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Motels & other lodging near J.D. Lohr Studio 

1. Comfort Inn - Pottstown, (610) 326-5000 Located 20 minutes away.  422 to Route 100 North to Shoemaker Road.  This hotel was voted " Pottstown 's Favorite Hotel" in the Mercury Newspaper five years running.  Safe comfortable accommodations including free deluxe continental breakfast with refrigerators, microwaves, cable TV, free wireless high speed internet access in each room. If booking a room use my "JDL" rate code for a very favorable rate.   http://www.pottstownpacomfortinn.com/  (note, you have to call the hotel directly at (610) 326-5000 to get the special JDL rate.)  Sorry, due to the considerable reduced price through my school that is far under the regular rate, the chain does not permit me to post the special "JDL" room rate 

2. Motel 6 Pottstown - (610) 819-1288 or 1-800-466-8356 - Route 422 to Route 100 North to Shoemaker Road - 78 Robinson St. Pottstown PA - Inexpensive not frills low budget accommodations.  Use Lohr Woodworking School reference to get a $55 per night room rate.  

3. Marriott Courtyard   Phone:  (484)-974-2600 600  Campus Drive, Collegeville PA 19426.  Located 15 minutes away.  Very fine accommodations with indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, 24 hour fitness room, in-room Internet Access, continental breakfast included,  $117/night. see:  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phlvg-courtyard-philadelphia-valley-forge-collegeville/

Below are recommended hotels & motels close to nightlife, theaters, shopping, parks, and entertainment.

Best Western - The Inn at King of Prussia - 127 South Gulph Rd. King of Prussia.  (610) 265-4500  (reservations 1-800-WESTERN)  Variable rate. (40 minutes away) 

Hampton Inn. Valley Forge / Oaks PA.  15 minutes away.  http://www.willowvalley.com/hamptonInnValleyForge.asp

  Sleep Inn - King Of Prussia (13 miles South East of Lohr Woodworking, about 25 minutes drive)  Very fine accommodations with indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, 24 hour fitness room, continental breakfast included, close to  attractions.   *it has recently been reported to me that this establishment has had a problem with heavy cigarette odor in some of their supposed smoke free rooms.   Inquire about this before booking if you are sensitive to that..    

  Homestead Village Guest Studios  - King of Prussia, (13 miles South East of Lohr Woodworking, about 20 minutes drive) Close to attractions, in-room ammonites upon request such as computer modem, etc. $99 weekdays, rooms with kitchens available.  Phone (610) 962-9000


Local Bed and Breakfasts

Morning Star Bed and Breakfast - Phoenixville, PA - 20(+-) minutes away from Lohr's workshop http://www.morningstarbandb.net/ 

Shearer Elagance - Linfield PA. 10 minutes away from Lohr's workshop.  http://www.shearerelegance.com/

Other area bed and breakfasts see: http://www.bnbphiladelphia.com/valleyforge/


Local Campgrounds

1. Camping at Green Lane -  Green Lane State Park   - (18 minutes away) (215) 234.4528  

2. Spring Mountain Campground - Spring Mount, PA  (610) 287-7900  (10 minutes away)
 
3. Homestead Family Campgrounds - Green Lane PA (215) 257-3445 (15 minutes)
 
4. Boulder Woods Campground - Green Lane PA (215) 257-7178  (15 minutes)

Places of interest near the J.D. Lohr Studio

1. The Wharton Esherick Musem.  -  see: http://www.whartonesherickmuseum.org/  Paoli, PA, museum is located near Valley Forge Park which has many points of interest in and of itself.     Weekend guided tours of the unique home and studio of one of the first contemporary studio furniture makers in America.   Esherick is known as "The Dean Of American Craftsman"     This museum gets a hearty Lohr 5-star rating.

2. Renningers Antiques Flea Market.  http://www.renningers.com/   Renningers antiques flea market. Huge antiques and collectable flea market.   Adamstown location is indoors and is open Sundays only.   Kutztown location is outdoors and open on Sundays Spring through Fall.  This extraordinary Mecca-For-Collectors is only one hour west of my studio. 

3. A MONDAY FLEA MARKET.   Traveling with a guest to my school? You will want to send your friend or relative to the Perkiomenville Flea Market first thing Monday morning. This is a happening experience and should not be missed. It only goes on from 7:00am to 12:00noon on Mondays but it is very local to my workshop.  See: http://www.perkiomenvilleauction.com/weather.htm

4. Font Hill, The Mercer Museum, and the Michener Museum http://www.mercermuseum.org/  Font Hill, an American Castle.  Extraordinary home of Arts & Crafts tile maker, Henry Mercer.  Mercer also built the Mercer museum from his collection of Americana tools of industry.  He was also founder of the Arts & Crafts Moravian Tile Works in Doylestown PA.    Between Fonthill, The Mercer Museum, and the Michner Museum in Doylestown this is a trip I love to take.   All these sites are one hour north east of my Studio up route 113 north.

5. The Philadelphia Zoo - http://www.phillyzoo.org/

6. The Philadelphia Museum of Art - http://www.philamuseum.org/main.asp 

7. The Franklyn Institute - http://sln.fi.edu/tfi/welcome.html

8. The Academy of Natural Sciences  -  http://www.acnatsci.org/

9. Number 6 & 7 above and a lot more.  The Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. http://www.ushistory.org/franklin/philadelphia/parkway.htm

10. Listing of Philadelphia area attractions:  http://www.phillyvisitor.com/arttxt.html

11. Crystal Cave (Between Allentown and Reading) http://www.crystalcavepa.com/ 

12. Valley Forge National Park: - http://www.nps.gov/vafo/  This is just 20 minutes away from my studio.   

13. Longwood Gardens, Everything botanical: http://www.longwoodgardens.org/  This is about one hour from my studio and is very well worth the trip. .

14: Otts Exotic Plants, Good for a quick visit if you are into green houses. Very special. No website but it is located just 10  minutes from my studio on Rt. 29 in Schwenksville, PA  phone is 610-287-7878.  


Woodworking Educational Resources 

1. Woodworkers Guild of America   - An excellent  resource for high quality tips, techniques and video.  see: http://www.wwgoa.com/ 

2. Vocational Information Center - Career exploration directory that provides links to resources such as: career descriptions, career planning, trade and technical schools, workplace skills and issues, job hunting, and vocational education. http://www.geocities.com/soarcatb

Arts & Crafts Style and Movement Resourses

1. Arts and Crafts Movement Resource Site  Events, history, items of interest, contemporary craftsman in the movement.  http://anc.gray-cells.com/

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