Bucks County Begins the New Year with a Bang…Named “Top 29 Places To Go in 2009”!
(Bucks County, PA) As the 2008 year comes to a close, Bucks County has had quite a year to be thankful for! Topping the list as One of the Top 20 Sightseeing Destinations in the World (LIFE Books), Best Antiquing Towns (Martha Stewart Living Magazine), Top 25 Northeast Getaways (New York Times) and Northeast’s Wonderful Weekends (AAA New York Car & Travel)…just to name a few. It seems only natural to begin the New Year making headlines again with a fantastic honor from Shermans Travel as One of the Top 29 Places in the World To Go in 2009!!
Sherman’s Travel editors described Bucks County as a “quaint countryside retreat known for charming B&Bs, country inns, covered bridges, serene vineyards, and beautiful colonial estates.”
With almost sixty Bed & Breakfasts, treasured historical sites and romantic covered bridges, Bucks County is dedicated to accommodate even the most discriminating traveler. Bucks County is a hidden gem among the countryside of Philadelphia.
Sherman’s Travel broke down the categories by; United States & Canada, Caribbean & Mexico, Europe, Central & South America, Asia & Middle East, Australia & Pacific and Africa.
A few of Bucks County’s fellow honorees in the United States & Canada category included; The Catskills, Northwest Passage, Washington D.C. and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
“We are so honored to achieve such great international recognition.” Says Jerry Lepping, Executive Director of the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau,” We are thrilled to be able to share our story of what a beautiful county we have to offer.”
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Below is the beginning of the article naming the Top 5 Hot Spots in the United States & Canada. (There are 10 in total for U.S and Canada)
By Shermans Travel Editorial Staff
When our editors got into a room to hash out our Top 29 Travel Picks for 2009, we realized just how much the economic, social, and political changes of 2008 have sculpted the travel landscape for the coming year.
The rising cost of air travel, the global economic crisis, and the fluctuating dollar made once-popular destinations in Europe out of reach for many of us. New hotspots, like South America, emerged, as their exchange rates offered visitors more bang for their buck. Heightened interest in “going green” meant more focus on eco-friendly tourism and great-outdoors vacations than ever before. And let’s not forget the historic presidential election of Barack Obama, which has sparked Washington, D.C.’s massive resurgence as a tourism destination.
Underpinning all of this, however, is a renewed emphasis on great-value vacations – something we at ShermansTravel know all about. Our editors brought their dollar-savvy expertise and collective travel mileage to the office globe to cast a wide net of 29 places to go in 2009, nearly all of which offer a good degree of affordability in addition to unique, memorable travel experiences.
While we haven’t left a worldwide stone unturned in our quest for the best of 2009, we’ve also devoted more coverage than usual to close-to-home getaways right here in the United States, so that you can forego airfare altogether in favor of quick road trips or hitting the rails instead. Indeed, one of the best deals going these days is Amtrak’s great-value USA Rail Pass, whose benefits have only recently been made available to U.S. citizens.
So remember: While you may have less travel budget in 2009, there are still plenty of places to discover that won’t break the bank. Get out and explore these 29 places before the crowds do . . . in 2010.
A modern, cosmopolitan destination with well-maintained historical roots (M.L.K. was born here), this Southern belle of a city can charm even the most jaded of visitors with its grade-A Southern hospitality, impressive arts and music scene, and plethora of attractions. Catch a sporting event, tour historical landmarks dating from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, visit the world’s largest aquarium, get behind the scenes at the Coca-Cola factory or CNN Studios, or kick up your adrenaline a notch at an area theme park.
Why Go In 2009: Atlanta’s art and hotel scenes are getting ready to explode. Plan a visit for two blockbuster exhibitions on King Tut and the Terracotta Army, on display well into spring – it’s the first time these two exhibits have simultaneously showed in one city. Even the French are taking notice of Atlanta: The High Museum of Art’s “The Louvre and the Masterpiece” exhibit is set to showcase on-loan Louvre masterpieces until early September. On the hotel front, two more W hotels are joining the cityscape, crowning Atlanta as the city with the most W Hotels after New York, while a new Hotel Palomar (www.hotelpalomar-atlanta.com) and St. Regis (www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis/index.html) are on the radar for the coming calendar year.
Austin’s superlative live music scene may have made the city famous, but this hip Texas capital city’s quirky charm extends far beyond its melodic beats. Largely enriched by the dynamic energy of the homegrown University of Texas, Austin boasts the Lone Star State’s best cultural offerings, with numerous galleries, museums, and music venues (more than 100 in all!) alongside some more unexpected attractions – like the summer congregation of some million bats by the Congress Avenue Bridge – without sacrificing its appealing small-town feel. Combine that with more than 300 sunshine-filled days a year, and it’s little wonder that Austin’s consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the U.S.
