New Hope is a vibrant arts community of about 2,500 residents. A number of restaurants, antique shops and art galleries line its main street. And on weekends, according to one local, businessmen turned bikers, ride their expensive machines over to drink mojitos.
Bohemian New Hope has been a gay friendly community since the 1950s. When we arrived last week, we walked right into the middle of a boisterous Pride celebration, complete with outdoor concert, costumes and Ms. Gay New Jersey.
The Bucks County Playhouse which opened in 1939, became famous as the venue where plays destined for Broadway were fine tuned. The playhouse closed last year but is expected to be reopened under new ownership.
New Hope is less than an hour from Philadelphia and about 90 minutes from New York City. It’s my kind of town.
Where to Shop:
- Celt-Iberian Traders – art, sweaters, soaps, perfumes, pottery, Celtic crosses and more can be found in this historic building.
- A Little Taste of Cuba – everything for the cigar lover but not a Cuban cigar in sight.
- Against the Grain Medieval Gallery – the place to find swords, jewelry, clothing
- Four Seasons Mall – art, Indian clothes/food, hookah lounge
Where to Eat:
- Havana Restaurant and Bar – Nightclub, restaurant and bar. Great place for jazz, blues, etc.
- Marsha Brown – a creole restaurant in a converted church
- The Landing Restaurant – American food
Where to Sleep:
From the Philadelphia area, follow Interstate 95 N, Exit 51 New Hope/Yardley. Follow signs to New Hope.
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