This Weekend, Join Friends From Heritage Amity Commons and Head to Manatawny Creek Winery

Sprawled over 90 acres of lush farmland in Amityville, Manatawny Creek Winery is named after the Native American phrase “where we meet to drink.” If you’ve yet to visit, pay $5 to do a tasting, which will get you a sip of eight wines with a little bit of a background story on each. They make everything from a sparkling raspberry wine to a rich, full-bodied merlot or a dry pinot grigio. If you purchase a bottle, you’ll get your $5 back, which is a great deal, because you won’t want to leave without one!

Throughout the year, Manatawny Creek Winery hosts a variety of special events. Coming up this weekend (Jan. 14-15) is the Winter Warmer Weekend event, when they will be serving up soup with their wines all weekend. The winery also hosts cooking classes in one of the buildings on the property. If you have a group of eight friends from Heritage Amity Commons, you can sign up for a group lesson. Paint Nights are also a popular happening, so check the schedule for upcoming dates!

Discover What’s Just Outside Your Front Door at Heritage Amity Commons During Berks County’s Best-Kept Secrets Tour!

There is a lot about beautiful Berks County that goes unexplored, which is why it is time to consider being a tourist in your own region. The Berks County’s Best Kept Secrets Tour kicked off one week ago and will run through Nov. 19.

When you register for the self-guided tour, you will receive a guide booklet that describes 36 unique stops, which range from log cabins and Victorian mansions to farms, orchards, and antique stores. Each tour stop is different in some way, offering special gifts, refreshments, demos — it is up to the location to wow you in their own special way. You won’t know who is participating until the event.

Sign up now, because the first 2,000 people to register will receive a free goodie bag with items from the participating businesses. Tickets are only $9, so why not give it a shot, Heritage Amity Commons? Businesses will be open at least 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday for participants to enjoy.

This Weekend, Join Some Friends From Heritage Amity Commons and Grab a Lane at Bowl-O-Rama

If you’re looking for an enjoyable night out with some friends from Heritage Amity Commons, Bowl-O-Rama is the spot for you. Located in Reading, Bowl-O-Rama is a simple, old-fashioned alley where you can relax, kick back, and enjoy yourself. It has that classic bowling-alley feel that’s perfect for a family outing or a casual night out. The staff is always friendly and there to help, and the alley is always clean and nicely kept as well. They always have different kinds of specials going on, like Moonlight Bowling, Bowl-Free Sundays, and Family X-Perience.

If you want to take a break and grab a bite, Bowl-O-Rama serves tasty appetizers, salads, jumbo smoked wings, burgers, other entrees, and more. They also have a full service bar with a daily happy hour. You can even get their beer and food to go!

Join a Summer Reading Program Near Heritage Amity Commons at the Boone Area Library

If you’re looking for a comfortable space to relax, read, or catch up on some work away from Heritage Amity Commons, the Boone Area Library is the spot for you. Here, you'll find a large variety of over 25,000 items, from the newest fiction and non-fiction books, popular magazines, and large print books to audio books and DVDs. They also have computers with Windows XP, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader and Early Literacy Station Software. You can even print, make photocopies, or fax for a small fee.

The Boone Area Library also offers a variety of programs for adults and children. For children, they have story times for preschoolers, activities for elementary school ages, and a summer reading program. As for adults, the library offers computer classes, a knitting group, a group to discuss different kinds of books, and an adult summer reading program! Keep tabs on upcoming events by liking the library's Facebook page.

Calling All Coffee Connoisseurs at Heritage Amity Commons: Source Your Beans from Reading Coffee Roasters

Located in nearby Birdsboro, Reading Coffee Roasters is a trusted source for internationally sourced, fresh-roasted coffee beans in the Berks, Lancaster, and Lehigh Valley areas. This small-batch roaster—founded by roasting expert Albert VanMaanen in 1989—specializes in medium- to dark-roast coffees beans, while also offering 30-plus flavored coffees. The owner will even roast the beans in front of you so you can observe the roasting process!

Yet to visit Reading Coffee Roasters? Get acquainted with their roasts by ordering the crowd-favorite Gourmet Jazzy Java, a unique blend of cinnamon, pecan chestnut, and rum. Locals also rave about the Gourmet Jamaican Me Crazy coffee, which is a blend of Kahlua, vanilla, and caramel. Other unique flavors include German chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookie, and even maple bacon.

If you don’t feel like venturing out to buy your coffee beans, you can have them shipped right to your door at Heritage Amity Commons! See the Reading Coffee Roasters website for ordering info.

Reading Coffee Roasters
316 W Main St
Birdsboro, PA 19508
(610) 582-2243
www.facebook.com/readingcoffeeroaster

Dessert is Fun and Fruity at Kiwi Yogurt, Just Minutes from Heritage Amity Commons

Instead of traditional ice cream, opt for something fun and fruity in the form of frozen yogurt. Kiwi Yogurt is located in nearby Pottstown, and it's known for its very wide selection of frozen yogurt flavors for people of all ages to enjoy.

