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Post by: Lauren Drabenstott, D&L Marketing Intern
Running, biking, walking, and hiking: these are the activities typically associated with the D&L. Take a step back from the trail, however, and you’ll find that more exists than footpaths – enough to ensure that there is something for everyone. Come see what New Hope, PA, has to offer, and, if you haven’t already, start exploring the many wonderful Trail Towns.
My day began during the car ride more than anywhere else. Choosing to sacrifice time, my friends and I drove along the Delaware River, taking in the natural scenery. We ended up parking in Lambertville, New Jersey, which was on my itinerary.
Walking around, I found the town quaint and cute, with plentiful art galleries, antique stores, and cafés. I stopped into Klines Court Antiques, and later into Greene Street, a consignment shop. The quality of shopping in Lambertville thoroughly impressed me – as opposed to some flea markets or other thrift stores, Lambertville’s scene boasts only the best. New Hope, in this regard, is similar.
As it neared noon, I made my way across Bridge St. The short, accessible walk to New Hope offers a stunning view, looking north and south down the Delaware River.
I did a spot more shopping, discovering my favorite store in New Hope: Love Saves the Day. As well as offering some gorgeous vintage finds, the shop teems with quirky novelty items. New Hope itself is similarly artistic and independent, giving it an inviting, engaging atmosphere – no wonder it was so active with other visitors.
I then headed off to Blue Moose, an artsy café a short walk from Main Street. There, I enjoyed one of the best brunches I’ve had. With Blue Moose as my first impression of New Hope’s restaurant scene, I look forward to returning to try out what must be more delicious options.
After my satisfying meal, I explored the southern end of New Hope. In this section, I particularly liked Night Bird Vintage Clothing and Farley’s Bookshop. However, the variety seems endless – specialty shops, cooking stores, boutiques, handmade goods, you name it.
I quickly stopped into Moo Hope, a small-batch ice cream parlor. My friends and I split three luscious scoops, taking full advantage of the riverfront seating.
Having nearly exhausted my shopping capabilities, I needed a change of scenery. So, I found the D&L Trail, a block from Main Street, and took a well-needed stroll. While, like the other sections, the trail is flat and well-maintained, it retains uniqueness with its charming bridges, greenery, and house-lined canal. For runners, bikers, or walkers looking to burn off some ice cream, nothing could be better.
I then ended the day back in Lambertville, where I made one more quick stop at The People’s Store Antiques Center. The shop spans multiple floors and reminds me of the Lehigh Valley’s slightly more chaotic antique shopping. At the end of the day, there is something exciting about heaps upon heaps of objects. And, undeniably, it feels satisfying to find something wonderful among it all.
The D&L offers this same sort of untapped possibility. Expanding your horizons past the trail, and into the Trail Towns, presents an array of things to do. There is the whole of the Corridor to explore, to help you make connections among nature, culture, communities, recreation and heritage.