Ella's American Bistro, 214 Sugartown Road, Wayne, Pa. 610-964-3552, ellasamericanbistro.com. Classic American fare with French and Southern influences. Sample a gourmet burger with Muenster on a pretzel roll, or crab carbonara.
The Black Cat Cafe, 40 Berkeley Road, Devon, Pa. 610-688-1930, theblackcatcafe.org. Freshly made soups, salads, sandwiches, and vegetarian/vegan dishes. Baked goods include pecan pie, scones and cinnamon rolls. Meal proceeds benefit a nonprofit organization that rescues homeless cats.
Gardens The bucolic countryside near the Devon Horse Show is home to gardens and arts venues. Notables include Chanticleer Garden, the 35-acre former estate of the Rosengarten family (chanticleergarden.org), and Jenkins Arboretum and Garden (jenkinsarboretum.org), 46 acres showcasing native trees, shrubs, rhododendrons, azaleas, laurels, ferns and wildflowers.
Museums The Wharton Esherick Museum features 200 works by the sculptor ,who worked primarily in wood and was heralded as the "dean of American craftsmen." Open by appointment. Go to whartonesherickmusuem.org. Also nearby is Valley Forge National Historic Park.
Shopping King of Prussia Court and Plaza, 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, Pa. 610-265-5727. King of Prussia gets bragging rights as the largest enclosed shopping mall on the East Coast. Another perk: no sales tax on clothing in Pennsylvania. Locally, Devon Hill Boutique, 20 Lancaster Ave. in Devon, 484-654-1245, shopbluehorse.com. The shop is inside a local BMW dealership and has jewelry, funky accessories, and fun gifts.
For more information on visiting the area, contact the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau at brandywinevalley.com, or the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. at visitphilly.com.