Apart from the antique stores and art galleries in Lambertville and the canal towpaths for walking/running/biking mentioned above, there is a wonderful new golf course, ranked one of the Top 30 new public facilities by Golf magazine, boating on the Delaware, horseback riding on the towpaths, fly fishing for bass, museums, wineries, a wildflower preserve, theatre and wonderful shopping. There’s no shortage of weekend activities in the New Hope/Lambertville area.
Heron Glen on Rt. 202 in nearby Ringoes. Ranked one of Top 30 New Public Golf Facilities by Golf Magazine. Par 71/125. Green fees $55 weekends. Cart $26. On-line tee times.
In the early 1800’s canals were built in many areas as a quicker and cheaper way to move goods than poor roads and unnavigable rivers. Two such canals were built on either side of the Delaware in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to transport coal from Bordontown to Trenton and New Brunswick by mule pulled barges. Today, the towpath bedside the canals are a favorite place to walk, run and bike. The total length is some 40 miles but there are many interesting and fun shorter routes.
Another great place to walk is the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, just 2 1/2 miles south of New Hope on Rt. 32. There are 26 trails over 100 acres of spectacularly planted fields and woods. It’s quite a site.
West End Farms. Just a short distance from New Hope. Leisurely trip along the river.
Washington Crossing Historic Park. Washington Crossing, PA. Site of Washington’s Christmas 1776 crossing of the Delaware. 13 historic buildings. Tuesday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday noon to 5.
Museum at Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead, 1605 Daniel Bray Highway (Rt.29), just north of Lambertville. The Museum property was once part of John Holcombe’s “Plantation”, according to his will of 1742. In 1968, the Farmstead was donated to the Hunterdon County Historical Society by Milo and Rachel Jumison who retained life rights. With Milo Jimison’s death, over 250 years of agricultural activity on the site ended. In 1984, the property was deeded to the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead, Inc. Using a combination of grants from small foundations, individual donations and a substantial gift from Colonel James Horn, the Museum’s volunteers and Trustees have restored the property and added outbuildings for the Post Office, Blacksmith Shop, Carriage Shed, and Print Shop. Museum Web-Site. May-October, Sundays 1-4pm.
Lambertville is a haven for decorators and designers throughout the Northeast. Some of the better known; America Antiques and Design, 5 S. Main Street, 19th and 20th century artifacts, furniture and paintings, Old English Pine, 202 N. Union Street, antique English pine furniture, Broadmoor Antiques, 6 N. Union Street. Ten galleries of ever changing antiques and fine art, Golden Nugget Antique Flea Market, River Road, 40 inside shops, 250 outside tables. Also contact the Lambertville Antiques Dealers Association who represents 100 dealers in 40 shops.
Right outside New Hope on Rt. 179 South (which becomes 202 South) is a stretch of road lined with antique shops and galleries. You could spend a half day just going from one to another.
Plenty of choices featuring local regional and national artists. Some of the many available; Artist’s Gallery, 32 Coryell Street. Co-op, all styles., Haas Gallery, 71 Bridge Street, artist owned and operated, local scenes, Lachman Gallery, in Peddler’s Village, nationally acclaimed artist Al Lachman and Jim’s of Lambertville, 6 Bridge Street
The Riverside Symphonia offers classical concerts throughout the year, presented by Musical Director Mariusz Smolij. Visit www.riversidesymphonia.org for events.
Plenty of unique and interesting little shops and boutiques in both Lambertville and New Hope. Just a short distance from New Hope on Rt 179 South/202 South, is the quaint shopping spot Peddler’s Village with over 70 specialty shops, restaurants and lodging.