Bucks County

 

A DAY IN NEW HOPE

The smallest towns make the greatest getaways, and Bucks County is home to some the best small towns in Pennsylvania. Home to eclectic shopping, riverside dining, impressive theater and cultural attractions, New Hope is a small town with a big city feel. In fact, New Hope was even named one of "America's Favorite Towns" by Travel + Leisure. Browse through the specialty stores along Main Street, take in a show at the Bucks County Playhouse or hear the stories of those who haunt the streets of this quiet town with a Ghost Tour. A day in New Hope is a day you won't soon forget!

• Start the morning with a walk along the Delaware Canal. The 60-mile canal towpath has become a haven for hikers and cyclists. Part of the Delaware Canal State Park, the trail runs through the town, paralleling the Delaware River from Easton to Bristol.

• Refuel with a hearty brunch at the Logan Inn. The popular downtown dining spot is home to the Logan Terrace, serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. Enjoy brunch classics like French toast and omelets al fresco on the outdoor deck, while sipping on one of the Inn's signature cocktails.

• Treat yourself to some retail therapy while you browse the shops along Main Street. Find the perfect home accent piece at Heart of the Home, an independent store offering furniture, home and garden accessories and more. The town's artistic heritage is on display at the New Hope Arts Center; the gallery for this non-profit organization showcases the work of many local artists with rotating exhibits.

• Catch a matinee at Bucks County Playhouse, America's Most Famous Summer Theatre. Many theater legends, including Grace Kelly and Robert Redford, have taken to the Playhouse stage in its 70-year history. The Playhouse's production season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day with special events and performances throughout the year.

• All aboard the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad! The Railroad's 1925 steam locomotive pulls passengers from New Hope to Lahaska on a nine-mile, 45-minute narrated ride through the Bucks County countryside. Hourly excursions run year-round and in the warmer months, enjoy a delightful breeze on the train's open air car.

• Indulge in a fine New Orleans-inspired meal at Marsha Brown. Located in a renovated church, Marsha Brown serves Creole specialties like breaded catfish, gumbo and jambalaya. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

• Spend a haunted evening with the Ghost Tours of New Hope. Every Saturday night from June through November, visitors are led on a journey through New Hope's haunted past. See the ghost of Aaron Burr, catch a glimpse of the phantom hitchhiker and hear tales and legends of one of Pennsylvania's most haunted small towns.

• Enjoy a night of great music with The Bucks County Cabaret at the Rodeway Inn & Suites. Partake in an eclectic variety of entertainment including comedy night, karaoke, open-night mic and more. 

• Want to stay a little longer? New Hope really comes alive when the sun goes down with live music and entertainment at its many bars and restaurants. Plan ahead, and spend the night at one of the town's historic bed and breakfast inns.