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!

Celebrate Independence Day around the Main Line with These 4th of July Events

The Main Line and Philadelphia area played a pretty important part in America’s history…so Fourth of July around here is kind of a big deal! From parades and festivals to food and fireworks, the communities around the Main Line are pulling out all the stops for Independence Day.

Still looking for holiday plans—or wondering how many celebrations you can visit in one day? Check out our highlights!

Wawa Welcome America

A crowd of people at a concert.

When: June 29th – July 4th

Where: Various locations

What: Wawa Welcome America is a huge, multi-day festival featuring free concerts, outdoor movie screenings, free museum admission, community block parties, multiple fireworks shows, and more. It all concludes on the night of the 4th, with fireworks and live performances from artists like Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor!

Narberth Fourth of July Celebration

When: July 4th, 10am

Where: Narberth Playground

What: The biggest yearly celebration in Narberth—and maybe even the biggest Fourth of July event on the Main Line—the town hosts a day full of activity. The morning starts off with a baby parade, sports contests and games, and a pie eating contest. Then, after a little break, things resume around 7pm with live music and fireworks!

July 4th in Phoenixville

Fireworks in the sky.

When: July 4th, 9:15pm

Where: Friendship Field, Fillmore & Franklin Avenue, or Reservoir Park

What: This year marks the 20th anniversary of Phoenixville’s Fourth of July celebration, where you can expect a dazzling fireworks show and on-site vendors (water ice, fries, and other tasty treats will be available).

Patriots in the Park

When: July 4th, 11am

Where: Valley Forge

What: Valley Forge was the site of a major encampment of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, and the Patriots in the Park event is all about celebrating and remembering that history. Throughout the afternoon, you can enjoy tons of crafts and activities, live demonstrations, guided tours, and more—not to mention a pop-up beer garden!

Garrett Hill-Rosemont July 4th Parade

A man with his daughter on his shoulders.

When: July 4th, 10:45am

Where: Conestoga Rd & Williams Rd

What: Bryn Mawr’s most popular Independence Day event, the Garrett Hill-Rosemont Parade will feature bikes, floats, special characters, and more. After the parade, there will be festivities in Clem Macrone Park, including live entertainment, inflatables and rides, kids’ activities, and food and drink vendors.

Tredyffrin Township’s 4th of July Celebration

When: July 4th, 7:15pm

Where: Wilson Farm Park

What: Over in Wayne, the Chester County Band will be playing a set of lively patriotic music, followed up by a brilliant fireworks show at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and chairs, as well as their own food and drinks—although there will be vendors on-site!

Celebrate on the Main Line

There are plenty of reasons to find your home in a Main Line community, and the passionate and active community is certainly one of them! No matter the year or season, you’ll always find something exciting happening on the community calendar.

If you’re interested in buying a home on the Main Line, take some time to explore our community guides, browse our buying resources, and use our specialized search tool to narrow down your options. Once you’re ready to get started, just give us 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.

The Top Factors that Make the Main Line a Great Place to Call Home

If you’re looking to relocate to the Philadelphia area, don’t look any further than the Main Line. Taking its name from the Philadelphia Main Line Railroad that is spans across, the Main Line is comprised of some of the most luxurious neighborhoods in the state.

The Main Line offers a unique blend of urban, suburban, and rural living, so there’s an ideal neighborhood for every lifestyle. Wondering what life in the Main Line could look like for you? Dive in to the top reasons why locals love the area, and find your new home in one of these communities today.

A Variety of Amenities

An art exhibit.Whether you settle down in Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Wayne, or Villanova, you’ll never be far from all of the amenities you need. Each community offers a variety of things to do, including movie theaters, shopping malls, five-star restaurants, and museums and galleries.

If you’re looking for a little more excitement, Philadelphia is never too far away. Take a trip into the city and enjoy visiting major attractions like the Philadelphia Mills shopping center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the weekly events in the iconic LOVE Park.

Stunning Parks

A person exploring the woods. A major selling point of the Main Line is living near the city, but there are also tons of natural areas to explore! Visit the historical sites, monuments, and meadows of the Revolutionary War site and national park, Valley Forge. For beautiful sites and sounds, explore the American College Arboretum or Chanticleer Gardens, both of which are known for their stunning and diverse array of flora and fauna.

Other smaller parks — like The Willows, Saw Mill Park, and Ithan ValleyPark — are scattered along the Main Line. These natural areas provide residents with access to hiking, fishing, picnicking and more!

Active Community Life

A Holi festival color celebration. Are you looking for a place where you can get involved with weekly, monthly, and annual events? The Main Line is always buzzing with celebrations, festivals, and performances that are open to the public. From expansive holiday markets to elaborate parades during every season of the year, there’s something happening every weekend on the Main Line.

