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Romantic picnic location, bringing food, wine, and blanket, any suggestions?

soccerericl Nov 10, 2011 10:41 AM

Looking for a spot to bring a picnic to the first weekend in December, to celebrate an anniversary. I know it will be cold but some wine cheese and cards would make the right spot work well. Willing to drive 30 or 40 minutes from Philadelphia. All help is much appreciated.


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    Sydneyeats RE: soccerericl Nov 11, 2011 02:05 PM

    Might be a little too chilly but Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square might work.


    Keep in mind that "timed ticketing" is now required.

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      Bashful3 RE: Sydneyeats Nov 11, 2011 04:33 PM

      In Hamilton, N. J. the Grounds for Sculpture might be perfect. THey have warm indoor
      buildings as well if it gets too chilly. Have to check out hours of operation, and fees,which
      vary by the day you choose.

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        Delucacheesemonger RE: Bashful3 Nov 12, 2011 10:21 AM

        Perfect, wonderful venue. Enjoy the statues of Dana Stewart

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          cwdonald RE: Delucacheesemonger Nov 12, 2011 10:49 AM

          That's a really good suggestion. You could even consider going to Fairmount park, and they are doing the tours of the houses there which are decorated for the holidays. I am not sure what the open container laws are for Fairmount Park though. Anyone know?

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            soccerericl RE: cwdonald Nov 12, 2011 02:41 PM

            Are you allowed to bring wine to these places? Thanks a ton for all of the suggestions. Ya I wasn't sure how the open container law was exactly

            1. re: soccerericl
              urbanfabric RE: soccerericl Nov 17, 2011 05:59 AM

              No alcohol in the City's parks. No outside food or beverages at Longwood Gardens or Grounds for Sculpture.

              It would probably be easier to do in a City park (Fairmount, FDR is a personal fav), but I would suggest disguising your beverages.

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                cwdonald RE: urbanfabric Nov 17, 2011 06:22 AM

                To clarify the Longwood Gardens statement, they have a specific picnic area that is outside of the Longwood Gardens main grounds but accessible only through the grounds where outside food is permitted. I do not know the rules about alcohol there.


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                  urbanfabric RE: cwdonald Nov 17, 2011 08:48 AM

                  I don't think it's accessible through the grounds, I think it's down the road, on the other side of Longwood Road. Since it is private property, and given that the serve alcohol at the Gardens, I doubt they'd mind.

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                  PhillyA RE: urbanfabric Nov 17, 2011 10:44 AM

                  While it's true that there is no alcohol in City parks, if you are remotely discreet about it and not causing problems, no one will bother you about it.

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          CindyJ RE: Sydneyeats Nov 18, 2011 06:24 AM

          Longwood's picnic area, although designated for visitors only, doesn't require a ticket for entry. It's located on a public road (Longwood Road) and the entrance to the picnic area is just outside the entrance to Longwood's parking lot. I've never seen a sign there prohibiting alcohol.

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          Chefpaulo RE: soccerericl Nov 11, 2011 05:36 PM

          Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill.

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            Bigley9 RE: soccerericl Nov 17, 2011 07:48 AM

            Chantacleer allows alcohol I believe.

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              gaffk RE: Bigley9 Nov 17, 2011 11:03 AM

              I was going to suggest Chanticleer as well, since it definitely allows alcohol. However, I believe their season ended on October 30 and won't reopen until March.

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                Bigley9 RE: gaffk Nov 17, 2011 01:14 PM

                Thanks for catching that gaffk. I wasn't thinking about the season!

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                  gaffk RE: Bigley9 Nov 17, 2011 02:21 PM

                  I wonder if the Morris Arboretum allows alcohol? I did a quick scan of their site, and see picnics are allowed (though restricted to behing the visitors center). They're open year-round and have the holiday railroad display as well. As a member, you'd think I'd know their policies.

            2. Chinon00 RE: soccerericl Nov 18, 2011 05:20 PM

              MAYBE one of the Bucks County wineries could accomodate you. Most have ample outdoor seating. And alcohol consumption shouldn't be an issue. Just wonder when the season is over.

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                littlecmad RE: Chinon00 Nov 20, 2011 10:36 AM

                I contacted several bucks county wineries about a picnic just before Hurricane Irene and almost all were welcome and willing to have us picnic there. Just have to buy their wine! Rosebank in Newtown and Crossings Vineyards in Washington's Crossing are nice.

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                  Chinon00 RE: littlecmad Nov 20, 2011 12:04 PM

                  Best PA Bordeaux reds: http://www.wycombevineyards.com/

              2. FriskLamb RE: soccerericl Jan 2, 2012 07:41 PM

                Probably too late now - but maybe worth considering for the future. This house is part of Fairmount Park - even though over on the Delaware and is just in the city in Torresdale. Wonderful place- empty most the time. Great views up and down the river... Glen Foerd


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