This is the real “Spirit of Christmas” stuff – and one of the nicest traditions in Doylestown, PA! Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church runs this amazing tour of some of Doylestown’s nicest homes every year. Four different homes are chosen and decorated most imaginatively and beautifully each year within an easy walking distance of each other (1.2 miles) and the church (at the corner of Pine and Oakland). You can take a guided walk through each of the houses and then retire to St. Paul’s Parish House to do a little shopping at the Boutique. They always have wonderful hand-baked sugar cookies, other baked goods, seasonal gifts and decorations and greens. There are also raffles and very nice tea and refreshments. All in all, a most festive beginning to this season!
Tickets are available for advance sale now at the Parish Office ($20). You may also purchase them at the Parish Hall door during the event ($25). The event times are: Friday, December 3rd, 6 to 9PM, and Saturday, December 4th, Noon to 6PM. (Snow date is Sunday, December 5th, Noon to 6PM. Cor more information call (215) 348-5511 or visit the St. Paul’s website at www.StPaulsDoylestown.org.
Proceeds benefit the Bucks County Housing Group (Doylestown Homeless Shelter) and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Believe it or not, a large portion of our clientele are from over seas. Who would have thought that quaint Doylestown was a hub for international tourism? But in just the past few months we received guests from China, Europe, and most recently, Israel.
As with all guests, we go the extra mile to suit the needs of all those who come to our lovely B and B. This is especially true when those staying with us are not only in a a new town, but a whole new country. We’re careful to extend our personal service and care to those particular travelers, even when there is a language barrier, and have been very successful to this end. In fact, we recently obtained a translation of a couple Hebrew notes that were left for our Inn Keeper, Lorna, and here is what they said:
I will warmly recommend this place to all of my friends. Your warmth and your willing to help and answer all our needs, turned this stay to a wonderful experience.
With deep friendship,
P.S. I will surely return here with my family every chance I could!!!
I arrived from Israel for business, to a town I’ve never heard of. I stayed a week at Hargrave House. The town is enchanting and the hotel feels like home and is charming, with gorgeous rooms that spoil you. Lorna, the hostess, imposes a fun and relaxing atmosphere with services I have never encountered.
It was an amazing week on all accounts. I recommend it very warmly!!! I will come back here with my family.
A really nice way to start your Holidays in Doylestown is the Annual Christmas in Doylestown House Tour and Boutique. This event is sponsored by Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church to raise funds for the local homeless shelter and other projects at Saint Paul’s. (Over the years Saint Paul’s has donated over $72,000 to the Bucks County Housing Group to benefit the Doylestown Homeless Shelter – major percentage of their non-government funding.)
This multi-level event will take place on the first weekend in December to coincide with Doylestown’s First Friday – The dates are December 4-5. This year, four borough homes, gorgeously decorated inside and out by Saint Paul’s parishioners, will be featured on the house tour. Paxson Hall, the Church Education Center, is transformed into a festive holiday boutique, featuring Tea for house tour ticket holders, and a full array of baked goods, our famous butter cookies, dolls and gifts for the holiday and attic treasures.
The House Tours run from 6 to 9PM on Friday, Dec. 4th, and from 11AM to 4PM on Saturday, Dec. 5th. The Boutique is free and opens one hour earlier. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by mail by sending a check (made out to “Saint Paul’s House Tour Fund”) and a self-addressed envelope to the parish office. Orders received after November 25th will be held at the boutique for pick up on tour days. The address is:
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church
84 WEAst Oakland Avenue
Doylestown, PA 18901
Enjoy the arts in the heart of Doylestown PA. Stay at the Hargrave House Bed and Breakfast, 50 South Main Street, in the center of Doylestown. They don’t make small towns like this anymore! Almost everything you want to do is within two blocks of Hargrave House. There’s the Annual Art Festival taking place in the streets of Doylestown on Saturday, September 12/13, just 1 block from Hargrave House. And, there’s the James A. Michener Art Museum which opens the doors to the premier exhibit of Jim Henson’s Fantastic World on Saturday, September 12th through November 29th. This exhibit is the inaugural show in the Della Penna-Fernberger | Paton | Smith Galleries, the new exhibition space that is the center-piece of the Museum’s $12 million expansion. Then Sunday the Univest Grand Prix international Bicycle Race will circle downtown between 10AM and 1:30PM Sunday the 13th.
