Hotel at a Glance: Wyndham Garden Exton Valley Forge
The Wyndham Garden Exton Valley Forge is within driving distance of some of eastern Pennsylvania's most noteworthy attractions, including Valley Forge National Park, Lancaster County, and the city of Philadelphia. Convenient for holiday shopping, the hotel is also close to the Exton Square Mall, Philadelphia Premium Outlets, and the King of Prussia Mall, which has been dubbed the largest mall on the East Coast.
- Grab a bite at the onsite Wyndham Cafe, where chefs craft American entrees; on Friday and Saturday nights, hand-carved prime rib and pasta are served buffet-style
- Go for a swim in the indoor pool.
- Toss back a cold one at the 12 Tap Lounge, which offers a rotating selection of 12 local brews on tap and has three big-screen TVs.
- Have a holly jolly good time at the 1,077-acre Longwood Gardens, where regular exhibits are lit up with thousands of twinkling lights for the holidays.
Exton, Pennsylvania: Quiet Suburb near Lancaster County and Philadelphia
Though the quiet suburb of Exton is 35 miles outside Philadelphia, there's plenty to do in the area without venturing into the City of Brotherly Love. American history buffs will want to check out Valley Forge National Park, the site of the winter encampment of General George Washington's Continental Army during the brutal winter of 1777–78. The park has 28 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing; there are also several special ranger-led programs offered throughout the year.
Nearby Lancaster County sits in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. A number of Amish families—many of them descendants of the German immigrants who settled in the region in the 18th and 19th centuries—still farm the land here, living and working by the same timeless principles and unadorned methods they've been using for generations. At stops such as Kitchen Kettle Village, you can watch experts canning jellies, jams, and relishes and sample homemade baked goods.