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At only one square mile, this charming Delaware River town boasts a hodgepodge of tempting restaurants, colorful shops, and historic (as well as purportedly haunted) sites dating back to the American Revolution. 


First Stop: Visitors Center

Get your bearings, and pick up a colorful Discovery Map at the New Hope Visitors Center. While you’re there, inquire about what’s showing at the Bucks County Playhouse, a 1740 grist-mill-turned-playhouse on the banks of the Delaware River.


9:30 a.m.

Stretch those legs with a stroll along the historic Delaware Canal Towpath. If you want to see more of the 60-mile path, rent a bike at the New Hope Cyclery (a short drive from the Visitors Center), and pedal a loop across the New Hope–Lambertville Bridge, spanning the Delaware River.

11 a.m.

Complete your visit to the canal with a stop at the Locktender’s House, where the Life at the Lock exhibit depicts life along the canal and how boats traveled using the lock system.

Noon

Soak up the water views with lunch on the riverside terrace at The Landing, which has been serving traditional American cuisine for 40 years.

1:30 p.m.

Make a left on Main Street and explore New Hope’s wealth of boutique shops. Design Pretty features lovely home décor, and the sweets are handmade at County Fair Chocolates.

Photo courtesy of Anthony Sinagoga

3 p.m.

Take a 45-minute ride through the picturesque Bucks County countryside on the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, where the trains are pulled by an antique 1925 Baldwin steam locomotive or vintage diesel locomotive.

Photo courtesy NH&IRR

4:30 p.m.

Don’t be late: The day’s last tour of the Revolutionary-era Parry Mansion — home to New Hope’s founders — starts now.

5 p.m.

For dinner, choose from two historic options. The dining room at the Logan Inn, established in 1727 and one of the oldest continually run inns in the US, is full of Old World charm. Marsha Brown’s Restaurant serves Creole cuisine in a 125-year-old deconsecrated stone church.