Weekend Getaway to New Hope, PA - Jim Flynn's BestWeekends

New Hope, PA

New Hope, PA Overview

New Hope and Lambertville sit on opposite sides of the Delaware River in the western part of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania and have very different personalities. New Hope is funky, eccentric and edgy. Lambertville is more sophisticated, conservative and quiet. Walk down the street in New Hope and you’ll see hippies, bikers, gays and baby boomers all coexisting in seeming harmony. In Lambertville you will be more likely to encounter New York interior designers searching for antique treasures. Together they offer a wonderful weekend getaway opportunity.

The area is idyllic with winding country lanes, stone farmhouses, historic inns, the vast Delaware River and the very unique canal system. In the 1830’s canals were dug on both sides of the Delaware River (whose currents were too strong for boat transportation) to transport coal from Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey to Trenton. Mules on the banks of the canals (towpaths) pulled the canal boats along the canal to its destination. Today, the towpaths are used for walking, biking and horseback riding and mule pulled canal boat rides are available for tourists.

New Hope is a charming collection of off-beat shops, restaurants, B&B’s and historical sites. Across the river, Lambertville is the antique capital of the east, the place where many out-of-town interior designers come in search of 18th and 19th century American and English antiques. There are over 20 antique galleries in Lambertville alone. The town also boasts 15 art galleries featuring the works of local and international artists.

This area is perfect when you want to get away but are looking for a more relaxed weekend. This is a place where you won’t feel the pressure to cram a lot of activity into a few days. The pace is slower, more leisurely. It is the perfect destination to just get away and recharge the batteries and come home refreshed.


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Where To Stay

Bucks County Cottage on the Delaware

OVERVIEW On a recent overnight to the New Hope/Lambertville area we enjoyed a wonderful alternative to traditional inns and B&B’s, an absolutely charming little private cottage set on the banks of the Delaware River about 13 miles south of New Hope/Lambertville. It was so cozy and comfortable, we had to think twice about going out to dinner....…

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Inn at Bowman’s Hill

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OVERVIEW You are just a short distance from New Hope as you drive down a narrow country lane looking for the Inn at Bowman Hill, a luxury B&B that sets a standard for accommodations in Bucks County. Suddenly the woods give way to a magnificent stone Colonial set on 5 beautifully manicured acres behind a...…

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Lambertville House, Lambertville

OVERVIEW Lambertville House, a historic inn listed on the National Register of Historic Places sits a few blocks from the Delaware River in the heart of Lambertville. With 26 rooms and suites, this splendid facility has been welcoming guests for almost 200 years. It has retained the charm of its long history, but has been...…

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Where To Eat

Anton’s at the Swan

Anton's is located on the main floor of the historic Swan Hotel, just a few blocks from the center of Lambertville. A secluded, comfortable patio (on which you can enjoy cocktails) leads to a dark and cozy two tier bar area. The lower area has intimate tables along the paned window overlooking the patio. Antiques…

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Hamilton’s Grill Room

Make your way to the river end of Coryell Street, turn right at the Blue Raccoon and follow the tree covered alley, first to the Boathouse for cocktails. The Boathouse is open just for cocktails, no food; not even peanuts, but the setting is so comfortable and charming that you wouldn't want to miss it.…

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Inn at Phillips Mill

Built in 1750 as a stone barn, the Inn at Philips Mill was purchased in 1972 by architect Brooks Kaufman and his wife Joyce and meticulously restored as an inn and restaurant. There are three dining rooms, all charming, warm and romantic. The upstairs room is lined with bookshelves and the tables are interspersed with…

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May 2020: Little Nell

This months featured property is… charming and sweet. THE ROOMS In 2017, Champalimaud Design refreshed all 86 rooms and suites and all guest floor corridors. The approach was to reinvigorate the spaces to be fresh, light and welcoming, utilizing palettes of blue, tan and grey to complement the relaxed nature of Aspen. Key features include… read more.

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