Shopping Weekend Getaway in Bucks County and Lambertville
1Check in to your hotel, then go for an evening's stroll along Lambertville's attractive streets lined with restored 18th- and 19th-century buildings.
2Take your pick of many options for a pre-dinner drink. If you want live music, cross the bridge to John & Peter's in New Hope. In good weather, we like cocktails and appetizers on the garden patio at the Inn of the Hawke; in winter, drinks by the fire at the cozy, nautical-themed Boat House are the way to go.
3Bring your own wine to longstanding favorite Hamilton's Grill Room — nice, if pricey, vintages are available at Welsh's Liquor Store around the corner — and savor it with seasonal Mediterranean cuisine and river views. Make reservations in advance because this place books fast.
1Get up early to score great bargains at one of the weekly auctions held at Brown Bros. every Saturday morning at 9 am.
2Start your shopping and gallery crawl on the Jersey side. Discover Art Deco artifacts and fine porcelain among multiple vendors at the Golden Nugget Antique Market (1850 River Rd.,Lambertville, NJ 08530). If the season's right there's also a green market with local produce and fresh flowers. Check out the A Mano Gallery (42 N. Union St.,Lambertville, NJ 08530) for jewelry and other wearable art.
3Across the bridge in New Hope, Francis J. Purcell II has everything from ornate Louis XV to New England instruments. Ingham Springs Antiques specializes in fine 18th-century American and English antiques.
4Lunch on New American cuisine inspired by the day's best ingredients from local, sustainable farms and fisheries at Earl's Bucks County in Peddler's Village, along Route 202 West to Lahaska, just outside New Hope.
5If you're a fan of mid-century modern, you can tour the studio of furniture designer George Nakashima, run by Nakashima's daughter Mira since his death in 1990.
6More affordable antiques and vintage goodies can be found along the winding country roads further west. Follow 202 away from the Delaware River and turn onto 413 or 313 to find a string of interesting antique shops. Make time to tour the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works created by Henry Chapman Mercer, the area's most famous Renaissance man — an archaeologist, Arts & Crafts ceramist, architect, and avid collector. You can buy copies of Mercer's distinctive ceramic tiles, found in Victorian homes throughout the region; they're still manufactured here. If you have time, check out his extensive collection of Americana at the Doylestown Mercer Museum and Fonthill, the home he designed from poured concrete.
7Doylestown has become foodie central. For an intimate dinner for two, try Honey for ribs, fried quail egg, and melt-in-your-mouth oysters.
8Back in New Hope, the renovated Bucks County Playhouse, a landmark theater since 1939, recently reopened after a two-year hiatus, with a Rogers and Hammerstein revue, a reminder that Oscar Hammerstein lived in the area for years.
2Tubing, kayaking, or canoeing is the perfect way to see the Delaware River that inspired the local Impressionist movement. Cross over to the Pennsylvania side at Stockton and follow Rte. 32, a winding, bucolic drive with spectacular views, to River Country where you can rent boats.
3Lunch at Lily's on the Canal in Lambertville for eggplant fries, blackened chicken sandwiches, and peanut-butter pie before hitting the road back home.