Why Go In 2009: Sure, traveling abroad can be a pricey venture in these trying economic times, but who says you need to leave America to escape it? Austin, whose unofficial motto is “Keep Austin Weird,” offers the American traveler a rare U.S. city vacation destination that’s devoid of the cookie-cutter commercial strips found nearly everywhere else – in fact, all chain and big-box stores (think McDonald's and Walmart) are pleasantly absent from the downtown area, giving way to hundreds of sensational local businesses that can only be experienced in Austin. What's more, some exciting new music festivals are slated for autumn 2009: Look for the Texas Wine & Song Festival (www.texaswineandsong.com) in October and the punk and indie rock Fun Fun Fun Fest (www.funfunfunfest.com) in November.
3. BUCKS COUNTY
Immediately north of Philadelphia and across the Delaware River from New Jersey, rustic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is a quaint countryside retreat known for charming B&Bs, country inns, covered bridges, serene vineyards, and beautiful colonial estates. Spend an afternoon discovering the shops, art galleries, and taverns of New Hope, Doylestown, and Yardley – or visit nearby Valley Forge, the site of George Washington's Revolutionary War encampment. If the kids are in tow, head to Sesame Place – home to Big Bird, Elmo, and Oscar, or take them tubing on the Delaware River.
Why Go In 2009: Located just 1.5 hours from New York, 2.5 hours from Baltimore, and less than an hour by car from Philadelphia, Bucks County makes an easy one-tank trip – and most of its B&Bs are more affordable than those in the New England countryside (trust us, they’re just as quaint). Many regional travelers are already familiar with New Hope, but less-commercial Doylestown is coming into its own, with a tree-lined downtown district full of unique shops and restaurants and a vibrant cultural scene anchored by the eclectic Mercer Museum and the James A. Michener Art Museum, which hosts a “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World” exhibition in fall 2009. Meanwhile, in Langhorne, Sesame Place will open the largest attraction in its history, The Count’s Splash Castle, come spring.
4. THE CATSKILLS AND HUDSON VALLEY
Just a quick jaunt north of Manhattan, the Catskills region, New York’s hipster- and hippie-haunted mountain playground, and the neighboring historic Hudson River Valley – home to the state capital at Albany, West Point, and historic estates of the Rockefeller and Roosevelt ilk – together provide a well-rounded, four-season destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike. From skiing to river tubing, and wine-tasting to antiques shopping, this scenic expanse of rolling valleys, forested mountains, and the rushing Hudson River doles out the perfect blend of outdoor adventure, historical sites, and charming towns.
Why Go In 2009: The 40th anniversary of the momentous Woodstock Festival will draw visitors to explore both the festival’s artsy namesake town and the site of the original 1969 event at the modern-day Bethel Woods Arts Center, where visitors today can catch al fresco concerts and peep into the newly dedicated Woodstock Museum, which masterly documents the festival and its surrounding 1960s social and political movements. Meanwhile, the magnificent Mohonk Mountain House (www.mohonkanniversary.com), a grand Victorian castle resort (and National Historic Landmark) set on pristine forested grounds by Lake Mohonk, just north of New Paltz, is celebrating its 140th anniversary with promotional packages, seasonal galas, and more. Last but not least, the 400th anniversary of New York’s founding by Dutch explorer Henry Hudson (www.hudson400.com) will be commemorated with special events like the Relay Flotilla in June, set to retrace Henry Hudson’s river trajectory from Manhattan to Albany – look for promotional packages to coincide with the quadricentennial, like those being offered by the upscale Emerson Resort (www.emersonresort.com) in Mt. Tremper.
5. GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
The most visited national park in the U.S., the Great Smoky Mountains (a western segment of the high Appalachians) boast over 500,000 acres of pristine forest and diverse wildlife that includes foxes, deer, elk, and some 1,500 resident black bears. Nestled between North Carolina and Tennessee, park visitors have access to 800 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails; scenic campsites; historic cabin museums that serve to recount pioneer history; and popular auto-tour loops, like those along Cades Cove – all of which are shrouded in the misty-blue haze that gave name to “The Smokies.”
Why Go In 2009: With American travelers forecasted to plan more trips to national parks this year, the Great Smoky Mountains offer one of the country’s most cost-efficient vacations in the great outdoors. Admission to the park is always completely free, and as this year marks the 75th anniversary of its founding (www.greatsmokies75th.org), many additional complimentary activities are planned, including musical performances and special ranger-led programs.
Contact: Michelle Greco, Public Relations Manager
Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau
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About Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau (BCCVB)
The Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Inc (BCCVB) is the official tourist promotion agency for Bucks County. The mission of the BCCVB is to increase visitation in Bucks County by effectively marketing its heritage and its diverse sites and attractions. . For more information on BCCVB 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 Philadelphia Park Racetrack). 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.