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Author: Brooke Hillman

Brooke Hillman is a writer and self-taught photographer based in Bucks County, PA. Instilled with a fierce love of Bucks County since childhood, Brooke loves sharing her hometown and its hidden gems with others. She’s a book nerd, travel addict and nature lover with a serious craving for the next adventure. She has a passion for exploring the world around her and hopes to inspire others to do the same.

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Behind the Scenes: From the Locals Podcast - Peace Valley Lavender Farm

by Brooke Hillman on July 7, 2021

Nestled on a quiet hillside, overlooking the lush Peace Valley Park and Lake Galena, sits one of Bucks County’s hidden gems. Enter the gates to the Peace Valley Lavender Farm, and the rows of purple buds, storied wooden barn, and calming scent of lavender makes you wonder if you’ve traveled to the Provence region of France. This beautiful destination is the vision and work of Patti Lyons and her…

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Behind the Scenes: From the Locals Podcast - Crossing Vineyards and Winery

by Brooke Hillman on June 18, 2021

Tom Carroll Jr. was only 10 years old when he told his parents, Tom and Chris Carroll, that their historic farm and estate in Washington Crossing, PA would make the perfect vineyard. Although Tom Jr. was a bit too young to fully understand what that meant, he was onto something. Almost 20 years later, the property that is now known as Washington Crossing Vineyards and Winery, grows over a dozen…

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Bucks County Summer Concert Preview: 11 Places to Catch Live Entertainment

by Brooke Hillman on June 1, 2021

Live entertainment is making a comeback and you can catch musical acts, including local jazz trios, big-name performers, and tribute bands at venues throughout Bucks County this summer. From tableside dinner music to amphitheater concerts, this is your guide to the best places to see a live show! 1. Bristol Riverside Theatre Bristol This professional, regional theater in the historic district of…

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Top 15 Instagrammable Places in Bucks County

by Brooke Hillman on May 4, 2021

In Bucks County, it’s not hard to find a perfect place to take a photo. The trouble is choosing which one to post! With so many picturesque places and captivating experiences, it can be tough to know which ones would make the best Instagram shot. To hopefully make it a little easier, I’ve put together a list of the top locations to Instagram in Bucks County. From back roads to state parks, these…

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Behind the Scenes: From the Locals Podcast - Warwick Farm Brewing

by Brooke Hillman on April 7, 2021

Despite only being about a year and a half old, Warwick Farm Brewing is quickly becoming one of the most popular craft beer spots in the area. Their creative approach to the fan-favorite hazy IPA, steady flow of experimental specialty beer, and downright delicious brews have cultivated a fan following that typically takes years to achieve. They’re building quite the beer empire, and to learn about…

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Behind the Scenes: From the Locals Podcast - Washington House & Sellersville Theater

by Brooke Hillman on March 4, 2021

When Elayne Brick and William Quigley left behind the Philadelphia restaurant business in search of a place of their own, they immediately fell in love with the Washington House In Sellersville, PA. They knew the historic charm, grand Victorian bar, and welcoming community were perfect for the restaurant they envisioned. That was 35 years ago and over time, they’ve built their business to become a…

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Behind the Scenes: From the Locals Podcast - Galvanized America Inn and Art Gallery

by Brooke Hillman on February 8, 2021

When I first visited the Galvanized America Inn and Art Gallery in Pipersville, there were two things that immediately stuck out to me: its central location to so many of Bucks County’s most popular attractions and how the picturesque property makes you feel like you are in your own little private oasis. I could easily see why people come back time and time again to stay at the inn, and I was so…

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Behind the Scenes: From the Locals Podcast - Byers' Choice

by Brooke Hillman on December 15, 2020

I’ve been waiting ALL year to bring you this episode of From the Locals and I’m so excited that it’s finally here! Just in time for the holidays, this episode (listen to it here) features Byers’ Choice Ltd., home to the famous Byers’ Choice caroling figurines. To learn how this iconic business got started and what they have planned for visitors to their gift shop and workshop this year, I sat down…

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Behind the Scenes: From the Locals Podcast - Peddler's Village

by Brooke Hillman on December 2, 2020

If there is any place in Bucks County that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into the pages of a story book, Peddler’s Village is it. The iconic Bucks County destination is known for its charming colonial-style buildings, award-winning gardens, seasonal festivals, and distinctive shopping, dining, and lodging. It’s a place that holds Bucks County traditions for many families, including mine, and…

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Behind the Scenes: From the Locals Podcast - Black Bass Hotel

by Brooke Hillman on October 28, 2020

With the season for haunting stories and ghostly spirits ushering in, we knew that for this episode of ‘From the Locals’ we wanted to feature a place notorious for supernatural encounters. And the first place that came to mind, of course, was the Black Bass Hotel. Named to OpenTable’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America in 2018, the Black Bass Hotel is not only a top inn, but one of Bucks…

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