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A Day Trip to New Hope, Pennsylvania

by Alexis Spoden
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New Hope is a quaint town that draws people in with its undeniable charm. From activities and shops to restaurants and more, there’s something for everyone. Be transported to the 1920s by taking a ride on the New Hope Railroad, or taste the worldly flavors of many food vendors in New Hope’s Ferry Market, or wind down in a cute bed and breakfast. Read on for a guide on how to spend a day in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

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Where to Stay

New Hope is great for just a day trip, but if visitors want to settle in for an overnight stay, there are plenty of charming Inns and Bed and Breakfasts located right on the Delaware River. Airbnb is also a great option to try if visitors want to feel more like a local. Each of the below inns is situated close to the heart of New Hope and is sure to provide stunning views and cozy vibes.

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Ghost Light Inn | 50 South Main Street

The Ghost Light Inn is a boutique hotel with 12 rooms, located in the center of town, just steps from the Delaware River. Its attention to detail and exceptional amenities are why this elegant spot is top-rated. According to its website, the unique property is the perfect blend of contemporary style and old-world charm. Enjoy a luxury experience, and exceptional in-house dining at Stella by Jose Garces, or take a stroll along the water under the gas lanterns.

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Carriage House of New Hope | 8 East Mechanic Street


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This charming three-room boutique hotel is a hybrid of a bed and breakfast and a home rental. With only three rooms, guests will feel as if they are in a private house, but with a full-time concierge. According to its website, The Carriage House’s historic charm is retained with the original stone walls and fireplace, as well as sweeping river views that will transport you back in time, but with free WiFi and Netflix.

Fox + Hound Bed + Breakfast of New Hope | 246 West Bridge Street


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Fox and Hound Bed and Breakfast is the perfect choice for a more romantic getaway. The B+B offers a relaxing ambiance and personal touches that make each room an oasis of comfort and sophistication, according to its website. Each room has its own charm and offers either a balcony, a garden view, or a cozy fireplace.

Olivia’s Bridge Street Inn | 28 West Bridge Street

This historic Inn was built in 1817 and is nestled alongside the canal in New Hope. Each of the eight charming rooms offers a different vibe and is named after their previous historic owners.

Lambertville Station Restaurant + Inn | 11 Bridge Street

This traditional hotel is located on the New Jersey side of the river, right across the bridge from New Hope. With its rave Google reviews, and gorgeous river-view rooms, it is definitely worth the mention and the stay.

Things To Do

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There are countless activities to do in Bucks County and New Hope, PA, and Main Street is a perfect place to start. This street is lined with shops and restaurants, and countless attractions that are open.


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New Hope is a vintage lover’s dream with its plethora of eclectic clothing boutiques, antique shops, art galleries, and flea markets along Main Street. Dry Goods Vintage is a great vintage shop located on the New Jersey side of the bridge in Lambertville, and definitely worth a visit while in the area. Other great shops to check out include Night Bird Vintage Clothing and Savioni Designer Boutique to name a few.

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New Hope Railroad

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Enjoy Buck’s County in a 1920s-era passenger car along the 1891 route that connected New Hope to Philadelphia. Visitors can enjoy this one-of-a-kind, safe experience through any of their excursion options.

Bucks County Playhouse | 70 South Main Street

Bucks County Playhouse

Bucks County Playhouse is a must-see theater in New Hope, PA. The Playhouse puts on theatrical productions of new and classic plays and musicals featuring Broadway and Hollywood artists.



Hot Air Balloon Ride | 2400 Street Road

Visitors can experience an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime flight in a hot air balloon ride for two plus the pilot. Start the experience by joining the crew in helping to assemble the balloon, then enjoy breathtaking views while flying over the gorgeous and historic Bucks County countryside.

Biking, Hiking, Kayaking + More

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New Hope is a great place to visit for the outdoor enthusiast. The Delaware River Towpath goes for about 40 miles along the river and is great for a view-filled walk, run, or cycle. Encore Rides even offers guided bike tours for a unique way to experience the sites and history. In the summer, visitors can also take advantage of the many water activities on the river such as tubing, canoeing, and kayaking. For the avid hiker, Bucks County is also filled with several mountainous trails such as Ralph Stover State Park.

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Places To Eat

Visitors won’t go hungry in New Hope, as there are plenty of top-rated restaurants right on the Delaware River, and listed here are just a few must-tries recommended by both locals and tourists.

New Hope Ferry Market | 32 South Main Street

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The New Hope Ferry Market is a fresh food market that offers a unique collection of culinary delights and is located in the heart of New Hope, right on Main Street. Visitors can savor the enticing worldly flavors of its many food vendors, and stay to enjoy the market’s indoor and outdoor seating areas and river views.

Nektar Wine Bar | 8 West Mechanic Street

A must-try is Nektar, which is a polished wine bar that serves up Mediterranean-style small plates, wine, whiskey, + beer, plus an airy patio. When asking locals for advice on where to eat, this one came up each time, and with good reason!

GreenHouse New Hope | 90 South Main Street

GreenHouse New Hope

GreenHouse offers an unparalleled local experience, featuring Sunday brunch, live music, trivia night Wednesdays, and open mic Tuesdays. It’s a great place to enjoy with friends on their large open patio. GreenHouse was also an OpenTable Diners’ Choice Winner in 2019.

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The Landing Restaurant | 22 North Main Street

The Landing Restaurant is a cozy eatery with a prime riverside terrace, great for brunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks and dining on the river under the open sky during the summer season or romantic fireside dining during the cooler months.

Martine’s RiverHouse Restaurant | 14 East Ferry Street


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Another riverside spot, this charming yellow restaurant serves meat and seafood with a European flair. The restaurant prides itself on having the best view in town, rain or shine.

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