New Hope Area Pennsylvania-Long Weekend Trip
Hi guys, I know I was planning to get this out to you all last week, but keeping it real, last week kicked my booty. So better late than never I guess as they say! My cousin got married just outside of New Hope, Pennsylvania a few weekends ago and we decided to make a long weekend out of it. You may or may not know Keith and I have a bucket list item to get to every state together in our lifetime. We are slowly checking them off and I think this is state number 12 for us!
I was there only once before when I was younger but never remembered all the charm and quaint little town in the area. It truly was like stepping back in time. I was hoping the leaves would be peaking but they were just starting to turn color. None the less the area is stunning and I could only image what it would look like with leaves at their peak. We flew in and out of Newark airport for this trip but Philadelphia airport is equally as close.
Where we stayed:
We stayed at a darling 1754 farmhouse that has been restored into a bed and breakfast. It was the perfect spot for us as it was central to many thing we did and I loved the charm of it all. The Galvanized America Inn and Art Gallery had so much charm and the owners Ed and Sherry were just charming. A few of us that traveled for the wedding all stayed in the home at the same time and filled it up but if you are traveling with a smaller group, they have 2 rooms and 2 suites each with their own bathroom. The suites have larger spaces with seating areas but every single room is just beautifully and thoughtfully refurbished. They kept a lot of the old historic charm too which I think adds a unique touch as well.
The breakfast that Ed and Sherry make every day is simply amazing. They alternate says with sweet and savory dishes but all 3 days we were there we didn't have a thing we didn't like. They plate it all so nicely and there isn't a detail missed. A wonderful added bonus of this bed and breakfast! Check out some of these masterpieces we enjoyed for breakfast here:
What we did:
While a lot of what we did was centered around family and the wedding we were out there to attend we also did some exploration of our own!
Friday night upon arrival we checked into the bed and breakfast where we were greeted with a welcome snack. We freshened up and got ready for a welcome dinner that was located at an old mill. It was a GORGEOUS setting for a dinner and very neat to take in all the old history. They do many events including weddings there and even host some classes. There are 3 buildings that they rent out for functions. Look at the beauty. It was was lovely evening with outdoor dining, a hired wood burning pizza food truck, bonfires, and beautiful ambiance.
Saturday we got up and went into New Hope. What an absolutely darling city. Again like stepping back in time. We had tickets to ride the New Hope Railroad at 10am. This was their traditional fare and it was 1 hour in time. We learned about the area and how its changed over the years and rode through some scenic areas.
We also walked around a bit and did some shopping! There are many cute stores that are both unique and charming. Additionally we walked the pedestrian footbridge into Lambertville, New Jersey. The half way mark of the Delaware river is the state line between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This was cool to "be in two places at once" and was a neat photo op. Lambertville is also a darling town- keep reading for details on this.
We also stopped for lunch at a small local bar, Plumsteadville Pub that was close the the bed and breakfast, watched some college football, and picked up some beer to enjoy after the wedding. Fun fact- beer can be bought at bars during all hours of operation in PA. Not liquor or wine just beer. Crazy how different each states liquor sale regulations are.
The rest of Saturday was spent celebrating love at the wedding of my dear cousin. They had it on their home located right on the Delaware river. It was the perfect day celebrating them and love. We had so much fun with family and dancing the night away with new friends!
Sunday morning we got up and again enjoyed some delicious breakfast from the Galvanized America Inn. After that there was a post wedding brunch that we opted out of. Keith and I were going to spend the day exploring the area, eating at some unique restaurants, checking out some covered bridges, and exploring some outdoor areas along with other small towns. This ended up not happening entirely as the weather was bad.
Here is what we did do: We drove two small local covered bridges that were so old and interesting to see. The roads are only one lane to drive through so you have the be very careful driving the roads out there. We also went back into New Hope and went to a local brewery- Triumph Brewing Company. This is a staple in our trips to check out at least one local brewery. The beer here was good but they didn't have a ton of options on tap. We also checked out Peddlers Village and did some more shopping and got lunch there at Hart's Tavern. It was a darling old tavern and the food was good. They had a fall Scarecrow Festival going on so it was fun to walk around and see many of those as well.
Sunday afternoon we went back to my cousins for some wedding leftovers and to watch the end of the Green Bay Packers football game. We ended up meeting back up with the rest of my family and a group of us went to explore Frenchtown, NJ. We did some more shopping and walked the darling streets.
Lastly we ate out at the Piper Tavern. This was one of my favorite meals of the trip. It was an old hotel turned restaurant so there were lots of unique history in this building as well. We had all eaten so much food this trip so we all opted for smaller plate options but they had a diverse and large menu that would have been suitable for anyone. They were very accommodating to us as well as a larger group of 9.
Monday was travel day but we love to milk every minute of a trip. We went back to Lambertville, NJ for some antiquing, delicious coffee and more shopping the quaint streets of yet another little historical town. Lambertville was my favorite smaller town as there was more to do and shop and we spent an entire morning there. It was eclectic and old, yet full of charm and beauty everywhere you looked. A local barista inspired me to try a lavender cold brew and it was something I was quite on the fence about but it was delicious and will always remind me of our trip when I have it in the future! The sun was finally shining and it would have been a glorious day for some outdoor hiking or adventures but we unfortunately had to head home.
Below are restaurants and things we didn't get to but looked enjoyable and fun for those also visiting and wanting to do more. These are all things I researched Prior to arriving and had on our maybe list in addition to the things we did:
Bucks County Playhouse
Ringing Rocks State Park
Full Covered Bridge driving tour
Crossing Vineyards and Winery
Nektar Wine Bar
Factory Girl Bake Shop
The quaint charm and visual appeal everywhere we went was well enjoyed on our end. We will certainly be back to enjoy more and spend more time with my cousin! Bucks County is just beautiful, I hope you all get to enjoy its beauty at some point!
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