Wednesday, November 7, 2018

MORE FROM PENNSYLVANIA

Continuing our mini road trip into Pennsylvania, we drove four hours until we reached Peddler's Village.  I have Debbie to thank for this trip, from It's All About Purple.  I have been looking at her interesting posts whenever she and her husband have visited.  We were ready for a mini-road trip and Gregg gave me the choice of where we should go, and I was always curious about Peddler's Village.  

We generally take it in turns deciding on our destination, and for us the journey is part of the enjoyment.  We knew we would be going through some beautiful countryside.
When we arrived at Peddler's Village it was lunchtime.  We saw a restaurant and pulled into the parking lot of the Buttonwood Grill, not realizing that this place was attached to a hotel.  I noticed people walking into the dining room from a hallway and on a little investigation found the inn. After we finished our meal we made a reservation for the night.  We would be staying at the Golden Plough Inn.
The staff was friendly and our room was very comfortable.  The great part about this hotel was that it was a short walk to Peddler's Village, and we didn't have to move our car until we left the next day.
We spent the rest of the afternoon looking around the village.  There are a lot of shops to browse around, also restaurants.  
I read online that Peddler's Village has 65 shops and 6 restaurants, all on 42 acres of landscaped gardens and brick pathways.  It also hosts 12 festivals and events at various times of the year.
I also read with great interest that its founder was a man called Earl Jamison who opened the village in 1962.  Earl got his start in 1953 when, at the age of 19, he opened his own farm stand in Holicong, Pennsylvania called Bountiful Acres.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s Earl traveled to the town of Carmel in California.  It inspired him to recreate a specialty shopping village in his home town.  

I am very familiar with Carmel as we lived in the next town over back in the early 80s, and have revisited several times since on our trips out west.  I feel like I have just encountered the 'six-degrees-of-separation' territory.
Loved the gazebo.
We sat for a while and talked, and watched people come and go.
There are weddings held here also.
This small circular building was nearby.  It had a window where you could read about various goings-on in the village.
I was delighted to find at its peak, a circular birdhouse with several 'apartments'.  A bird condominium?
A short walk away I found a 'condo' on the roof of another building.
We came across The Lucky Cupcake and decided to pop in for a treat.
Gregg had a cheesecake and I had, well I don't know what it was called.  Let's just say it was chocolate-peanut-butter-and-lots-of-lovely-nuts-on-the-outside and creamy goodness on the inside, a powerhouse of deliciousness.  
He thought so too.  As it was such a nice day we decided to eat outside and waspy was attracted to the chocolate-covered utensil.  Fascinating little thing but I didn't like the idea of that sting.  Thankfully he left soon after.  I let him enjoy his feast on the plastic knife until I had taken my photos, and then he got tired of me shooing him away with a napkin.  I certainly wasn't asking  him to share dessert!
More goodies for the birds.
And pretty garden ornaments.
This one was a favorite and wish I had bought him but there you go, there's always a reason to go back.
It wasn't long before it was time to make our way to the hotel, and after resting up a bit we decided to go down to the bar for a cocktail.  We got into a conversation with a couple, and the lady was celebrating her birthday.  I forgot to mention that it was Halloween and she was dressed for the season.  No, there are no photos but it was very pleasant and we enjoyed our conversation.  Soon it was time for sleeps after our long day.  We would be on the road early the following morning.
Thank you Debbie for telling us about Peddler's Village in your blog.  We had a great time.


 




36 comments:

  1. Hi Denise,
    As I have said before, you two find some fascinating places to visit.
    I love the image of a most unusual wasp, it was after your most enjoyable looking cakes.
    Super set of images of what appears to be a busy area with all the shops and restaurants.
    All the best, John

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    1. Thank you John, it was a fun place to visit and I'm glad you enjoyed everything, including that interesting wasp :) All the best to you too.

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  2. That is so cool that you learned about this place from Debbie. Every time I read travel posts from either of you two I want to go immediately. Both of you (and your husbands too of course) have such a good time and every place you go sounds wonderful. Just a little bit too far way. Wish I'd known of your blog back when we were still full-time RVing. Peddler's Village would definitely be on my list!

