Fall weather is here, so it’s time to embrace the season with flavors like the ubiquitous pumpkin spice as well as apple and cinnamon. Plus, you’ll be looking for comfort food dishes such as soups, chili, pot pie and more. Here’s a list of some Montgomery County favorites to get your mind (and your belly!) thinking autumn.

Ice Cream:

When you aren’t quite ready to give up summer, even while the leaves are starting to fall, treat yourself to fall flavors like pumpkin and apple pie ice cream at one of these locations.

Carminati Creamery, Glenside (2020 Happening List Ice Cream Winner)

  • Carminati is known for its super creamy, fresh, homemade gelato. Look for seasonal specialties such as campfire caramel, cinnamon and pumpkin with Sweetzels spiced wafers.

Merrymead Farm, Lansdale (2020 Happening List Ice Cream Finalist)

  • Boasting over 32 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream, stop in for their freshly-made pumpkin ice cream, offered daily throughout the season.
  • While there, also enjoy cider donuts and other seasonal baked treats.

Downtown Scoop, Souderton (2020 Happening List Ice Cream Finalist)

  • Enjoy both dairy and non-dairy coconut milk-based frozen scoops, custom-made, daily.
  • Their last day of the season is October 24, so go NOW!

Freddy Hill Farms, Lansdale (2020 Happening List Ice Cream Finalist)

  • Hand-dipped ice cream is offered daily in an array of flavors, including seasonal flavors like pumpkin, apple pie and cinnamon Sweetzel!
  • While you’re there, visit their fun center with mini golf, driving range and batting cages. Or, shop for fall decorations.

Zwahlen’s Ice Cream & Chocolate Co, Audobon (2020 Happening List Ice Cream Nominee)

  • Before visiting Zwahlen’s, you’ll want to check their website or Facebook page to view the calendar of flavors. This ice cream and chocolate shop serves vanilla and chocolate daily, and then other specialty flavors that change throughout the month.
  • Some upcoming flavors include Marshmallow Mash, Monster Crunch and Pumpkin.
  • Plus, you can get other treats such as Swiss homemade apple crisp and pumpkin pie squares.

Bruster’s Ice Cream, Limerick (2020 Happening List Ice Cream Nominee)

  • Enjoy Bruster’s newest seasonal arrivals of warmed apple dumplings served aloft cinnamon ice cream and topped with cinnamon sauce. Also, spoon into their deep dish apple pie flavor made with apple ice cream, apple swirls, plus pieces of cinnamon shortbread scattered throughout!

Beer:

Warm up at these local watering holes with seasonal beers.

Union Jack’s Pub, Glenside (2020 Happening List Beer Bar Winner)

  • Enjoy an array of seasonal beers alongside sandwiches, chili, wings and other comforting bites. Plus, they have amazing sweet treats!

The Butcher & Barkeep, Harleysville (2020 Happening List Beer Finalist)

  • Enjoy bottles of comforting chocolate stouts, a chocolate and peanut butter porter, plus a vanilla porter, among many others!

Blue Dog Tavern, Chalfont (2020 Happening List Beer Finalist)

  • Sip on the flavors of hot cocoa in offerings such as Solemn Oath Bourbon Barrel Aged Goldmund, a Mexican-hot chocolate style imperial stout.

Round Guys Brewing Company, Lansdale (2020 Happening List Beer Finalist)

  • Choose from a wide array of brews including, “Reinventing the Steel – Oreos and Vanilla,” an imperial stout brewed with a variety of barrels, plus Oreos and vanilla!

Coffee:

We all know that the big chains have their PSL, but when the cool wind starts to blow, you’ll want to warm up with a cup of coffee from one of these local spots.

Backyard Beans, Lansdale (2020 Happening List Coffee Winner)

 

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  • As of October 1, their “Basic Bean” latte is back! It’s a pumpkin pie flavored latte made with their housemade pumpkin syrup. If a cup isn’t enough, you can also buy it by the jug for your fridge!

Wake Coffee Roasters, Ambler (2020 Happening List Coffee Finalist)

  • Celebrate fall with pumpkin spice everything! Wake uses their homemade pumpkin spice and syrups in lattes, cold brew and more!

Perky Joe’s Cafe, Haryleysville (2020 Happening List Coffee Finalist)

  • Stop by for a warm chai latte, pumpkin spice espresso, or protein smoothie. They also have homemade chili!

Valerio Coffee Roasters, Audubon (2020 Happening List Coffee Finalist)

 

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  • Pumpkin spice lattes, frappes, coffee beans, tea, scones and plenty of fall vibes. Fair trade, organic, single origin coffees micro roasted by Anthony Valerio in Audubon.

White Horse Coffee & Creamery, Jenkintown (2020 Happening List Coffee Nominee)

  • Warm up to the season with signature beverages such as The Cedric, a vanilla latte topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle and cinnamon sugar, plus plenty of other seasonal favorites.

