It's Time for a Journey in Philadelphia's Countryside
(Bucks County, PA) Long known for its history and culture, Bucks County is also one of Pennsylvania's most scenic driving destinations. With its charming small towns and winding country roads that connect them, it's easy to see why so many people enjoy a long drive through the beautiful countryside that is Bucks County.
Located only 75 miles from New York City and 125 miles from Baltimore, visitors can enjoy sipping along the Bucks County Wine Trail, exploring a historic mile, and taking a scenic tour through the county's covered bridges.
For more things to do in Bucks County, check out VisitBucksCounty.com.
Bucks County Wine Trail
Vacations are a time to relax, and there is nothing more relaxing than a great glass of wine. Some of the finest grapes in the United States are grown in Bucks County, where the lush soil and moderate climate make for ideal growing conditions. No matter how long you stay, take the time to visit one or all of Bucks County's unique wineries.
Start your tour at Unami Ridge Winery, Bucks County's newest winery, in Quakertown. The Jenks family began growing less than 10 years ago, but the winery has already made a great name for itself. Travel southeast through the countryside to Peace Valley Winery. Visitors can enjoy a wine tasting then pick their own fruits, berries and vegetables when in season.
You'll find Sand Castle Winery, and its namesake castle in the bucolic town of Erwinna. Its breathtaking "castle" presence offers visitors a cellar tour and tasting. A short drive south brings you to the New Hope Winery, home of great wine and two live music venues.
Five miles to the south is family-run Buckingham Valley Vineyards, one of the first wineries started under Pennsylvania's Farm Winery Act of 1968. Seasonal wines, including a dandelion dessert wine are available to sample at nearby Wycombe Vineyards.
Also dating back to 1968, Rushland Ridge Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in Bucks County. To the east is Rose Bank Winery, set on a 300-year-old estate. End your tour with an eco-friendly glass of wine at Bucks County's greenest winery, Crossing Vineyards and Winery.
Named for Henry Chapman Mercer, the Mercer Mile, comprised of Fonthill Castle, Mercer Museum and Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, is the cultural center of Bucks County. In 1898 Mercer opened the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, quickly becoming a leader of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Today, it is operated as a living history museum, where visitors can watch artisans make tiles based on Mercer's original designs.
Henry Mercer built his palatial home, Fonthill Castle, next door to the Tile Works. The second of his concrete giants now houses a large collection of Mercer's original tiles and prints. The architectural wonder features more than 44 rooms, 18 fireplaces, 200 windows and serves as a treasury of Mercer's life and work.
Throughout his life, Henry Mercer collected unique pieces of Americana, and in 1916 he built a six-story castle to house his collection. Now operated as the Mercer Museum, the exhibits are left just as Mercer had created them, including a horse-drawn carriage hanging from the ceiling and a covered wagon suspended in the atrium.
While there, walk across the street from the Mercer Museum to the James A. Michener Art Museum, home to one of the finest collections of American Impressionist paintings in the country. Starting in October, the museum takes an in-depth look at the life and times of an American princess when it becomes the only American venue to host "From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly Beyond the Icon."
Bucks County Covered Bridge Driving Tour
Bucks County is rich with unique architecture, including 12 rustic covered bridges. These wooden relics are true survivors, occupying space on some of the county's most picturesque back roads. Take a day to explore all 12 of these historic structures.
Start your drive at Knecht's Covered Bridge, the northernmost covered bridge in the county. Fifteen minutes south, Sheard's Covered Bridge spans the Tohickon Creek. Continue south to cross Mood's Covered Bridge, rebuilt in 2007 after the original structure was destroyed by fire in 2004. South Perkasie Covered Bridge is no longer open to cars, but still can be viewed in Perkasie's Lenape Park.
Thirty minutes northeast, three covered bridges can be found close by, including Erwinna, Frankenfield and the Uhlerstown Covered Bridge, the only covered bridge spanning the Delaware Canal. Drive a little further south and find a pair of covered bridges from the 1870s, Cabin Run and Loux. The Pine Valley Covered Bridge dates to 1842 and crosses Pine Run just north of New Britain.
Fifteen miles east, the Van Sant Covered Bridge was built in 1870, spanning Pidcock Creek near Washington Crossing Historic Park. Eight miles southwest, Tyler State Park houses the longest covered bridge in Bucks County, Schofield Ford. Originally built in 1873 and rebuilt in 1997, the 170-foot bridge is closed to automobiles, but is still accessible by foot, bike and horseback.
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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.