March 16, 2013

A Whirlwind Weekend in Kennett Square

1. I'd take you out for dinner at the Half Moon. You can order whatever you want, but --- barring a seafood allergy --- I will (nicely) force you to order the crab nachos. They are amazingly good: a big pile of blue corn tortilla chips layered with lots of lump crab meat, cheese, tomato, black beans, and avocado! The Half Moon specializes in Belgian beer and wild game, so hit up those taps and order the buffaloaf (bison meatloaf). I highly recommend the smoky mushroom bisque; it's my absolute favorite mushroom soup here, and this is a town with a LOT of mushroom soup.

2. It's famous for a reason! You shouldn't miss Longwood Gardens, a huge estate garden. The Christmas lights display is probably the most well-known, and it's lovely, but my favorite time of year there is spring, when everything is blooming, and it all smells wonderful. Longwood is pricey, but it's worth it, especially if you get your hand stamped so that you can re-enter later in the day.
3. Calories don't count on vacation, so we'll stop in and grab a treat at La Michoacana, a family-owned ice cream shop. They make all of the ice cream in-house, and there are some amazing flavors to choose from, like nutella and dulce de leche. Once you've made it through the line (yes, there is always a line), you should definitely try a sample of the corn ice cream. My favorite combination is avocado and mamey, a tropical fruit that complements the avocado awesomely. Unless you are an ice cream monster, order the smallest size because the guys behind the counter cram twice as much ice cream in there than the cup or cone can really hold. You can also order housemade ice cream pops for the kiddos, but watch out for the chili mango flavor --- it's spicy!

4. The weather is perfect and getting outdoors is a must. We'll take advantage of the gorgeous day at Anson B. Nixon Park, a free 100-acre park right in town. During the year, the park is a venue for events like the annual trout rodeo (not kidding), the Kennett Run, and a summer concert series, but you can always just go to walk around, bike the trails, and play disc golf. Even though the park runs right next to major roads, it's quiet and peaceful, and I love how green it gets in the spring and summer.

5. You're so fortunate to have a Kennett insider showing you around. The locals would stone me if I didn't show you Talula's Table. During the day, Talula's is the cutest place to get coffee or a sandwich, and it's a great place to find food-related gifts. After 7pm, it turns into a restaurant that takes reservations a year in advance for prix fixe, seasonal menus, and I can vouch for the awesomeness of those dinners.

6. You didn't ask, but I'll tell you anyway that a trip to Kennett Square wouldn't be complete without visiting our downtown area, by which I mean, the one street: State Street. If you're here during the weekend after Labor Day, we'll walk through the Mushroom Festival and buy fried mushrooms and other mushroom goodies. Year-round, I'll take you to my favorite locally owned shops, which coincidentally have the most interesting proprietors, like Harry at the used book store, Doug at the Eco Boutique, Charlie at the pottery studio, Regina at her art gallery, and Mrs. Robinson at the tea shop. I love how Kennett Square is very much like Stars Hollow, except that we don't have a Kirk. We could use a Kirk.

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  1. omg - love the Stars Hollow comment! I need a Kirk in my town too, haha.

  2. Sounds like an amazing place to visit, and I haven't even heard of it before. I would love to take a trip to that area, and I really want to make sure Kennett Square is part of it.

  3. I am not a seafood fan, but I could definitely get behind those nachos.

  4. Whoa, I need to come visit just for those nachos!!!

    And any place that's like Stars Hollow is a winner in my book :)

  5. Great post! I'm from West Chester and didn't know about any of these gems (except Longwood of course). If you like wine, I'd recommend Va La vineyards which is not too far and a really pretty spot.

  6. I can totally vouch for Kennett Square and RA's recommendations! While we didn't get to Longwood, I was there for the Mushroom Festival and it was absolutely charming!!


  7. Those nachos look so good! I love that you compared your town to Stars Hollow, too -- I absolutely love "Gilmore Girls" and wish my town was like theirs. :)

  8. Kennett Square sounds so charming and quaint, and I love the Stars Hollow comparison. Can it get any better than that, really?

  9. as i was reading this post, i kept thinking that it sounds like stars hollow, and i'm so glad RA said it is! i waver between wanting to live in a big city or in a small town like that. either way, i most definitely want to visit now and try those nachos, of course.


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