New Hope, Solebury

New Hope is a fascinating area to visit as well as live. It was once known as a ferry town, a mill town, and a strategic stop on the Delaware Canal. At the turn of the last century it was famous as an artist's colony. New Hope is still a point of destination for those looking to capture a bit of history while enjoying the quaint atmosphere of Bucks County. Many of the larger stone buildings on Bucks county main roads served as stagecoach stops in the colonial days, and you might discover a walk-in stone fireplace that served as a kitchen for hungry travelers. New Hope's Logan Inn, established in 1727, is the oldest continually-run inn in Bucks County and one of the five oldest in the United States.

Just 10 miles north of the spot where Washington Crossed the Delaware, residents can still enjoy the homes that were built in colonial days. It's not at all unusual to pass 200-year old stone houses, many of which sprang up along the stretches of road between Philadelphia and New York, where so much of the population decided to settle.

New Hope Pennsylvania

In fact, the proximity to these two major cities is one of the big attractions to New Hope; it is practically equidistant to both, though it feels far from the bustle of the big city. You can reach New York City in about one hour, 15 minutes, and center city Philadelphia in fifty minutes. A 20 minute drive will bring you to the Trenton train station (to New York), which is on the northeast corridor between Philadelphia and NYC, and also the Yardley PA station (Septa) to Philadelphia.

Whether you are interested in biking, kayaking, running or just taking an afternoon walk, there are bike paths and canals along both sides of the Delaware river, open to the public as state parks. From Washington Crossing to Milford, you can walk across the Delaware on six bridges (including a pedestrian bridge in Lumberville) and stop along the way for ice cream or coffee. The occasional red wooden bridge or rusty barge lock adds mystery to the shady willow-lined canal that stretches straight as an arrow as far as you can see. Multi-level houses and terraces nestle among the trees, and if you're lucky you will spot a blue heron or two winging their way across the river.

New Hope Canal

Many people enjoy coming to New Hope for the weekends. The restaurants cater to a wide variety of tastes, and there are several Bed & Breakfasts to choose from if you want to stay for the weekend while looking for a property. You can spend the day rummaging through antique stores, come up for a Stickley auction at David Rago center in Lambertville, or take the kids on the steam train from New Hope to Lahaska. The Bucks County Playhouse (State Theater of Pennsylvania) has a long history of Broadway plays and has hosted such luminaries as Grace Kelly, George C. Scott, Liza Minnelli, William Shatner, Bob Fosse, and a long list of celebrities.

If New Hope condos or townhouses suit your fancy, we can introduce you to Village 2, Wilshire Hunt, Fieldstone, as well as Fox Run Preserve and Buckingham Springs (over 55 Active Adult Communities).

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