A Bucks County Sampler
Some of the best Bucks County spots for dining, shopping, entertainment and more
New Hope, Pennsylvania, the popular riverside artist colony recently named as one of the “Top 25 Art Destinations in the Country” by American Style Magazine, offers eclectic charm comfortably offset by casual sophistication. Peppered with bed & breakfasts, galleries, historical attractions, restaurants and nightlife along Main Street and beyond, New Hope is as enchanting now to the diverse crowds that peruse its streets—from bikers to the GLBT crowd—as it was to so many eminent figures of yesterday. Here are some of the many ways to spend a day or a weekend in town.
Things To Do
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
A narrated train ride on antique coaches meanders through scenic Bucks County, with themed excursions taking place during holidays.
Details: 32 W. Bridge Street | (215) 862-2332 | newhoperailroad.com
New Hope Arts Center
National exhibitions, tours, performances and outdoor sculptures throughout New Hope help fulfill this organization’s mission to support the arts of the region.
Details: 2 Stockton Avenue | (215) 862-9606 | newhopearts.org
New Hope Winery
Housed in a 17th-century barn, the New Hope Winery offers free tastings of its fruit wines, along with a full selection of reds and whites.
Details: 6123 Lower York Road | (800) 592-WINE | newhopewinery.com
Dining & Nightlife
90 Main serves World Fusion small plates and tapas in a nouveau lounge atmosphere.
Details: 90 S. Main Street | (215) 862-3030 | 90mainlounge.com
The Landing Restaurant
It’s riverside dining in summer and fireside dining in the winter at this relaxed New Hope restaurant dishing out regional American cuisine.
Details: 22 N. Main Street | (215) 862-5711
Marsha Brown Refined Creole Kitchen & Lounge
In a 125-year-old-plus stone church, Marsha Brown dishes out prime meats and seafood along with her own Southern family favorites.
Details: 15 S. Main Street | (215) 862-7044 | marshabrownrestaurant.com
Triumph Brewing Company
To wash down a contemporary American meal, diners choose from Triumph’s own freshly brewed beer. Brewery tours are also available.
Details: 400 Union Square | (215) 862-8300 | triumphbrewing.com
Diana Michaels Fine Jewelry
The sparkling, custom-made jewelry includes diamond-encrusted engagement rings and other treasures.
Details: 25 N. Main Street | (215) 862-5747 | dianamichaels.com
Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio
Gratz Gallery focuses on New Hope artists, such as The Philadelphia Ten and painters from the venerable Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Details: 30 W. Bridge Street | (215) 862-4300 | gratzgallery.com
Customers can spend hours browsing the leather and shearling jackets and coats, Western boots and hats, Minnetonka moccasins, handbags, briefcases and more.
Details: 97 S. Main Street | (215) 862-9669 | sterlingleather.com
Places To Stay
1870 Wedgwood Bed & Breakfast Inn
The Wedgwood Inn combines Victorian splendor with modern amenities such as two-person Jacuzzi tubs and wireless Internet access.
Details: 111 W. Bridge Street | (215) 862-2570 | wedgwoodinn.com
At Bucks County’s oldest continuously run inn, each room recalls the Revolutionary War period.
Details: 10 W. Ferry Street | (215) 862-2300 | loganinn.com
This 1865 Baroque Victorian manor displays the original architectural elements of the 1800s.
Details: 9 S. Main Street | (215) 862-1231 | themansioninn.com
A favorite destination in Bucks County, Doylestown boasts an impressive belt of historical attractions, but it is perhaps best known for the late prolific author, philanthropist and teacher James A. Michener, who resided in the town and considered Doylestown rich in history and flavor. Here are just a few ideas for time well spent here.
Things To Do
Anthropologist and archeologist Henry Mercer’s concrete castle—built between 1908 and 1912—boasts 44 rooms, 18 fireplaces and more than 200 windows.
Details: E. Court Street & Route 313 | (215) 348-9461 | fonthillmuseum.org
James A. Michener Art Museum
The museum, located within a reconstructed prison, showcases Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings, special exhibitions and the work of regional artists.
Details: 138 S. Pine Street | (215) 340-9800 | michenerartmuseum.org
Another castle, this six-story museum houses more than 40,000 artifacts of early America, including a Conestoga wagon, horse-drawn carriages and antique fire engines.
Details: 84 S. Pine Street | (215) 345-0210 | mercermuseum.org
Moravian Pottery & Tile Works
This National Historic Landmark and working history museum produces decorative tiles and mosaics.
