Main Line

March 9, 2016

Things to do on the Main Line

The Main Line has a lot to offer this week.  We've got wine, ways to unwind, and Easter eggs-travagance (not your typical egg hunt).

If There’s One Thing Vino, it’s Wine!

Paramour at the Wayne Hotel is offering a wine tasting that will get at the root, or ...

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Jan. 23, 2015

Living on the Main Line: Radnor: History and Landmarks

Radnor High School in 1893. The original building in Wayne no longer exists; the current high school in Radnor is larger and has more and better facilities.

Radnor Township is as old as Pennsylvania itself: it was settled in 1681 by Welsh Quakers, who Pennsylvania's founder, William Penn, granted ...

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Jan. 17, 2015

Living on the Main Line: Ardmore

The fabled Main Line contains some of the most desirable places to live in all greater Philadelphia, but it is not homogeneous; the communities that comprise it range from urbane villages to spacious estates. Beginning with this post, we will introduce you to the varied communities that together make up ...

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Jan. 15, 2015

Living on the Main Line: Wayne: History and Landmarks

Wayne HotelThere's loads of history in the Main Line's suburban communities, but Wayne is the only suburb that is itself a historic landmark: its core residential and business districts are all National Register Historic Districts, and the Wayne Hotel, above, is a National Historic Landmark.

The first development to ...

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Jan. 8, 2015

Living on the Main Line: Bala Cynwyd: Shopping

Bala Village signBala Village is the historic and charming Main Street of Bala-Cynwyd. Along with the district just up Montgomery Avenue, it forms a hub for distinctive shopping at locally owned boutiques and small merchants.

Recall what we said about old and new, small town and big city, coexisting peacefully in Bala ...

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Dec. 23, 2014

Living on the Main Line: St. Davids: Shopping and Dining

The Radnor HotelThe Radnor Hotel, home to a classic American restaurant and a cabaret, is one of several businesses in neighboring Radnor that give their address as St. Davids. 

Sr. Davids' business district is all business: offices and a bank branch define it.

But thanks to the blurring of lines in ...

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Dec. 12, 2014

Living on the Main Line: Villanova: Shopping and Dining

King of Prussia shopping mallGuides aimed at Villanova University students often list this destination as the best shopping in the area. In truth, the King of Prussia mall is the region's premier shopping destination. Villanova itself has no shopping to speak of, and only a small commercial district with eateries catering to students ...

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Nov. 27, 2014

Living on the Main Line: Villanova

 


When the Order of St. Augustine bought the Belle-Air farm in 1842, what is now Villanova was a collection of farms. That allowed both the university and the community that grew up around it to remain green and leafy places to this day.

We've now arrived at the ...

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Nov. 13, 2014

Living on the Main Line: Rosemont: History and Landmarks

Joseph Sinnott Mansion, "Rathalla," the Joseph Sinnott Mansion, today houses Rosemont College.

Rosemont, like the rest of the Welsh Barony, received its first English (or rather Welsh) settlers in 1682-83, and a bit of the community's 18th-century history survives. But its most distinctive landmarks, including one of the Main Line's few ...

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Oct. 29, 2014

Living on the Main Line: Bryn Mawr: Schools

The Baldwin SchoolThe Baldwin School is one of two outstanding private schools located in Bryn Mawr; its main building, designed by famed architect Frank Furness and opened in 1894 as the Bryn Mawr Hotel, is also a popular spot for functions and special events. Bryn Mawr residents also have access to great ...

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