Dating to 1850, the Valley Green Inn welcomes hikers with a wood fireplace in winter and breezy porches in summer. Stop in the restaurant for stick-to-your-ribs American comfort food, like grilled cheese with brie, gruyere, caramelized onions, and applewood-smoked bacon
As you ease your car right onto gravelly, serpentine Valley Green Road, skirting the gurgling creek under a thickening canopy of leaves, you begin to feel the difference. You cross the concrete bridge spanning the Wissahickon and turn left into an idyll that tickles your heart.
Before you, a gaggle of ungainly geese greets a paddling of mallards rising like the mists from the swollen waters of the creek. Every now and then, a bicyclist swooshes by on his crackling wheels or a rider coaxes her mare along Forbidden Drive before the cozy white inn.
The Valley Green Inn is one of the most beloved places in Fairmount Park. And what's not to love? The place offers great food, welcoming porches in the summer, warm fireplaces in the winter and an unparalleled setting.
And the food lives up to the wonderfully romantic locale...
On a snowy night, my wife and I exited the street lights of Chestnut Hill. As if dashing through a stage curtain into a backstage of rustic darkness, we delved into Fairmount Park. We were most hungry. From Springfield Avenue, we bore right at a fork and descended the ramp of Valley Green Road that curled along a stony ridge. We drove in low gear with brights ablaze, traffic lights now replaced by the purple fluorescence of snowfall....
The pillared veranda of the stately Valley Green Inn, on car-free Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park, is an urban Eden. A glass of pinot grigio and a salade Niçoise on a sun-washed afternoon, when painters and horseback riders convene along the creek, is an idyllic experience.
If you enjoy viewing the creek, listening to ducks and watching the foot traffic on the trail, you'll enjoy dining on the open porch at the Valley Green Inn. If you prefer the coziness of the fireplace during cold, dark winters, you'll find the interior full of welcoming charm...
"You could easily pay twice as much to eat somewhere half as nice."
"What an unexpected surprise!... Menu was very extensive, more than I could have ever anticipated. Food was well prepared, tasty and well plated. Impressive."
"This is a nice hidden gem outside the urban flavor of Philadelphia. Its located in the Wissahickon Valley, apparently built in the late 1600s, and is decorated with quite the colonial flair."
VALLEY GREEN ROAD AT WISSAHICKON, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19128
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