We had a great time spending the weekend in Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania visiting local attractions like the King of Prussia Mall and enjoying the variety of local dining options, there’s something for everyone to do this summer and #MakeItMontco. The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board is making it easy to plan your summer getaway. Just book your stay in Montgomery County to receive a welcome bag with with the Make It Montco Summer Hotel Package including a coupon booklet and more, valued at over $250!

Running June 1 through Labor Day, the #MakeItMontco Summer Hotel Package includes incredible deals including discounted hotel rates and promotions on restaurants, entertainment, attractions, theaters, and more. No matter the weather this summer- whether it’s raining, hot and humid, or a beautiful sunny day, the #MakeItMontco package allows guests to experience family fun, shopping, entertainment, dining, and transportation all while they stay in Valley Forge and Montgomery County.

We started off out visit with checking into the Crowne Plaza, one of just 75 hotels in Montgomery County with free parking. This location is conveniently located next to the King of Prussia Mall. At Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, life doesn’t stop when business begins. We want you to have it all — to boost your productivity, to energize your body and to feel inspired, helping you enhance your downtime and work time. Sometimes the mojito is as important as the meeting.

The Crowne Plaza® Philadelphia – King of Prussia, PA offers hotel’s accommodations directly across from the King of Prussia Mall, less than two miles from Valley Forge Convention Center and just a short drive from the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. With over 24,000 square feet of flexible event space and an on-site audio-visual production company, the Crowne Plaza King of Prussia offers many unique features for our meeting guests, like our two hour response guarantee and a dedicated Meetings Director to give you one-on-one support throughout your planning and event process.

Sites of interest near our hotel’s address in King of Prussia, PA include Valley Forge National Historical Park featuring Washington’s Headquarters, the King of Prussia Mall Complex with over 40 nearby dining and entertainment options. We aim to make guests feel at home with free Internet access, the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage® program and IHG Rewards Club. Guests also enjoy free access to LA Fitness adjacent to the hotel.

We stopped by California Pizza Kitchen inside the King of Prussia Mall to use our #MakeItMontco promotional free appetizer or free dessert. CPK offers diners a large variety on their menu including signature hand-tossed pizzas, seasonally-inspired specials, hand-shaken cocktails and delicious desserts. We started off with the Buffalo Cauliflower and Barbecue Chicken Pizza, a favorite since the restaurant first opened in Beverly Hills in 1985.

CPK was started by two former federal prosecutors Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax. They had a passion for food and with fresh high-quality ingredients created hearth-baked pizzas such as The Original BBQ Chicken, Thai Chicken, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken, cooked in an open kitchen. Their first restaurant gave California recognition alongside major pizza destinations like Chicago and New York. After the first location opened, CPK expanded to more than 250 locations in more than 30 states and 11 countries. Today the CPK twist on global flavors is enjoyed by guests, during both business and family gatherings. You can even find CPK pizza’s inside your grocer’s freezer, inside major airports all over the world, feeding eager fans at sports stadiums and students on college campuses.

Next on our visit was a brewery tour and tasting at King of Prussia’s only craft brewery, Workhorse Brewing Company located at 250 King Manor Drive. With options for both indoor and outdoor seating, we enjoyed lasting local favorites including hand-crafting award-winning lagers, IPAs and more. Workhorse offers something to both the beer geek and craft novice; drinkable, yet nuanced, well-made beers by Brew Master Neil Olewine.

We enjoyed a private tour led by Co-Owner Dan Hershberg which was informative and fun. It is truly a special experience to enjoy craft beers brewed on site. The Standard tour is 30 minutes and includes one full-sized draft pour in the $10 price (paid upon arrival at the brewery). This guided journey will show you the full scope of our 70,000 square foot operation and allows for plenty of Q&A. The VIP tour is led by Workhorse CEO and Co-Founder Dan Hershberg, giving guests an opportunity for a more in-depth experience, including details on the origin story. Like our standard tour, this session includes a full-sized draft pour of any of our beers, but runs an additional 15 minutes. The $15 cost is due upon arrival. This tour is limited to 12 people but for additional opportunities with larger groups on VIP tours, please email us at info@workhorsebrewing

Food Trucks make a special appearance at Workhorse weekly Thursday-Sunday and guests may also bring their own food. Luckily a delicious pairing with Workhorse beers isn’t a challenge since the beer portfolio is a balance between lagers and ales, providing a range of beers that include, crisp, malt-driven lagers all the way to dank, resinous IPAs. They specialize in traditional styles, while still offering rotating seasonal releases.

Sunday morning we got an early start fueled by breakfast with Vitality Bowls in the King of Prussia Town Center. This health focused fast casual spot specializes in making açaí bowls topped with organic granola (gluten free available) and a selection of superfood ingredients. An açaí (ah-sigh-ee) bowl is a nutritional packed with the Amazon’s antioxidant-rich organic açaí berry and super-fruits pitaya, graviola and acerola are offered as a base for bowls as well.

Roy Gilad and Tara Gilad, founded Vitality Bowls in 2011 in San Ramon, California. The duo started the concept together as a result of discovering their daughter’s severe food allergies and wanting to find healthy, safe food alternatives. All items on the menu are made fresh to order and in a kitchen designed to avoid cross contamination of common food allergens. Since franchising in 2014, the brand has seen significant growth with more than 100 cafes open and in development.

After hitting the King of Prussia Town Center for some shopping we built up an appetite for a bigger meal. We stopped by Paladar Kitchen & Rum Bar for brunch featuring $3 Mimosas! Paladar Latin Kitchen is conveniently located in the King of Prussia Town Center. This restaurant offers diners Latin American cuisine inspired by Central & South America, Cuba and the Latin Caribbean.

 

Starting back in 2007, the restaurant originated in Cleveland, Ohio. Soon they saw more and more guests coming back to enjoy Paladar’s bold flavors and vibrant cultures of Latin America without leaving their comfort zones. The menu is designed to be extremely family-friendly and approachable menu featuring signature dishes like freshly prepared guacamole, slow roasted and grilled meats, fresh seafood and homemade salsas.

We kicked off brunch with Paladar Mimosas in varieties of Pomegranate-Ginger, Grapefruit or Traditional Orange. The rhythm of Latin Music playing through both the indoor and outdoor seating at the restaurant sets the tone for the unique rum bar offering fresh muddled Mojitos, over 75 selections of rum and an approachable and exciting wine list. We tried a rum flight, but our favroite drink of the day was the Jalapeno Paloma made with El Jimador Silver Tequila, jalapeños, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and a salt rim.

Our server suggested some of the more popular brunch dishes include: Maple Glazed Pulled Pork with fried eggs, yucca cake, and jalapeños; Chipotle Honey Fried Chicken with fried eggs, chipotle honey glaze, yucca cake, and pico de gallo; Scrambled Egg & Chorizo Soft Tacos with pickled jalapenos, chihuahua cheese, cabbage, and aji verde sauce; or the Cripy Duck Confit Hash with fried eggs, sweet potatoes, plantain and yucca spaetzle with aji verde.

Make sure to start off your meal with the Craft-Your-Own Guacamole available in a single serving of trio, served with house made blend of plantain, malanga and tortilla chips. Paladar even won the People’s Choice for best guacamole in the 2017 and 2018 at MANNA’s GuacOff Philadelphia event. Join them to try out the award-winning or make your own custom combo!

 

Visit and post sponsored by Visit Valley Forge Tourism.

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