Romantic Stops Along the Perkiomen Trail Near Philly PA

WHY GO: Where do Philadelphia couples go when they’ve had enough of the city and want to reconnect in peace? To towns along the Perkiomen Trail!

For over a hundred years, Philly folks have trekked 30 miles West of the city to recreate near Valley Forge National Historical Park, in the hills of Montgomery County PA.

The train tracks that once carried them have been turned into a lovely paved and graveled bike and jogging rail trail along the Perkiomen River with a connection to the Schuylkill Rivers.

In winter, learn to shred on the Mom and Pop slopes of Spring Mountain for a fraction of what you’d pay at larger ski resorts. This area draws the food-passionate as well, with an epicurean reputation surprisingly high for the ‘burbs.

To expand your getaway, plan to visit Chester County PA in addition to the aforementioned Valley Forge PA. 

Things To Do on or Near Perkiomen Trail

Covered Bridge Skippack Village on Perkiomen Trail
Covered Bridge Skippack Village

DO: Ride or walk the Perkiomen Trail

Are the two of you up for a long, bucolic bicycle ride? Bring your bike (or cross-country skis in snowy winter), and wheel 19.5 miles along scenic Perkiomen Creek on the Perkiomen Trail.

In Spring and Summer you’ll meet up with plenty of locals who can’t believe that this treasure is in their back yard.  On your way, pull off in a number of towns for food and snacks.

The trail follows Perkiomen Creek and connects at the junction with the Schuylkill River Trail.  It’s just a 35 mile, 1 ½ hour ride into Philadelphia from Schwenksville.

DO: Snowboard or Zip-Line Ropes Course @ Spring Mountain

Though it’s the highest point in Montgomery County, Spring Mountain Adventure Resort remains a beginner and snowboard-features Mom and Pop ski slope. Attracting a diverse group of folks, Spring Mountain is a welcoming, multicultural example for all mankind.

Come summer, the mountain turns into a Downhill Bike Park, BMX Competition Center, GEOCache area and Zipline Canopy-Tour-Ropes Course Park.

STROLL/SHOP: Skippack Village

It’s a great possibility that George Washington and the Continental Army marched through the quaint little hamlet now called Skippack Village. The history is cool enough, but you’ll want to stick around for the dozens of individually owned stores and restaurants that bring heart back into the shopping experience.

If you’re in the market for a floral arrangements, antiques, unique gifts, and plenty more, you’ll find it in this collection of antique homes-turned indie shops.

Restaurants on or near the Perkiomen Trail

Tablecloth on table near window and oil painting - interior of restaurant, Parc Bistro, Skippack Village PA #restaurant @GetawayMavens

EAT: Parc Bistro, Skippack Village

Opened in the mid 1990’s, Parc Bistro was one of the first establishments to draw Philadelphians to the outskirts of the city. It’s still going strong.

Decked out with sponged walls, large oil paintings, and country rooster carvings, the dining rooms may convey it, but the menu items at Parc Bistro are not a rendition of the “Italian, French, Country” indicated on its sign. Talented Chef Bill Tschoepe is free to innovate at the range, and avoids pigeonholing his cuisine. Dishes like Merry Mussels streamed in Belgian Ale, and Ahi Tuna B.L.T. on brioche with Asian Salad represent a winning – and extremely delicious – menu.

EAT: Locals Love

More recommended in or near Skippack Village include Dutch Cottage Tavern, Vallini, and Calypso.

Where To Stay on Perkiomen Trail

Hotel Fiesole in Skippack Village PA

STAY: Hotel Fiesole, Skippack Village

Modeled after the hotel of the same name in Tuscany, this stately Hotel Fiesole in the center of boutique-shop Skippack is elegant and styled for a upscale travelers who don’t like cookie-cutter chain hotels.

An atmospheric library room with stained glass domed ceiling is particularly swanky. There’s a hierarchal level of dining; main floor is fine, middle floor casual, and the basement, aka “rathskeller” blasts live music.


  • Malerie Yolen-Cohen

    Malerie Yolen-Cohen is the Author of the cross-country travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3562 Miles of Transcontinental Route 6. She contributes frequently to Newsday, with credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Yankee Magazine,, Sierra Magazine, Porthole, Paddler, New England Boating, Huffington Post, and dozens of other publications. Malerie’s focus and specialty is Northeastern US, and she is constantly amazed by the caliber of restaurants and lodging in the unlikeliest places.