One Warm Coat

Thanks to all who donated your gently worn coats and helped us spread warmth again this season! We donated over 80 coats in 2017.

Millions of Americans can’t afford coats for their family. To help keep families warm, we held our annual One Warm Coat drive beginning November 24th and went through December 31st. Last year we helped warm communities by donating over 100 coats.

As in past years, coats will be donated to the Friendship House in Wilmington, DE.

Patagonia Benefit Your Backyard

In 2017, we teamed up with Patagonia and created the Benefit Your Backyard event to donate $5,000 to three local environmental non-profits. The funds were given to us from Patagonia to invest, but just how much each non-profit received was chosen by YOU, our customers.

We had a kick-off party + beer tasting which started the voting process: Anyone who purchased a Patagonia product earned a token to vote for three hard-working groups.

On November 30th, we tallied the votes and granted The Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County $3,000.

Delaware Nature Society and BRC each received $1,000.

Thank you to all who participated in the donations and made a difference in our community. Your funds help to preserve and maintain local open spaces, historic sites and natural resources.

Woolrich + Dogfish Head Pint Night

Friday, December 8
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Another great year!

Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us for a tasting of Dogfish Head’s limited annual release of Pennsylvania Tuxedo, brewed in collaboration with Woolrich. This tangy, citrusy beer infused with spruce tips gathered from the forests of Pennsylvania and Delaware pays homage to the flannel-suited hunters of PA’s deep backcountry heritage.

While some shoppers stocked up on flannel, others impressed our Woolrich rep with The Most Flannel, The Oldest Flannel, and The Most Cringe-worthy Plaid Combo and won prizes.

Plus, all Woolrich merchandise was 15% off.

Come back next year for this annual event made for all flannel-clad heroes.


Smartwool Tequila Tasting Night in Kennett Square

Friday at 6 PM – 8 PM

Hundreds of you escaped the winter cold on First Friday at our Trail Creek Kennett Square store! We filled the store and you warmed up inside and out with tequila and cozy Smartwool apparel. When these two come together, we knew it would be a great party.

And it was!

Steve Rogerson, our Smartwool rep and tequila expert, helped us host the tequila tasting, plus he answered questions about the Smartwool brand.

All Smartwool merchandise was 10% off!

There was also the buy three pairs of socks, get one free!

And a free pair of socks with any Smartwool apparel.

Suggested $5 donation to particiapte in the tequila tasting to benefit Operation Warm, providing brand new winter coats to children in need.

Patagonia Benefit Your Backyard Pint Night


Friday, November 17

6-8:00 p.m.
Glen Mills Store

Drink Beer. Buy Patagonia. Win Prizes. Cast Your Vote. Benefit Your Backyard.

Trail Creek Outfitters and Patagonia  teamed up to conserve and protect our own backyard.

Starting November 17th at our kick-off event and lasting through November 30th, each purchase of a Patagonia product will earn you a token to vote for one of these three hard-working groups. The group that receives the most tokens by the end of the business day on November 30th will be granted $3,000 and the other two will each get $1,000.

This is how it worked: We have $5,000 to invest in three local environmental non-profits. The Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County, Delaware Nature Society, and Brandywine Red Clay Alliancewill all receive a donation, but YOU got to decide how much.

We’re kicked off this event with a Pint Night…but contributions continue all month.

So, come out and support your cause! We’ll announce the which group that received what amount of tokens so we can make the donations.

Thank you for your support!

True Grit Trunk Show

Friday, November 3, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thanks to everyone who came out and met David Singer, the True Grit rep and saw the entire line of products. Some of you were able to special order from his sample items choose colors that we don’t have room to carry.

Plus, we served complimentary coffee and Northbrook Apple Cider donuts that everyone enjoyed.

Osprey Pack & Raptor Pint Night

Friday, October 20th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Glen Mills Store

LIVE raptors at TCO thanks to Indian Run Environmental Education Center!

And a big thanks to everyone who came out to Osprey + Raptor Pint Night! It was a huge success.

The first 25 guests through the door received an Osprey & TCO stainless steel cup to enjoy their pour of Star Hill brewery beer, plus everyone at TCO got all this:

• A chance to win one of 12 Osprey door prizes.

• All Osprey products were 15% off during Raptor night only.

• A pack fitting demo and showing how to properly pack an Osprey bag.

