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Delightful Delaware River Towns

7 Jun 2006  We live near the river and love to explore these towns that have a vibe all their own.
3.5 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

Picturesque towns sprouted around the bridges that span the Delaware River, linking New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Take a long weekend -- or a week -- and hop from one to the next. Antiques, boutiques, festivals, riverside cafes. Tour by car along Rt. 29 on the Jersey side and Rt. 32 in Pennsy.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Lambertville, New Hope
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Seniors, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Lambertville: Chimney Hill Estate Inn
    Chimney Hill Estate & Ol' Barn Inn, Lambertville, New Jersey
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    Avg price: $261

    You have your pick of gorgeous old homes turned B&B in these towns, but this is one we've enjoyed. Built in 1820, the house is beautiful from top to bottom. Being up on a hill, it's quiet and serene, no matter what the scene in town. Check the website for last-minute specials and you could get a price break.

  • 2. Lambertville: Hamilton's Grill Room

    Yow! You'll love this small place by the river canal. It's a gourmand's delight in a quaint little courtyard called the Porkyard (history wasn't always so pretty!).

  • 3. Lambertville: The Boat House

    If you dine at Hamilton's (or even if you don't), stop in at The Boat House, a wine bar that shares the courtyard. It's the perfect old-money atmosphere, rich and dark-hued and intimate.

  • 4. Lambertville: The Full Moon

    This little luncheonette makes a fine lunch stop. If you happen to be in town on the night of the full moon, the owners serve dinner this night only. It's a fun, local thing to do.

  • 5. Lambertville Flea Market

    A venerable weekend institution. Huge array of true antiques and just funky old junk.

  • 6. New Hope: Havana Bar and Restaurant
    Havana Bar and Restaurant, New Hope

    New Hope is across the river from Lambertville. There are too many restaurants and night spots in New Hope to single out just one, but this is the top spot for music and entertainment. It has indoor and outdoor dining and music of all genres Tuesdays through Sundays.

  • 7. New Hope: Farley's Bookstore

    You'll probably spend most of your time in the funky boutique shops of New Hope, but for you indie bookstore fans, this is a great browse. Small and packed with the good stuff, including unusual cards and little gifts.

  • 8. New Hope: Little China

    Okay, you probably want to go to any of the countless storied restaurants New Hope boasts, like Mother's, but if you just want take-out sometime, get the moo shoo pork here. It has a smoky, earthy flavor unlike any other I've had. It's enough for two meals, too.

  • 9. New Hope: River Horse Brewery

    The area's favorite microbrewery, complete with tours, tasting room and shop.

  • 10. New Hope: Rice's Market

    An outdoor flea market extravaganza. Open 7 a.m. 'til about noon on Tuesdays (and Saturdays in high season). Go early! About 700 vendors. Get your knock-off Kate Spade handbag here!

  • 11. Stockton: Stockton Inn

    This is the inn immortalized in Richard Rodgers' song "There's a small hotel with a wishing well" (from the Broadway musical "On Your Toes"). Built in 1710, this restaurant embodies the quintessential river town experience. If it's nice, sit outside in the flower-filled courtyard graced by a gentle waterfall. It has recently reopened under new management and the menu is interesting. It also seems a little less pricey than before. (It's always been for the heavy wallet brigade.)

  • 12. Stockton: Meils

    Great little place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The small dining room can get noisy, but you'll love the food, an eclectic blend of down-home and upscale.

  • 13. Stockton: Prallsville Mills

    If you're lucky, you might catch a concert, art exhibition or antique show at this old, restored grist mill. It's a cavernous complex that houses the offices of the Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission, along with mill artifacts. If you're particularly clever with design, you could host a fantastic wedding reception here!

  • 14. Rosemont: The Cafe at Rosemont

    The Cafe is just a brief drive inland from Stockton. It's an old general store, complete with creaky wooden floors and shelves stocking gourment, natural and vegetarian items. The food is always fresh and inventive, yet you don't have to dress up. On Wednesday's "Eat Globally" nights (our favorite!), a three-course fixed-price menu ($22) explores a particular region of the world, say West Africa, New England or April in Paris. (Closed 2011; reopened as an upscale French restaurant, The Pass, in 2013)

  • 15. Lumberville: Black Bass Hotel

    You can't get more historic than this spot on the Pennsylvania side. The inn dates from the 1700s and the atmospheric dining rooms front the river and Delaware Canal. You'll splurge on dinner, but the room rates are reasonable for this kind of wonderful.

