Psst… Kiddos at Heritage Pointe: You Can Meet Santa at Peace Valley Winery This Weekend!

Calling all good boys and girls at Heritage Pointe! On Dec. 17-18, Santa will be making an appearance at Peace Valley Winery! St. Nick will be at the winery from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, so bring your wish lists to give to him in person.

Adults, on the other hand, should bring their love of vino. After all, Peace Valley Winery describes itself as the "premier wine tasting winery in Delaware Valley and Bucks, Montgomery County and the Lehigh Valley." The venue's tasting deal is one of the best around. For only $5 you get to try an incredible variety of small tastings. The best part? If you decide to buy a bottle to share later the tasting price is credited to your purchase. For a local vineyard, they offer extensive varietals from an oaky Chardonnay to a bold, dry Merlot.

Don't forget to take a lap around the winery's Christmas shop, where you'll find oodles of gifts for wine lovers!

Heritage Pointe Beer Enthusiasts Can Sip a Flight at Tower Hill Brewery in Chalfont

One man’s vision brought to life, the Tower Hill Brewery debuted in Chalfont in 2015. The brewpub highlights a variety of housemade beers, from a light and fruity Kolsh to a rich, malty Black IPA. No one is like the other, so consider sharing a flight of six for only $12 to get a real taste of everything. For Heritage Pointe residents who aren’t beer fans, don’t fret: Tower Hill has wine on the menu, or you could try a hard cider!

Pair your brews with some of the delicious plates on the menu. The pierogis steal the show in the appetizer round, which makes sense as the owner has a Polish upbringing. For your main dish, the eatery offers a variety of sandwiches, tacos, and entrees. The grilled lime jumbo shrimp served atop corn salsa in a tortilla bowl earn rave reviews, as do the fish and chips and the skirt steak sandwich with lemon-y arugula. Many pieces of the menu are sourced locally, so even more reason to give it a shot this weekend!

Calling All Duffers at Heritage Pointe: Play a Round at Twin Woods Golf Course

Located in Hatfield, Twin Woods Golf Course is a 9-hole golf course that Heritage Pointe duffers can expect to complete in two hours. The family-owned course has been operating for more than 50 years and is located on top of an old converted farm.

If you need to warm up before your round of golf, there is a practice facility with a driving net and practice green that visitors can use free of charge. On weekdays, visitors can golf for $15 and $20 on weekends. Pull carts are $2 and a riding cart will cost you $10. If you’re planning to play consistently, Twin Woods offers a 15-round discount card for $200.

The course is open every day from dawn to dusk, as long as the weather is cooperating. If you want to set a tee time, you can do so on the course’s website!

Calling All Bird Watchers at Heritage Pointe: Take a Guided Bird Walk at the Peace Valley Nature Center

Located just moments from Doylestown's Peace Valley Park, Peace Valley Nature Center strives to bridge the gap between nature and humans with hands-on learning opportunities. With Lake Galena at its center, the park boasts over 1,500 acres, with 14-plus miles of trails for running, bicycling, and beyond. Along the trails, you can encounter an incredible variety of wildlife, from birds to snakes, turtles, and deer!

One way to learn more about what you find on the trails is to take advantage of one of the many educational programs offered by the nature center. Led by knowledgeable naturalist guides, free bird walks are held multiple times per week at 8 a.m. They also offer the occasional night walk at 8 p.m. for a completely different experience and a chance to find even more unique species. Programs for kiddos are plentiful, with eco-explorer meetings, youth bird walks, and many summer programs that facilitate fun and exploration. And it's all located just over 6 miles from Heritage Pointe!

Looking for Some Weekend Fun Near Heritage Pointe? Go Bowling at Earl Bowl Lanes

If you're a fan of bowling, you're sure to have a blast at Earl Bowl Lanes. This classic American bowling alley is located less than 10 miles from Heritage Pointe, and it contains a number of lanes to accommodate even the largest weekend crowds.

Earl Bowl Lanes offers bowling games for very low prices, which makes it one of the most affordable weekend activities in town. Rent bowling shoes and balls from the on-site rental facility, and if you come with the little ones, be sure to take advantage of the optional bumpers. There are bowling leagues for adults and children who are more serious about bowling, but if you're just looking for a bit of casual fun, you'll enjoy playing against friends during the open bowling hours.

Once you're done with your game, stop in for a snack at the on-site concession stand or even play some games in the arcade!

