- Distance from NYC: approximately 68 miles or 1 hour, 30 minutes by car
In New Hope, you can grab a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks (they’re post-cheugy at this point anyway), which is housed in a historic building and as close to a chain experience as you’ll find in the Delaware riverfront town. The vibrant, eclectic community is otherwise filled with unique craft and artisanal shops, great art, handsome eateries, and pique fall charm.
Stay: An intimate, 12-room boutique hotel with views of the Delaware River, we promise The Ghost Light Inn isn’t haunted. Instead, the property’s name is influenced by its location, adjacent to the Bucks County Playhouse, and a superstitious reason many theaters leave a light bulb lit on their stages. Rooms here each include their own ghost light, plus textured wood paneled walls, bathrooms with double vanities, and posh beds with nail head headboards.
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Do: Shopping the compact, charming streets of downtown New Hope will inspire you to come back each season, as will taking in one of the quality shows at the aforementioned Bucks County Playhouse. The adorable theater is oozing with charm since it’s housed in a former grist mill. You can take a scenic train ride, explore historic buildings like the Parry Mansion, or get out into the stunning nature that surrounds this town during the fall at Solebury Orchard. And yes, they have all the apple picking, cider, and donuts you have your heart set on. On a nice day, a slow-paced stroll along the Delaware Canal or a short walk over the charming New Hope-Lambertville Bridge (which connects an equally charming NJ town) is not just recommended, it’s pretty much required.
Eat: The town’s Ferry Market is a place you show up to on an empty stomach. Home to delightful vendors using ingredients straight from local farms, it’s the kind of place where you might find a Peruvian empanada or Venezuelan arepa, macaroons, a vegan butcher, a smorgasbord of meat and cheese, a wine flight, and a beer tasting—all in the same gorgeous space. For a more formal, sit-down meal, Stella’s of New Hope creates Insta-worthy dishes, and the grub and ambiance at Salt House is always a hit. It will perfectly match the comfy cozy fall vibe you’ve got going on in your favorite flannel or leather jacket.