Local Lifestyle: Kennett Square, PA
Kennett Square, PA is undoubtedly one of the coolest small towns that you may have never heard of. Located about an hour outside of Philadelphia and close to Delaware border, Kennett is the right combination of rural charm and small town attractions. There are plenty of restaurants and shops in the Square, but below are three of my new favorite things to do while you’re in town.
At a somewhat hefty $25 per hour, this isn’t something I would do all the time. However, it was definitely fun to try once. Located adjacent to The Creamery (which serves both food and alcohol), The Chop Shop is the only place of its kind in the area. (At least as far as I know.) For those of you who are skeptical, trust me, so was I. With no discernable upper body strength and terrible aim, this seemed like the worst activity for me. While it does take some strength to get the axe to stick, it seems to be less about muscle and more about technique. (In case you’re wondering, I came in second in a group of seven, so I’m obviously now an expert.) There are multiple lanes and each lane can accommodate up to eight people, so you either need to be ready to make friends with random strangers or bring a larger group. As it was only the two of us, we were paired with another group of five. Since you’re paying $25 a person, it might be a good idea to come with enough people that you actually like to fill a lane.
No list of things to do in Kennett would complete without Longwood Gardens. I know, you’re thinking that only grandmas like botanical gardens. (Or maybe you’re not thinking that…) Regardless, Longwood is more than just a greenhouse and has a full set of trails and gardens to explore, weather permitting. While summers are very popular, the nice weather also means that people are out wandering around and spread out. Christmastime is another very popular time, but people tend to bunch up in the conservatory because its, you know, winter. You could spend all day exploring, taking photos, and finding a great place to sit and enjoy the scenery.
Chester Count, PA is full of wineries. There are enough that you could spend a whole weekend just on wine alone. However, if you’re asking for my wine recommendation, Paradocx is my favorite. With a tasting room option in their actual winery and one downtown, it’s never inconvenient to have a glass. Paradocx has a good spread of sweet to dry wines, so I feel confident guaranteeing that you’ll find something you like.
Have you been to Kennett Square? If so, what are some of your favorite thing to do?