A June 2005 trip
to Pennsylvania by Suzanne715
Quote: Looking for something different and FUN to do? Treat your loved ones to a ride on Amtrak and moments full of awesome surprises! Read my journals for historic sights, eateries, shops, and places to play, as well as important information and helpful hints.
Attraction | "Suburban Square-On the Main Line"
Suburban Square, a cheerful, upscale shopping park with over 65 stores and restaurants, is celebrating its 75th anniversary! So, how come I only learned of this cool place this spring? Suburban Square is The Rodeo Drive of Pennsylvania. Okay, so I live a sheltered life.
Wanting to do something fun with my daughter and her friend, who is visiting from Chicago, I bought train tickets from Middletown to Ardmore ($32 adult and $16 child- round trip). We spent the day looking for "deals." Our favorite store is Lilly Pulitzer because of the bright colors and cool designs. The store screams "Tennis Anyone (?)" and "Let’s meet at the Country Club." We look at the price tags and decide maybe a few pictures of us holding the dress we’d love to have is more affordable. Even though it’s expensive, venture in, as the store puts a smile on your face!
I always like to stop in Crabtree and Evelyn. The girls have fun testing the perfumes, while I purchase travel-size packets of silk-powdered Facial Blotting Tissues ($4), Rosewater Soap Leaves ($3), and a pack of disposal nail files ($2). My total purchase came to $9.54 and the clerk tossed in two 2-ounce FREE samples of Wisteria Body Lotion. The girls love free gifts!
At Strawbridge, boxes of colorful brooches (currently a hot item) for $3 fill a discount bin. Kaylee and Harmony seem more interested in the shelves of purses. Venturing down to the basement, glass-blown purse vases are half-price ($19.99, see photo). Fresh flower centerpieces using these purses would be so much fun to create, not to mention a conversation piece.
We consistantly seem to find bargains at the GAP on both girls’ and guys’ clothes. They have mark-downs regularly, so check the racks!
Our favorite place to eat is Ruby’s Diner. Lunch for four is approximately $40, including tip. Ruby’s is such a special place, I’ve written its own review: RUBY'S - On the Main Line or check the company web site at RUBYS.
Don't miss the Farmer's Market, stocked with smoked meats, cheeses, pastries, seafood (the best I've ever seen in a market), and more.
We enjoyed this day excursion so much we went a second time!
For a list of shops and restaurants or more information on Suburban Square and events held there, click on the following link: Suburban Square.
Ardmore lies 12 miles to the west of Philadelphia, a quick trip on the SEPTA rail lines. But for those of us traveling from outside the "Main Line," it makes a nice train ride through the countryside. You can drive as far down the Amtrak corridor as you want to board. The closer the station, the lower the fare. For instance, if you board at Lancaster, the fares would be $22 (adult) and $11(child), a little less than boarding in Middletown.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2005
6 Coulter Avenue
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003
Attraction | "Penn's Square - The Heart of Lancaster"
When you arrive at the Lancaster Amtrak Station go up the stairs, through the lobby, and down the main staircase. Just outside the front doors the Red Rose Trolley drives by about very fifteen minutes. Give the driver a little wave and he’ll stop for you. TIP: Try to have the correct change for the trolley fare, they don’t give change ($1.15 each way, per person). Just ask the driver to drop you off at Penn’s Square, a short ride.
You will recognize Penn’s Square when you see a Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the center. The trolley passes the statue, then stops. Catch the trolley back to the station from the same spot.
On the square, you’ll find The Lancaster Cultural Museum, historical markers, banks, and soon, a convention center.
Central Market , America’s oldest farmer’s market, is located beside the Cultural Museum. Market is open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. I highly recommend a visit to market, a Lancaster icon. Go in the morning for a tasty baked treat, then later in the day for produce, cheese, meats, or flowers to take along home.
Just behind the market is the Quilt and Textile Museum , Hagar Arcade of Shops, and Central Market Mall. Among the shops in the Central Market Mall is The Pottery and Bead Works . I recently stumbled across this place so I have yet to try it, but it looks like fun and runs about $15 per person to make a project. Another shop I like here is Country Chic which sells scarves, jewelry, odd handbags, belts, and other cool stuff.
I have two favorite old churches, but only one is open for touring, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. The second church is St. James, just a block north of Trinity, that has a courtyard cemetery with large stone tablets going back hundreds of years. I enjoy reading the names and dates of the souls laid to rest here.
Just a few paces from St. James is the public library. Climb the marble stairs to the second-floor kids' section if they are along. It is an inviting room with bright colors, computers, and thousands of books.
For a place to eat, there is Marion Court or Isaac’s on Queen Street, or try my favorite place–-Lancaster Dispensing Company .
All the places mentioned are within 2 blocks of Penn’s Square. Enjoy your day!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 21, 2005
Queen and King Street