The tight-knit, active community provided by the towns along the Main Line are hard to find anywhere else. Stay up-to-date with the community calendar so you don’t miss out on any of these events.

Breathtaking Homes

A beautiful new home. Are you looking for a multi-million dollar estate? A modest single-family home? Or perhaps a cozy townhome near the city? Whatever you need, the Main Line has it.

If you’re looking for luxurious living, explore some of the listings above one million dollars. These homes offer unique access to features like home theaters, marble floors, fitness centers, and wet bars. Many of these impressive listings are under 30 minutes from the heart of the city, and provide acres upon acres of privacy.

Is your style of living more suited to a private penthouse suite? We offer several different listings located in exclusive penthouse buildings that offer unbeatable city views. Enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows, luxurious amenities, and easy access to all that the heart of the city has to offer.

Find Your Main Line Home

The Main Line is one of the most unique collections of neighborhoods in the country. No matter what sort of home you’re looking for, you’re never far from the heart of the city. Explore more about the Main Line, and find your new home here today.

If you have any questions or want to set up a showing, feel free to contact the Macdonald Team today!

Deck the Halls & Get in the Holly Jolly Spirit with these December Events

While the weather outside may be frightful, these Main Line holiday events are nothing less than delightful! Get ready to trim your tree, deck the halls, and ring in the holiday season in the bustling Main Line area.

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate all of the festivities of the season, there are tons of events going on around Philadelphia and the Main Line. Check out a few of the highlights, and put some of these celebrations on your holiday lists!

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Holiday lights.Drawing inspiration from the imaginative mind of Benjamin Franklin, the Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show is a dazzling winter event. With more thank 75,000 twinkling lights, seasonal food and drink, holiday shopping, and festive music, the festival is completely free and lasts for seven weeks.

The main attraction of the show is a 12-foot tall kite that floats over ten feet above the square. A nod to the festival’s inspiration, Benjamin Franklin, the lights on the kite will dance along to the holiday music.

Location: 6th and Race Streets, Philadelphia

Date: November 15th-December 31st, 4:30pm-8pm

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

The Sesame Street characters on stage.Whether you’re celebrating the holidays with a couple of kiddos or just a big fan of the friends down at Sesame Street, be sure to check out a Very Furry Christmas. The Sesame Place park will turn into a winter wonderland, complete with a Merry Marketplace, a Christmas tree show, and a festive train tour.

The Sesame Street cast will also be celebrating with a few special guests. Expect appearances from iconic holiday characters like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™, Clarice, and Bumble. Bring your camera along to snag some pictures of this memorable celebration!

Location: Sesame Place

Date: November 17th-January 1st, park hours

Shadybrook Farms Holiday Light Show

A holiday light show.What’s better than a holiday show with one million lights? A holiday show with 3 million lights! With elaborate displays and familiar holiday characters, the Shadybrook Farms Holiday Light Show is a great way to get in the holiday spirit from the warmth of your car. The two-mile long road takes about 20 minutes to complete.

After you complete the drive, grab a cup of hot cocoa and make some s’mores over the warm flames of the bonfire. Don’t forget to grab some treats from the Farm Market, and say hi to Santa on your way out!

Location: Shadybrook Farm

Date: November 17th-January 6th, hours vary

Christmas Village Philadelphia

AN open air Christmas market.Taking inspiration from the iconic open-air Christmas markets in Germany, the Christmas Village in Philadelphia is one of the most amazing holiday experiences that the city offers. Try authentic German foods like hot Gluhwein, Schnitzel, and Bratwurst. Then, browse the variety of wares from over 80 local and national vendors!

Throughout the month, the Christmas Village will feature a variety of special events, including many visits from Santa Claus. Make sure you check out newest addition to this year’s village, the Alm Beer Garden!

Location: Love Park, Philadelphia

Date: November 22nd-December 24th, 9am-5pm

Nerberth Dickens Festival

A decorated lamppost. Dedicated to celebrating all things Charles Dickens and 1800s London, the Nerberth Dickens Festival is the perfect way to celebrate, 19th century style. The town of Nerberth transforms the streets, and familiar Dickens characters roam the street. Enjoy a variety of period costumes, various live performances, and tasty holiday food and drink.

The festival is perfect for visitors of all ages.  Events include a free scavenger hunt, horse and carriage rides, and a professional ice sculpting displays!

Location: Downtown Narberth

Date: December 2nd, 12pm-4pm

Don’t Miss Out on Festive Fun

From Christmas markets to themed holiday celebrations, you won’t want to miss the chance to attend any of these amazing Main Line and Philadelphia area events. Find your new home in the Main Line today, and be a member of this great community!

If you have any questions, would like more information, or want to set up a showing, feel free to contact the Stephanie MacDonald Team today!