Monday, December 1, 2008

New Hope, Pennsylvania

Michael and I went to New Hope this Thanksgiving weekend. We go there at least once a year on average. I have been going to New Hope since I was a young child as it was very near where my good friends from summer camp lived in Bucks County.I went to Villanova University and Eastern University outside of Northeast Philadelphia so I often stopped in to New Hope in my travels. New Hope is a fantastic village to visit. There are cafes and fine restaurants as well as many art galleries and unique artsy shops. The town is right on the Delaware River across from Lambertville, New Jersey so one can simply walk across the bridge and visit Lambertville which is quite similar to New Hope. Many times a day we cross this quarter -mile bridge between the two villages. New Hope has a wonderful playhouse in town called the Bucks County Playhouse and we usually enjoy a show there as well. There is a steam train that jetisons passengers over to Peddler's Village right outside of New Hope which is a really cool place to shop as well.

In warmer months, it is fun to take the mule barge along the Delaware canal and even canoe in the River. A wonderful Quaker community is located at the Solebury Meetinghouse. Sandcastle Winery is nearby and fun to visit. All along the Delaware are interesting and fun places to stop in this rural setting.

New Hope is easy to get to. Simply take NJ Turnpike to 22 West and then 202 South. It takes no more than 3 hours from Port Jefferson. We enjoy staying at the Logan Inn right in the center of town. It is an historic Inn where George Washington even stayed in! From the Logan you can walk all over town and walk the 15 minutes over to Lambertville as well. We highly recommend this romantic, historical and wonderful get-away.

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