Exploring Bucks County Wine Country

Pennsylvania is most likely not the first state you consider when planning a winery tour so you may be surprised to learn that Pennsylvania is home to more than 200 wineries, and to twelve wine trails. Pennsylvania’s moderate climate and terrain provide excellent growing conditions for a host of varieties of grapes which accounts for Pennsylvania’s long and varied heritage of wine making.

Wine Tour Bucks County

The varied grape choices including native, hybrid and artisan vinifera vines coupled with the diversity of soils allow Pennsylvania vintners to produce a unique blend of tastes and nuances in their wines. Wines produced in the Bucks County, PA and Hunterdon County, NJ area are sure to please even the most particular palate.

Wineries near Bridgeton House offer many different ways to get to know wine. From the newly dabbling taster to the one who has an established wine cellar of their own, the richness of the area’s long history of wine making and wineries have something to offer anyone wishing to toast the time away.

Alba Wine BottlesAlba Vineyards, founded in 1980 is based on simple, sustainable agriculture. A visit to this decades old winery offers reflections on the area’s long-standing agricultural traditions, but with a new viticultural twist. The historic barn which now houses the winery and tasting room was originally constructed in 1850. Within the old stone walls, the aroma of fermenting and aging wine fills the air. A large showroom, tasting room and wine cellars tour are available. Visitors will also enjoy wonderful music and festivals on select weekends during the Spring, Summer and Fall.

With a long heritage of wine making, Sand Castle Winery was founded by brothers Joseph and Paul Maxian. The two were were born and raised in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, a region renowned for fine wine making, migrated to this country and brought the traditions of their native land with them. The vines are exclusively Vitis Vinifera, seedlings cloned from European stock. The winery began with 56,000 of these young plants painstakingly hand planted. Sand Castle relies entirely on its own harvest to produce their wine. Weekend visits will find you enjoying special events including wine & art, culinary education classes, wine and painting classes and much more.

Beneduce VineyardsBeneduce Vineyards, who borrows it’s name from it’s owners, employs a simple method to wine making:  “Do everything necessary to bring out the best in each individual batch of fruit.” This allows them to create unique award winning wines with distinct personalities that reflect both their vineyard source and the winemaker’s own style. While they offer a variety of wines intended to suit every palate, their main concentration is on aromatically intense, food friendly wines. With a spacious tasting room inclusive of indoor and outdoor seating – it’s a great spot to spend the day exploring their flavors by the glass or by the bottle. Cheese pairings are offered for a nominal fee and there are often wonderful events featuring live music and food pairings.

These are just a sampling of the many wineries to wet the appetite for some fine wine. For the true wine adventurer, you will find more than 20 wineries within a reasonable drive of the Bridgeton House. So, get away from life’s frenetic pace and come be introduced to one or more of the wineries of which Pennsylvania (& New Jersey) so proudly boasts. Our Bucks County bed and breakfast, in the heart of the state’s wine country, offers many possibilities for a relaxing repass while touring.

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Visiting Bucks County – Spend a few days or a week

When visiting historic Bucks County, guests will find they can spend a few leisurely days or they can quickly fill a week with fun, romantic, adventurous and educational things to do year round.

Kayaking on a visit to Bucks CountyThe innkeepers at Bridgeton House on the Delaware, along with helpful input from their many repeat guests, offer their recommendations to assist you in planning your visit.

Let’s start with dining as many guests come to the area just to enjoy the gastronomic delights of the region where you will find everything from a Zagat rated top seafood chef to a romantic and intimate dinner in the Chef’s home to locally sourced and organic offerings and some very special in-room dining options that allow you to make the most of your room with a river view. Add in the multi-course made to order breakfast and afternoon tea featuring homemade sweets and savories that are included in the room rates at Bridgeton House and your belly will be quite pleased.

For those wishing to whet their whistle with a wine or beer tasting, this area of Bucks County, PA and Hunterdon County, NJ will not disappoint. Alba Vineyard, Villa Milagro, Sand Castle Winery and Beneduce Vineyards are all within a short drive. The Ship Inn, New Jersey’s first brew pub is just steps from the inn, and Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, PA is a guest favorite.

Lover’s of the arts will want to take in a show at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA, the State Theater in Easton, PA, The Town and Country Players Performing Arts Center in Buckingham, PA, Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Hampton, NJ or the County Theater in Doylestown, PA. Or, you may choose to enjoy the many art galleries that dot the small river towns that hug the beautiful Delaware River: Schmidtberger Fine Art in Frenchtown, NJ, The Stover Mill Gallery in Erwinna, PA and Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ are just a few local favorites.

If you are the adventures type, you will welcome the wealth of opportunities offered nearby including hiking, biking, water sports, hot air balloons, bi-plane rides, beautiful state and county parks, boat rentals, horseback riding and more!Sitting on the dock in Bucks County

History buffs will not want to miss a walk with one of our local park rangers, a visit to Fonthill Castle, the Mercer Museum or The Moravian Tile Works, a River Cruise with Captain Dee, a tour of local covered bridges, or spending a day at Washington Crossing Historic Park to name a few.

