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The Great Outdoors on the Main Line


From left: The Alec Williamson Bird Observation Area; Anthropology; Paramour; Harpswell in Maine.

The Main Line’s best-kept secret: Riverbend, unfortunately. We are a destination, not somewhere you pass by and wonder about. And honestly, I don’t want to be the best-kept secret. 

Favorite spot at Riverbend: The Alec Williamson Bird Observation Area. Renovated in 2009, it has walking trails, a small pond, and more than 120 trees, plants and shrubs. Laurie Bachman

Favorite places to hike, bike and run (other than Riverbend): Haverford College Loop, Cynwyd Heritage Trail, Radnor Trail, the Willows in Villanova, Ithan Valley Park in Radnor. 

Coolest local event: The Devon Horse Show, because of the history and the way it showcases our area. 

Best thing to do with kids in the Main Line area: Investigate the neighborhood parks, or even their own backyards. Exploration is a great thing—sometimes even better than structured activity. 

How 40-somethings are educating their kids: Parents are trying to offset the impact of technology in kids’ lives. There’s a concerted effort to get them outside. No one had to emphasize that 40 years ago.

Last place she ate something she loved: The fish tacos at Teresa’s Next Door in Wayne. 

Favorite local restaurant: Restaurant Alba in Malvern.  Where she shops for food: Whole Foods is my favorite—both Wynnewood and Devon. 

Where she shops for clothes: Anthropologie [2], by far, gets most of my business. J.Crew and Banana Republic are also on the list. I also love shopping at Suburban Square in Ardmore, and I have since I was a teenager. 

Top Main Line spot for date night: Paramour [3] in Wayne. 

If she had 30 minutes to herself, she would: Catch up on reading the Sunday New York Times

Where she vacations: Harpswell [4], a little town in Maine in the Casco Bay area, near Brunswick.