Sunday, January 8, 2012

Reading Pennsylvania

Typically we focus on events in Lancaster County, but since its the new year, lets branch out and explore Berks county. Reading, PA is just down the road and is another great place that offers activities for everyone. Since Adamstown Inns & Cottages is so conveniently located between Lancaster and Reading, it will be easy to split your time if you want to see attractions in both cities!

The most famous place to visit is the Reading Pagoda. Located on top of Mt. Penn, you can learn about its history and grab a small bite to eat in the cafe. After enjoying the views of Reading, stop by the gift shop to take home a memory of your visit.

If you enjoy art, the Goggleworks Art Theatre has daily shows and exhibits that change often. They celebrate First Fridays and Second Sundays, where the public is encouraged to view new galleries, explore the workshops, and even make a small project to take with you. For musical entertainment, check out the Metropolitan Opera shows at the IMAX or the Reading Symphony Orchestra.

Have a sports fan with you? The Reading Royals are in the midst of an exciting ice hockey season. If you are an outdoors person, Mt. Penn has many hiking trails, and Crystal Cave is nearby in Kutztown.

If you’re staying in Adamstown for the abundance of antiques, you don’t need to fret if you’ve covered all the markets. While it is a challenge to visit them all in one trip, you have more options, if that’s the case. Renningers Antique and Flea Market is nearby in Kutztown. And while you’re in that area, swing over to Premise Maid Shoppes for ice cream, chocolates, and baked goods. All their goodies are made on site and they have a large gift shop and many displays to see, including a giant chocolate grandfather clock!

In the New Year, I challenge you to visit a couple different cities while staying in one location. You’ll have more opportunities to visit the local restaurants and get a feel for the culture of the towns. We hope to see you soon and wish you a happy and safe 2012!
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