Trails, Trolley Cars, and Taverns: A Look Inside Mount Airy

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons - Mount Airy Station

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons - Mount Airy Station

Mt. Airy is a bustling Philadelphia neighborhood with all the charm of a small town. It's nestled between Chestnut Hill and Germantown, and borders on the scenic Wissahickon Valley, in Fairmount Park. Mt. Airy has a rich history. It is home to the site of a Revolutionary War battle and The Johnson House, a famous Quaker safe house for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. It is known for being a racially diverse neighborhood and Oprah Winfrey's O Magazine has written on its great diversity and neighborhood appeal. Mt. Airy is also home to the Wyck House, the nation's oldest rose garden. You won't want to miss the gorgeous grounds and beautiful historic home. And how can we leave out the Sedgwick Theater? It's only one of two remaining art deco theaters, designed by architect William Harold Lee, left in Philadelphia. Mt. Airy is served by two train lines so you are never more than 20 minutes from Center City. The architecture in Mt. Airy is varied and some of the best and most interesting in the city. You’ll find rowhomes to mansions! Find Victorians, Craftmans, Tudors, Cotswold Cottages and mid-century modern homes all within one tree-filled neighborhood!

428 W Mount Airy Ave

428 W Mount Airy Ave

If you love the balance between the vibrancy of the city and the tranquility of your own private residence, you'll love coming home to 428 W. Mt. Airy Avenue. This tree-lined street is a neighborhood gem and the colorful painted homes that dot the block are beautifully maintained. The home's sunny enclosed front porch and beautiful perennial gardens are a fitting invitation and once inside, you are greeted with a lovely, open floor plan.

410 E Allens Lane

410 E Allens Lane

Looking for a home to move right into in time for spring? Located on one of the loveliest tree-lined streets in East Mt. Airy, 410 E Allens Lane has been lovingly restored while retaining its original charm. This is one of our favorite East Mt. Airy blocks and the wonderful curb appeal won’t disappoint. Nestled adjacent to Fairmount Park's Wissahickon Valley, it offers a vibrant residential community and an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops and cafes.

522 Burnham Road

522 Burnham Road

Back to West Mt. Airy on a quiet, tree-lined street just off Lincoln Drive is 522 Burnham Road.  For those who enjoy the outdoors, this home is close to hiking trails, Carpenter's Woods, and Fairmount Park. Just a short walk to Weaver’s Way Co-op and High Point Café!

There is no shortage of excellent events and entertainment in and around Mt. Airy. In the Spring through early Fall, you’ll find several great outdoor events including:

Park Before Dark- Hosted at the Lovett Library Park, find food trucks, open mic events, and movie sing-alongs. Events are noted as family friendly or adults only, be sure to check before attending.

Final-ly Friday- Hosted on the last Friday of the month, between May and October. Restaurants and shops off of Germantown Avenue serve up fun fare, free beer samples, and sweet and savory treats. There's live music and art, and family friendly fun. You’ll also find a variety of special vendors to sell on the strip.

Moonlight Movies- Hosted at different locations during the summer on Fridays and Saturdays. It's a great way to spend the evening under the stars with your loved ones, curled up watching a great movie.

Image Courtesy of Visit Philly - Mount Airy Station

Image Courtesy of Visit Philly - Mount Airy Station

Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll- Germantown Avenue is shut down and the bustling little strip comes alive. There are over 50 food trucks, so you know for sure you'll satisfy your cravings! You’ll find crafters and artisans in attendance happy to sell local-made goods, along with the dozen plus great shops in residence. You’ll love the live music and family-friendly play zones.

BUT let's not forget about all the great shops and restaurants that are open yearlong! Here's list of some of our favorite places around town:

Earth, Bread, & Brewery- Serving up delicious flat-breads and Tom’s famous house brewed beers, this spot will quickly become your favorite hangout. EB&B supports their local artists by having a constant rotation of new work. Check out Billy Westervelt’s work in March!  It keeps the space fresh and gives great exposure to the art community. They also host fun bar events. Say hi to Tom and Peggy when you stop in!

Weaver's Way Co-Op- Weaver's Way is the place for the freshest produce and groceries. They have great local, natural, and organic food. They have been in business since 1973, so you know they are doing something right! Weaver's Way Across the Way is right across the street, and carries all your health wellness needs. It also homes a large pet supply store so your furry friends are provided for.

Trolley Car Diner- It's always the 1950's in the Trolley Car Diner. Relive the era, or experience it for the first time with one of their delicious burgers or milkshakes. Ken at The Trolley Car is also very involved in the Mt. Airy community. They host Moonlight Movies, and run a local tennis club. (Jeanne's favorite activity!) Also, they have an on-going teachers fund that provides support to local teachers to afford materials, equipment, field trips, and programs to better the local school system.

Mt. Airy Art Garage- The Art Garage is located right off of Mt. Airy Ave and has its finger on the pulse of what's going on in the local artist community. It hosts gallery events with new and local artists. They regularly put on shows highlighting touring musicians and local musicians. Also it is home to artist studios where the artists in residence teach workshops on their particular craft. It's a great place to learn about art while focusing on the community.

Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange- Looking for a nice night out? The Grain Exchange is the place to be. With hand-crafted cocktails, an ever changing craft beer list, and delicious new American style cuisine, you are in for a real treat. A vegetarian menu too! Definitely the best place to take a date. (hint hint!)

McMenamen's Tavern- The old standard. This is the neighborhood spot for a laid-back pint, and some good old fashioned pub fare. It's the kind of place where you know exactly what you’re getting and they deliver every time. Friendly, quick service and delicious crispy French fries. What more could you want?

High Point Cafe- Looking for coffee? High Point Cafe is the place to get the best. How about a delicious pastry? Their bakery is out of this world. You'll be dreaming about the mini apple pie for days. Don't forget about brunch too! You won't want to miss the crepes. They are build-your-own so you know it'll be perfect every time!

Philadelphia Salvage- This is the place to find that perfect retro dining table, those mid-century modern end tables, or how about that art deco lamp? This place is an antiques lover dream. Did we mention that on Thursday evenings you can enjoy a complimentary beer or bourbon as you shop? Yeah, we didn't think this place could get any better either.

These are just a few of the things that make Mt. Airy great, but don't just take our word for it. We'll see you soon on Germantown Ave. Let's start with a coffee at High Point, swing by an open house, grab some food at Earth, Bread, & Brewery, and finish with a Moonlight Movie!