Thanks to @ospreypacks, Dawn from Indian Run Environmental Education Center,@starrhillbrewery#morethanastore

Ladies Night Out + Fashion Show

Friday, October 6th, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Glen Mills Store

We were all long past a Girl’s Night out, right? That’s why so many of you grabbed your BFF and treated yourselves to some awesome giveaways & discounts, bubbly & sweets, as we showcase some of your favorite brands.

There were prizes from Patagonia, prAna, The North Face, Olukai, Aventura, Toad & Co. and MORE, plus discounts, models, beverages, live music, food, friends and you.

And the first 25 people get $25 gift certificates to Currie Hair and Nails.


Nature’s Gym with Merrell

Wednesday, June 21
6:30 PM – 8 PM

Thanks for the workout!

We traded in our indoor gym workout – the four walls, the stale air, the static views – for Nature’s Gym. There was room to spread out and lots of fresh air.

We met at Trail Creek and walked down to the open grass near Harvest for an hour outdoor workout with Annie Osborn from CrossFit Kennett Square. There we were able to demo the new Merrell Bare Access Flex during our work out, and later went back at the store for light refreshments.

Enter to Win 2 Firefly Tickets!

Firefly 2017: An Epic Music/Camping Experience.

Firefly Festival is from June 15-18th.

Because of the generosity of the Brandywine River Reps, we got our hands on an amazing Firefly prize package including 2 VIP Firefly Tickets.

Over 140 festival hopefuls visited Trail Creek Outfitters and filled out an entry form. No purchase necessary.


Maddi and Ellie are ready for Firefly.


Maddi (right) and a friend at the Firefly Festival.


2 4-Day Passes to the Firefly Concert June 15-18, 2017

1 VIP camping site for the 4 days. With Air Conditioned Bathrooms and Showers.


Eagle Creek:

The ultimate festival traveler starter kit.

• 2 Eagle Creek Gear Hauler 45 bags: Carry on size that is just right for your festival needs

• 2 Packit Starter kits: To help you organize your stuff

• 2 Toiletry kits: For the bathroom needs

• 2 bag locks: To secure your bag when not in the tent


• 2 pr of Sport Mesh Underwear per person: Everyone needs good undies and these are the BEST in the business

• 1 Insect shield hoody per person: Keep those pesky bugs off you while you are enjoying the show or hanging at the site

• 1 Sol Cool shirt per person: Protecting and cooling you during the hot field shows


• 1 pr of Chaco Sandals per person: The ultimate festival footwear. Keep your feet comfortable in rain and sun. Will not come off if you decide to crowd surf.


• 2 Day packs: keep all your essentials at hand when you are at the show!


• 2 Headlamps: Making sure you can see where you are going on the way to the late night silent raves and DJ and EDM shows.

• 1 All in one Primus Stove and pot combo: for morning coffee and late night hot chocolate.

• 1 Lantern for campsite: for good camp site ambiance.

CRAZE: Saturday May 6, 2017

Another great crowd, vendors and brand reps made this spring sale event a huge success. Brand reps included The North Face, Patagonia, prAna, Toad&Co., Olukai, Teva & Chaco, plus Patagonia’s WORN WEAR Truck was on site making light repairs while customer’s waited.

Says Kait from Patagonia’s WORN WEAR: I got to connect with customers on a deep level outside and hear some great stories through Worn Wear. One mother had 3 kids jackets to be repaired of different sizes. Her kids have worn (or are about to wear) each jacket once they reach a certain size and they have a puppy that keeps tearing the jackets when they play, the smallest jacket (meaning lowest to the ground kid), was of course the most torn haha. Puppy got a Frisbee, kids got stickers, mom got more life out of her purchases. Great stuff.


Kait from Worn Wear helps a customer.

Join us! Fly Fishing 101

April 26, 2017

6:30 PM – 8 PM


What a great way to get the family together outside! Fly fishing is a sport everyone can take part in. Families learned what this great sport was all about with Sporting Gentleman, an Orvis Store.

Need some inspiration to get out and give fly fishing a try? Watch this.

Then: March 26th: Fly Fishing 201

When participants completed Fly Fishing 101, they signed up for the next step: A short outing on local water for a chance to catch your first fish! $10 per person: included rods, reels, flies, leader, tippet & drinks.

Meet Jennifer Phar Davis

Monday, April 10th

6-8 p.m.

Thanks to all who came to TCO and met Jennifer!

Jennifer Phar Davis is a hiker, author, adventure speaker, and national geographic adventurer of the year who has covered over 12,000 miles of long distance trails on six different continents.

She came to Trail Creek to discuss her adventures and her new book, Families on Foot, a down and dirty know-how and fun for families starting out on the trail. It was an inspirational night for the whole family! 

