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Slice of Suburbia - Kimberton, PA: Kimberton Inn, Whole Foods, and more

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For my latest edition of Slice of Suburbia, I headed out to the lush rolling hills of Kimberton, PA, in Chester County. This beautiful area is home tokimberton inn many, as well as sustainable farms, gorgeous horse farms, quaint eateries and historic sites.

According to the Kimberton Inn, the area of East Pikeland Township, where Kimberton is located, was named due to an Irish merchant- Joseph Pike- who received the land through a land grant of 10,000 acres from William Penn on December 3, 1705.

The land seemingly belonged to many over the years. In September of 1745, the Commissioners of Chester County formalized ‘Pike’s Land’ as Pikeland Township, which was then divided into East Pikeland and West Pikeland Townships in 1838.

Chrisman's tavern in the heart of the village was a place to rest by the fire and eat something hearty for tired travelers on their way to Philadelphia, as well as Chrisman’s Mill, (grain) which was in operation from 1796 to 1938. It is now the Kimberton Post Office. The Kimberton Train Station and Pennypackers Mill are still in the area as well.

kimberton innIn the heart of the village, there was once a girls’ boarding school. Emmor Kimber built and operated the Quaker French Creek Boarding School for Girls in 1776, but then closed in the late 1840s when it was discovered Kimber was helping slaves through the Underground Railroad.

One of my favorite places in all of Kimberton is the Kimberton Inn. The Inn does dinner and brunch, as well as special events, birthdays, weddings, etc. Treat yourself to a delectable dinner, a scrumptious weekend brunch (sticky buns. Heaven!), or the elaborate monthly wine dinner. The building, nestled in with gardens, a bubbling stream and a quaint duck pond, dates back to the 1700s. The building was built as a hotel, restaurant, and is know today as the Inn.

Kimberton's next wine dinner- Wines on the Razor’s Edge, is this Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Join owner Jeff Effgen as he guides the hungry patrons through a uniquely crafted five-course meal prepared by Chef Jim Trainer, beginning at 6:30 and seating is at 7:00. Dinner is $85 per person plus tax and gratuity. Amazing delicacies such as chicken fried quail, foie gras, striped bass, classic roast chicken, Charcuterie plates with smoked meats and mustards, vegetables, beef tenderloin and sweet desserts. Each month is a different delightful pairing with careful selected Argentinean, German, American, French and Spanish wines to please the palate in a gorgeous setting. Large stone fireplace, huge wooden beams- this place has a vibe that is like no other.

Kimberton Whole Foods is a great place to shop, get healthy food and natural items, and the happy people will keep you smiling. Their main goal is to be a supportive marketplace for local farmers and organic growers. They sell local organic produce; yogurt (from Seven Stars Farms) and their fresh bread, cookies and raw milk come from Kimberton Hills Bakery. They also support local body care companies and offer local producers a fair platform for offering their products.

Just about any day, I could eat breakfast at the Station Bistro. The omelettes are astounding! Please, get the side of grits, you won’t be sorry. Add some hot fresh coffee and you’ll thoroughly enjoy yourself in this charming old-fashioned building with art and cool glassware strewn about on the windowsills.

If you get a moment, head over Camphill Village Kimberton Hills on Pughtown Road. Founded in 1972, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is a dynamic farming and handcrafting community that hosts adults with developmental disabilities. Kimberton Hills residents, who live and work there, create a caring community for everyone- all ages and varied abilities. They offer Sweetwater Bakery bread and cookies, crafts, herbs, raw milk, apple butter, and tea.

So stop by Kimberton- take a drive, go on a scenic tour of Kimberton, you’ll be so relaxed and learn some history as well.

(Background Info courtesy of Futhey & Cope, History of Chester County, Pennsylvania, 1881.; Kimberton Inn webpage and Wikipedia.)

Pictures courtesy of the establishments’ FaceBook pages and Wiki.

Special thanks to Jeff Effgen and Jason Irrgang of the Kimberton Inn for hosting us for the Wine Dinner!

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Kimberton Inn wine dinner is every 4th Wednesday of the month!