Who doesn’t love a good bookstore? Rows and rows of textured leather covers, endless unique treasures to be discovered. The smell of old books filling the pleasantly stuffy air. Creaking floorboards and rustic wooden chairs. A rainy day and the scene is set. That was just what we were looking for when we headed to one of our favorite places – Baldwin Book Barn.
Visiting Baldwin Book Barn
Any bookworm or lover of old books will be in paradise in Baldwin Book Barn in West Chester, Pennsylvania – the most beautiful bookstore I’ve yet to visit. This bookstore contains 5 floors of thousands and thousands of used, vintage, and antique books. They have over 300,000 books just waiting to be discovered!
Built in 1822, what is now a lovely bookstore, was originally built to be a barn. Perfect way to revamp it no? Wandering through the maze of perfectly organized books you can find anything from vintage comics, antique collectors editions, old maps and blueprints to modern used books.
And the best part of all is that the place is filled with adorable little nooks. Thinking of spending the whole day perusing and reading before making your choice on which one to take home? No worries because the place is filled with countless rustic chairs to help you enjoy.
I always have a hard time deciding what book to buy when I go to a bookstore, especially when there are soooo many books to choose from. It can be a bit overwhelming! But at least here there is the opportunity to take your time, far away from everyone else and decide.
The place is so large, with such small, windy hallways and low ceilings that it’s almost easy to get lost! But who wouldn’t want to get lost in a maze of books?
Things to Do in the Area
Chester County, Pennsylvania (of which West Chester is a part) is filled with amazing and fun places to go and things to do. Whether you’re looking for quaint cafes, excursions to the nature, or interesting things to do, Chester County has it all! Here are some of my favorite things to do that are super close to Baldwin Book Barn!
West Chester “Downtown”
Baldwin Book Barn is located under 10 minutes away from “downtown” West Chester. West Chester is a super cute and quaint place with an unmatched small town feel. Coffee shops, local stores, and one of a kind places abound. Just walking through the brick and cobblestone-like pathways give you the perfect small and old town feel. Check out Malena’s Boutique for pristine and fun vintage pieces or Roots Café for a local, organic bite to eat.
Although this is very dependent on the season, Pennsylvania has endless opportunities to go fruit and apple picking! Highland Orchards in West Chester has fruits to pick all year round, berries, apples, pumpkins, and more. And don’t forget to try their famous apple cider donuts in the fall!
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Looking for more amazing things to do in Pennsylvania? Check out our USA-Pennsylvania page for lots of unique and fun things to do.
Lots of Love, Safe Travels, and Happy Reading,
Danielle and Brooke, Colorful Sisters