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September 24, 2018

5 ways to embrace fall in Chestnut Hill

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Home to amazing art galleries, independent boutiques and craft breweries, Chestnut Hill should be on your radar as an all-seasons destination in Philadelphia – especially in autumn. The changing leaves set a postcard-perfect scene in this urban village, which hosts a packed lineup of festivals and events this time of year. Here’s your checklist for all-ages fall fun on the Hill:

1. Admire the fall foliage.

Chestnut Hill’s Morris Arboretum is a wonderland of fall foliage, internationally known for its collection of rare and magnificent trees. Explore the 92-acre landscape any day, or visit during special festivities including an Autumnal Equinox celebration on September 3 and Fall Family Weekend October 6-7. Keep admiring autumn splendor while hiking through Wissahickon Valley Park (don’t miss dining trailside at Valley Green Inn), and shopping along tree-lined Germantown Avenue.

2. Explore the incredible art scene.

From classic to contemporary, admire one-of-a-kind works in galleries and institutions all over the Hill. Stop in Woodmere Art Museum to experience a fine regional art collection, then head to “Gallery Row” on the Avenue to buy a handcrafted masterpiece for your home (here are 15 can’t-miss stops for arts and antiques). Plus, mark your calendar for September 30, when the annual Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival transforms the village into an outdoor arts and crafts marketplace!

3. Shop for sweater weather.

Refresh your autumn wardrobe at local fashion boutiques throughout the charming cobblestoned business district. STYLE CAMP and ellelauri are two of the many chic shops offering stylish staples for women, while Greene Street is a popular stop for modern menswear. Outfit your little fashionistas, from babies to youth, at whimsical children’s store Villavillekula.

4. Indulge in seasonal flavors.

Fall brings delicious new dishes to Chestnut Hill’s restaurants, which feature the season’s produce in everything from global cuisine to classic comfort food. Grab a pumpkin pie sticky bun from Barry’s Buns, one of the tasty options in the Market at the Fareway, or eat your way down the Avenue on the Chew Philly Chestnut Hill Food Tour. You can also take advantage of food and drink specials at local restaurants during First Wednesdays on the Hill.

5. Kickstart your Halloween celebration.

With a Quidditch tournament, zombie dance party, hay rides, a costume parade, and live entertainment, the new Witches & Wizards festival in Chestnut Hill, October 19-20, will be a treat for kids and adults alike. The over-21 crowd can get in the spirit on Friday during the Brews & Broomsticks Pub Crawl, a ticketed event featuring exclusive food and drink specials at bars, two outdoor beer gardens, and spooky sights that make for Instagrammable moments.

Plan your autumn outings in Chestnut Hill at