Five Travel Destinations Within 30 Minutes or Less

Professional concierge Ken Alan answers a Havertown reader’s call for nearby vacation spots.

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Corey from Havertown writes: This year, we can’t afford a long vacation. So instead, we're looking to take several nearby day trips. Any suggestions?

Thanks, Corey. There’s nothing wrong with exploring and supporting our local habitat, and as you’ll soon learn, we have quite a few special destinations to savor.

Saint Peters Village
Just a few eateries and shops exist here, on the fringe of Chester County, yet there’s nearly a full day’s worth of fun. You can scale the ancient black granite boulders along the lush French Creek and then stop into the Inn at Saint Peter's Village for a casual dinner or drinks on the canopied deck. A favorite of mine is the Saint Peter’s Bakery, offering light fare for breakfast and lunch, plus scrumptious dessert items. A few doors down, duck into the Village Scoop for some tasty ice cream. Saint Peters has a tiny shop that showcases old pinball machines, while another one gives ghost tours. A glassblower’s studio/shop is just down the road. This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it village offers quite a lot.

East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia
My friends and I found a free parking space along 11th Street and walked a block to get to this much-overlooked slice of true Philadelphia (the neighborhood is clean and safe). On East Passyunk (the locals say “Pash-yunk”), we enjoyed what’s been touted as “the best pasta in Philadelphia” at the highly rated Le Virtù, along with potent margaritas at Cantina Los Caballitos and delicate Japanese maki rolls at Izumi. We finally ended up at Fond, a special little New American BYO, enjoying seared duck and the yummiest cannoli ever. Visit

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