Rare Italian Exhibit from Uffizi Gallery and a Landmark’s 100th Anniversary Milestone Take Center Stage this Season

(Bucks County, PA) Bucks County, a bucolic suburb of Philadelphia, is marking 2012 as the year for art. Visitors will be treated with a rare opportunity to view renowned works from the Uffizi Gallery in Italy without having to board a plane. The James A. Michener Art Museum has been chosen as only one of four museums in the United States to host Offering of the Angels: Treasures from the Uffizi exhibit from April 21 through August 11. Featuring master paintings and tapestries from Botticelli, Titian and Tintoretto, this will be the first American tour of an exhibit drawn entirely from the Uffizi collection. www.michenerartmuseum.org

While visiting the Michener Museum, visitors are encouraged to celebrate in the 100th Anniversary of nearby landmarks Fonthill Castle and Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, tile-maker Henry Mercer’s former home and working-history museum. Through May, tourists can get an insider’s perspective at the private side of Henry Mercer’s life during the Intimate Henry Tour. To celebrate a century of achievement and imagination, two special edition tiles marking the two years of construction in 1911 and 1912 are available for purchase in the gift shop. Daily tours are offered year round at both venues. www.fonthillcastle.org

A multitude of bed & breakfasts await travelers looking to rest their head and extend a stay in the countryside. Bucks County makes for an ideal weekend getaway as it is conveniently located 75 miles from New York City and 125 miles from Baltimore. For more information about Bucks County, visit www.visitbuckscounty.com

Art-Inspired Bed & Breakfasts
After an inspiring day of the arts, rest your head at one of Bucks County’s culture-filled bed & breakfasts.
* Relax on the wrap-around porch at Highland Farm Bed & Breakfast, where Oscar Hammerstein wrote the lyrics to Oklahoma!. Each room is decorated with a distinct personality reflecting a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
* Formerly the home of Pulitzer prize-winning playwright George Kaufman, The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm was once known for its star-studded house parties with Moss Hart, Harpo and Susan Marx, Broadway producer Max Gordon and lyricist Howard Dietz in the 1930’s. It offers 16 luxurious suites in a 1740 manor house, barn and cottages.
* Escape for two nights of relaxing tranquility with Black Bass Hotel’s “Renaissance Retreat” Package. This getaway includes tickets to the James A Michener Art Museum and Mercer Museums, breakfast, dinner for two and massages for two.
* Golden Plough Inn at Peddler’s Village is partnering with the Michener Art Museum to offer “The Angels in Art” Package. It includes an overnight, two pronto passes to the 'Offering of the Angels: Treasures from the Uffizi Gallery’, breakfast, complimentary wine and a basket of Italian Delight from Casa Casale.

Contact:
Michelle Greco Falcone, Communications Manager
Visit Bucks County
215 639 0300 x 231
Mgreco@VisitBucksCounty.com

About Visit Bucks County
Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourist 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. Bucks County is conveniently located 25 miles from Philadelphia and 75 miles from New York City. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit www.VisitBucksCounty.com or “Like” us on www.Facebook.com/VisitBucksPA