New Hope Travel Guide

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    Lambertville Station Wine Cellar
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    Delicious Cappachino, excellent views
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New Hope Things to Do

  • New Hope Boat Rides

    Wells Ferry Boat Rides is the best! Beautiful boat and Captain Tim was so knowledgeable and gave a terrific tour of the Delaware. Thanks Tim!

  • The Playhouse is the thing...Again!!!

    The Governors Theater, Bucks County Playhouse has stood the test of time. This once working mill was happily turned into a theater and has since had many dramatic incarnations and a very colorful run. I am thrilled to report the BCP is open for business again. Though BCP had many famous actors in many memorable productions over the years, the most...

  • New Hope - Trains and Tourists

    Like many of the small towns in Maryland and Pennsylvania, New Hopes history revolves around the railroad. I have several VT pages on small towns in the area and they all share a theme of trains and railroads. New Hope has a renovated station and a steam engine train that offers tourists a chance to ride a historic train through the local hills and...

  • Choo... Choo... All Aboard!

    Riding on a 1920's steam locomative train, take a scenic tour of Bucks County, PA. Tickets can be purchased at the New Hope train station.

  • Ivyland Express to Galleries & Museum

    The Ivyland Steam Locomotive is a staple "To Do" in New Hope. This charming vintage engine runs through the beautiful Bucks County countryside daily. Once you return from the rails take time to check out the Michener Museum and the Haas-Muth Gallery amongst other attractions.

  • New Hope Antique Car Show

    Since 1957 there has been an antique car show in the summer in New Hope. We attended in 1969 when we were living in Philadelphia in our 1932 Plymouth. The car has an antique car license on the back from Pennsylvania, and on the front is a 1932 license from Colorado. One of the features of the car is 'Floating Power'. In order to keep the vibration...


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New Hope Restaurants

  • Very French....and thankfully, quiet

    Great sandwiches on French room for those wonderful deserts! Oh, my. This was a wonderful place to take a break away from the crowds and commotion. It was shady, comfortable, and delicious!

  • Worth the walk across the bridge

    Lovely old train station now a restaurant with pub, canal side seating, main dinning room, ballroom, a wonderful wine cellar and an Inn. I've eaten here many times over the years. All has been good, some very good & some great. My personal favorite is the wine cellar with light bites and wine flights.The atmosphere is warm and inviting old world....

  • Want an outstanding meal & super...

    This is located just west on 202 outside of New Hope. The manager is Michael Conti who has made this place a super find! If you are expecting GREAT food, in an ambiance where you can hear yourself in a conversation. Servers who are bright, helpful and truly people oriented--This is your place. We had a wedding here, and spent 5 days and never had a...


New Hope Nightlife

  • see a play

    Once Upon A Mattress was playing when we were in town. Unfortunately we were only there for the day, so we didn't get to see a performance. These little community theaters are always fun on a summer night tho.

  • Fun and Fantasy, leave your politics at...

    The Cartwheel is a Gay Nightclub. Straight people are welcome as long as you don't bring prejudices in with you.Downstairs is total Disco. Queens abound in all their magnificent splendor.On certain occassions they do a review much akin to La cage au folle.Upstairs you can relax a bit more in the piano bar. Enjoy your favorite cocktail, people watch...

  • Go down under for the music!

    John & Peters has built its reputation on fantastic up & coming artists. They also have a good series of the older classic artists on tap. The music all happens downstairs. The small bar upstairs is devoted to drinking and mingling. You are expected to wear clothes, outside of that anything goes. Normally jeans but anything from a boa to goth gown...


New Hope Transportation

  • Antique Car Show

    In the summer of 1969, we attended an antique car show in New Hope. This is a show that has been held every year since 1957, and is still being held. We drove there in our 1932 Plymouth. We belong to the Plymouth 4 & 6 Cylinder Owner's Club, and they have their National Summer Meet at New Hope.

  • See it from the train

    New Hope & Ivyland Railroad steams through the hills and valleys of Bucks County starting from the old train station on West Bridge Street. Everything is so close, between the train, canal, bridges, shopping, and then into Lambertville, New Jersey. You don't go very far to find anything. .. just sort of follow your nose...

  • Bridge across the Delaware River

    Well.. you can try and park at New Hope or go over to Lambertville, New Jersey, and park there. Lambertville is a twin city of New Hope and is very nice also... with shops and restaurants etc. So.. it is convienent to park in New Jersey and just walk over to New Hope. I have walked the bridge a few times and it is nice.. plus the views are great :)


New Hope Shopping

  • Colorful animal woodcarvings from...

