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Anna Marie

Anna Marie

Philadelphia’s Valley Green Inn – A Historic Tavern On The Wissahickon

Thank goodness my Garmin knows where to take me. I can see it might be a challenge finding my way to the Valley Green Inn on the Wissahickon in Philadelphia. However, once I arrive I know it’s definitely worth the effort of finding this landmark.

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The Valley Green Inn on the Wissahickon in Philadelphia, PA

Historic Tavern

Historic taverns are favorite destinations of mine. For some reason, I find dining in nostalgic surroundings makes my meal more enjoyable. Feeling a sense of history surrounding me on this spring day the Valley Green Inn fulfills my desires for a lovely meal in a memorable setting.

The History of Valley Green Inn

The building is situated on the banks of the Wissahickon Creek on land first purchased from William Penn in 1685. In 1791 the land was acquired by the Livezey family and in 1850 Thomas Livezey rented a three-acre tract to Edward Rinker who went on to build the Valley Green Hotel.

The Inn has survived a few tragic fires and multiple Innkeepers but has been a fixture in this scenic part of Philadelphia providing delicious fare for travelers since the 19th century. The tradition continues today. The Valley Green Inn is a beautiful retreat for 21st-century travelers in search of a delightful meal.

Wissahickon at Valley Green Inn
Valley Green Inn is located on the banks of the Wissahickon Creek

Valley Green Inn serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and Sunday dinner. They also feature a popular Sunday Brunch. Walk-ins are welcomed but reservations are strongly recommended on weekends.

Indoor and outdoor dining is available at Valley Green Inn

The Valley Green Inn Menu

We arrive for lunch on a warm late-May day and are treated to cool beverages made with their fresh raspberries – raspberry lemonade, raspberry iced tea, and yes, raspberry margaritas too.

The chef prepares a satisfying yet light fare for the mid-day repast. I enjoy the broiled crab cake sandwich made with jumbo lump crab meat. My traveling companions today are my mother who selects the smoked BBQ tacos and my eight-year-old old son who devours his cheeseburger.

The environment is welcoming and the staff is exceedingly helpful and friendly. We eat at a leisurely pace – this is not fast food and should be savored.

Dessert is freshly made gelato. Pistachio for me and mango for my son. Mom has the most decadent chocolate cake imaginable and to my delight, the waiter surprises us by delivering her cake with a candle added – we’re celebrating her birthday today.

Geese along the banks of the Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia
Geese are often seen along the banks of the Wissahickon at the Valley Green Inn
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Diners enjoy the beautiful scenery and setting

Take Away

The Valley Green Inn on the Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia has it all. Good food, great service, a historic location, and beautiful scenery – it’s abundantly clear why travelers have been stopping here for a warm meal for nearly two centuries.

Valley Green Inn
Valley Green Road at Wissahickon, Philadelphia, PA 19128

215-247-1730

 

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4 thoughts on “Philadelphia’s Valley Green Inn – A Historic Tavern On The Wissahickon”

  1. In looking for connections to my family (Livezey) I found this site and the great photos. I was so pleased to find such good pictures and information regarding my relatives former lands and it’s surroundings. With luck, before I am too old, I can make a pilgrimmage back to my roots.

    1. This makes me so happy! I’m thrilled you found the site and my story about your family’s property. It’s a lovely spot. If you get the chance, I highly recommend dining there especially since you have such a special connection to the property.
      Happy Travels,
      Anna Marie

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