Details: 130 Swamp Road | (215) 345-6722 | buckscounty.org/government/departments/tileworks
Dining & Nightlife
Andre’s Wine & Cheese Shop
Wine and cheese are the stars at this restaurant/specialty shop serving lunch and dinner and selling hard-to-find cheese, charcuterie, olives and more.
Details: 22 S. Main Street, #4 | Phone number | andreswineandcheese.com
Chambers 19 Bistro & Bar
Free live musical entertainment from Thursday through Saturday, plus casual local fare, makes this one of Doylestown’s favorite spots for meeting old and new friends.
Details: 19 N. Main Street | (215) 348-1940 | chambers19.com
The Freight House
Offering fine cuisine, outstanding service and an award-winning modern design, The Freight House pours an array of cocktails and affordable premium wines.
Details: 194 W. Ashland Street | (215) 340-1003 | thefreighthouse.net
Pennsylvania Soup & Seafood House
More than a dozen soups—from butternut squash to baked potato—are on the menu with gourmet sandwiches, seafood selections and daily specials.
Details: 22 S. Main Street | (215) 230-9490 | pasoupandseafood.com
This intimate 100-person theater captures the essence of live music by hosting local, regional and national talent. Music buffs can also enjoy food and drinks on the outdoor patio.
Details: Printer’s Alley, 14 E. Court Street | (215) 348-9000 | pucklive.com
The Doylestown Bookshop
The largest independent bookstore in Bucks County features a wide selection of books for children and adults, plus greeting cards and gifts.
Details: 16 S. Main Street | (215) 230-7610 | doylestownbookshop.com
For the hippest kids in school, Monkey Business carries designer children’s jeans and other clothing from brands like Zoo York, Ella Moss and Splendid.
Details: 41 E. State Street | (215) 340-1890 | monkeybusinesskids.com
Siren Records leads the region’s independent record scene with its live music schedule and new and used CDs, DVDs, books and vinyl.
Details: 25 E. State Street | (215) 348-2323 | sirenrecords.com
Places To Stay
This fully restored, elegant 1902 inn boasts a spectacular four-story atrium with skylights and is within walking distance to museums and dozens of restaurants and shops.
Details: 18 W. State Street | (215) 345-6610| doylestowninn.com
Highland Farm Bed & Breakfast
Oscar Hammerstein II called Highland Farm home, and his influence remains in the library and wrap-around porch where he wrote lyrics for the musical Oklahoma.
Details: 70 East Road | (215) 345-6767 | highlandfarmbb.com
Bristol is the oldest town in Bucks County and the third-oldest in Pennsylvania. Because the Merchant Shipbuilding Corporation set up shop here in 1917, the town’s Delaware Riverfront resembles a New England seaport. Bristol hosts events at the river’s edge, providing a perfect opportunity to stroll, shop or dine in the Radcliffe Street Historic District. Here’s a look at what’s doing in Bristol.
Things To Do
Bristol Riverside Theatre
Since 1986, Bucks County’s premier professional regional theater has provided award-wining entertainment, including dramas, comedies, musicals and world premieres.
Details: 120 Radcliffe Street | (215) 785-0100 | hbrtstage.org
Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Museum
The Victorian-era home of former Senator Joseph Grundy overlooks the Delaware River and depicts a genuine—and free—Victorian experience. Special tours by appointment.
Details: 610 Radcliffe Street | (215) 788-7891 | grundyfoundation.com
Silver Lake Nature Center
Some 235 acres of woods, lakes, marshes and meadows make Silver Lake a great spot for kayaking, bird walks, pond tours and seasonal festivals.
Details: 1306 Bath Road | (215) 785-1177 | silverlakenaturecenter.org
Dining & Nightlife
King George II Inn
This 17th-century landmark offers gourmet American cuisine in a relaxing and elegant setting overlooking the Delaware River.
Details: 102 Radcliffe Street | (215) 788-5536 | kginn.com
Café Bombay serves up traditional and innovative Indian cuisine from all parts of the country.
Details: 233 Mill Street | (215) 788-4239 | cafebombay.biz
Kelch House Eatery
The New American lunch and dinner menus change every night, and on Friday and Saturday evenings, the meals are served against the backdrop of live piano music.
Details: 101 Mill Street | (215) 788-3850 | kelchhouse.com
Another Time Antiques
Established in 1978, Another Time offers antique, estate, new and custom-made pieces.
Details: 301 Mill Street | (215) 788-3131 | bristolantiques.com
Places To Stay
Days Inn Bristol
Honored with five out of five Days Inn sunbursts for quality, the hotel offers free continental breakfast, free high-speed wireless Internet access and a restaurant and lounge.
Details: 1100 Green Lane | (215) 788-8400 | daysinn.com