I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and didn’t eat TOO much. I’m still in a full food coma recovery from the weekend. For those who know me I love getting out of town for the weekend. It’s always good to take a break from life and explore someplace new. My birthday is on Saturday and when my husband asked what I wanted for my birthday, I asked him to plan a quick getaway. He is not a planner so this was a pretty big ask. Two friends of mine recommended New Hope, Pennsylvania for the weekend. Though I never heard of that town before, New Hope it was.
Getting to New Hope from Manhattan is much easier than I thought. The train ride was only an hour and a half outside the city. From Penn Station it’s $16.75 for a one way ticket to the end of the NJ transit line at Trenton Station. From Trenton, NJ it’s a $20 Uber and a 25 minute ride.
We stayed at a cute B&B in the middle of town called The Logan Inn. Of course Eric chose that B&B only because the legend has it the Inn is haunted. The Logan Inn is one of the oldest running Inn’s in the United States, established in 1727. It is said that room #6 is haunted! This room was once occupied by Emily Lutz, whose family once owned the Logan Inn. Emily passed away in the room at an old age and her spirit supposedly still resides there and walks the halls to check in on the guests. When I heard that I thought, ahhhh hell no. When Eric booked the room #6 was in fact available, but luckily he chose room #8 just across the hall. Thank god! We didn’t see anything spooky happen. It was in fact a cute Inn, fully renovated, and rather quaint. If you don’t scare easily or buy into ghost stories I highly recommend the charming Logan Inn. Rooms aren’t expensive either, they range from $130-$300 a night depending on the weekend.
Now that we covered where to stay let’s cover where to eat, drink, and explore. The town is pretty small and just a few blocks down and back with still plenty to explore. First stop is Clusters Caramel Corn Company. My god, they had so many flavors of popcorn. Chocolate chip caramel corn, bakes potato corn, cinnamon toast corn, pumpkin pie corn, sriracha corn, etc. The selection was endless. We had the pumpkin pie and chocolate caramel corn and it was bomb AF! For drinks grab a glass of the Fall Cider on the heated back patio at the Buck’s County Playhouse or enjoy beers and corn hole at Landings. If you are a wino stop into the Main Street Wine Cellar for wine tasting with the owner James. When we first entered and saw $15 for a tasting I thought ya right… those are Napa prices. The only difference in New Hope was we had 20 tastings so for that price which is almost unheard of. If you’re not into a full tasting stop by Nectar for a glass of vino.
We had dinner that evening at Marsha Brown. Marsha Brown is a creole kitchen and lounge located in 175 year old stone covered church. That was the first time we did anything other than pray in a church. If you ever make it to Marsha Brown order the scallops, they were incredible. Later that evening we were asking around for breakfast recommendations and the locals told us about a small river diner called Fred’s. Fred’s was or is suppose to be a “locals only” restaurant and for whatever reason they let us in. The coffee is free only if you get it yourself. Eric had the 9-1-1 breakfast sandwich and I ordered the biscuits and gravy which was the best I’ve ever had.
Pennsylvania and New Jersey are only separated by one bridge across the Delaware River. Halfway through the bridge you can put one foot in each state and have your very own Mandy Moore moment in A Walk to Remember and be in two places at once. If you cross over to Lambertville grab a tasty bloody mary at the Lambertville House. Before leaving town make sure to stop by the Triumph Brewery Company for a couple pints of their seasonal winter beer. It was so good we had to buy a growler.
New Hope was such a fun weekend getaway and the best way to celebrate my birthday. I will absolutely go back in the peak of fall because all the trees along the Delaware will be in full foliage and that is simply a sight this California girl needs to see. We can’t wait for our next weekend getaway. Only thing left to do is decide where to go!