Brewed Awakening, Royersford (2020 Happening List Coffee Nominee)

  • Sip on gingerbread lattes, pumpkin spice lattes and more, all offered hot or iced!

Baked Treats:

Sweet Melissa’s L.O.V.E., Pennsburg (2020 Happening List Cupcakes Winner)

 

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  • The L.O.V.E. stands for “Little Organic Vegan Eats – Your go-to spot for small batch cupcakes, cookies, raw treats, soups and more. Gluten free options as well.
  • For fall, you can look for flavors such as banana waltz, apple cider caramel and Boo Cakes!

Lochel’s Bakery, Hatboro (2020 Happening List Cupcakes and Specialty Cake Finalist)

 

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  • Lochel’s recently gained national attention for their “Election Poll” cookies, appearing on several news stations and going viral on social media. Word is, their cookie poll has accurately predicted the past THREE elections, so if you’re at all superstitious about these type of things, go get your candidate of choice on a cookie now!
  • In addition to your Trump or Biden cookies, you can also pick up plenty of pumpkin and other seasonal treats at this family-owned and operated establishment.
  • Enjoy homemade pumpkin bars with a rich layer of frosting, custom-made cakes to order, pies, donuts and more!

Alice Bakery & Confectionary, North Wales (2020 Happening List Bakery Finalist)

  • The time for pumpkin has officially arrived at Alice Bakery! Look for treats such as pumpkin pecan scones.
  • Also enjoy hand pies filled with an assortment of fresh fruits.

Izenberg’s Bakery, Conshohocken (2020 Happening List Bakery Nominee)

  • Celebrate the best flavors of apple season with a freshly-baked Jewish Apple Cake, bursting with apples and fresh cinnamon.
  • Also enjoy an apple cake, bundt-style or even a cake pop and many more!

The Cheesecake Lady, Elkins Park (2020 Happening List Bakery Nominee)

  • Delight in the warm spices and apples of the season in the form of cheesecake! Offering an assortment of flavors each day, including: caramel apple crunch, carrot cake, cinnamon roll and plenty of others, visit quickly and early, as they often sell out each day!
  • Be sure to check out their Instagram and Facebook pages for inventory updates, live demos and more!
  • *Fun Fact: The Cheesecake Lady appeared on 6abc’s weekend program, FYI Philly earlier this season, chatting and showcasing her cheesecakes, all baked fresh daily and in high demand.

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Main Street Nutrition, Collegeville (Happening List Healthy Winner)

 

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  • Main Street Nutrition serves healthy shakes that are low in calories and sugar and high in protein and nutrition. Plus, muffins, coffee and more.
  • Come in this fall for menu additions such as hot apple cider and shake flavors like maple walnut, apple cider doughnut, and everything pumpkin.
  • Try the tastes of the season offered as a waffle! Recent waffle flavors include: pumpkin spice, caramel apple, and blueberry banana crunch!
  • To warm yourself up, try a healthy tea concoction with orange and cranberries dubbed “Witches Brew.”

Be Well Bakery & Cafe, Huntingdon Valley (2020 Happening List Brunch Winner)

  • Be Well Cafe is a brunch favorite, offering delicious baked goods, salads, soups and more.
  • With a focus on healthier options, you’ll find plenty of vegan and gluten-free choices, fresh ingredients and wholesome food.
  • Favorites right now include tomato basil soup and pumpkin bars.

William Penn Inn, Gwynedd (2020 Happening List Brunch Finalist)

  • Sunday morning brunch is back at William Penn Inn as of October 4 with their no-touch buffer and socially distanced tables.
  • They’re also offering their Oktoberfest Family Style Takeout Menu for 4 on Wednesdays through Sundays now through October 31 with grilled Bavarian sausages, roasted pork and sauerkraut and more.  is serving their Oktoberfest menu with dishes such as German potato pancakes with smoked salmon, Jaeger Schnitzel and beef roulade through October 31.

Trolley Stop Deli, Hatfield (2020 Happening List Sandwich Winner)

  • Trolley Stop is known for their sandwiches, but this time of year, you might want to go with the homemade chili instead!

Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches, Pottstown (2020 Happening List Sandwich Finalist)

  • You won’t find lunchmeat at this sandwich shop! Meats are cured and cooked to perfection every day at the shop.
  • For fall, we love the “Hot Gobbler” made with carved turkey, roasted red peppers, pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayo or “Torry’s Champion” with turkey, cranberry mayo and brie.
  • Plus, you’ll want to follow along on Facebook to see daily specials! Recent posts have mentioned roasted butternut squash, warm apple cobbler and turkey pot pie.
  • FYI: Grumpy’s already has their Thanksgiving menu available! Turkey, ham, all the sides, and don’t forget the dessert! In fact, if you visit the store, they’ll let you sample their holiday pie options.

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