affordable prices, authentic tacos and tortillas, and a wholly unique atmosphere, you won’t want to miss the flavors and experience that South Philly Barbacoa offers.

Explore Life around the Main Line

Award-winning restaurants are just the beginning of what life around the Main Line has to offer. Big-city amenities, suburban peace and quiet, tight-knit communities, and so much more—don’t miss out on your chance to find a home here!

When you’re ready to get started on your real estate journey—or if you have any questions about the process—just give the MacDonald Team a call!

The Top 5 Can’t-Miss Events around the Main Line this April

Happy spring! As the weather gradually gets warmer and the sky shifts from gray to blue, the community around the Main Line starts gearing up for a packed schedule of events.

From taking in the breathtaking cherry blossoms to trying out some of the best local flavors, there are tons of festivals and festivities to choose from this month. Take a look at the April highlights around the Main Line!

Spring Blooms

Flowers.

Take in a vibrant array of colors and flora at the Spring Blooms, a month-long event hosted by Longwood Gardens. As the spring blooms fill the over 1,000 acres of the garden, guests are invited to explore the grounds and learn more about the landscape from horticulturists and educators. It’s the perfect activity for a sunny Saturday or lazy Sunday afternoon!

When: March 30th – May 5th

Where: Longwood Gardens

Subaru Cherry Festival

Cherry blossoms.

Celebrate Japanese culture and the dazzling colors of spring all wrapped into one at the Subaru Cherry Festival. The festival stretches for a few days, and the main event, Sakura Sunday, features live performances and music, artwork, flower arranging, and even a pet parade! Enjoy the colors and culture as the community welcomes springs.

When: April 6th – April 14th

Where: Fairmount Park

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival

The order sign of a drive-by restaurant.

Feeling hungry? The Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival will fill historic Main Street with some of the best food trucks, gourmet restaurants, and local musicians in the Philadelphia area. Grab ingredients from vendors, sample everything from BBQ to crepes, and enjoy listening to live music on two different stages!

When: April 14th, 11AM – 5PM

Where:  Main Street, Philadelphia

West Chester International Short Film Festival

A person holding a camera.

Celebrating its 15th year of operation, the West Chester International Short Film Festival brings together some of the best pieces from around the world for a weekend full of all things film. In addition to screenings of over 60 films, the festival will also feature workshops, meet and greets, and opening and closing night parties.

When: April 26th – April 28th

Where: Various Locations

Philadelphia Science Festival

A purple pipette.

A fun-filled celebration of science, the Philadelphia Science Festival fills the city with tons of demonstrations, games, experiments, and entertainment—not to mention a totally free carnival! The Science Festival is full of things to do and learn for all ages. It aims to inspire discovery and a passion for science in all attendees.

When: April 26th – May 4th

Where: Various Locations

Find Your Home in the Main Line

No matter the season, the community around the Main Line is always hosting festivals, events, and celebrations.

If you’re interested in finding a home in this unique community, just give the Stephanie MacDonald Team a call today. Whether you’re buying, selling, or just curious about the area, we have the resources you need for a successful real estate experience.

Art, Dinos, Adventures and More: Check Out Local Events this Month

2019 is finally here, and the MacDonald Team would like to officially wish you a happy New Year! Whether you’ve committed to getting more active, drinking an extra bottle of water daily, or making sure you get 8 hours of sleep every night, we hope your resolutions are going well.

A new year is a time for new beginnings, and what better way to kick off the year than by investing in your community? The Main Line and Center City neighborhoods are packed full of events this month, so get out and get involved as you welcome 2019!

Watson Adventures

Two women on their phonesWatson Adventures is a company that hosts scavenger hunts all around the country, using challenges and clues to help participants explore their community and build relationships. During the month of January, Watson Adventures will be hosting two different hunts, on the 12th and the 26th.

The first Watson event’s theme is Munch around the Market, and participants will explore Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown, sampling a variety of foods and solving clever clues. The second event conjures up a Wizard School theme, perfect for any Harry Potter lovers! Prices for each event varies, so make sure to buy your tickets online beforehand.

Hand-Crafted Holiday and Ornament Market

A festive handmande ornament Although the holidays are over, the Hand-Crafted Holiday and Ornament Market is the perfect chance to snag that special piece before the holiday season starts next year. Hosted at the Clay Studio, the market only runs until January 13th.

Get out and support local art as artists Alex Stadler and Kim Kamens share their handmade ornaments, ceramic objects, treats, and holiday decor. Don’t forget to grab one of the Limited Edition Holiday Ornament, designed by Pew award-winner Lauren Mabry.

