Bucks County Tourism Office Unveils 2011 Official Destination Guide
Read about all the Bucks County Buzz for 2011

(Bucks County, PA) The reinvented 2011 Official Bucks County Destination Guide is making it even easier for visitors to build itineraries and get educated about the county’s tourism highlights. In addition to the information provided in the Destination Guide, visitors and locals will be also enjoy a multitude of new and exciting renovations, additions, and events planned for this year.

The Destination Guide Gets a Makeover!
The 83-page guide has a new look, design and focus. It incorporates feature stories highlighting the county’s bed & breakfasts, outdoor recreation, wineries, LGBT travel, and more. Follow That Local includes itineraries by residents providing visitors with an insider’s look at favorite hotspots around town. Visitors are encouraged to share their experiences as well with the Picture Perfect Photo Contest. This year’s guide also contains a section dedicated to those planning meetings, events, group tours, and sports tournaments. To download a digital copy and for more things to do and places to see, stay and eat in Bucks County, visit www.VisitBucksCounty.com

What’s New for 2011:

Expanding “The Green Way”
The Mercer Museum will be welcoming a 13,000-square-foot environmentally friendly expansion this summer! The $12 million project incorporates green elements in the construction that will provide the Mercer Museum with a 1,000-square-foot multi-flex learning center to accommodate school programs, workshops and adult classes, and an increased exhibit area. www.mercermuseum.org  

Bucks County Welcomes Murray the Monster!
Sesame Place, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street, opens two new exciting attractions in 2011!  The “Neighborhood Street Party” parade features 11 larger-than-life floats and Elmo’s Cloud Chaser is a new family swing ride located in Elmo’s World.  Sesame Street’s favorite friends also welcome Murray the Monster to Sesame Place as a new character to the park this year.   www.sesameplace.com  

The Stephan House Takes Two!
Take in New Hope’s daily bustle and beauty from a different perspective - the roof! The Stephan House completed a 2,000-square-foot addition to the original four bedroom historic inn with views overlooking the river. With its rooftop deck and idyllic garden patio, this two-floor addition is ideal for intimate gatherings and corporate retreats. www.thestephanhouse.com  

George Drank Here
Be a patriot and join the 1st Washington Crossing BrewFest on May 14th! The Brewfest will feature more than 50 of the country’s best breweries, combining food, music, beer and fun for the over 21 crowd. The beer will flow rain or shine to raise funds to support and promote Washington Crossing Historic Park. www.washingtoncrossingbrewfest.com  

Let them Drink Wine!
Guests at the family run Unami Ridge Winery will be pleasantly surprised by the obvious pride and hard work that the Jenks Family have put into the opening of the newest addition to the Bucks County Wine Trail. The tasting rooms recent opening resulted with great success; selling out the most popular wines such as the Scheurebe and Apple. www.unamiridge.com  

A $15 million expansion for PARX Casino and PARX East provides a new hotspot for visitors and locals looking for lively entertainment and meeting space. The casino is home to more than 60 table games, the famed crab house, Chickie’s and Pete’s and the 360 Lounge with an LED-lit lava dance floor. PARX East provides corporate and social events a unique venue with 9,000 square feet of space overlooking the race track. Also included are an abundance of new Asian table games and a noodle bar! www.parxcasino.com  

Michener Museum Breaks Ground
The James A. Michener Art Museum is excited to open its new 2,700-square-foot, all glass event space, the Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion in early 2012.  This year, the Museum also welcomes Jeffrey A. Miller Catering Company as their exclusive caterer. With a commitment to the arts, culture and environment, Jeffrey A. Miller Catering is the perfect counterpart to the Museum. www.michenermuseum.org  

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.  . 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.

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