Whatever you are looking to do, the innkeepers at Bridgeton House on the Delaware are pleased to assist you in planning your extended stay on the beautiful Delaware River in scenic and historic Bucks County.

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Enchanting Riverside Elopements at Bridgeton House on the Delaware

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Elope to Pennsylvania

A love story is a one-of-a-kind tale that is as unique as the two characters who are in the midst of it unfolding. While for some a fairy tale wedding is the event that joins the two and brings together literally hundreds of people, for others, however, the desire is that of an intimate elopement. Bucks County and the wonderfully romantic boutique inn, Bridgeton House on the Delaware offers an historic setting for an historic event.

Named one of the top 10 most romantic inns in the country, choosing this river side boutique hotel  as the host for your nuptials is sure to offer a spectacular backdrop for your most momentous day. As the top place to romance your great love, and with the beautiful setting you also enjoy a convenient location, close to both New York City and Philadelphia.

 

Elope in PA

Whether you dream of a proper posh elopement or you prefer an affordable nature-inspired ceremony, your ceremony can be everything you have always wished for and so much more. When most couples think of an elopement, their vision is that of what transpired years ago when a couple dashed off into the night and awakened a court official who presided groggily over a rushed ceremony. It isn’t that way any longer. For most, the event for two is one that is planned in advance and an unforgettable memory is made.

If you are eloping in Pennsylvania there is a bit of planning ahead that is necessary. The bride and groom should apply together at a county clerk’s office for the license. You don’t have to be residents of the state and no blood tests are required. There is a three-day waiting period, the license is valid for 60 days and the cost is around $40. You will also want to schedule an officiant. The Bridgeton House Event Coordinator can make recommendations if needed.

 

Romantic Pennsylvania ElopementAs a recognized member of the top 5 vacation destinations in the United States, with 54,000 miles of rivers and streams and 116 state parks there is not a more perfect place for a wedding. To perfect your dream, Bridgeton House on the Delaware specializes in creating a dream elopement package tailored just for you. Along with wonderfully personal event coordinator and a talented chef, wonderful staff and sublimely luxurious accommodations–your elopement will be one-of-a-kind story, just like the two of you.

 

Just call ahead, your fairy-tale awaits.

 

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A Culinary Odyssey :: Upper Black Eddy Cuisine

As the famed hero of the Odyssey, Odysseus takes a historic trip of epic proportions guided in part on his travels by Circe. This journey takes him to many a place, to meet legions of people and to encounter a myriad of cultures. As epic as his journey proved to be, so can a culinary odyssey be for those staying at the Bridgeton House on Delaware. By venturing right outside their door many a country can be visited, if only for an afternoon or evening, without the hassle of going through customs and donning a passport. For their travels, all one needs is a bit of sage advice, maybe some navigational tools and of course an appetite.

The first stop on the journey is Italy from yesteryear. Tara, located in Upper Black Eddy, offers made to order Italian food. The grounds the restaurant is set upon are idyllic, the ambiance is deliciously romantic, to say the food is excellent would be sadly underrating it. Bravo! In the kitchen the food is prepared by owner and chef Rita, while her husband Jim can often be spotted table-side which personally enhances the quiet elegance of this old world food experience. The service is as impeccable as the food. There is only one mistake you can make at this restaurant – not saving room for dessert.

fresh scallions for gourmet cuisine Talk about taking the worry out traveling afar, if one has a proclivity for some footwork, the Milford Oyster House is a brisk walk from the front door of the Bridgeton House and offers a trip to the sea. The Zagat’s 2015 rated best seafood in New Jersey features a menu where a number of the meals are dependent upon the catch of the day. Daily there are four to six selections of oysters, which are hand scrubbed, shucked to order and served with a choice of cocktail sauce or mignonette. Not limited to oysters or even seafood, this fab find also offers steak and chicken prepared with farm fresh ingredients. For the adventurer, the world renowned Korean fire burger made with spicy red pepper paste is served with lime-ponzu mayonnaise (tart, citrus based Japanese sauce). Whatever the diner chooses, they are sure to be more than simply pleased with their meal.

A trip to the orient is fantasy for many people, but it isn’t an out of reach dream. Forget the frenetic pace of navigating Japan in all its splendor and take a trip stateside instead. The Bamboo House offers fabled sushi and delectable Thai. The daughter of the former owner of the Bo Bo Kitchen, a Chinese take out place, proprietor Cara Lin has brought the city to the country. Upper Black Eddy restaurants The Thai food and sushi at this little cottage is as cityfied as one can find, as they lured away two chefs from the big apple. Bamboo House is as popular with those who chose to dine in as it is with those who carry out their delicacies to enjoy in their privacy of their home or room. A favorite among the entrees is the lemongrass pork chop, a hefty serving of chops pounded to a tender thinness and served with a tangy sauce of fragrant lemongrass, galangal, garlic and lime juice. The curries and pad thai are offered up in splendor. The secret when your filling up is to save room for the sweet dragon eggs which will end your dining experience on a sweet note.

