Winner of the 2017 Great American Main Street Award from Main Street America, West Chester, Pennsylvania, offers the perfect mix of historical charm and small-town allure with the buzz of city-worthy nightlife and dining. Look for buildings dating from 1789 next door to cutting edge boutiques and award-winning bars and restaurants. It’s a mix that has continually been drawing attention — more than 200 new businesses have decided to call West Chester home over the past two decades, and the borough has both been named the Best New Shopping District and won a Distinctive Destination award in 2006 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Surrounding the borough’s historic courthouse, Downtown West Chester is made up of multiple blocks packed with endless bars, boutiques, and more that can take quite some time to explore. If it’s a nice day, you might even be lucky enough to dine outside.
Tour some Historical Sites
West Chester is home to many historical monuments and museums. The Chester County Historical Society (located in Downtown West Chester) can explain all of the unique history of this county and how West Chester came to be. Other locations like the American Helicopter Museum and Educational Center and the West Chester Railroad offer experiences only available in West Chester.
Let loose – take part in the nightlife!
With approximately two-dozen bars in a three-block radius, every weekend in West Chester is one to remember. From the rooftop deck of Mas Mexicali Cantina, to karaoke nights at Kildare’s, to the moving performances at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, there is something for everyone at night in West Chester.
Get A Way Maven – Malerie Yolen-Cohen – shares her experience staying in one of Chester County’s historic accommodations – Faunbrook B&B.