Attendees from throughout the area had a unique opportunity Thursday to check out a new local venue for weddings, corporate events and more: the newly-opened Culinary Event Center at Durham Springs in Kintnersville, Bucks County.
The Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the event center–which is owned by Lower Saucon Township residents Dan Fehlig and Ian Humphries–that also included complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages, music by a DJ, a dessert bar by Amy’s Creative Cakes of Quakertown and a raffle.
Durham Springs is the recently-opened successor to the once-celebrated Cascade Lodge, which for decades was a landmark dining destination in Durham Township.
According to a history page on the Durham Springs website, the original farmhouse that was the genesis for Cascade Lodge and is now part of one large building was built in the 1730s.
“This bucolic setting was transformed to Cascade Lodge by Captain Ernest Knuth and his wife, Paula, in 1939,” it says. “Over the years additions were added to the farmhouse to make up the profile that so many visitors knew most recently. While it truly started as a lodge, the success of the restaurant took over the demand for available space.”
In the mid-century, the property became known for its outdoor pool and “was the place to be,” according to the Durham Springs website, which notes that “there are innumerable stories about how many special occasions were shared at the restaurant.”
Humphries and Fehlig purchased the 33-acre property in the spring of 2017 and renovated it over the next year-and-a-half, opening Cascade, the Restaurant, last fall.
The restaurant serves a seasonal dinner menu prepared with local ingredients in an airy, bright atmosphere with a Scandinavian aesthetic. (To view a sample menu, click here.)
With the exception of a ’60s era barroom whose decor was preserved as a kind of time capsule, the space Cascade, the Restaurant, now occupies has been lightened with neutral shades which focus the eye on the beautiful natural surroundings outside its windows.
The event center is located in a newly-built barn wing and features floor-to-ceiling windows that open to a deck overlooking the restaurant and much of the property. From the deck one can view a series of small waterfalls; part of a stream that emerges from underneath the building, where it helps cool Cascade’s unique spring-chilled wine cellar.
The event center offers catering and is a place “to celebrate all things culinary and all things pertaining to events,” according to the website.
“With corporate and nonprofit events, there is always an agenda that comes first and foremost,” it states. “That’s why we start by identifying the event’s main mission and design every element to deliver the right message. Once accomplished we follow with great food, spirits and service wrapped in a beautiful design with all of the event elements seamlessly coordinated.”
Cascade, The Restaurant is open Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sunday for brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling or via OpenTable on the Durham Springs website.
Durham Springs is located at 5065 Lehnenberg Road, Kintnersville, Pa.