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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Finest Fall Colors in Bucks County :: Fall Foliage Tours

Despite the rave reviews for a fall foliage tour of New England, it is Bucks County, PA that holds the hidden secret of the finest fall colors. The hills and valleys of the Delaware River towns of Bucks County are transformed into a veritable kaleidoscope of colors in the cool of the Autumn days. Maples and oaks are in their splendor as they are splayed across the county.

Make your way through Bucks County, even on a grey day which offers a splendor all of its own, and take in the artist’s palette of colors, then find your way to the charming boutique Bridgeton House on the Delaware and settle in for a romantic getaway. In the gloaming of the evening, the view from any of the private porches at this most enchanting inn will thrill even the most discerning traveler.

Fall in Bucks CountyTaking in the fall hues can be done in a veritable array of ways as creative as the colors to be seen. From walking to riding, from floating through the skies to trekking the hills, no view in Bucks County in the fall is any less beautiful than the next.

It is simple to satisfy your cravings for a luxurious getaway, fine food and the grandest artist palette splayed for all to see during your stay. A wide array of Autumnal colors can be seen from a birds eye view with the Alexandria Balloon Flights. A panoramic view is at its best as one soars atop the trees in a fabled hot air balloon. This picturesque adventure couldn’t get much better. Unless of course you would rather keep your feet on the ground. A trek up Bowman’s Hill Tower, located in the Washington’s Crossing Historic Park, affords those with willing feet a fourteen mile view across the pristine Pennsylvania hillside.

For the avid history buff along with the view from the tower, Washington’s Historic Park not only has fine fall foliage but a stroll through the park brings history alive with 500 acres dedicated to bringing American history to life. Buildings, equipment, machinery and artifacts relating to the colonial period can be found at the park, along with seasonal weekly activities. The visitor’s center is open every day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. There are guided tours from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. On Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. A farmer’s market offers fresh tastes, local produce and a taste of fall with homemade edible goods.

fall foliage toursIf walking the historic park is not to your liking, leave the footwork to the New Hope and Ivyland Passenger Train which offers a true trip into the past. Passengers not only are left speechless by the views from the windows but they get to step back in time without ever leaving their seat. Climb aboard the 1920s vintage steam locomotive and sit and relax or take a stroll to the antique bar car.  The train traverses through the same historic route that was filmed in the 1914 movie series the Perils of Pauline. Those wanting to embark on the train can do so at the New Hope or Lahashka Station.

Whatever way you choose to enjoy the fall foliage, you will be sure to be enamored by your stay in Bucks County.

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Biking in Bucks County :: 19th Century Bridge Tours

Bridges in Bucks County

Step back in time on a scenic covered bridge tour with 19th century bridges ranging from 56 feet to 150 feet in length. Circling through beautiful Bucks County, the tour is planned so you can start at any one of the notable bridges. So head out on your bike and you will be afforded the opportunity to coast through 10 of Bucks County’s 12 remaining covered bridges.

Bike enthusiasts will also enjoy the PA/NJ canal loops which consist of two towpath trails connected by six Delaware River bridges. Spend a few days hiking or biking one or multiple loops. Along the way you will have the opportunity to explore the river towns, enjoy the outdoors while taking in beautiful river views and immerse yourself in history.

If you are a biking adventurer, consider biking through Bucks County along one of the world-class biking trails known for their scenic beauty, fascinating history and cultural heritage. The county is home to nationally significant trails, including the Delaware and Lehigh Canal, National Heritage Corridor, the Highlands Trail and the East Coast Greenway. These routes have been mapped out in guidebooks and handy pamphlets that are available throughout the area, and at bike rental shops.

The Delaware and Lehigh Canal Trail follows the 165-mile route that anthracite coal took from the mines to the market. It winds through northern mountains and along the banks of the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers. It passes through northeast Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley and through Bucks County. The trail passes through industrial powerhouses and along remnants of the Lehigh and Delaware canals. This earthen path exposes cyclists to some of Pennsylvania’s finest wild lands, waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife.