This clean and modern frozen yogurt shop is conveniently housed in the popular Upland Square Shopping Center, so it makes a great place to pop in for dessert after dinner in the area. Serve yourself flavors like Berrylicious sorbet, chocolate fudge, and red velvet cake from the yogurt dispensers, and then top your yogurt creation with things like candies, cookies, and fresh fruits.

There are a number of seats inside the shop if you're looking to enjoy your sweet treat with a friend, or you can grab a lid and take it with you to eat back at Heritage Amity Commons.

Kiwi Yogurt
Upland Square Shopping Center
Route 100 and State St
Pottstown, PA 19464
(484) 524-8830
kiwifrozenyogurt.com/locations/Pottstown-Pottstown-PA

Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches: Every Day Is Thanksgiving at This Deli Near Heritage Amity Commons

Who says you need to wait until Thanksgiving to chow down on a turkey dinner? Every day at Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches, you're likely to spot turkey-craving locals hunkered down over the eatery's crowd-favorite Hot Gobbler, a sandwich piled high with carved turkey, roasted red peppers, Pepperjack cheese, and chipotle mayo!

The Hot Gobbler is just one of the ways to sate a turkey fix at this Pottstown deli. The menu features a number of other turkey-centric sandwiches, each offering a different flavor experience with ingredients like brie, honey-mustard mayo, coleslaw, and cranberry relish.

Vegetarians living at Heritage Amity Commons are recommended to stop by Grumpy's on Wednesdays, when the deli offers a different weekly special, plus black-bean burgers, tomato bisque, and gourmet grilled cheese!

Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches
137 E High St
Pottstown, PA 19464
(610) 323-1232
www.grumpyssandwiches.com

Morris Arboretum: More Than 12,000 Plants in Bloom

You can visit Asia, Europe, and far-away parts of North America without ever leaving Philly at the Morris Arboretum. Tucked away in idyllic Chestnut Hill not far from Amity Commons, the sprawling garden houses plants from all around the globe, more than 12,000 of them, to be more precise. Among those 12,000 plants are 2,500 different species, all stemming from the personal collection of namesake John Morris.

He loved discovering new and exotic plants around the world, and the arboretum's staff continues to scour the globe today looking for fresh plants to add to the mix. That's why the arboretum always has something in bloom and is continuously growing. Its largest and most impressive displays of blooms include eclectic shades of roses, maples and magnolias, azaleas and witch hazel, and conifers and holly trees. See the arboretum's website for updated listings of what's in bloom at any time of the year.

Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 247-5777
www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/index.shtml
www.yelp.com/biz/morris-arboretum-philadelphia

Shop Handmade Goods near Amity Commons at the Daniel Boone Optimist Club Craft Show

Holiday season's almost here, and among other fun events happening near Heritage Amity Commons you'll find a bevy of craft shows in Douglassville, Pottstown, and Reading.

One example's the Daniel Boone Optimist Club Holiday Craft Show, which happens on December 5 and 6 at Daniel Boone Middle School in Douglassville. It's open from 9 a.m. til 3 p.m. each day, and the event's flier notes that visitors will find handcrafted goods from more than 100 different vendors! There'll be food, there, as well, along with an appearance from Santa!

If you'd like to find out more about the upcoming Daniel Boone Optimist Club Craft Show, check out the club's website or the event's page on pa-vendors.com!

Daniel Boone Optimist Club Craft Show
December 5 and 6
Daniel Boone Middle School
1845 Weavertown Road
Douglassville, PA 19158
http://www.danielbooneoptimist.com/holiday-craft-show.html
http://pa-vendors.com/events/berks-county/douglassville-pa-december-daniel-boone-optimist-club-holiday-craft-show/

Manatawny Creek Winery: A Douglassville Winery near Amity Commons

If you think California when you think wineries, think again!

Pennyslvania may not be well-known for its wineries, but the state does have a few great spots where visitors can enjoy a glass of wine in a rustic setting. One example: Manatawny Creek Winery. This Douglassville winery's not too far from Amity Commons, and it's a popular place to taste sparkling, red, and white wines, to have dessert, and to enjoy special events.

Manatawny Creek Winery sits on a 90-acre farm in Amityville, and it operates a tasting room that's open daily. For a $5 fee, visitors can taste up to eight of the place's wines! Manatawny Creek also hosts frequent events with live music and food trucks, as well as painting classes, cooking classes, and more. You can see a full list of upcoming happenings on the Mantawny Creek Winery website!

Manatawny Creek Winery
227 Levengood Road
Douglassville, PA 19518
http://www.manatawnycreekwinery.com/

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