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    The Mules of New Hope

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    The Delaware River Canal Boat Co. has daily trips on the canal as well as pre-arranged private party & group excursions. It's a one hour ride through the Bucks County countryside with a team of mules pulling the boat from the path along the shore. Historic homes, secret alleys, artists' workshops and outdoor cafes are scattered along your way...punctuated with ducks, geese and heron.

    Mules pulling the boat
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    Fine Shopping and access at Peddlers Village

    by jelw Updated Feb 24, 2005

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    PEDDLERS VILLAGE in Lahaska
    is located just west of New Hope.
    The original or main section is centered on a lovely green and surrounded by historic buildings ousing shops, galleries and eateries. They have added many new buildings which comform to the aesthetic as well as being more wheel chair friendly. They seem to put great effort into upkeep of side walks and access.
    It may be harder for the one pushing the chair unless it is motorized?
    My father loved Peddlers Village, I would wheel him all over. His favorite places were the various bars and restaurants. But we were able to access many shops in the old section and all shops in the newer outlet section.
    I don't recall going in the front entrance of the Cock and Bull, I believe we used the side entrance. This may have been simply because he loved the little tavern there.

    Illumination at Peddlers Village Grand Illumination information sheet Wheelchair & Carriage accessible @ Peddlers Villag Many colorful shops
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    Relax in a quiet spot for lunch

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    We found this wonderful spot tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of the main business street. Nestled by the side of the river, it offers a comfortable spot under big trees overlooking the river and all the activity on the river as well as along the bridge.
    As for the food.....well, VERY French. Truly wonderful pastries, delicious sandwiches, very good coffee. I had turkey and brie on French bread. yum.

    C'est La Vie  !!
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    Float along the canal....pulled by mules !

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    Here we see the boat being pulled by the mules on the land path. There is a trainer who runs/walks with the mules to keep them going at a good pace. A rudder at the back of the boat is operated by a man who keeps things on the straight and narrow. Well, most of the time. See another tip for the story on that.

    Olivia Morgan
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    Enjoy the view

    by Pawtuxet Updated May 2, 2006

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    The Delaware River bridge separates New Jersey from Pennsylvania. A broad sidewalk invites folks to cross over or just to linger along the way to see the boat traffic below. We watched a crazy jet skier performing for everyone's attention. It was the first warm sunny day in a long time....so much rain this spring. Lots of people watching along this bridge as well. The steel version of the bridge has stood since the early 1900's.

    Husband & son, Christopher enjoy the view
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    Walk the canal

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    Beautiful views along the canal. Very peaceful. Buildings come right up to it...built very close....well cared for, older properties. It's nice to be away from the crowds on the street. Just be on the lookout for the mules coming! They can be rowdy sometimes, so you won't want to get in their way. :-)
    Story on these critters in another tip.

    Delaware River Canal
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    Art and history mix splendidly at Phillips Mill.

    by jelw Updated Nov 9, 2004

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    Art and history mix splendidly at Phillips Mill.
    This is a private community association. They do open the doors to the public for many of the Art shows.
    such as
    Annual juried photography exhibit
    Fine arts show
    Theater and cabaret shows.

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    Check out the shops

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    Lots of shops...one right after another...separated only by restaurants or the occasional Tarot Card reader. Goods tend to be pricey...lots of souvenir items. When you cross the bridge back to the New Jersey side in Lambertville, you see more antique shops and things look like they are a cut above the shops here. Several interesting looking restaurants seem to be popular for having lunch in view of the street for people watching.

    walking main street
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    Cruise the river

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    You can relax on a 30 minute boat ride down the Delaware River. Coryell's Ferry Boat can be found in the backyard of Gerenser's Exotic Ice Cream. A pleasant way to spend some time in the afternoon when it's time to sit for a while. The river is really peaceful and lovely. . . with interesting homes and plenty of wildlife along the way.

    tour boat
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    Ride a Harley ?

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    Every once in a while there will be a hord of motorcyclists decend on the little town of New Hope. However on the day we went, it was relatively quiet. This one bike was a beauty, and my husband thought he would tease a friend by telling him this was his new bike.

    Hoot & Harley
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    Wander through town

    by kazander Updated Apr 27, 2004

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    The town of New hope is the must see. Something for everyone! There are Shops that sell swords and medieval garb, witchcraft herbs and potions, eclectic jewlery, novelties, lingerie, crafts, imported good, all kinds of stuff! I'm sure you can find someting to suit your fancy;)
    Check out the old canal. There are boats that are pulled by mules that foe a fee you can go on a ride.
    There is a haunted Inn and restuarant (will update with the name)
    The crooked house in the pic is actially a shop. It's not on the main street just something you will come across when exploring little alleyways and streets. We actually found it when following a sign for a tattoo parlor that Lou wanted to stop into!

    crooked house
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    A ride on the old canal

    by kazander Updated Jun 17, 2004

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    A must see or a tourist trap? Hard to decide. It's a long slow journey for you, a boat load of people, and one tired mule. The scenery is nice, and it is relaxing, not to mention that the guide gives a lot of great historical information about the Delaware Canal and the town of New Hope. There is also a musician on board who will play the banjo (or harmonica) and sing some old time tunes for you. If you're not interested in History, or you don't want to contribute to the load the mule pulls, you may want to give the boat ride a skip.

    Mule powered boat
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    New Hope Steam Locomotive

    by bct341 Updated Sep 2, 2003

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    here is a photo of the train coming back into the station after one of its trips. As you can see it is an authentic locomotive.. hmm even the engineer looks authentic :)

    I am sure there were not too many happy people in their cars at the train crossing but hey.. you have to expect that at a train crossing there could be ........ a train crossing!!! :)

    Steam Locomotive
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    Pristine Setting

    by jelw Updated Feb 24, 2005

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    Bucks County is famous for these sylvan scenes. This is actually off the beaten path (There are other photos of this lovely area in my off the beaten track tip section) on Cutaloosa road in Solebury township. This spot has become a favorite of artists.

    leave only footprints
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    Historic Delaware Canal

    by bct341 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Delaware Canal is the only remaining continuously intact canal of the great towpath canal building era of the early and mid-19th century. The canal remains today with almost all of its features as they existed during its century of commercial operation.

    Through its connection with the Lehigh Navigation Canal at Easton, the Delaware Canal helped to develop the anthracite coal industry in the Upper Lehigh Valley. The canals provided a convenient and economical means of transporting coal to Philadelphia, New York and the eastern seaboard.

    Even before the canal was closed to commercial activities, many people used this waterway for recreational purposes. Fishing and canoeing were favorite sports. Since becoming a state park in 1940, people have flocked to this area each year to hike the towpath, canoe in the canal or picnic along its banks.

    The U. S. Congress officially recognized the canal's importance to the economic evolution of America was by establishing the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor in 1988. The canal is a Registered National Historic Landmark and its towpath is a National Recreation Trail.

    Canal
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  • Jul 17, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Went to New Hope and as always enjoyed it. If you don't mind the walk, parking is also available at Lambertville Station. On weekends there is a small fee, but when we went this last week, on a Monday, we didn't pay anything, so I am thinking no fee during the week. The only drawback is the walk across the bridge, but if you don't mind it( and we don't) then it'll save you a few bucks. Warning though, some things aren't open on Mondays.

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