You have a house full of visitors and the walls are closing in. What do you do next?
First thing is to check the Community Calendar on the Landmark Towns website to see if any organizations within the four towns is hosting a festival, special event or tour. With so much to celebrate in the diverse towns, you can find jazz festivals, theatrical performances, sing-a-long movies, art galleries with local artists, ghost tours, or farmers’ markets. On any given weekend throughout the year, something special is happening.
If nothing there excites your group, then check out Recreation and Heritage Listings on the Landmark Towns website. Here you will find options for more active activities. If you are planning ahead, the environmental educators at the Delaware Canal State Park have a schedule of activities from kayaking on the river or the canal to intro to camping for families to rock wall climbing. Book a fun day that everyone will remember.
Tour where Gen. George Washington staged his famous crossing of the Delaware River at the Washington Crossing Historic Park.
You do not need a guide to explore the Canal towpath just a smart phone and the D&L Trail map. The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor was commissioned by Congress in 1988 to preserve the historic pathway that carried coal and iron from Wilkes-Barre to Philadelphia. Today, the D&L Trail connects people to nature, culture, communities, recreation and our industrial heritage. The Delaware Canal section of the D&L Trail is 60 miles of the 165 mile D&L Trail.
If your group wants to bike the Delaware Canal Towpath, the New Hope Cyclery rents bikes. They even have trailers and trailer cycles for the little ones to come along.
Check out the loop maps at the Friends of the Delaware Canal’s website and print a loop map for the day. You can make a loop using both the Delaware Canal on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River and the Delaware and Raritan Canal on the New Jersey side. You will be able to cross beautiful bridges that cross the river to make a loop of various distances through different towns. Your choice will depend on how far you want to ride, what you want to do along the way and where you want to start.
The culinary choices are so varied in each town and between towns. Do you want to pick up a picnic lunch to take on the trail or do you want sit down to a white cloth-covered table with wait staff and exquisite drinks? Landmark Towns has it all and everything in between. See the blogs about waterfront dining in New Hope and Yardley and Bristol.
If your guests are adults, they may want adult beverages, live music and plates of enticing flavors. Landmark Towns feature two brewpubs, a distillery and several
area wineries. Triumph Brewery in New Hope has great micro brewed beer, a menu that reflects the seasons with locally sourced food, and live music. The Vault Brewing Company in Yardley may be in a former bank but there is nothing stuffy about their creative microbrews, their menu and their live jazz on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Dad’s Hat Rye Distillery in Bristol has remarkable tours to show you how rye whiskey is made with a whiskey tasting and the chance to buy the Dad’s Hat products directly from the distillery included.
The nightlife in New Hope is legendary. John & Peter’s is the oldest continually owned music club in the country. This venerable New Hope nightclub features live performances 7 days a week, 365 days of the year and twice on Saturdays and Sundays. Havana’s has such a diverse line up of musicians that it is impossible to classify it. If you are looking for Irish music and dance, check out the Dubliner on the Delaware. The Logan Inn offers Cocktail Classes that are incredibly popular. And the list goes on.
Your guests will leave envious that you live so close to such an amazing area full of vibrant options.