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    1. I feel the same when I see your posts Sallie. So many blogging friends have gone to all kinds of interesting places. I keep a folder full of notes about them :)

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  3. Hello, thanks for sharing your visit to the Peddler's Village. I have seen Debbie posting about her trips there too. It looks like a fun place to visit. I love the cute owl ornament. The Inn looks like a pretty place to spend the night. Enjoy your day!

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    1. Hi Eileen, thank you and I hope your day was a great one :)

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  4. So you are in the states now! I have been to Pennsylvania, but have never heard of this place. It really look awesome. Like it is a whole village by itself. I love the big circular birdhouse. Everything looks so wonderful; I really want to go!

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    1. Hi Ginny, I hope you get there one day. I hope I get back :)

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  5. Whoops, sorry about saying you are in the states now. I had a momentary lapse and thought I was on a different blog!!

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    1. No problem, I can't tell you how many times I have done something similar, called people by the wrong name is also what I seem to do quite regularly :)))

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  6. Love what we can learn from fellow bloggers. Looks like a great place to visit. Wow...about those cupcakes.

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    1. Thanks Ellen, it's one of the many things I love, learning from blogging friends :) There was an amazing variety of cupcakes. It was truly hard to choose.

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  7. hi denise, i enjoyed seeing peddlers village through your eyes and i am thrilled that i inspired you guys to visit!! it looks like you picked a beautiful day. we visited this past weekend for an apple festival and the place was out of control packed but it was a nice day!!

    i'm so happy you enjoyed your visit...i like the owl too!!

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    1. Lovely to see you here Debbie. I saw the signs for the apple festival. Looking forward to seeing your photos. Thanks again :)

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  8. What an interesting place, Denise. I've not heard of it! Your photos are lovely and the weather looks wonderful! How nice to learn about it from a blogging friend! ♥

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    1. Hi Martha Ellen, thank you so much. I had never heard of it either until reading Debbie's blog post.

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  9. I do love going on your road trips with you. Thank you. I am not surprised that the gazebo is a popular wedding venue and loved the bird condo.

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    1. Hi EC, so happy to hear that and you are always very welcome.

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  10. What a wonderful sunny day you got to see this beautiful village. I love the gazebo and it was great that Debbie's post inspired you to travel to see it.

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    1. The weather was perfect! The gazebo was a jewel. Thanks Margaret :)

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    1. Obrigado Francisco. Me faz feliz que você tenha gostado do meu post. Um abraço e uma boa semana para você também. Sua amiga Denise :)

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  12. You do find some lovely spots to visit, Denise. That gazebo is lovely, it is something I always wanted and never got...lol.

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    1. Thank you Valerie, we are very fortunate to have places to visit. It would be lovely to have that gazebo in our own gardens, wouldn't it? :)

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  13. I would LOVE to visit this village, these are all stunning photos of things I love. my hubby is from Bucks county, Perkasie. not sure how close this is to where he came from. I love every single thing you took a photo of. I wish I could get him to do a mini trip. I can't even get him to drive 10 miles and walk in a preserve.

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    1. How interesting that Bob is from Bucks County. It sounds like he loves where he is Sandra. Glad you enjoyed this pretty village.

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  14. I loved visiting this place through you! Thanks for the virtual tour.

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    1. I am happy that you enjoyed my photos. Thank you so much :)

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  15. Lovely photos and some nice buildings. Good job you saw the wasp, a sting in the mouth would not have been good!! Take care Diane

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    1. Thanks Diane, no, that would not have been good at all. You take care too :))

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  16. Hi Denise.


    Lovely photos. Beautiful birdhouse. They are sure lucky. Hmm... not sure if I like waspy. Scared of them

    Have a lovely weekend, Denise

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    1. Thank you Small Kucing. Yes, they have a very painful sting but fortunately I have never had to deal with one. I hope your weekend was a good one.

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