(Bucks County, PA) Philadelphia's countryside provides the perfect place to spark some romance when you stay at a charming B&B or share a carefree day tubing down the Delaware River. Conveniently located only 75 miles from New York City and 125 miles from Baltimore, Bucks County is an ideal and affordable destination for an escape with your loved one.
Whether you're the couple that wants adventure, loves vintage or craves history, here are three trip ideas for a romance-filled weekend in Bucks County:
For The Adventurous Couple
- Let the current be your guide on a trip down the Delaware River with Bucks County River Country. Tube, canoe, kayak or raft the scenic Delaware River for an exciting way to enjoy the mild whitewater currents. Bucks County River Country offers snuggle tubes, a cozy tube for two that's perfect for a fun new date idea!
- It's time to take your relationship to new heights with a hot air balloon ride by the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team. Take the Sunset Flight for spectacular birds-eye views of Bucks County's countryside with a champagne and hors d'oeuvre celebration.
- Once you've touched down, head over to Nockamixon State Park in Quakertown and rent a cabin in the woods for a romantic overnight stay. The south side of Lake Nockamixon is home to 10 modern cabins available all year.
- Continue your adventure and head out on the trails with a horseback ride at Haycock Stables in Nockamixon State Park. Take a private guided tour along Lake Nockamixon and gallop along the striking terrain.
For The History Lovers
- Start the day with a dose of American history at Washington Crossing Historic Park. From this site, General George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776. Visit the newly renovated 17,000 square-foot Visitor Center with exhibit galleries, an expanded gift shop and more. Be sure to save some time for a guided tour of this historic park.
- Catch a show at the Bucks County Playhouse, "America's Most Famous Summer Theatre," the starting place for many of Hollywood's stars. Catch a play on the very stage held by Angela Lansbury, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford and many other elite actors.
- Rest your head in the lap of history at the Logan Inn in New Hope. It is the oldest continuously run inn in Bucks County and one of the five oldest in America. The 16-room inn is tastefully decorated combining modern luxuries and colonial spirits. Book Room Six... if you dare!
- Travel through history along the Mercer Mile, consisting of the Mercer Museum, Fonthill Castle and Moravian Pottery & Tile Works. Step back in time when entering the Mercer Museum, a six-story concrete castle housing more than 40,000 artifacts of early America. See a Conestoga wagon, horse-drawn carriage and antique fire engine suspended overhead. Feel like royalty at Fonthill, the concrete castle home of Henry Mercer, built in 1912. This National Historic Landmark has more than 44 rooms and ceilings elaborately adorned with an array of original handcrafted tiles. Visit a "working history" museum at Moravian Pottery & Tile Works. Handmade tiles are still produced in a manner made famous by Mercer himself.
For The Classic Romantic Couple
- Taste, relax, and experience romance along the Bucks County Wine Trail. Rolling hills, deep well-drained soils and moderate climate combine to make Bucks County one of the premier grape growing regions of the East Coast. Nine wineries range in style, from a rustic barn to an expansive castle.
- Shop ‘til you drop at Peddler's Village, an 18th century-style-shopping village with 70 unique stores set on 42 acres of landscaped gardens and brick pathways. Indulge in the village's on-site, farm-to-table restaurant, Earl's Bucks County then delight in discount retail therapy across the street at Penn's Purchase Factory Stores.
- After a romantic day out, escape to Bridgeton House, a luxurious B&B located along the Delaware River and have breakfast on the dock the next day. The inn also offers private cottages for a unique intimate experience. See why Philadelphia magazine called them its "Favorite Bucks County Inn."
- After breakfast, take a Bucks County Covered Bridge Driving Tour. Once known as kissing bridges, this self-guided tour of Bucks County's 12 remaining covered bridges takes the scenic route along many of Bucks County's most beautiful regions.
Michelle Greco Falcone
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About Visit Bucks County
Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The mission of the VBC is to increase visitation in Bucks County by effectively marketing its heritage and its diverse sites and attractions. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit www.VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to the PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.