Boyertown, an unexpected destination.
Last week was #nationaltravelandtourism week and we took our followers on a trip through Boyertown. Our little town of Boyertown has so much to offer for a weekend getaway. Let's recap! We recommend a full weekend to be able to enjoy all Boyertown has to offer, so let's start with where to stay!
The Twin Turrets is located in the heart of the town. Built around 1865, this was the original home of Daniel Boyer. It was restored in 1988 to become the bed and breakfast it is today.
It boasts 10 bedrooms to stay in and decorated floor to ceiling antiques. It is owned and operated by our Mayor, Marianne Deery. You can learn more about staying here, on the website.
Another place you can stay when you visit Boyertown is right around the corner from The Twin Turrets. Our very own vegan cafe, Firefly Cafe and Outpost, has an Airbnb just above them.
Located in the renovated Erbanco building, the space gets tons of natural light, has unique architectural details, and lots of love put into the space make this a truly special place to stay. Packages available through Firefly Cafe or Airbnb.
Did you know Boyertown has THREE museums all within walking distance of each other? So while you are visiting Boyertown or perhaps taking your Boyertown stay-cation, take a stroll over and see Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, Boyertown Area Historical Society and General Carl Spaatz Regional USAAC Museum (opening soon). We are an area rich in history and are very fortunate to have access to so many places in such a small area.
You can even hop in a car and within twenty minutes in any direction be able to visit more historical sites such as Daniel Boone Homestead, Pottsgrove Manor, Berks History Center, Hopewell Furnace as well as several others. Make sure your first stop is Bahr's Mill Complex, located 1.5 miles outside of town. It's awesome!
You'll want to carve out about two hours on your itinerary and take a historic train ride on the
Colebrookdale Railroad - The Secret Valley Line!
This tourist railroad began operations in 2014 and runs along civil war-era rail lines. The train maneuvers between narrow curves and inches away from the rocky cliff sides during this 1 3/4 hour, 8 mile journey between Boyertown and Pottstown. The Pullman train cars have been meticulously restored so it feels like you are stepping back into another time. You can even travel on their open air car for a 360 degree view of the Secret Valley Trail.
The Colebrookdale Railroad has excursions almost year round including themed rides, such as their Mothers Day trains and Twas the Night Before Christmas excursions.
Most train rides offer catered dining car options. The non-profit recently added rail bike excursions to their programs!
With several restaurants and shops all over town, certainly make time for shopping, local cider tastings and delicious food. You can click on the MEMBERSHIP (directory) link at the top of this page for a list of all of our local shops and restaurants.
Don't forget to check out the arts in Boyertown! We are fortunate to have Studio B Art Gallery and also world renowned glass makers, Taylor Backes!
Taylor Backes studio is open to the public where you can watch live demonstrations, shop their studio store or even sign up for a glass class!
After your visit to Taylor Backes, head on over to Studio B to check out their current exhibition! Open Saturday and Sundays and the rest of the week by appointment only.
You may notice while walking around town, all of Boyertown's painted fiberglass bears. This arts project, spear headed by Studio 's B's very own Jane Stahl, has its own walking tour. Visit www.bearfever.org to download the map!
We love the arts in Boyertown!
One place that is a must visit while you are here is Frecon Farms. Frecon Farms has been growing some of Pennsylvania's finest tree fruits and berries since 1944 and is one of Boyertown's oldest businesses. Depending on when you visit, you can find cherries, peaches, plums, blueberries, nectarines, raspberries, apples, and pears.
They recently renovated their storefront on Reading Ave to include a prepared foods section, whole foods market, expanded from scratch bakery, cider and wine sales as well as coffee bar. While you are here, be sure to check their website for seasonal events and available one day culinary classes. If you visit in the fall, their orchard is open for "pick your own fruit". In the orchard you can hear live music, drink cider and eat wood fired pizza all while picking apples.
Building a Better Boyertown also hosts several yearly events in town such as Coming Out of Hibernation in April, Oktoberfest at the end of September, Pickfest in October and Chillin on Main the first weekend of December. More information on these events can be found under the EVENTS tab at the top of this page.
So come for a weekend and discover all our little town has to offer!