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The Salem Creekside Inn in Bensalem, PA offers 5 beautiful rooms for guest accommodations.
Private Bathrooms, Private Pool as well as Cable TV and Wireless Access are just a few amenities that our Inn has to offer.
We are also available to host Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Luncheons, Reunions,
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Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 12:40 am, Mon Jul 28, 2014.
By Elizabeth Fisher Correspondent
Cross the bridge that spans the Neshaminy Creek between Croydon and Bensalem, but don’t blink because you could miss the sign to your right that takes you onto the narrow Totem Road. Travel a couple of dozen yards, turn right onto a hilly driveway and feast your eyes on a breathtaking view: A setting awash in history.
What you’ll see is a gray fieldstone structure standing on 5 acres of lush greenery that borders the Neshaminy Creek. Silence descends, blotting out grating traffic and construction on nearby Route 13. You’ve arrived at the Salem Creekside Inn, a bed and breakfast that serves as an event-driven business for weddings, showers and other celebrations.
First opened in 1697, it served as a stopover for Colonials waiting to ferry across the creek. First called the Ha’ Penny Inn, the business changed names over time, even once serving as a private residence. Its accommodations have been updated, but it retains the charm that once drew such luminaries at George Washington, John Hancock and the Marquis de Lafayette.
The bed and breakfast is a “happy place” because its focus is happy events, said Patti Adamski, who, along with her identical twin sister, Ruth Constantine, manage the Salem Creekside Inn.
“I love this business. I had been an event planner years ago and, in 2006, after the building had been renovated for a bed and breakfast, and for social events, I was asked for advice on putting social events together. I never left,” Adamski said.
While the Salem Creekside Inn has won many professional awards, it still seems a surprise to visitors. Its modern pool house, which sits right on the banks of the Neshaminy Creek, is used for receptions and cocktail hours.
Mary Oberhaltzer had never heard of the place until she was planning a wedding shower for her daughter Beth.
“A friend at work told me about it and I came out to look. It was fabulous. It was beautiful, and I never even knew it was here,” said Oberhaltzer, of Northeast Philadelphia.
And, the location lent itself to the bride-to-be’s surprise. On a recent Saturday, Beth Oberhaltzer boarded her father’s power boat, thinking she was accompanying him to a boat store located on the Neshaminy. As they approached the inn, she remarked about the crowd standing along the shore, and was taken aback when that crowd shouted, “Surprise.”
“It took her a couple of minutes to realize that the surprise was for her,” her mother said.
When Bridget and Luke Glantz were planning their June 7 wedding, they visited the inn on the advice of a friend.
“We were blown away. Patti was so helpful. My mother had passed away and Patti offered to help with choosing flowers and other things,” Bridget said. “At the reception we were all treated like royalty, and like family.”
On the first floor of the inn is comfortable drawing room where visitors can sit and read or converse while taking in the simplicity and elegance of the furnishings. Across the hall is a spacious room where tables are usually laden with hors d’oeuvres and desserts; just beyond is a dining area and space for a dance floor. Outside is a gazebo where visitors can relax on benches.
The second floor has five suites, each with its own bathroom. Rates range from $130 per night on weekdays, $150 per night on weekends. The price includes a free breakfast, Adamski said.
The inn makes room for festivities and will prepare food tailored to customer demands but there’s a BYOB rule. Soon there will be an addition to services. Across from the inn stands a framed-out structure that will house a tavern, a restaurant with room for 100 diners, and a catering hall for 175 people. There also will be docks and two large decks so boaters can tie up and relax, Adamski said.
Patti Adamski believes the addition of the restaurant, being built by Bill Rushton and Paul Stoprya — owners of the property on which the inn sits, will complement services offered by the bed and breakfast.
“I believe this addition will be amazing. I don’t think there’s another property like this in the area,” she said.
1031 Totem Road Bensalem, Pa 19020 215 913-5283
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