Earl Bowl Lanes
390 Morwood Road
Earlington, PA 18918
(215) 723-9130
www.bowlearlbowl.com

Goomba’s Pizzeria: Italian Hoagies, Specialty Pies and Fresh Pasta

The best pizza place in town sits less than a mile from Heritage Pointe: Goomba's Pizzeria. The Merlino clan runs the kitchen, where chefs not only make pizzas from scratch, but also craft fresh pasta, meatballs, burgers, and popular hoagies. So no matter what you're craving, you should be able to find something that appeals to your taste buds at Goomba's.

Patrons often order delivery or takeout at Goomba's, especially if they're just grabbing a hoagie for lunch. The hoagies here are something special because they feature imported meat, aged cheese and balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, and other top-notch ingredients. For a classic, order the Ole Italiano with prosciutto di Parma, soppresata, Genoa salami, capicola, and aged provolone cheese. You can also dig into a traditional or gourmet pie at Goomba's Pizzeria, such as the clams casino pizza or the eggplant parm pie.

What's your favorite thing to order at Goomba's?

Goomba's Pizzeria
793 Bethlehem Pike
Colmar, PA 18915
(215) 996-1030
www.goombaspizzaria.com
www.yelp.com/biz/goombas-pizzeria-colmar

Don’t Miss the Staff Picks at Doylestown Bookshop

It's probably pretty rare that you find yourself wanting for something to do in Doylestown. Between its slew of cute boutiques and smorgasbord of colorful, eclectic restaurants, the quaint town not far from Heritage Pointe has plenty to keep you entertained. But when you're hankering for a good book to read, there's only one spot to go: the Doylestown Bookshop.

Unlike big-name chains, this bookstore is independently owned and distinguished by its community vibe. You might see some local authors on its shelves, as well as better-known names. If you don't have a specific name in mind, check out the Staff Picks to see what the bookshop's employees are reading. One of their current books might just spark your interest. You should also keep an eye on the store's website, as it often hosts events for the community, including readings and signing sessions with authors.

Doylestown Bookshop
16 S. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 230-7610
www.doylestownbookshop.com
www.yelp.com/biz/doylestown-bookshop-doylestown

The Apple Festival Returns to Peddler’s Village on November 7 and 8

Savor the bounty of the fall harvest at the Apple Festival at Peddler's Village! This annual event returns next weekend, November 7 and 8, bringing the flavor of apples to this fun destination not far from Chalfont.

Those who adore apples can enjoy them in a variety of forms here: the event's page on the Peddler's Village website notes that you'll be able to taste apple butter, apple cider, apple fritters, and more. You can even reserve apple pies to bring back home to Heritage Pointe.

Along with the food, there'll also be live entertainment, a craft fair, and all the usual fun to be had at Peddler's Village. If you're interested in attending, the Apple Festival happens from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8. Check out the Peddler's Village website to find out more!

Peddler's Village Apple Festival
Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Routes 202 & 263
Lahaska, Bucks County, PA 18931
http://www.peddlersvillage.com/events

Have Tea near Heritage Pointe at The Talking Teacup

Have tea near Heritage Pointe at The Talking Teacup! This historic Chalfont spot sits in a farmhouse that's more than two centuries old. The ambiance makes for a nice place to enjoy an old-style ritual: afternoon tea! The Talking teacup serves flavorful teas paired with delectable baked treats. A several-course menu here opens with cinnamon spice tea paired with cranberry, orange, and maple scones, moves through savory sandwiches, and concludes with a dessert like sugar cookies complemented by ginger snap cookie tea! Larger plates are available, too, including a number of breakfast options and more.

In addition to its tea room, The Talking Teacup also operates a small gift shop on-site where visitors can find a variety of unique items. The place's website points out that it's been repeatedly named one of the top things to do in Bucks County. If you've never visited this Chalfont destination, check out The Talking Teacup website to learn more!

The Talking Teacup
301 West Butler Avenue
Chalfont, PA 18914
http://www.thetalkingteacup.com/

The Archive: Treasures for Readers and Antiquers near Heritage Pointe

Love to read? Enjoy browsing through old books and antiques? Either way, you'll probably find a lot to love about The Archive. This Lansdale shop's located just a short drive away from Heritage Pointe, and it has become a destination for area readers. It's a used bookstore, which means it carries a ton of old titles and that they're sometimes a little less well-organized than chain bookstores. But that's part of the charm, as it's easy for readers to spend an afternoon browsing here and find something they never knew existed.

Fans of genre fiction like sci-fi and mysteries will find shelves devoted to those books, and those who like non-fiction will find quite a bit, too. Along with the books, The Archive has interesting old things like postcards, periodicals, sheet music, rare coins, vinyl records, and other vintage stuff.

Want to see it? The Archive's open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on the weekends from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The Archive
725 W. Second Street
Lansdale, PA 19446
http://www.thearchivebooksandpaper.com/

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