February 29, 2012 – An extra day this month/year provides the perfect opportunity to tour the historic and quaint village of New Hope in beautiful Bucks County, Pa.
If you can’t be there in person – the weather is expected to be cold and dreary today in this neck of the woods so save your extra day for the spring – you can take a virtual tour now and imagine the sun warming face as you stroll along the cobblestone streets on Main Street.
You’ll find New Hope along Route 32, just off of Route 232 and about 25 miles north of Philadelphia. The road is the former main connection between Philadelphia and New York City, and was once considered the halfway point that found travelers stopping for the night while in route to Manhattan. And if you fall in love with the area during your visit, the house above is for rent; it’s located in the heart of town, right on Main Street.
Along Main Street (Route 32) sit a plethora of merchants like Love Saves the Day, an interesting memorabilia shop, along with restaurants, bars and inns dating back a few hundred years or more, such as the Mansion Inn and the Logan Inn.
The Logan Inn in particular is a popular spot with locals and tourists because it’s said to be haunted by several ghosts including Revolutionary War soldiers and historic figure and former Vice President Aaron Burr, who stayed there frequently before his legendary duel with Alexander Hamilton had him fleeing to South Carolina to avoid imprisonment.
A few miles south on Route 32 brings you to Washington Crossing Park, and the spot that General George Washington and his small army crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776 to attack Hessian troops in Trenton, N.J., a pivotal battle in the American Revolution.
Heading north on Route 32, which turns into River Road once you pass the shops along Main Street, brings you to some fantastic views of the Delaware River, and Lambertville, N.J., which sits across the river. The Black Bass Hotel, also known as the Jewel of the Delaware River sits on the bank of the river, and offers brunch and dinner.
Across the street from the hotel, the Lumberville General Store offers a bakery and quaint luncheonette for those looking for a quick bite or snack.
In all, the area is home to more than 100 historic buildings, which sit among the natural beauty that continues to entice visitors to New Hope, Pa.
Even on a winter’s day.