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ST. PETER’S VILLAGE: Show your creative side, brighten the holidays

Show your creative side, brighten the holidays

By Brian Bingaman, bbingaman@21st-centurymedia.com, @brianbingaman on Twitter

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Partake in ornament glassblowing, gingerbread house making and more during St. Peter’s Village’s Holiday Treasures Weekend.

Make some memories during a Dec. 2-3 artisan getaway in the small village along the French Creek in Warwick Township, Chester County.

The Holiday Treasures Weekend includes one night’s lodging (Saturday) at The Inn at St. Peter’s Village, and the artisan experiences of glassblowing and decorating. Packages range from $178-$240 per person (includes your glass ornament and gingerbread house), based on double occupancy, plus applicable tax and gratuity. Single rates are available upon request. There’s also special rates available for adding Friday or Sunday night. Saturday night dinner at the inn is not included, but comes recommended by the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau. Reservations may be made at time of booking your package.

How do I make reservations?

Contact Nina Kelly at (484) 840-7222 or nina@brandywinevalley.com.

What’s the schedule for the weekend?

Ornament glassblowing classes will be at Glasslight Studio on Saturday, are 20 minutes long and are offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (choose a time when booking package, based on availability). Work side by side with artists to shape the glass and create your own ornament. Note that long sleeves and closed toe shoes are required. Also, the pieces have to cool slowly and will not be available until Tuesday. They can be shipped to you at no additional charge.

Sunday is for gingerbread house construction and decorating. That’s from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Peter’s Village Bakery. You get to bring home your completed creation.

There’s other stuff to do in the village, right?

If you decide to arrive Friday, St. Peter’s Bakery will be open, making pizzas, and featuring live music. You can also book a massage at the village’s Massage on the Rocks.

Wine tastings are available at West Hanover Winery’s tasting room in the village, or the nearby Stone Barn Winery and J. Maki Winery. Bring home bottles of your favorites to spread some holiday cheer and give as gifts.

A tip we got from one of the St. Peter’s Village merchants hints that your visit isn’t complete without stopping in Dilworth by Design (handcrafted furniture and sculpture made on site), Antiques on the Rocks (gifts ranging from 19th century redware, quilts and books to vintage jewelry, fishing gear, paintings, vinyl and comic books), Healing Spirit Cafe (Reiki, yoga, healing workshops, jewelery created on site and essential oils), The Arcade (30 years of vintage pinball fun) and M. Elaine Adams Photography.

Nearby is the Hopewell Furnace Historic Site. On Dec. 2 learn about how Christmas was observed through the years during Hopewell’s “Iron Plantation Christmas” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a free event.

If it’s not too cold for you, consider taking a hike along the French Creek, which is walkable from both the Inn at St. Peter’s Village or Welkinweir, the 55-acre arboretum a few miles from the village.