Bucks County Journals

A weekend in the country

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An August 2005 trip to Bucks County by SFPhotocraft

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad Photo, Bucks County, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: Bucks County lies between New York and Philadelphia. It's so near, yet seems so far away. It's laid-back country living with horse farms, antiques shops, and world-class restaurants. A weekend here feels like no place else.

A weekend in the country

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Overview

Bucks County Photo, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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Bucks County has a rich history. It was settled by the Quakers, and during the American Revolution, it played a center role in the war. What most consider the turning point in the war was when Washington crossed the Delaware River. The sight of the crossing is right here in Bucks County. Besides the crossing, many battles took place in this area. Many of the old inns date back to the time of Washington, and most claim that at some time Washington slept here. Some of it's legend, and some of it's true, but whatever the case, every place here seems to have a story.Even after the war, Bucks County was a colorful place. It seems early in our history that it was a place artists sought for t...Read More

Meil's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Meil's"

Meil's Restaurant Photo, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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If you asked me to prepare a short list of my favorite dining experiences, somewhere on that list you would find Meil's (pronounced MEALS). Meil's is small, and it's not fancy. As a matter of fact, the building they are in was once a gas station. However, from their small kitchen they produce some of the best meals in the area. It's home cooking at its best. They understand the importance of using fresh, local, and in-season ingredients. Their menu changes with the season.Meil's sticks close to an American menu from this part of the country. You can expect cold gazpacho in the summer, squash soups in the fall, and hearty potato soups in the winter.On this trip, our son go...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2005

Meil's Restaurant
Bridge and Main Street
Bucks County, Pennsylvania 08559
609/397-8033

Waterlilies

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Restaurant

Waterlilies Photo, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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We all have the tendency to want to improve a good thing or fix something that is not broken. This seems to be the case of Waterlilies. One of those travel disappointments is to return to a favorite place and expect things not to have changed, but sadly, to find it not like you remembered it.When we lived in New Hope you could often catch me having lunch at Waterlilies. It was a small, local hang-out between Lahaska and New Hope right on busy Route 202. It wasn't much to look, even sparse, but the food was always good and tasted home-cooked. I like their sandwiches and soups best of all.Several us planned to meet somewhere in the area for lunch, and I wanted to relive those lunch memori...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 27, 2005

Waterlilies
5738 Route 202
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
215/794-8588

Manon

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Restaurant

Manon Photo, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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We love to go out to eat when we travel. Often friends will ask me what my best dining experience was. Honestly, I can never answer that question. We have so many favorites and so many unforgettable meals, I just can't choose. But ask me what the worst dining experience was and I won't hesitate a minute to tell you about my brunch at Manon.At first Manon looks like it could be cute, a colorful little cottage in Lambertville. However, inside it's very cramped and feels claustrophobic. They do not serve liquor, nor do they accept credit cards. I also always felt they charged way too much for what they served. The prices here are way out of line. I never liked it, but we did have friend...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 3, 2005

Manon
19 N. Union St.
Bucks County, Pennsylvania 08530
(609) 397-2596

Hamilton's Grill Room

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Restaurant

Hamilton's Grill Room Photo, Lambertville, New Jersey
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Please excuse me if I sound like I am gushing writing this review. I find it a bit hard to contain myself when I am writing, okay raving about Hamilton's Grill Room.When I found out we were meeting friends at Hamilton's for dinner that night, I was like a kid waiting for Christmas all day. It's all I could think about.Hamilton's Grill Room is the brain child of Jim Hamilton. Jim is a local boy, who graduated from Yale and The Rhose Island School of Design. Jim is a true Renissance Man. He can cook, paint, build or write, and each with perfection. His fingerprints are all over the Grill Room. It's wonderful localy fresh menu, it's sophisticated atmosphere with a country casual feel. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2005

Hamilton's Grill Room
8 Coryell Street
Lambertville, New Jersey
609/397-4343

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

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Attraction | "New Hope & Ivyland Railroad"

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad Photo, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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When driving through New Hope it's hard to miss the whistle of a vintage 1920 locomotive steaming through town. This excursion train has been loving restored and now happy tourist can take a short ride through the pristine Buck's County countryside.The train runs daily and departs from the New Hope station all day at 20 minutes past the hour. The station is a picturesque small town train station that was opened in 1891 and has been lovingly restored to include a small museum, gift shop and ticket window. The cost for the regular round-trip excursion is $11 for adults and $7.75 for kids. If you reserve early you can ride in the locomotive for $50 (you must be over 18 to ride in the locomotive)....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 18, 2005

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
32 West Bridge Street
Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Riverbank Arts

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Attraction

Riverbank Arts Photo, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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Bucks County is overflowing with art galleries. The art colony here has always been an important part of the fabric of this area. The American Impressionist movement started and flourished on the banks of the Delaware River. Even today there are artist studios tucked off the main roads in old barns and sheds. Art is alive and well in Bucks County.There are so many good art galleries in the area, it's impossible to write all of them. You can easily drop $25,000 on a piece of art at many galleries. However, there is one gallery that stands out in the crowd. It's more a local co-op for local artists, run by the artists themsevles. You may not find the big names here, but you will find work by ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2005

Riverbank Arts
19 Bridge Street
Soglio, Switzerland 08559
(609) 397-9330

Peddler's Village

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Attraction

Peddler's Village Photo, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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Peddler's Village is not the darling of most locals in Bucks County. Most people feel it's part of the tide that is turning the pristine rural farmland into just another piece of suburban sprawl. The village is a group of shops, restaurants and a hotel that were built on a piece of prime Bucks County farmland in 1962. Today there are 70 speciality shops in a faux country fair type setting.Most of the shops sell small collectables and curios. Things like hummels, Snow Villages and lladros abound here. I have to admit it's not my style and does not turn my crank, however if this is your style, this may be nirvana for you. Besides those kind of ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 6, 2005

Peddler's Village
Route 202
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
(215) 794-4000

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