We stayed at the Mansion Inn in New Hope earlier this month. In the current prevailing economic climate , in our era of "staycations" we had put aside all plans involving planes and great expense and opted this summer instead to treat ourselves to a long weekend. We wanted somewhere accessible (we live in NYC) but also wanted to it to be special and really offer a "get away from it all". In perusing various options we decided to go back to New Hope. We had passed through last fall while visiting some of the local vineyards and by chance had lunched at the Mansion Inn and had loved the Inn and had loved our brief glimpse of New Hope for what was a quick few hour visit.
We were so delighted on our choice. The Mansion Inn is breathtaking , its seems like it was transplanted from New Orleans and by day or night its romantic architecture is inviting and alluring - I believe the hotel was built over a 100 years ago but it has been painstaking taken care off with no whiff of selling out. The new owners , one of who was there that weekend explained their vision in keeping with its history and tradition and all decisions and even their repainting of the dining room goes through "what's appropriate" and "what's in keeping with its history". Local art work adorned the walls of both the resteraunt and their indoor cocktail bar.
The bedrooms are spacious with four poster beds giving way to living room areas. We were shown three and choose one my wife liked best "The Warrick" - but immediately noticed there is no cookie cutter at work here. Each room we saw is unique , decorated around its own theme - all of them historical - The Warrick , The Windsor , The Hampton Court etc. We chose The Warrick which was wonderfully bright and cheerful and we slept well under the mass of duvets and endless pillows.
New Hope as it turns out is a town with a great culinary tradition (who knew ? and 90mins from NYC) and the Mansion Inn takes its reputation very seriously. I was delighted to see local wines and cheeses feature on the menu and loved their Friday Tapas menu (pick any three items for $20 !! .... they also do a fab pre fix dinner menu during the week (which sadly we missed). The food was delicious , creative , well presented and I felt well priced. The staff was friendly , knowledgeable and there was a good buzz on property all weekend.
New Hope has many dining options from more formal , to take out , to your typical bar fare. The Mansion Inn seems to cater to all tastes easily and part of the fun was the cross section of people eating , drinking and staying there.You can dine in the more formal dining room , chill out on the porch or laze away on the patio listening to some live music. Dress code is as you see fit and there are no airs and graces.
New Hope itself is wonderful , walk able , manageable , perfect long weekend , do nothing , go to a vineyard , do nothing , go to the theatre (the wonderful Bucks County playhouse) , do nothing , walk around town , do nothing ......
We hated when Sunday evening came (they let us check out late) , the drive back was "ah well back to reality" but we will go back and hopefully soon ....... what a wonderful escape !
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