trains and towns

Historic Towns

As you stroll through our towns and historic districts, remember that you are walking through more than 200 years of history that has been preserved as a cohesive, working community. Look up to see the detailing of the historic architecture that recalls another time and place.

Tours, Trains and Trails

Take a deep breath. Relax! There’s some great meandering to be done in Greater Reading, Berks County.  Follow our driving tours, travel our trails, and ride our trains. Beautiful country roads surround Reading and our neighboring towns, just waiting for a Sunday drive. Why not turn off your cell phone, take your time, and savor our spectacular landscape. Along the way, stop and visit our many farm markets, antique shops, and wineries.

A trip on the Colebrookdale Railroad takes you back in time and into the backcountry on The Secret Valley Line, completed only four months after the Transcontinental Railroad united America in 1867.

Our Tasting Trail includes distinctive wineries: Folino Estate Vineyard and Winery, Clover Hill Winery, Deerfoot Vineyards and Winery, and the very unique Winedown Café and Wine Bar/Whiskey Distillery, plus Saucony Creek Franklin Station Brewpub for a completely different taste of craft beer

Our Farm Trail takes you past 26 timeless, centuries old historic farms, which have earned places on the National Register of Historic Places, that have dotted Berks since the county was founded, and to several farm markets where you can get just picked goodness. As you explore the trail, be sure to visit Leesport Farmers Market and Renninger’s Farm Market for the freshest in vegetables and other farm fresh goodies.

For great meals to go with your journeys, we recommend Austin’s, with upscale casual American dining, and Dans at Green Hills, for elegant fine dining.