  • 16. Frenchtown & Point Pleasant: Delaware River Tubing

    On a nice day, take to the river in an inner tube. Delaware River Tubing in Frenchtown throws in a free meal midway through your ride. Point Pleasant, up a ways on the Pennsylvania side, also has a tube rental place.

  • 17. Frenchtown: Blue Fish Clothing

    You'll want to stop at every boutique and antique shop in Frenchtown, but this is one of the best known. It's a clothing shop that features the owner's unique designs in natural and organic fibers. It's housed in a fantastic old building. (Now open only one or two weekends a year; check website.)

  • 18. Frenchtown: The Frenchtown Cafe & Frenchtown Inn

    The classic river-town cafe on Bridge Street. Great for a breakfast or lunch stop. If you want an elegant dinner in a historic setting, the Frenchtown Inn across the street is your place.

  • 19. Two Buttons

    This is a huge warehouse style shop owned and managed by "Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert and her husband. Asian and Indian items galare. They serve you wine and popcorn while you shop! And you might even meet the author.

  • 20. A Gourmet's Pantry

    After you've browsed Frenchtown, go across the bridge, turn left, and drive a ways up River Road, maybe a half mile, and turn right into Gourmet's Pantry (if you turn left, you're in the river!). This is a lovely shop with gourmet goodies of every imaginable sort, from all around the world. Thai, Indian, Italian, French, English -- you can spend hours picking up jars and bottles and scanning ingredients and serving suggestions. The owner seems to travel extensively overseas during the late summer and early fall, finding new items to stock, so you might want to give a call before you go, 610-294-9763. (Seemed to be going downhill in 2010. The place smelled like cat urine.)

  • 21. Washington Crossing & Titusville: Washington Crossing State Park

    Yup, this is where George schlepped. There are sites on either side of the river, Titusville and Washington Crossing. The visitors center and a small settlement of historic buildings is on the Washington Crossing side. The movie of the crossing and the battles of Trenton and Princeton is okay, and there are plenty of military artifacts on display. Our son likes to peek in at the replica Durham boats and the small cemetery for soldiers who died from illness and exposure. At Christmas, the crossing is re-enacted, and throughout the year the park hosts special costumed days with demonstrations such as musket-firing. There are two historic houses to tour and many acres for nature walks and hikes.

  • 22. Washington Crossing: Taylorsville Store

    (2008: Sadly, the store has closed. The state is looking for new owners, I hear, but for now, we're out of luck.) This Revolutionary War-era building houses a small shop upstairs and a pub-like luncheonette in the basement. There are just two tables and a bench, so come at off-peak times to get a seat, or take your lunch or ice cream outside. Anyone over 6-feet tall will be stooping here! The kids will like the candy, marbles and colonial toys and souvenirs.

  • 23. Titusville & all towns: Canal Towpath Walking

    The river is lined with canal towpaths. Hop on anywhere -- access is easy on each town's Bridge Street just before you get to the Delaware. They make a great level walk or bike ride. You'll see historic stone or clapboard homes along the banks, or lovely meadows and forested areas. We particularly like walking through Titusville.

  • 24. West Trenton: NJ State Police Museum

    This is for you sickos you can't get enough of crime sites. Artifacts from the Lindbergh kidnapping are here -- the ransom note, the ladder, Fox Movietone News and trial footage. The Lindbergh house isn't open for visitors (it's a residence for troubled boys), so this will have to suffice. In the summer, you can go inland to Flemington for the annual re-enactment of the trial in the actual courthouse.

  • 25. The Bridges Beyond...

    You won't get to everything in one weekend. So, take a week and go farther afield. Upper Black Eddy, Milford, Yardley, Riegelsville -- they all offer their own charming shops, galleries, restaurants, hotels and B&Bs. Tour the Sand Castle Winery in Erwinna; dine at the Yardley Inn; enjoy the theater at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope; take in an exhibit at the David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing -- there's lots more to this unique region. Take your time and explore.