Dinos After Dark

A miniature dinosaur fossilEnjoy a night at the museum with the Dinos After Dark event. Hosted at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Dinos After Dark features board games, a beer garden, tasty food, and special dino-themed exhibits in the Dino Hall. Although there will be alcohol at the event, it’ll still be totally family-friendly!

The museum’s admission for the night will be pay-what-you-wish, although the suggested price is $10. Other major happenings of the night will include a bug show, talks with scientists, crafts, scavenger hunts, and more. Bring along the whole family or just enjoy a fun night out in the city, and celebrate all things Dino!

46th Annual Fine Arts Show & Sale

Rows of original artwork displayed on easelsHosted by the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, the art show and sale has been a long-standing tradition in Villanova. Over 100 artists will display their work at the exhibit, with a variety of mediums including oils, watercolor, paint, ceramics, glass, and more.

In addition to the weeklong exhibit, there will also be a catered reception to kick things off. The exhibit itself will be free, but those interested in the reception will have to purchase tickets. To learn more about this year’s featured artist and what the exhibit will include, check out the art show’s official site!

Find Your Home in the Main Line and Center City

Bustling community life awaits you in the Main Line and Center City — start the New Year off right by getting involved!

Are you looking to make a move to the area? As your local experts, the MacDonald Team is here to help. If you have any questions, would like more information, or are ready to get started, give us a call today!

Historic Meets Hip in Center City, A Community in the Heart of Philly

Are you looking for a home in the heart of Philly that combines the city’s historic past with its sophisticated future? Stretching from the Schuylkill River to the banks of the Delaware, Center City is home to some of the most popular attractions in the Philadelphia.

Chic shopping centers, historic plazas, luscious city parks — they all find their home in Center City. Explore a little more about this one-of-a-kind neighborhood, and let us help you find your home here, too.

Old City

The Liberty BellA neighborhood within a neighborhood, Old City is located within Center City and is packed full of national history and waterfront attractions. For example, did you know that both the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall — not to mention places like the American Jewish History Museums and Constitution Center — are located in Old City? If you’re a history buff, then you can easily get lost for hours exploring this neighborhood.

If history isn’t really your scene, then Old City still has plenty to offer. The Delaware River Waterfront is home to tons of yearly events, stunning walkways, and a smattering of shops and restaurants. Check out a few of the can’t-miss sites and sounds along the Delaware River!

Rittenhouse Square

A city street in Philadelphia near Rittenhouse SquareWhen you live in Philadelphia, almost every part of the city has some sort of claim to historical significance, and Rittenhouse Square is no exception. A neighborhood that perfectly blends the historic with the modern, Rittenhouse is one of the five original squares mapped out by William Penn, the city’s founder.

Now known as upscale and exclusive, Rittenhouse Square is home to tons of top-notch restaurants, boutiques, and luxurious high-rise homes. Plus, the neighborhood is centered around a luscious city park, filled with cozy benches, shady trees, and immaculate landscaping. When you live in Center City, Rittenhouse Square is just one of the many attractions that are a stone’s throw away.

City Parks

A fountain in a city parkOld City and Rittenhouse Square offer a great blend of city amenities and small parks, but there are also plenty of stand-alone parks to explore in Center City. If you’re looking to lace up your shoes and enjoy a breath of fresh air, here are a few of the best parks in the area.

Dilworth Park is the latest edition in the city and has quickly become a hub for activity in the community. Enjoy the interactive fountain, on-site cafe, and active events calendar — featuring live music, festivals, and move screenings. For more of a traditional park experience, we recommend hitting the Sister Cities Park, which features gardens, ponds, and playgrounds.

Luxurious Homes

A modern loft in the cityIf the amenities of Center City aren’t enough of a highlight, then the homes will definitely grab your attention. Whether you’re looking for a historic brick-front townhouse or a modern high-rise loft, we can help you find your dream home in the heart of the city.

Homes in Center City offer exclusive features like hardwood floors and granite countertops, state-of-the-art appliances, exposed brick, and private balconies — not to mention some of the best views of the city. A few examples of amenities in the buildings include private parking and an automated parking system, expansive pools, modern fitness centers, and full spas.

Ready to see more? Explore a few of our favorite listings, and find your modern metropolitan home in Center City!

Let’s Get Started

If you’re looking for a neighborhood in the middle of big-city action that effortlessly maintains its historic charm, then Center City is the place for you. There’s truly no other place like it on Earth!

If you would like more information, have any questions, or would like to get started, don’t hesitate to contact the MacDonald Team today!