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Inn at Perkiomen Creek
Welcome to www.weloveourlife.com. This is our page dedicated to our experiences while staying at the Inn at Perkiomen Creek in Perkiomenville, PA.
Since we stayed at the inn, the inn appears to have closed.
This is a basic B&B with the addition of a bar and restaurant. There are great, wide front porches which are accessible and likely provide a nice retreat in the warmer months. There is a 3rd floor sitting room for guests. There are carts with coffee and tea on the 2nd and 3rd floors, as well as muffins in the morning.
We had dinner at the inn's restaurant. The food was excellent; we are planning a return visit to the restaurant in the near future. We ordered a bottle of wine with dinner. We split the brie appetizer, which was served with a sweet sauce and crackers. Fresh, warm rolls were provided. Keith had a Caesar salad and Lori had the house salad with dill dressing (which was home-made and complemented the salad). Keith had the filet mignon, which was prepared with a slightly sweet sauce. Keith said it was very tasty. The filet was accompanied by two potato cakes – mashed potatoes and herbs on the inside, fried on the outside. They were sinful and delicious. Lori had the seafood cakes, which consisted of shrimp, scallop, and crabmeat bound together into two cakes. The menu promised virtually no filler, which was absolutely true. There was just the slightest hint of Dijon mustard in the cakes. A dollop of home-made white sauce was ladled over the cakes. Lori says it is one of the most delicious seafood dishes she has ever had. She also had the potato cakes. For dessert, we split a slice of chocolate pie with a nougat center.
There are several different dining rooms, decorated in a simple, Pennsylvania country style. The floors are more of that magnificent random-width wood. The room we were in had a large stone fireplace (we guessed it had a gas insert). In warmer months, meals are served out on the porch. Our server was very attentive and seemed to know when we needed something or when to leave us alone. She smiled every time she came to the table. It sounds simple, but that is something many servers seem to have forgotten how to do.
The inn has a bar with local patrons who spoke to us as if we were old friends. There is a TV in the bar area, and entertainment on weekends. We liked the creative use of one of those deep windows: shelves had been built in to hold glasses, which caught the light from the outside. There are old advertising signs throughout (and through much of the building as well). At one end of the bar is an old barber's chair.
The service was attentive and excellent. We spent some time talking to Donna Macken, one of the owners, in the bar. She had a great rapport with her customers. She told us the Inn at Perkiomen Creek was built in 1846. It has always been in operation as lodging for travelers. It has also served as barber shop, speak-easy, general store, and post office. Our server told us working at the inn's restaurant on weekends was her "haven," and she did it primarily because of the people – which should tell you something.
The inn is located near Upper Montgomery County Park – or Green Lane Park, as Lori refers to it. As a child, she came to Green Lane many times. Green Lane is one of the few public reservoirs where there is a sandy beach and the water is still clean enough to swim in. Green Lane is a great park in which to spend the day – there are rowboats, picnic tables, grills available (with a permit), tennis courts, and even concerts in the summer. Lori has many fond memories of this place. Because it was a rainy February day, we did not venture beyond the inn. Take note that the inn is located an hour slightly northwest of Philadelphia. The pace of life is slower here, which we happen to like. If you crave bright lights and the sounds of the city, this is not for you.
The inn is located in the country, which means there are not a lot of dining establishments located nearby (the closest restaurant is a few miles away). Since their own restaurant is excellent, we recommend simply eating dinner on the premises. They serve lunch as well.
Again, this is the country, so don't expect to go dancing until dawn. On weekends, the bar at the inn does have entertainment – more likely acoustic as opposed to a rock band.
We visited the inn in February, which could have been nasty weather. It was actually an incredibly warm day, with temperatures in the 50s (F). But during the night the temperature dropped, the wind picked up, and the temperature did not go above the 30s. If you are visiting during the summer months, air conditioning is a must. The inn has central heat and air conditioning with controls in the rooms. Fall is a particularly nice time in this region (September and October), and summer and fall are the best times to visit Green Lane Park.
If you decide to eat in the restaurant and it is a Friday, Saturday, or holiday, make a reservation. We were there on a Sunday evening, so it wasn't as crowded (although we understand it was standing-room only on the previous evening). Our room had plenty of light, and Lori does not sleep well if it is not completely dark, so she took along a sleeping mask. There are no refrigerators in the room. We took a cooler for our champagne and a bottle of spring water.