LAMBERTVILLE, NEW JERSEY
Lambertville was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the “Top 15 Prettiest Towns in America.” If that isn’t reason enough to visit, consider it was also recently named “#1 weekend getaway city in New Jersey” and one of 12 “Perfect Cities to Get Married In.”
Lambertville was founded in 1705, and its charming streets are lined with well-preserved federal townhouses and Victorian homes.
Lambertville sits along the Delaware River and is connected to historic New Hope, Pennsylvania by a walkable bridge. A restored 19th-century train depot houses Lambertville Station, a popular waterside restaurant and a cozy inn. It boasts the state’s most unique bar, The Boat House, the acclaimed Hamilton Grill Room, and the world-class Zanya Spa Salon. Vintage stops and riverside hotels, Victorian architecture, and outdoor summer activities have earned Lambertville its praise.
NEW HOPE, PENNSYLVANIA
Located along the route of the Old York Road and the banks of the Delaware River, the picturesque village of New Hope, Pennsylvania has been named one of the “Top 14 Cities for a First Date.” But there is something for everyone in New Hope. Visitors can enjoy the scenic countryside, family fun and specialty shopping. It is a small town destination for tourists, antique collectors, theater audiences, and art aficionados.
The Logan Inn in New Hope is the oldest continuously running inn in Bucks County. Established in 1727, it offered its services to George Washington and his men.
New Hope’s history is grounded in its early days as a mill town, with its economy being carried in the first two centuries by transportation and water power innovation and its role in the American Revolution. When the canal gave way to the railroad, a new era of the arts was ushered in. A group of artists, notably William L. Lathrop, Daniel Garber and Edward W. Redfield settled along the River. This new colony of artists became known as the New Hope School.
In 1939, a group interested in the arts purchased an old gristmill and transformed it into the Bucks County Playhouse. The Playhouse, which was one home to many prominent actors and actresses, is now experiencing a fabulous resurgence. The James A. Michener Art Museum has brought new attention to the rich heritage of painters and other that played a key role in establishing New Hope as a destination town for the arts.
STOCKTON, NEW JERSEY
Just north of Lambertville, alongside the Delaware River, sits the tiny Victorian-era town of Stockton, named for U.S. Senator Robert Field Stockton, who was instrumental in the creation of the Delaware and Raritan Canal. The Canal is now a State Park, with recreational facilities sure to make any outdoor enthusiast happy. The 19th century Prallsville Mills Complex, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is part of the Canal. Here you can take a trip back in time and enjoy the view of the original saw, grist and linseed mills and touring the John Pralls Jr. Historic Manor House. Concerts, art exhibitions, antique shows, holiday parties and private events draw a wide audience to the Mill.
Campers will enjoy the nearby Bulls Island Recreational Area, a forested island space, sitting among towering sycamore and maple trees.
Find yourself humming the old Broadway tune, “There’s a Small Hotel (with a wishing well)” as you visit the Stockton Inn, which was the inspiration for the song. Enjoy fireside and garden side dining in this historic treasure.
Come and enjoy today’s treasures in this lovely town with a yesteryear feel.
CENTRE BRIDGE, PENNSYLVANIA
Just three miles north of New Hope is Centre Bridge, a major stopping off point for the River Road traveler. Originally named Reading’s Ferry, after the proprietor of the original ferry at this point, the town’s bridge connects to Stockton. In 1923, the original wooden toll bridge was struck by lightening and destroyed by fire. Edward Willis Redfield, who lived in a farmhouse just north of the bridge, later depicted it in a famous painting. Centre Bridge Inn, (also rebuilt after several fires), sits at the crossroads of River Road (Routes 32 and 263) as it has for 200 years. Visitors can enjoy fine dining with a view at this Bed and Breakfast.
FRENCHTOWN, NEW JERSEY
Just minutes from Lambertville and New Hope along the banks of the Delaware River lies the rolling green fields of the Victorian village known as Frenchtown.
It’s the perfect location for bicyclists who can ride along the Delaware all the way to Trenton or along the Raritan River to New Brunswick, or for those who love a scenic stroll along the canal paths.
Within a five-minute walk, visitors will find one of a kind and upscale shops, charming Bed and Breakfasts, celebrated restaurants and quaint coffee shops. The town host three big festivals each year.
Seven miles north of New Hope, along River Road, is the charming village of Lumberville, settled by Colonel George Wall, a Revolutionary War officer and Bucks County Sheriff. It was originally named Wall’s Saw Mills and Walls Landing, after the Colonel. Several local artists make their home in Lumberville and its picturesque scenery along the waterway will delight visitors as they enjoy a place steeped in time.
Several notable figures have ties to Lumberville: it was home to John Greenleaf Whittier from 1839-1840, the birthplace of 19th century artist Martin Johnson Heade, and the spot where Paul and Julia Child were married in 1946. William Tinsman purchased the lumber mills in 1869, and they are still run and operated by his descendants today.
Lumberville is famous for its suspension footbridge that crosses the Delaware River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Travelers can enjoy a meal and an overnight stay at The Black Bass Inn that dates back to the early 1740s.
WASHINGTON CROSSING, PENNSYLVANIA
This historic river town is most famous for Washington Crossing of the Delaware on the night of Christmas Eve in 1776, turning the tide of the American Revolutionary War. Each Christmas Day, the town performs a re-enactment of the crossing. Today, it is the site of Washington Crossing Historic Park, 500 acres of natural beauty, and offers many special events throughout the year.
Visitors here can tour historic buildings, picnic in the park, lounge along the river and take in the beautiful Bucks County countryside from atop Bowmans Hill Tower.
POINT PLEASANT, PENNSYLVANIA
Another stopping off point for the River Traveler is the town of Point Pleasant, which lies on both sides of the Tohickon Creek by the creek’s confluence with the Delaware River, dividing the community into two townships. The Lenape Indians, who fished along the Delaware, originally settled the town.
Another town that features prominently in the Revolutionary War, the gristmills of Point Pleasant produced grain for the soldiers. Later it became a resting spot for canal men and a way station for the Doylestown-Frenchtown-New York stage.
Visitors to this quaint town will enjoy unique shopping, a nearby State Park, and tubing river adventures.