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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Bucks County Playhouse :: Enjoy a Great Play & a Relaxing Stay

Bucks County Playhouse 

Some of the most illustrious performers have played the stage of the Bucks County Playhouse, many making second and third returns to this beloved icon and It’s history plays out like a rich theatrical performance. Located on the banks of the Delaware River, the original structure was built in 1790 by Benjamin Perry. It was a re-build of his mill – Hopes Mills –  which had burned to the ground. It was the newly christened New Hope Mills and it’s courageous owner that caused such inspiration that the village which had long been known as Coryell’s Ferry changed its moniker to New Hope. 

In the 1930s, New Hope Mills was facing certain demise when Kenyon Nicholson and area resident Moss Hart purchased the building with thoughts of creating a playhouse. By 1938 the renovations had begun. On July, 3 1939 the first staged performance of “Springtime for Henry” starring Edward Everett Horton was given. With that performance, the Bucks Playhouse officially became a summer theater where budding talent dreaming of Broadway began their careers to rave reviews. 

Starting on their path to stardom Angela Lansbury, Grace Kelly, Dick Van Dyke and Walter Matthau, among a host of other notables including Harpo Marks – who actually spoke during his performance – appeared on the now noteworthy stage. The Bucks County Playhouse kept the stage filled and audiences applauding until it’s door were sadly closed in 2010. But, like the proverbial cat with nine lives, The Bridge Street Foundation became its benefactor and they set about to restore the theatre to its former status as “America’s Most Favorite Summer Theater” and beyond that to stage year round events. 

Bucks County Getaway

Exactly 73 years and a day after it’s original opening, the theatre reopened its doors to new rave reviews. Tyne Daly and Andrea McArdle, just to name-drop, were just two of the faithful alums to return in support of the revitalization. Many new performers also joined on the stage, such as James Earl Jones, Bebe Neuwirth, Marsha Mason and Marilu Henner to name a few. The theatre is now thriving. It operates year round, and boasts of more than 50,000 audience members annually.

You can be one of the select audience members at this historical icon, while also enjoying a getaway from the stressors of life. A visit to Bridgeton House on the Delaware offers the perfect landing spot for your Bucks County Getaway. Add the Spring Playdate Package to your stay to enjoy discounted tickets to Bucks County Payhouse.

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Pennsylvania Wineries :: The Art of Winemaking

 

While one might not connect Pennsylvania with wine making, the state is home to more than 200 wineries, and to twelve wine trails. Pennsylvania’s wineries have a long and varied heritage of wine making. Pennsylvania’s moderate climate and its terrain allow it to provide outstanding growing conditions for a host of varieties of grapes. It is the diversity of soils which produces a unique blend of tastes in the wines.

The art of wine making, using vines including those that are native, hybrid varieties and/or artisan vinifera vines, allows for nuances in the wines produced in this area to please even the most particular palette.

Wine making in Pennsylvania

Wineries near Bridgeton House offer many different ways to get to know wine. For 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 who would like to toast a time away.

Alba Vineyards, founded in 1980 is based on simple, sustainable agriculture. A visit to this decades old winery offers reflects 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.

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.

Villa Milagro  earns its name as the house of miracles because of its spectacular views of the Delaware River. The winery employs sustainable practices and minimal inputs to grow their vines using pesticides and herbicides that are approved for organic use all while providing a protective habitat for native birds, plants and wildlife. Reservations are required for this haven of tranquility, as a tour of the vineyard, then the processing facility then a wine tasting with hot hors d’oeuvres is all a part of the experience.

Romantic Dinner on the Delaware River

These are just a sampling of the many wineries to wet the appetite for some fine wine. So, get away from life’s frenetic pace and come be introduced to one or more of the wineries of which Pennsylvania so proudly boasts. The beautiful Bridgeton House, in the heart of the state’s wine country, offers many possibilities for a relaxing repass while touring.

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