Lodging, Dining and Entertainment Suggestions
For a more complete list of lodging, restaurants, attractions and events go to www.visitbuckscounty.com.
Where to Stay:
>>Golden Plough Inn, Lahaska, PA; 215-794-4000; http://www.peddlersvillage.com/stay/. Located at 42-acre Peddler's Village, the inn's nine buildings are situated among 65 specialty stores, six restaurants, a town green, and Giggleberry Fair, an indoor entertainment center with a 1902-era carousel, arcade games, and hands-on exploration stations. Inn guests receive a small complimentary small bottle of wine from Chaddford Winery and a voucher for a restaurant breakfast.
>>Highland Farm Bed and Breakfast, Doylestown, PA, 215-345-6767; www.highlandfarmbb.com. Oscar Hammerstein's farm features four roomy guestrooms inspired by Oscar and Hammerstein musicals. Homemade breakfast included. Children welcome. Call for current rates.
Bargain Adventures Under $20
>>Bucks County River Country, Point Pleasant, PA; 215-297-5000; www.rivercountry.net. Tube, raft, canoe or kayak down the gentle Delaware River. Children under 12 must wear life jackets. Trips start at $17 per person (weekday tubing internet special). Open May to October.
>>Fonthill Castle, Doylestown, PA; 215-348-9461; www.fonthillmuseum.org. On an hour-long guided tour, explore Henry Mercer's 44-room concrete castle with 32 stairwells, 18 fireplaces and 21 chimneys. $12 adults, $6 ages 6 to 17.
>>Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA; 215-345-0210; www.mercermuseum.org. Housed in a concrete castle built by Henry Mercer between 1913 and 1916, the six-floor museum features 40,000 artifacts representing sixty American trades, plus a whale boat, stage coach, and Conestoga wagon. $12 adults, $6 ages 6 to 17.
>>Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, Doylestown, PA; 215-348-6098; http://www.buckscounty.org/visitors/. Tour this Spanish Mission-style working history museum, where artisans produce handmade tiles and mosaics in the same style as Henry Mercer's original designs from the early 1900s. The gift shop, featuring tiles under $10, is an ideal place for a Bucks County souvenir. $5 adults, $3 ages 7 to 17.
>>New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, New Hope, PA; 215-862-2332; www.newhoperailroad.com. Take a 45-minute narrated ride on a 1920s passenger train, which gently rocks as it chugs through the countryside. Adult coach tickets start at $19; $17 for ages 2 to 11.
>>Washington Crossing Historic Park, Washington Crossing, PA; 215-493-4076; www.washingtoncrossingpark.org. On this site, General George Washington and his men crossed the Delaware River on Dec. 25, 1776 and defeated the Hessians at Trenton, New Jersey, bolstering the American Revolution. Combination tickets include a tour and admission to the Thompson-Neely House and 125-foot Bowman's Tower, where visitors can climb 23 stone steps for panoramic views; $11 adults, $6 per child.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun