Part of Chester County’s undisputable appeal is its framework of quaint and welcoming neighborhoods. From destination-worthy downtowns with cobblestoned streets, picturesque storefronts, and full calendars of entertainment and events to countryside villages featuring small town charm and hidden gems, these towns showcase some of the true personality and spirit of the Brandywine Valley and are the perfect way to experience the region like a true local.
Must-Visit Main Streets
Pretzels aren’t just a Philly thing: In 1988, a stall in the Downingtown farmer's market was the first place where pretzels were sold by the founders of Auntie Anne's.
Home of the Oxford Produce Auction, an open-to-the-public event that awards the highest bidder with super fresh produce and flowers from local Amish farms.
A steel town on the brink of redevelopment, Coatesville’s Lincoln Highway and First Avenue are currently being reimagined as the “Coatesville Gateway” project.
A small community known for its community art and it’s ever-growing King Street, home to buzz-generating restaurants and boutiques.
Saint Peter's Village
Maintaining its charming façade of a 19th century industrial village, the small town is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
The small village known for beautiful historic buildings and farm fresh dining is also home of Highland Orchards, a beloved pick-your-own orchard.
Hometown of the Wyeth legacy, the Chadds Ford also hosted the production of M. Night Shyamalan’s hit film “The Village.”
One of the county’s main shopping districts, the area’s Exton Mall, Exton Town Center, and Exton Square all offer popular retail and dining destinations.
Two small, historic neighborhoods in Chester County horse country, the area is also host to the popular Willowdale Steeplechase event each spring.