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Sunny days and warmer temperatures add a whole new layer of enjoyment to spending time in Pennsylvania's Americana Region. The sounds, colors, and smells of the season make staying inside next to impossible. It’s time to hit refresh and create new memories across our region.

Hike and bike our trails, fish and boat our waterways, and take-in exhibits at area museums and galleries. After a day of fun, join us in supporting the many people and small businesses that make us memorable. Let's Go Local in Reading and Berks County.

Thanks to the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines, more and more of our favorite warm weather festivals, musical concerts, and sports teams are scheduling events. However, until otherwise stated, Pennsylvania's Americana's Region continues to adhere to federal, state, and local mitigation orders.

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April 6 - 17

West Reading Restaurant Week
Visit West Reading

thru May 2

Spring Bungalows
12 – 2 pm & 3 – 5 pm
Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery

April 9

West Reading 2nd Fridays on the Avenue
6 – 8 pm
Visit West Reading

April 11

Family Fun Day
2 – 4 pm
South Mountain YMCA Camps

April 17

2021 Pennsylvania Cannabis Fest
10 am – 6 pm
Renninger’s Kutztown Antiques

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Eat Local

When in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region do like the natives do! Dine at area restaurants offering delectable cuisines, interesting settings and indoor and outdoor seating options.

Fast food is fine when you’re in a hurry, but why rush when you can relax with family and friends while savoring a fantastic meal.  Feast on steaks grilled to perfection at Austin’s, or throw back a pint of Guinness while taking in the charm of Ugly Oyster Drafthaus, a truly Irish pub in downtown Reading. Judy’s on Cherry may be housed in one of Reading’s oldest buildings, but the menu offerings are anything but dated. Looking for a sports bar? The Pike Cafe will keep you on top of the action with great sandwiches and entrees to boot. As for star treatment, experience find dining at Danssaid to be one of the late Joan River’s favorite restaurants. Follow our country roads to The Bridge Inn & Martini Bar. Well worth the trip for its fabulous cuisine and delicious martinis. Get to know these outstanding eateries and so many more in Pennsylvania’s American Region.

Combine your love of craft beers and good food with visits to Saucony Creek Reading Station, Saucony Creek Brewery & Gastro Pub Kutztown, Oak Brook Brewing Company, Schyalor Brewing Company or the ever popular Chatty Monks.Brewing Company.  As for food and locally made wine, Folino Estate Winery transports you to the Italian countryside with authentic Italian  dishes paired beautifully with their assorted wines.

 

Shop Local

Longer, light-filled days and warmer temperatures make shopping so much more enjoyable. This spring, walk our Main Streets to see what they have “in store.” You’re sure to find perfect gifts for upcoming holidays, graduations and weddings.

Fill your Easter baskets with delicious chocolates and nostalgic candies from Peppermint Stick Candy Store. Add fun surprises from Paisley & Company Bath Boutique & Fragrance Bar,  Evelyn & Harriette’s and Muddy Creek Soap Company. As for weddings, newlyweds will cherish gifts from Taylor Backes Studios, the New Store at the GoggleWorks, and the Compleat Baldwin Brass Center.

Hosting a celebration or event? Head to Leesport Farmers Market and Renningers Farmers Market for fresh, delicious and reasonably priced meats, dairy products, and produce. Pick up everyone’s favorite snacks at TomSturgis and Unique Pretzels. As for desserts, you can’t beat the decadently delicious cakes, cupcakes and dessert bars at Sweet Street Cafe .

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Play local

Some outdoor activities, like biking and hiking, can be enjoyed year round in Berks County, but some adventures are better in warm  weather. Berks County Parks are always great for nature walks and running, but come spring, bring fishing tackle and a picnic lunch for a day of fun. While Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, French Creek, and Blue Marsh Lake provide ideal spot to watch birds, French Creek and Blue Marsh become favored swimming and boating destinations throughout spring, summer and fall.

Of course, spring weather can fluctuate. Visit historic sites like Conrad Weiser, Daniel Boone Homestead, and Hopewell Furnace  provide ample room to roam, as well as shelter from showers that might cloud your day. Or, walk the grounds of Reading Public Museum and Neag Planetarium before or after viewing an exhibit or show. Book an train ride at one of our local railroads. You’ll be surprised by the variety of excursions, stops, and seating options. 

For more ways to spend time in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, our Road Trip itineraries are sure to help you plan many a  memorable day.