Hometown Series: New Hope, Pennsylvania

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New Hope PA – Top Places

By Adventurous Retirement – https://adventurousretirement.com

Why visit New Hope, Pennsylvania?

Copyright: www.adventurousretirement.comVisiting New Hope is like being in a painting, and you can relive US historic moments. Visit sites where Pennsylvania impressionists painted. From impressionists to present day artists, the beauty of New Hope and Bucks County has drawn artists of all media – painters, watercolorists, woodworkers, metal sculptors, jewelers, musicians, actors, and more. In the 1800s, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine professors summered here and attracted students. View the art work collection at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA, just 25 minutes west.

Experience history where George Washington led the troops across the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776 to march on Trenton. See the Aaron Burr (US Vice President under Thomas Jefferson) house in New Hope.

Some of the other famous people who lived in this area include James Michener, Oscar Hammerstein, Pearl S. Buck, Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber, George Sotter, Robert Spencer, Henry Snell, George Nakashima, and more. Many of their homes are open for public viewing.

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Where is New Hope?

New Hope is approximately a 1 hour car ride from each and halfway between New York City and Philadelphia. Buses arrive from New York City’s Port Authority and drop off in Lambertville, NJ; a short walk across the Delaware River bridge delivers you to downtown New Hope.

Top Things to Do:

New Hope’s rural beauty any time of year drew the impressionists.

There is lots to do both indoors and out:

– Bike or walk along the canal – stop for ice cream at Dilly’s Corner along the canal

– Visit woodworker George Nakashima’s House, Study and Workshop, Studio, – UNESCO World Heritage site

– Walk through history at Washington Crossing State Park

– Climb Bowman’s Tower – Washington’s troops lookout

– Enjoy nature at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

– Venture to Point Pleasant

– Go tubing or canoeing on the Delaware

– Hike Ralph Stover Park

– Climb Ringing Rocks


Enjoy shows at the famous Bucks County Playhouse

– See art exhibits or plays at Phillips Mill Arts Center


New Hope has been called ‘The live music capital of Bucks County.’ Oscar Hammerstein lived in n nearby Doylestown. In summer there are free concerts outside his home.

Free Music Venues (these are just a few):

– Bowman’s Tavern, New Hope – Friday nights

– John & Peter’s, New Hope – Monday nights

– Havana’s, New Hope – First Sundays of each month hear a Big Band, and last Sunday enjoy R&B, or Karaoke Monday nights

– Karla’s Restaurant, New Hope – Thursday nights

– Logan Inn – Friday and Saturday nights

– City Market, Lambertville, NJ – 2nd Saturdays

– JB Kline Gallery, Lambertville, NJ – Last Wednesday monthly

Ticketed Concerts

– Havana – various current musical groups

– New Hope Winery – various big name bands from past eras

– The RRazz Room in New Hope – for music, comedy, shows


– New Hope Arts Center – rotating shows

– Galleries – Visit fine arts, crafts, handmade furniture and sculpture galleries throughout New Hope; venture to Lambertville for more.

– Antiques – New Hope is known for its fine antiques – from furniture to art and mechanical objects. Shops are throughout New Hope, Lambertville and the surrounding area.

Food – New Hope is known for its great restaurants

– Zoubies or Nectar – Tapas

– Café Blue Moose – #1 rated restaurant in New Hope for a 2 or 3 course price fix Country French meal

– New Orleans cuisine – Marsha Brown’s

– Logan Inn – American Steaks, Chops, Seafood

– Landing Inn – Riverside dining

– Martine’s – Italian

– Triumph Brewing Company for pub food and music

– Havana – from nachos and sandwiches to gourmet seafood and meat options

And many more options. Or check out the many restaurants in Lambertville. There are many Bed and Breakfast Inns throughout New Hope. Stay a few days to do it all. Read more about New Hope.

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