The holiday season is a great time to visit the Valley Forge and Montgomery County area of Pennsylvania. For that reason, the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau has provided this roundup of places and events to check out in the next few months:
Valley Forge and Montgomery County are home to award-winning microbrews, craft spirits, and wine.
And now, guests can find information on these Montco Makers’ tastings, tours, hotels, and events through montcomakers.com and the Montco Makers app. Visitors can earn rewards and prizes, including Montco Makers swag, for stopping by their favorite places or trying something new.
Some of the finest beverage artisans’ work has fans hopping with excitement at the award-winning Round Guys Brewing Company and Pub in Lansdale. Co-founders and longtime friends Scott Rudich and Rich DiLiberto almost formed a band, but instead went into brewing.
The brand new Workhorse Brewing Co. in King of Prussia is the only craft brewery in KOP, pouring accessible, approachable beer from a unique, experiential tasting room.
If you long to taste a vino like nothing else, try Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery in Lansdale.
At Stone and Key Cellars in Montgomeryville, guests can try high-quality wines and ciders featuring ingredients from around the world, or they can become winemakers by creating their own wine with the experienced staff.
The family-owned distillery Boardroom Spirits is known for its passionate and crafty cocktails with pure, technically precise spirits and free weekend tours.
Located in the former Humane Fire Engine Company No. 1, a Norristown landmark, Five Saints Distilling offers handcrafted vodka, bourbon, gin, and rum.
Take a tour to taste for yourself.
Montgomery County is home to more than 200 arts attractions, featuring live music venues, award-winning playhouses, historic movie theaters, amazing architecture, museums, and arts galleries, and some of the finest gardens and arboretums in the country.
Here are some upcoming can’t-miss events:
■ “The Color Purple”
Nov. 8–Dec. 9
With a Grammy Award-winning score of jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues, “The Color Purple” stays true to Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, following resilient Celie on her life's journey over half a century — through joy and despair, anguish and thrilling hope — to discover her destiny and the power of love.
■ Historic Holidays
Explore Christmas in a castle at Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn. A religious art and history museum that was once the early 20th-century home of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn and their children, Glencairn displays dozens of 3-D nativity scenes collected from around the world every holiday season. Plus, visitors can enjoy a guided tour showcasing how the family decorated, a view of downtown Philadelphia from the observation deck tower on a clear day, and other seasonal activities.
■ March in the Park
On December 19, 1777, Gen. George Washington's Continental Army "marched in" to Valley Forge to set up winter quarters. Each year, the park commemorates their arrival and determination to persevere against insurmountable hardship and difficult conditions during their six-month encampment. With a meet and greet with Gen. Washington, candle-lit ranger-led walks, and hut tours, there are many ways to learn and have fun.