Come experience all there is to see and do when you stay at Chimney Hill Estate and Ol’ Barn Inn! This River Tour will take you thru Lambertville, NJ to New Hope, PA, upriver to Frenchtown, NJ and back to Lambertville. On the way you will see natural scenic sites, visit a general store, a fine winery, many antique and gardening shops, as well as dining and touring spots. Let's start:
- Make a right out of our driveway onto Goat Hill Road. Goat Hill Road turns into Studdiford Street. Make a left at the stop sign, onto Swan Street. Make a right at the stop sign onto Franklin Street. Make a left at the light onto Bridge Street.
- You are now in the downtown section of Lambertville, NJ.
**If you are visiting us on a Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday :
- Make a LEFT onto Franklin Street, which turns, into Route 29 South. Travel 1 mile and on your left (on Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday Mornings, 8:00am to 1:00pm) is the Golden Nugget Antique Market and next to it is the Lambertville Flea Market. The Golden Nugget features antiques from linens, silver, furnishings, and books, even antique Potty chairs! Definitely check out this market before you go to the antique stores in town, you may find an undiscovered bargain. To return to the Tour, Make a right onto Route 29 North, bear right as you come into Lambertville, make a left onto Bridge Street.
- Lambertville, NJ is full of beautiful 1800 Victorian Buildings; take a self-guided walking tour which points out the history and beauty of these homes. Tour our museum and there are many garden tours throughout the year. Gourmet restaurants abound including an array of small BYOB bistros. Welsh's wine store with it's knowledgeable staff and four floors of fine wines, as well as Walker's wine store will be happy to help you pick the perfect dinner wine. All through Lambertville are antique Stores, fine craft and gift shops. Be sure to check out Amano's fine crafts gallery, Tesoro's beautiful and useful home accessories and the funky Home & Planet shop for unusual recycled earth friendly furnishings. For the book lovers there is Phoenix books for used, rare & out of print books. So much to see and do here, so make dinner reservations at Church Street Bistro for modern American dining, Manon for country French dining, or Andiamo (which means let's go in Italian), and let us go on tour!
- Cross over the Delaware River into New Hope, PA. Always the bohemian side of the river, New Hope is full of small shops, music clubs, restaurants, ice cream parlors, bookstores, antique and craft shops, you can even get a tattoo here! Ride Well's Ferry on the river, take a steam train ride through the countryside, and tour historic Parry Mansion. Too much to see and do to write it all down!
- Main Street in New Hope is also known as Route 32, and also known as River Road. Travel north on Route 32 1 mile. On the left is the Charles Mueller Bulb Garden, also known as Lentenbowden (Springtime in German). Open from Late March to the second week in May for touring 10am to 4pm, here thousands of bulbs bloom. This is a wonderful place to order your bulbs for the spring and fall.
- Continue North on Route 32, West End Farm is on your right, here you may go on an escorted horseback trail on the Canal. Just next to WEF is The Inn at Phillips Mill for fine dining. Phillips Mill was an enclave for the famous New Hope School of Painters. Across the street from Phillips Mill is a venue for art shows and plays.
- Continue North on Route 32, 2 miles more is the corner where you will find the Centre Bridge Inn for Dining and Dilly's Corner for burgers, ice cream and Low Fat Frozen Yogurt!
- Return to and continue on Route 32 North to the town of Lumberville.
- General Store, it is the post office, gas pumps, art gallery, deli, bike rental hot-spot! Across the street is the Black Bass Hotel, stop inside for dinner or lunch, see the pewter bar from Maxine's of Paris as well as the intensive collection of British tin memorabilia. Walk across the pedestrian bridge to Bull's Island Recreational Park.
- Continue North on Route 32 to the next town of Point Pleasant, PA. Here is the Kinsman Company for all of you gardeners. Route 32 makes a bend in the road here, if you were to go straight you would be in the Ralph Stover State Park. We continue to the right, here is the entrance to Point Pleasant River Tubing & Canoe, and also the entrance to Gobbler's Restaurant for Dixieland Jazz on the weekends. (Just passed this intersection is a small Baptist Church on the corner of River Road and Cafferty Road, if you bear left onto Cafferty Road about a mile up is a beautiful public pool for swimming)
- Continue on Route 32 North for a few miles until you see The Sand Castle Winery, do visit, as the nice people there are very informative and intensely proud of their delicious wines. The dry Riesling is a favorite, as is the view.
(Tours available on weekends only)
- Near by the Golden Pheasant Restaurant for very fine French dining.
- Continue Route 32 North; if you are going on a balloon flight make a left onto Headquarters' Road to lead to Van Sant Airport. Next up is Tinicum Park where the Fourth of July is celebrated with picnicking, fireworks and a full orchestra.
- To see a covered bridge make a left off of Route 32 North onto Uhlerstown Hill Road. Return to Route 32 North and cross over the bridge from Uhlerstown into Frenchtown, an up and coming hamlet. See shops, have a bite at the Upscale Frenchtown Inn.
- Make a right onto Route 29 South. Travel 11 miles to the town of Stockton. Have lunch or a teatime snack at Meil's Restaurant, where everything is homemade including the marshmallows for your hot chocolate! Across the street is the "old hotel with a wishing well" Stockton Inn, where there is dancing under the stars on Saturday nights in the warmer weather.
- Continue 5 more miles South on Route 29 and you are back in Lambertville, just in time for a nap at Chimney Hill bed and breakfast before a delicious dinner tonight. WHEW!
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