Duration: Two days and two nights
As anybody who's ever been to Bucks County knows, this place has got charm bottled and ready for sale. But it's looking in between the obvious stops and byways that make joy in this region really memorable. Finding the brilliant little stops beyond the bend in the road. That's what "shunpiking" is all about, shunning the obvious and taking an odyssey to the hidden gems along the way. On this roadtrip, follow life along (and into) the canal, then scurry your way up north for some country-road surprises tucked away in the Lehigh Valley.
It's always a good time (ice cream breakfast anyone?) for a convenient pre-ferry snack right along the main drag. Check out featured flavors like Wild Rhubarb and Cherries for George, and see why some people call this place the best ice cream parlor in the world. Then hop on the Coryell's Ferry out back and enjoy a beautiful scenic ride and boats-eye view of the Delaware River's varied wildlife. Don't forget to ask the diver about the area's importance as a colonial ferry crossing.
They make ‘em big at Dilly's, including the quarter-pound Dilly Dog smothered in peppers, onions and fries and ha-uge ice cream cone. You'll know your order is ready when they call your playing card, the Dilly version of the deli-number system. This place is the king of decadence. Oh, and bring cash. Dilly's doesn't do plastic.
It started out as a tavern built by the founder of New Hope - now it's a first-class hotel with elegance to match its fabled history. They still hold true to their tavern roots, with the Inn's restaurant serving stellar cuisine. We recommend the Mini Crab cakes or the Grilled Duck Breast. There are only 16 rooms, so book early and try to get a room that looks out onto bustling Main Street.Read More >
Canal Bar is a local joint that celebrates hunting and fishing, so expect something fresh. Here they are known for serving the best meats in down. USDA Prime steaks, Kobe burgers and wild game are staples on the seasonally changing menu.
Located between sheer rock cliff and the Delaware River this hotel offers fine dining, stone fireplaces and striking views of the Delaware River. Tom and Beverly Schweder are there to make you feel right at home, and the inn's taproom, the Barking Dog Saloon, is just as friendly for a nightcap.Read More >
Follow a lantern-led "walk" along picturesque streets where you'll learn about the haunts of New Hope. Keep an eye out for the phantom Hitchhiker who may pass you in the moonlight and be sure to stay close to your group.
This unique little winery is located on 12 acres in Buck's County. Nestled among rolling hills this vineyard features classic wines as well as some organic selections. Be sure to check out the full-service restaurant and cocktail bar featuring some of Pennsylvania's best beers and wines.