Have fun walking through the art exhibits and galleries in the streets of downtown on Saturday. Shop and dine at your choice of great restaurants. Attend a movie at our wonderful restored Art Deco County Theater (2 tickets on us!) which features smaller and independent films. Enjoy the night life, and then walk (don’t drive) back to your luxurious jacuzzi and featherbed at the Hargrave House. Have a hearty breakfast cooked in-house especially for you in the mornings. Many of the streets may be closed for events like the Art Festival and bicycle race, but you won’t worry because you are parked (for free) in our private lot. Walk over to the Jim Henson exhibit and enter Jim’s world of Muppets and Sesame characters. (Again 2 tickets on us – And these are untimed tickets, not the timed tickets the Museum sells at the door.)
Our price for this terrific art-filled weekend (Friday and Saturday nights) at the Hargrave House is only $350 to $400 for the weekend – depending on room availability. We are sorry, but only two-night reservations are being taken. If you want to stay over an additional night, add a mere $100 for either Thursday or Sunday nights to this offer. See you soon!
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It’s that time of year again–beautiful Saturdays spent at the Doylestown Farmers Market.
This is a great way to support the local economy as all the vendors live in the surrounding areas and produce whatever they sell. Other markets call themselves “Farmers Markets,” but the Doylestown Farmers Market is the real deal. The market is located on Hamilton St., between State St and Oakland Ave.
While shopping at the market, stop by and check out or beautiful B & B. We are located at 50 South Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Take a step back in time and enjoy this home, built between1813 and 1815. Whether it is a business trip, vacation, honeymoon, anniversary or weekend get-a-way, make The Hargrave House your home away from home. Experience Doylestown – it is one of the “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” named by the National Trust for Historical Preservation.
Perfectly nestled in the heart of the Doylestown Borough Historical District, Hargrave House offers luxurious guest suites with personal service and the ambiance of home, including a delicious breakfast. Our B&B overlooks the Doylestown Borough Historic Society’s pocket park.
Hargrave House B&B is conveniently located between New York City and Philadelphia. The B&B is mere steps away from the historic Bucks County Courthouse, a diverse selection of shops and boutiques, and an array of fabulous restaurants. Enjoy a short walk to many of Bucks County’s most visited sites: The Mercer Museum, The Michener Art Museum, The Civil War Museum, Font Hill and The Moravian Tiles Works, and The County Theater. The Pearl S. Buck House, Peddler’s Village Shopping Area, New Hope, Washington’s Crossing Historical Park, Bowman’s Hill, Czestachowa and other attractions are all within a short drive.
The Train and Bus Station is a short two block walk from our door, with connections to Philadelphia (1 Hour) and New York City (2 Hours). Free on-site parking is available to all of our guests for the duration of their stay.
Hey, September is not all that far away! So if you’re coming to in for the Doylestown Art Festival 2009, start planning your lodging now.
Our B & B is located in the heart of Doylestown and is newly remodeled, beautiful and lavish. We have jacuzzis is most rooms and internet. And free on-site parking-which is a big plus for the busy weekend!
Here is some info about the Doylestown Art Festival:
Saturday, Sept 6 & Sunday Sept 7, 2008!
Doylestown’s largest festival of the year, brought to you by the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance and The Thompson Organization, is scheduled for Saturday (10am-5pm) and Sunday (11am-5pm), September 6th and 7th. Like previous years, this festival offers wonderful artisans presenting their work for sale (crafts, photography, furniture, jewelry and more) plus great entertainment to fill the town’s streets with beautiful tunes. The festival will take place in the center of town on State and Main Streets along with West Oakland and Hamilton Streets. There will be a food court in the Hamilton Street parking lot and live entertainment.
See other Bucks County events at http://buckscountyalive.com/events/index.cfm
Why come in and out of Doylestown for the Art festival when you can stay at our beautiful B & B? Make your reservations here. We are your place for doylestown lodging.
The next performer at this years jazz fest is Sean J. Kennedy.
Sean J. Kennedy is a Philadelphia based drum set artist and teacher, and is a proud Bosphorus Cymbals and Silver Fox Drumsticks Performing Artist.
Sean leads the critically acclaimed Philadelphia based jazz quartet, The Sean J. Kennedy Quartet. Their new CD, Queen Anne’s Revenge, features Bob Mintzer (Yellow Jackets & Buddy Rich) and Liberty DeVitto (formerly with Billy Joel). The CD is already creating quite a buzz, jazz legend Dave Brubeck recently wrote the following about Kennedy’s newest CD,
While enjoying the Bucks County Jazz Fest, why not stay at our beautiful B & B? We have newly renovated rooms-many with jacuzzis, free on-site parking. We are located in the heart of Doylestown and are one of Doylestowns premiere Bed and Breakfasts. We a favorite spot for Doylestown Lodging and Bucks County Lodging. Make your reservations here.