    Amazingly beautiful woodcarvings colored in crazy patterns. My favourites are by far thelizards followed by the insects anywhere between 10 and a couple of hundret dollars

  • Hot Sauce and more

    All customers at Suzie's Hot Sauce are able to test their tastebuds (and tolerance) with samples of hot sauces, salsas, dips, and other snacks. Most items can be purchased (and sampled) to fit your taste. Whether you like it mild or HOT, HOT, HOT you can definitely find something tasty in this store. Be careful, even the chocolates can be quite...

  • Beautiful Jewelry

    The Petrus Gallery is the place to go for gorgeous jewelry made with a huge array of stones such as amethyst, turquoise, amber, peridot, agate, ect.... From rings to bracelets to necklaces, you'll certainly find something you must have! They seem to forever be having a half price sale. Even with the sale, some of the items are very expensive. They...


New Hope Local Customs

  • Church supper ???

    Saving the architecture is a good idea...even when the church's congregation is long gone. Here we see an example of "re-use" as an upscale restaurant uses the structure for a restaurant. Simply a new twist to the old "Church Supper", I guess you could say.

  • Open Minds Welcome

    New Hope was settled primarily by artists and writers. They came from all over to celebrate the beauty of the land and the river. When you bring people together from different backgrounds you get a good old fashioned American melting pot. Please keep an open mind you may meet someone very different and very nice. This community can boast (in no...

  • If you bring your dogthe...

    If you bring your dogthe french bakery has a bucket with waterfor dogs outside...the sidewalks are small and crowded makingit less than ideal for bringing your dog


New Hope Warnings and Dangers

  • Trek to the Bathroom

    I took this picture at the New Hope Automobile show in 1969. The sign says YOU'VE MADE ITONE MORE CORNER

  • Small.. crowded sidewalks..

    When it is crowded at New Hope, walking around can be a pain... of course, as in this photo there are some advantages LOLLambertville's sidewalks are wider and easier to get around. But, I have to admit that there is a feeling of more things going on in New Hope and it could be because of the feeling being crowded....

  • The roads around New...

    The roads around New Hope/Peddlar's Village/Lambertville are very narrow and often have bicycle riders/horses/pedestrians. Drive carefully. Traffic is a nightmare on weekends especially during the summer. Read all parking signs and feed the meter!


New Hope Tourist Traps

  • This town is a tourist trap

    This town is a tourist trap, designed for day-trippers or weekenders. The original town can still be found. Just walk the canal, visit the historical society and look at the architecture. Find any spot along the Delaware River and you'll be back to the late 1700-early 1800's. The steam train ride during the autumn is one of New Hope's highlights...

  • A recurring theme here....

    If there is one thing we noticed pretty consistently and heard or read is that the pricing here is above the norm. We were charmed by the architecture and scale of the town, but too many of the shops were selling inconsequential souvenirs and we found no true artistic merit to any of the merchandise. Guess it's fun to "people watch"...

  • Ummm NEW HOPE!!!

    Ok.. there is no doubt that New Hope is a cool place.. lots of stores ..restaurants... but, because of its popularity.. it can tend to be a tourist trap. Just be smart as to what things are worth. Especially in the summer which is the peak tourist season. I am sure you can get some good deals but you have to look for them :) Well.. this tourist...


New Hope Off The Beaten Path

  • The Mill at Cuttalossa Farm

    This is one of my very favorite places in the world. A grassy knoll with a charming mill, babbling brook, towering hemlocks, smiling sheep and a manger. It looked just like this 40 years ago and still looks just like this today.The mini-sheep are often out in the meadow, if not they are in the equally charming mill barn (shown in the next photo)...

  • Interiors of old train station

    the old wood stove still sits in the middle of the floor to keep the station warm You can find brochures on local attractions here. Usually there is someone to answer questions, and of course, you can arrange to board the train! Nice job of keeping the station in good repair.

  • Bikers & Hikers

    Here is a spot by the canal where they welcome bikers and hikers. Space to park your motorcycle. Or...for my husband to inspect this snazzy Harley.


New Hope Sports & Outdoors

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    Jet Ski the river

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    Young men love to show off....and that is exactly what the jet skis offer. You can stand on the bridge and watch the antics of the day's dare devils.

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New Hope Favorites

  • Wonderful stone museum

    Thompson-Neely House...great stonework and ivy covered walls. We didn't visit, but would like to on another trip.

  • The railroad buildings

    Lots of interesting old buildings have been restored,... and even tho things are kind of touristy and commercialized, I have to be glad that the town still exists and is being taken care of. I think I'd like to go when the crowds are not there.

  • Naturally there is a Starbucks ! :-)

    Of course anywhere there are lots of people and rather high priced will also find a Starbucks Coffee shop. I admit it...I'm hooked.


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