Imagine you are wanting to traverse the countryside to dine on wonderful provincial meals with farm fresh ingredients without having to cross the seas on a transatlantic flight. The Golden Pheasant is French country dining at its best. Dinner and Sunday brunch served in the Solarium overlooking the canal and river or in the tavern with a roaring fire are simply divine. The restaurant located in Erwinna, Pennsylvania harkens back to a way of life that is gone but still resonates in the covered bridges, stone walls and canals of the area. Serving French cuisine for more than two decades,  Blake, daughter of the Faure family patriarch, Michel Faure, inherited her father’s gift for the culinary arts while working at his side for many years in the kitchen. With a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu she and partner,  Chef Jon Ramsay create meals and presentations that rival any of the best, presenting traditional French recipes with new American cuisine.

For every health conscious diner, The Lovin Oven offers a selection that both vegans and omnivores can happily fill themselves on. The chef offers culinary concoctions with ingredients as fresh as they come, and food that is simple yet mouth watering in a time when too many culinary circle recipes are much to much over thought. The baking, which is done on the premise, offers cakes and pastries and includes the beloved sweet potato biscuits which have garnered the devotion of many a satisfied customer.

Breakfast Berries with RicottaChef Karen's Carmelized Apple Bacon TartAll traveling aside, if one doesn’t want to leave the comforts of their one of a kind room in the Inn, Chef Karen will create a personalized menu that will delight even the most particular foodie. The attentive staff will serve the meal at a beautifully graced table. The service is as impeccable as are the one of a kind recipes perfected by the Chef.

Whatever your desire for a culinary trip, there is nothing that cannot be satisfied when staying at the simply divine Bridgeton House.

By Janis Adams

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Microbreweries in Bucks County :: Luxury Pennsylvania B&B

The brewing bug bit deep for Peter Austin, the founder and creator of the first microbreweries. As a child, he grew up with the two most influential male figures in his life working within the brewing industry. His father worked for Pontifex, a major supplier of brewing equipment while his uncle ran a brewery in Christchurch, England. Judged unfit to fight in World War Two, he moved seamlessly into a career of crafting fine beers.

He did his pupillage at Friary, Holroyd & Healy in Guildford, worked briefly at Morrells in Oxford and then joined the Hull Brewery in 1945, where he became head brewer. He went on to become a consultant, adviser and builder to aspiring brewers in Britain, eventually his influence spread worldwide. His lasting impact on the beer making process is immeasurable. Today, a year after his death there are more than 2,000 craft breweries in the U.S., 1,200 in Britain, 150 in Australia, 70 in New Zealand and a growing number in Italy that all credit their success to Mr. Austin.

microbreweries in Bucks CountyJust across the Milford/Upper Black Eddy Bridge from the Bridgetown House on the Delaware in Bucks County, Pennsylvania is the Ship Inn of Milford, a microbrewery which employs the superiority of the Peter Austin brewing system. Following this steadfast tradition of brewing, they use handmade brick, copper and open fermenters. Notably the Ship Inn was the first brewpub in New Jersey to brew beer on the premises since prohibition. The ales offered are as British-inspired as the food. Each week seven barrel batches are brewed using freshly milled whole grains. The Ship inn uses locally sourced ingredients that add flavor that can not be found anywhere else on this side of the pond.

Double IPAs, Belgians, hybrid styles, invented and barrel-aged styles and sour beers are just some of the fabulous flavors found at Weyerbacher Brewing Company of Easton, Pennsylvania. This microbrewery which first began in a livery stable has expanded to meet its demands. Since their beginning in 1995 their best seller, Raspberry Imperial Stout, has proved to be unparalleled. Focusing on Belgian beers, their unique path became clear – make full-flavored, high-quality brews for the most discerning customer. With this creed they have found a great following.

microbreweries in PennsylvaniaNot to be outdone is the Bucks County Brewery in Pipersville, Pennsylvania. Their motto “Making the World a Better Place One Beer at a Time” drives everything they do in the brewing process. Using the finest fresh ingredients, the Bucks County Brewery follows the time honored brewing process coupled with a green approach. Visitors to their tasting room will find a singular taste to all their beers, due to their uncompromising spirit of seeking out the most unique ingredients.

These are just a few of the fabulous finds of micro breweries in Bucks County and its surrounding areas. Others include but are not limited to Triumph Brewing, New Hope; Two Rivers Brewing, Easton; Free Will Brewing, Perkasie; Fegley’s Brew Works, Bethlehem and McCoole’s Red Lion Brewery, Quakertown.

Forego a trip to Europe and its traditional breweries, for some old world charm by visiting the enchanting Bridgeton House, a small boutique hotel perched on the banks of the Delaware River, which is surrounded by some of the finest microbreweries offering those visiting a macro taste.

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