We all love to eat! And sip good wines! What could be more fun than tasting your way through Historic Boyertown, which prides itself on delivering the most scrumptious treats, world class wines, and fresh farm to table ingredients, complemented with timeless history and gracious local hospitality.
You can dine in high style aboard the restored Colebrookdale Railroad transporting you back to the 1920s, watch an artist create a masterpiece in buttercream frosting, while munching on fresh pastries in a classic diner surrounded by antique carriages, and taste wines that have been judged among the best in the nation. While indulging in all these treats, you can also watch the artists at Taylor Backes produce spectacular glass creations and view sparkling dancing trees at Dancing Tree Creations, plus the work of 200 other local, regional, and national artists. Along with all the visual goodies, we know you will thoroughly enjoy our great local cuisine produced by loving hands and timeless traditions.
In Person Introduction: Begin your adventure with an intriguing 30 minute in-person introduction to Historic Boyertown. Select from conference seating, walking tour, or other option that best suits your group.
Colebrookdale Railroad – The Secret Valley Line
Dine in high style about the fully restored 1920s railroad that connects visitors with the history, beauty, and nature of one of the most beautiful, unspoiled valleys in America. While traveling through the timeless landscape which looks much like it did when the first iron-willed, ironmasters ventured to our area, you’ll learn the story of the Secret Valley Line. Relax and enjoy the area’s great cuisine as you meander through the natural beauty.
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Savor the goodies of Simply Sherry Bakery served in the restored Fegley’s Diner as you watch culinary artist Sherry work her magic in buttercream frosting. Then meander among the buggies, carriages, wagons, trolleys, and truck bodies made in Boyertown, first at the 1872 Jeremiah Sweinhart Carriage Factory and later, the Boyertown Body Works, now both part of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles. Guided or self-guided tours are available.
Manatawny Creek Winery
Manatawny is a Native American term meaning “where we meet to drink,” and you certainly can do this as you experience this lovely family run winery on the banks of Manatawny Creek. The Levengood family has been making wine for nearly 20 years, growing about half of the grapes they need to produce about 5,000 cases of wine each year, which have become a mainstay of several local restaurants. Taste their many wines and enjoy 30 minute to an hour tours of the cellar, which you can see from the tasting room, where fermenting, storage, bottling and wine production takes place.
Growing apples, peaches, cherries and more, Frecon Farms has been a local institution for over 70 years. Now in its third generation of owners, Frecon uses local ingredients to bake pies, cookies, bread, and more, fresh daily. The Cidery allows Frecon producers to test their chops with heirloom apple varieties, a collection now complemented with locally produced wines. Choose a cooking class to see how it’s all done.
Butter Valley Harvest
Learn more about farm to table ingredients at Butter Valley Harvest where produce is grown hydroponically, pampered in climate controlled greenhouses, on the Ehst Homestead Farm that began in 1859. Bringing regenerative agriculture back to the Butter Valley, many local chefs rely on Butter Valley Harvest to deliver organically grown produce, using the best organic and cutting edge farm practices.
Learn to blow glass, or watch breathlessly while the artists at Taylor Backes create exquisite pieces of art glass in a unique studio dedicated to the creation of fine, functional, architectural, and sculptural designs. While they are working the molten glass, and you are admiring the results, you will be learning about the world of glass, and the many ways to tap its creative potential. Both demonstrations and classes are available.
Dancing Tree Creations – Artisans Gallery and Studio
To create a sh0p that is an absolute visual bonanza, Dancing Tree’s creators took early retirement to bring together one of a kind works from more than 200 local, regional and national artists, along with Lyn’s “Dancing Trees.” They want visitors to know who created the work, and how it was made to make a special connection every time a piece is viewed, worn or used. A studio is available for demonstrations, art talks and classes.
The Peppermint Stick Candy Store
Return to the past in a candy store that features sweets from a simpler time, featuring root beer barrels, penny candy, caramels, local ice cream and 15 varieties of mix and match candy. These goodies coexist peacefully with today’s milk, dark, and white chocolate favorites, mixed with peanut butter and chocolate for chocaholics, and awesome truffles, sophisticated, yet simple, all at the same time.