Says Jennifer: “I found things in the woods that I didn’t know I was looking for… and now I’ll never be the same.”

Learn more about Jen here.

Ladies Night Out

Friday, April 7th

6-8 p.m.

It was a packed house! Thanks to all of you who attended.

We hosted Ladies Night showcasing some of your favorite brands as shoppers treated themselves to some awesome giveaways & discounts, bubbly & sweets,..all with their BFFs. 


• First 50 women received a gift card from Currie Hair Skin & Nails

• Participating brands: KUHL, The North Face, OluKai, Sanuk, Toad&Co., prAna, Patagonia and more had other giveaways!

Don’t miss the next Ladies Night Out.

Trail Creek Outfitters 34th Anniversary Party

Thursday, March 23rd

6-8 p.m.

Locals joined the staff and partied at TCO to celebrate 34 great years of being a part of the outdoor industry. The first 34 people in the store after 6 p.m. were entered to win a $100 Trail Creek Outfitters gift card, plus we had a TCO trivia question every half hour with prizes. Everyone earn double rewards points on all purchases from 6-8 p.m., enjoyed beer provided by Starr Hill Brewery and light fare from Whole Foods and Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar.

10th Annual WiId and Scenic Film Fest


Thursday and Friday, February 23 & 24, 2017
Chester County Historical Society

Doors open at 6 p.m., films begin at 7 p.m.

What started 10 years ago as an evening of hosting inspirational shorts, has become an much-anticipated two-night production featuring some of the favorite films of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the largest festival of its kind in the United States, with proceeds equally benefiting The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and Stroud Water Research Center.

Highlights included delicious local food and drink and nationally acclaimed short, independent films and documentaries featuring outdoor adventures, nature and environmental issues.

Be sure and join us in 2018.

One Warm Coat

November 25th – December 24th, 2016

Trail Creek Outfitters helped warm communities once again by donating over 100 coats to One Warm Coat who donates the coats to Friendship House of Wilmington Delaware.

Thank you for helping us #warmamillion people with new and gently worn coats.

Read about our about our 2015 coat drive here.

Supporting Operation Warm

From November 25th through December 24th, TCO donated funds to Operation Warm for every child’s coat purchased in the store. 

Woolrich + Dogfish Head Pint Night

December 2, 2016, 6 – 8:00 P.M.


Our annual PA Tuxedo tasting filled with Woolrich giveaways, discounts and more was another great success!

Woolrich + Dogfish Head Craft Brewery brought back their LIMITED EDITION collaboration, Pennsylvania Tuxedo, a sessionable concoction with a grassy citrus kick complemented by the resinous conifer notes of fresh green spruce tips. Pennsylvania Tuxedo pays homage to the flannel-suited hunters and gatherers who dwell deep in the backcountry of north-central PA. The beer was met with delicious anticipation.


Instant trivia winner

11/26/2016 Small Business Saturday

Thanks to all of you who kept the money in the hood.

In 2015, shoppers supported their neighborhood businesses like never before, continuing to embrace the day as a holiday tradition: An estimated 95 million went out to shop at small, independent businesses. So, thank you for keeping it local, and supporting Trail Creek Outfitters by making a big impact on November 26th and shopping small in 2016.

The North Face 50th Anniversary Party

November 18th, 6 – 8 P.M.

We celebrated The North Face’s 50th winter with a great party!

Folks entered to win a The North Face prize by wearing their favorite or oldest The North Face pieces they owned, 

or, they piled it on by wearing as many of The North Face products they had stashed in their closest to see if they ended up a winner as the one partier wearing the most.

Victory Brewing Company poured Winter Cheers in TNF 50th Anniversary pints, all TNF product was 15% off, plus double points were earned on TNF purchases from 6 – 8 p.m.



Wearing 25+ The North Face pieces!


Patagonia’s Big Thanks for Open Space Event

October 8, 2016

12-4 p.m.

Thanks for a great live screen printing event that benefited The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County. We could’ve screen printed into the night, there were so many participants! Blank Patagonia T-shirt were available for purchase, along with 3 custom screen prints, each for $5.

Victory Brewing Company poured complimentary beer for every t-shirt you bought, plus there were food options available for purchase.

All t-shirt proceeds benefited TLC!


Merrell Capra Tailgate Party

October 1, 2016
12:00 p.m.  – 4:00 p.m.

Fun for the whole family

The Merrell tent featured a demo fleet of the new Capra Venture, their brand new mid-hiker with Gore-Tex Surround for enhanced waterproof/breathability and Megagrip for superior traction.

