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The Chestnut Hills Neighborhood of Philadelphia

8501Germantown Ave Cress HotelChestnut Hill is a beautiful award-winning neighborhood in northwest Philadelphia renowned for its gardens, art and architecture, parks, shopping, dining and many diverse, culturally enriching experiences.


Philadelphia’s Garden District Chestnut Hill is home to the Morris Arboretum situated on 92 lush acres and listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized as the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Its garden features the Azalea Meadow, the Japanese Hill and Water Garden, the Rose Garden, Step Fountain, Madeleine K. Butcher Sculpture Garden, and the Swan Pond.

The Tree Adventure a Bird’s Nest with a Bird’s Eye View of the Forest from 50 feet

Valley Green Bridge on the WissahickonThe neighborhood is nestled along the 1,800 acres of Wissahickon Valley Park, part of Philadelphia’s 9,200-acre Fairmount Park with biking, hiking, fishing in season, horseback riding and picnicking.  For nature enthusiasts, one of the special attractions of the park is the Thomas Mill Road Covered Bridge which is the only remaining covered bridge in the Wissahickon.  Not far from the bridge is the path leading to the 15 ft high statue of a kneeling Lenape warrior sculpted in 1902 by John Massey Rhind to commemorate the passing of the native Lenape from the region.

Thomas Mill Covered BridgeOne of the most popular destinations in the park is the historic Valley Green Inn, built in 1851.  It is the last remaining example of the many roadhouses and taverns that served and watered the carriage trade along the Wissahickon in the 19th Century; the Inn is still serving delicious meals today.

Woodmere MuseumThe Woodmere Art Museum is housed in a beautiful Victorian mansion; it focuses on the art and artists, both historical and contemporary, of the Philadelphia region.  Among the artists represented are Violet Oakley, Benjamin West, Arthur Charles, and N.C. Wyeth.  There are also juried exhibits of local painters and sculptors, solo shows of promising newcomers, and sculptures displayed on its grounds.

Enjoy Jazz on Fridays and Classical Music on Sundays at the Museum

The architecture of Chestnut Hill comprises one of the best collections of 19th and early 20th century residential buildings in the country, from the early Italianate designs of Samuel Sloan, to the exuberant Queen Ann buildings of G.W. & W.D. Hewitt; from the groundbreaking European-influenced work of Wilson Eyre to the exquisitely designed country houses of Mellor Meigs and Howe; and from the ornate classical design of Horace Trumbauer to the early modern works of Louis J. Kahn and Robert Venturi.

Shopping in Chestnut HillShopping and dining are the cornerstones of life in Chestnut Hill.  Germantown Avenue, the cobblestoned street that runs through the heart of the neighborhood, is lined with more than 85 shops including one-of-a-kind boutiques, an old-fashioned hardware store, home furnishings, art galleries, antique shops, a garden center and flower shops, farmers markets, spas and more.  Dining options also abound, with both casual and sophisticated restaurants, taverns and cafes offering a variety of American and ethnic dishes.

Chestnut Hill SEPTAFestivals Chestnut Hill hosts theHome & Garden Festival in the spring, a Fall for the Arts Festival in October, and a Harry Potter Festival, also in October.   When winter comes, the street is transformed for the holidays, with garlands of pine around shop windows and lamp posts, barrels filled with berries and greenery, and thousands of twinkling white lights decorating the trees.  Roasted chestnuts, carolers, brass quartets and special shopping nights are part of the holiday tradition in Chestnut Hill.

A Town for all Seasons

Your Travel Plan to Chestnut Hill and Philadelphia

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