For even more biking fun, consider biking along the blacktop trail around Lake Galena at Peace Valley Park, or on the trails at Lake Nockamixon Park. Take in the natural beauty and keep your eyes open to spy one of nearly 250 bird species that have been spotted in Peace Valley Park. Meadows boasting wildlife and wildflowers surround the bike trail. The 14 miles of nature trails at the park veers in out and out of the woods. Lake Noxkamixon offers 9 miles of biking trails (with more being planned), that feature everything from gently rolling terrain to mountain biking for those who wish to truly “go for it”.

Along the way there are many options to pick up a nutritious snack of homegrown produce at a farmer’s market or roadside stand. If you choose to bike in one of the local state parks, you will also have the opportunity to swim and picnic. For those who are shopping aficionados there are many boutiques and galleries that will pique your fancy along the way.

Whatever route you choose, don’t forget the rules of the road so that your biking venture proves to be a safe one:

  • Obey traffic signs and signals.
  • Never ride against traffic.
  • Wear a helmet and never ride with headphones.

Regardless of which trail you trek or path you choose, after a long pedaling venture enjoy a respite at the Bridgeton House on the Delaware. Enjoy a personal meal cooked and presented by Chef Karen or indulge in a massage for two to soothe your tired muscles, or simply sit and enjoy the beautiful views you will be afforded when in residence in this romantic inn.

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Tree House Adventure :: New Hope Lodging

Tree House in Pennsylvania34 years into their lifelong love of welcoming guests to their historic Bucks County, PA inn, Bea and Charles Briggs, owners of Bridgeton House on the Delaware, are still inspired to continually create new suites and update this boutique riverside hotel to maintain its status as a top Bucks County destination. An artful vision to create a luxury suite with a birds eye view of the river from the tree tops is the latest endeavor at Bridgeton House and they are excited to announce the addition of the Tree House to their line of luxury suites.

This light filled suite features a custom designed marble bath offering guests the ultimate in luxury and pampering that is unmatched in Bucks County. The wonderfully deep 2 person whirlpool tub and the breathtaking round marble rain shower for 2 with heated seats both offer amazing river views. The riverside deck will certainly become a favorite spot to sit, relax, feel free and enjoy the miracle of nature that surrounds you among the tree tops.

Inside, guests will enjoy the comfort and beauty of the hand crafted king size bed, the dancing colors of the changing sunlight that beams through the Palladium windows, the openness of the soaring ceilings, the convenience of the hand crafted wet bar, the warmth of the gas fireplace, as well as the high tech qualities demanded in today’s world: a flat screen TV, free wifi, ipod dock, and high end lighting and fixtures.

This world class accommodation coupled with the intimacy of the hands-on service provided by the staff at Bridgeton House will leave you with that magical feeling that you are somewhere where someone cares. Travelers looking for a romantic getaway in the New Hope area will certainly be pleased when choosing the Tree House or one of the other luxury suites at Bridgeton House on the Delaware.

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Tree House Shower


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Sunset Cruise on the Delaware River – Romantic Summer Getaway

What better way to wind down after a day of exploring all that the river towns of Bucks County, PA offer than to enjoy a sunset cocktail cruise on the Delaware River? This romantic experience is just a  short 5 minute walk for guests of the Bridgeton House to Keller’s Landing, the launching spot for the Bucks County River Boat Company.

Bucks County River Boat Company

After enjoying some time reveling in the view from the tiki-lit dock at Keller’s Landing, guests climb aboard The River Otter, a 52′ tri-pontoon boat. This beautiful boat offers a Granite Service Bar with Full Liquor License, a Cherry Stained Wooden Interior with Padded Seats, Free Riverside Parking, and a fun and educational narrative on the river and surrounding cliffs by Captain Dee.

The River Otter will cruise comfortably on the wild and scenic Delaware River. This one hour cruise takes guests on one of the most scenic and dramatic stretches of this wonderful river that creates the border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The sunsets are truly amazing along the river so we recommend bringing your camera!

Sunset on the Delaware River

Upon your return to Bridgeton House, take a venture to the lower riverside terrace and continue to paint those river vistas to your memory as you relax beside our riverside fire-pit. A perfect evening respite, year round.

Sleep tight, sweet dreams and we look forward to welcoming you to our dining room to partake in our “skip lunch” breakfast before heading out for another day of adventure . . . perhaps some covered bridges, or shopping. Maybe a winery tour or a bike ride along the canal tow path, the possibilities are endless.

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