If you tried on a pair you were entered in for your chance to win a YETI Hopper 20 cooler or an ENO Hammock. Anyone trying on a pair enjoyed a free hot dog from the hot dog cart.

• Purchase a pair of the Capra Venture and receive another raffle ticket to win the YETI Hopper 20 or ENO Hammock.

Plus, visitors enjoyed 15% off all Merrell foot wear, cornhole and life-size jenga to play, AND enjoy sipping on beer provided by Starr Hill Brewery! That’s TCO tailgate-style.

Ladies Night Out

Friday, September 30th, 2016

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

To all of you who grabbed your BFF and treated yourselves to some awesome giveaways and discounts, bubbly and sweets, thanks for joining TCO’s Ladies Night Out!

We showcased some of your favorite brands, plus attendees popped balloons to see if they won an awesome prize or a great was a great night!

Participating brands included: KUHL •  The North Face • prAna •  Patagonia • OluKai • Lucy • Currie Hair & Nails

Jeff Ryan Book Signing

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Writer and adventure hiker Jeff Ryan shared his recent book with a great TCO crowd. His book  Appalachian Odyssey: A 28 Year Hike on America’s Trail, details three decades and 2,100 miles. This travelogue is rich in history, visual beauty and storytelling that appeals to the adventurer inside each of us. Get the details here. Learn more about Jeff Ryan here.

Thanks for joining us on this great event! We sold over 10 books. Haven’t read Jeff’s book? Don’t miss out, pick it up here.

Enter to Win The Perfect Day

Enjoy The Best of the Brandywine (with your bestie) – on Us

We had over 400 entrants for our Perfect Day Give-Away! 

And it was Perfect Day WINNER Terri Jones who chose daughter Carly to spend a day in the Brandywine Valley.. on Us.

Here’s how it all went down:

9 a.m. breakfast at Talula’s Table

10 a.m. massage or mani/pedi at Currie Hair skin and Nails

11:30 a.m. lunch and beer tasting at Victory Brewing Co.

1:30 p.m. stroll Longwood Gardens

4 p.m. shopping spree at Trail Creek Outfitters

6 p.m. dinner at Avenue Kitchen

Perfect Day at Talula's


Monthly Yoga Night

We will see you in the Fall for our monthly yoga night!

May 21, 2016

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by prAna

FREE 1 hour Yoga Class (meet at Trail Creek and walk down to the Focus Fitness space together).

Afterwards, come back to TCO and enjoy complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres, and your chance to win a free yoga mat.

*ALL levels welcome*
*Great intro to yoga for beginners*
*No registration required*

SPECIAL: Select yoga clothing will be 10% off. One night only.

Ladies Night

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thanks for joining us for a fun-filled evening of shopping, refreshments, discounts, and giveaways where TCO staff showcased some of your favorite brands and our new Spring pieces. After popping a balloon winners walked away with merchandise from: Patagonia, lucy Activewear, KUHL, Mountain Khakis, Lole Women, OluKai,prAna, Vasque Footwear, Chacos.

9th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival (2 Night Event)

Fabulous event sold out once again!

Thursday & Friday, February 25 & 26th, 2016

For the 9th year, we brought the country’s largest environmental film festival to our area with proceeds equally benefiting The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and Stroud Water Research Center.

The highlights included delicious local food and drink and nationally acclaimed short, independent films and documentaries featuring outdoor adventures, nature and environmental issues.

The theme this year was “A Change of Course.” This theme was chosen because issues surrounding water and our watercourses are timely and warrant special attention. We see a need for change in the fundamental ways we interact with our environment, and feel we need bold leadership to show us the “course” we might take to begin to live in a more sustainable way.

Our gratitude to all who attended and a huge thank you to the vendors, sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible.

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One Warm Coat: November 28th – December 24th, 2015

Trail Creek Outfitters helped warm communities last winter one coat at a time, and we did it again this year collecting over 200 coats! All coats were donated to Friendship House of Wilmington Delaware.

Read about last year’s coat drive when Grass Roots Outdoor Alliance featured Trail Creek’s coat drive:

How to Spread Warmth in Your Community this Holiday Season

Thanks to everyone who brought in their coats!

One Warm Coat: November 7th – December 24th

Trail Creek Outfitters helped warm communities this winter one coat at a time. We collected 9 large bags of coats for One Warm Coat and donated the coats to Friendship House of Wilmington Delaware. Thanks for all who donated their gently used coats!