Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2018 Critics’ Choice: Arts, Entertainment & Sports
Best Year-Round Destination winner Longwood Gardens. Photo by Lisa Dukart.
Coffee-Centric Instagram Account
Everything from cold-pressed juices to avocado toast is fair game for posting on @burlapandbean. But the real highlights are the pristine #latteart, #coldbrew and #icedcoffee shots.
Burlap and Bean Coffee, 455 W. Baltimore Ave., Media, (484) 444-2533; 204 S Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, (484) 427-4547; burlapandbean.com.
When she’s not on the air at NBC10, this big-hearted veteran anchor is out supporting the community in a variety of ways, whether lending a hand to well-known philanthropic endeavors like Philabundance, serving as a keynote speaker at local events, or raising awareness for breast cancer research.
Thanks to its meticulous attention to detail and unique hometown perspective, CCHS is the perfect place to unpack the region’s rich past. Its latest exhibits trace the influence of immigration in our area and commemorate local efforts in World War I.
225 N. High St., West Chester, (610) 692-4800, www.chestercohistorical.org.
Horticultural Education Events
This picturesque Delaware County institution is a boon for budding horticulturists and all-around nature lovers, whether it’s guided tours of what’s in bloom, primers on how to grow certain species, or walks dedicated to birding or butterfly viewing.
515 Painter Road, Media, (610) 566-9134, tylerarboretum.org.
Warning: @stoneroseconshy can induce hunger at all hours with its luscious snaps of caprese salad, ahi tuna tacos, raspberry custard cake and other menu items. You also get a fun glimpse behind the scenes at the StoneRose.
The StoneRose Restaurant, 822 Fayette St., Conshohocken, (484) 532-7300, thestoneroserestaurant.com.
The Malvern Buttery nails the cool vibe with its communal tables, floor-to-ceiling windows and serve-yourself mentality. And @malvernbuttery does the place justice with a steady flow of images that capture both the hip vibe and its tempting baked goods and coffee creations.
Malvern Buttery, 233 E. King St., Malvern, (610) 296-2534, www.malvernbuttery.com.
Home Design Inspiration
There’s a reason @blueoctagon has amassed over 34,000 followers. Have a lingering look at the latest unique pieces Krissa Wichser is stocking at the Blue Octagon, and get some ideas on how to style them. From statement mirrors to porcelain vases, throw pillows to wall treatments, she’ll have you yearning to redecorate.
The Blue Octagon, 335 E. King St., Malvern, (610) 640-2684, theblueoctagon.com.
Reliable and no-nonsense, NBC10’s Bill Henley sticks to the meat of the forecast, eschewing drama and brash predictions as he prepares viewers for the day ahead and keeps them updated via Twitter.
Terren knows a thing or two about landscaping—and taking a killer snap of the end result. See the amazing before-and-after shots on @terrenlandscapes. And keep an eye out for the Terren Tips.
Terren Landscapes, 466 Clothier Road, Wynnewood, (610) 284-4400, terrenlandscape.com.
Rebecca Fox Starr knows how to keep it real—which makes Mommy, Ever After such a breath of fresh air in the saturated blogosphere. Whether she’s detailing the struggles of a mother suffering from postpartum depression or simply addressing the ups and downs of raising children, she does so with equal parts realism and levity.
Best Pro Sports Team Mascot winner the Philadelphia Eagles’ Swoop. Photo by Lee Lilly on Flickr.
Pro Sports Team Mascot
It’s much more fun being a mascot when your team wins. And it’s been a fun—and busy—12 months for Swoop, who was a fixture on the sidelines during the Eagles’ first-ever championship season. Rest assured he’ll be keeping the winning vibes alive all summer at numerous special appearances.
Social Running Groups
Getting into a groove can be tough when you’re running solo. The success of Bryn Mawr Running Club’s more-the-merrier approach hinges on a full slate of fun events, including after-run dinners and yoga sessions.
828 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-5510; 1 W. Front St., Media, (610) 627-0600, brynmawrrunningco.com.
This former Philadelphia Eagle is about as authentic and enthusiastic a personality as you’ll find on TV news. He’s also evolved into one heck of a sports mind, effortlessly breaking down games and offering insights only a former pro can muster.
From the Orchid Extravaganza to the Summer of Spectacle to the Christmas displays to the breathtaking fountain shows, there’s no shortage of events, exhibits and natural wonders at Longwood. We make a point of exploring its 1,077 acres at least once every season—if only to remind ourselves that this renowned international destination is right in our own backyard.
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org.
Art lovers can count on both variety and quality at WAC. Its calendar is filled with signature events like the annual Plein Air Festival and Craft Forms exhibition, which draw acclaimed artists from around the world. Themed displays abound, and many exhibits showcase up-and-coming talent.
413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-3553, www.wayneart.org.