Visit Bucks County and its surrounding foodshed for a quieter, yet visually stimulating, day of local eats.
Start the day off in the quaint village of Carversville, PA. The center of town is really housed in one small building: The Carversville General Store. Flanked by a small inn and a one-room church, the store serves many purposes for locals: it is grocery store, coffee shop, post office and gossip depot. Grab a cup of fair-trade joe and sample a home-made cinnamon sugar donut.
The Carversville General Store:
Travel through the mill town of Lumberville, PA. You’ll be able to work off the donut with a stroll over the Delaware River footbridge leading to Bull Island State Park. Warm up with a freshly-baked pastry or a made-to-order egg sandwich in the historic Lumberville General Store, originally built in 1803. The town itself was settled by a Revolutionary war officer, and has maintained its quiet, colonial roots.
Lumberville General Store:
If you’re in town during the weekend, be sure to cross over Centre Bridge into Stockton, NJ. While it’s a different state, technically, the small-town charm and beautiful scenery of Bucks County continues beyond the bridge. You’ll find the bustling Stockton Market, which houses many Bucks County and NJ vendors.
Sample internationally award-winning NJ wine from Unionville Winery, or have a hearty slice of ham quiche from Dawn McBeth, overseer of the Stockton Market and owner of Ambrosia, a baked goods stand. Philly Bill’s Dills offers a variety of homemade pickles, from crisp to sweet. Local produce and grass-fed organically pastured meats are among the many locavore options at the farmers’ market.
If you can pull yourself away from all the delicious, earthy scents of the market, travel up the hill to vibrant Doylestown, birthplace of collector and ceramist Henry Chapman Mercer. His hulking, solid-clay home and museum are must-sees.
In the center of town, Mainstreet Marketplace houses many boutiques and eateries—it’s an indoor mall, which is a welcomed haven on blustery, winter afternoons. Warm up with some fondue and wine at Andre’s Wine and Cheese Shop. You can sample hundreds of wines from local vineyards, like Buckingham Valley Vineyard. Not to mention the array of fresh cheese Andre has to offer.
Relax after the fromage fest at The County, Doylestown’s non-profit, community-based theater. It’s one of the region’s premier film destinations and specializes in independent, art and foreign films. The theater regularly showcases local filmmakers, but shows some mainstream films as well.
The County Theater
Showings Tuesday – Sunday
Down the street, Penn Taproom offers a happy hour, showcasing local beers like Pottsville, PA’s Yuengling Lager.
For dinner, Honey in Doylestown uses local ingredients to create mesmerizing small-plate dishes. Offering exclusively American wines and Pennsylvania beers, Honey has drink options to compliment every dish. The chefs create a menu that’s uniquely American, combining interesting ingredients and textures to create delicious treats, such as Truffle & Smoke Potato Chips. Honey offers a wonderful communal experience, to share and sample with friends.
And if you’re craving more of the sweet-stuff after a wonderful experience at Honey, A Taste of Philly pretzel shop offers homemade ice cream. The variety of flavors is ever-changing, along with the seasons, but boasts options like Pumpkin Ginger and Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Chocolate—obviously, to-die-for.
To finish off the evening, head over to Puck, a famous music venue boasting studio-quality music, live. After its grand re-opening in early March, Puck will be one of the few venues assisted by solar power. The venue, complete with outdoor seating, jazz style basement stage, and outdoor big-screen projection, will undergo a large transformation, including the installation of solar panels on its roof, encouraging a greener listening experience. Puck features fresh faces and seasoned veterans, but local musicians are usually the talented headliners. With a full bar, complete with local libations, and a diverse menu, all your senses will be stimulated at this jazz bar-esque venue.
Or, if you’re in search of a change-in-terrain, visit New Hope’s Triumph Brewery. It’s located on the historic Delaware River Canal, which once moved freight throughout the region using mule barges. At this nostalgic location, both new and old are offered. Try a local standard, like Riverhorse Amber Ale, or sample one of the microbrewery’s latest creations. Happy hour snacks include locally-grown, organic yummies, made even yummier when paired with one of the many unique brews.
Bucks County is a broad area, with an equally broad number of options for visitors. But local and fresh are themes that permeate many delicious areas of the countryside.
Philadelphia residents and visitors hungry to taste the local bounty this harvest season will get their fill during this newly created Philly Homegrown™ Tour presented by City Food Tours. It’s a two-hour walking tour that includes samples of autumn-inspired eats from some of the city’s local food hotspots.
Don’t just see the city…taste it! City Food Tours takes you beyond the Liberty Bell and into Philadelphia’s tastiest places to explore the city’s famous foods. These delicious adventures are led by food experts who love to share the inside scoop on how foods are made and the quirky stories behind their creation. READ MORE