On the way to the Hershey area, we got to spend a day and night in Bucks County at a lovely hotel package I won on Twitter. Go me! Thanks to Bucks County, we spent a morning strolling the shops of Peddler’s Village, followed by an afternoon in New Hope and even an awesome free dinner and HUGE delish breakfast at the Buttonwood Tavern at Peddler’s Village.
Peddler’s Village is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The place attracts 1.6 million visitors each year! I had never even heard to it, but if you’re in PA, or going past that area, it’s a neat spot to check out with 65 speciality shops, 6 restaurants and a 70 room hotel called the Golden Plough Inn. But even better, my kids loved the entertainment center known by the silly name of Giggleberry Fair. I have to admit, when my 12 year old heard that name, he wasn’t too eager to pack his bags and head to PA. But when he entered the 4 story foam ball factory and maze, he quickly changed his mind about the first day of our trip! What kid doesn’t love climbing through tunnels, sliding down slides, and shooting balls across the room? Not to mention loading the balls into the center pit and watching them shoot up to the ceiling! Even this mama spent a good hour in there with the kids. There’s also a cool carousel, indoor video games and a food area serving up pizza and small snacks and lunches.
Back at the stores, we wandered into many and picked up a few great souvenirs. It’s landscaped beautifully, has a large water wheel, and has some small animals like bunnies and meandering around the walkways. For this Long Islander, it has a very country and old-fashioned feel. Above the stores are the Inn hotel rooms. Ours was directly above Giggleberry Fair — how convenient. It was a very quaint room, complete with a gas fireplace that we just had to light, even though it was about 90 degrees outside. A super comfy king bed could have fit all four of us, but the pull-down wall bed fascinated my kids so two of them slept there.
(Actually I would never sleep with all four of those bed hogs-one at a time is enough for me) The other highlight of the room was the large hot tub situated behind a folding panel so we could sit in it, between the bathroom and living area, and watch the fire or TV from it. That was fun! I could see it being a very romantic place for couples.
A 10 minute or so drive from Peddler’s Village led us to the town of New Hope, PA, which we drive through on the way from NY and I knew I’d have to go back and explore it. I have to say I LOVED this town. It was packed with people coming in for the day and had blocks of great stores and places I would have loved to have dinner at (but we had a free dinner waiting for us back at Peddler’s, so a snack is all we bought). There’s also a boat ride and a 45 minute train ride right in town. We walked across the bridge, which had awesome views, over to Lambertville NJ–only a few minutes walk–and found a nature trail along the river, even encountering some baby ducks and their mama in our walk.
I honestly wish I had planned this better because I should have stayed two more nights. Bucks County has a lot to offer visitors and for those of us in the NY,NJ, CT area, it’s a short and easy trip away.
Bucks county has everything from covered bridges and water activities to antique or boutique shopping, dining, and even a Sesame Place water park. There are farms and historic areas along the Delaware River and even a castle. Hot air balloon rides, horse rides, and ferry boat rides. Plenty of museums and wide open spaces too, for bike rides, hikes and exploration. I would have liked to check out some parks for a day hike (no hot air balloons for me, thank you). Seems like a pretty cool place to visit. If you want to learn more, go to visitbuckscounty. Comment if you’ve been to Bucks County or plan to visit. What’s your favorite part of the area?
The next morning, we left Bucks County and a few hours of driving took us to Dutch Wonderland for another day of fun. If you have kids under 10, consider making the trip there.
* Frankenfield Covered Bridge and Fonthill Castle Photo Credits: Reflections by Ruth Photography
All others photos property of Debra Ferrie