We’ve long known that Doylestown has some of the finest restaurants in the region. We’ve had guests come to stay with us specifically so they could go to dinner at some of them. Well, one of the recent blog posts on the Zagat website – you know, the famed restaurant reviewers? – confirmed our opinions. Domani Star on West State Street was listed as one of the top 10 best Italian restaurants in the Philadelphia area. Readers of the blog voted in a survey, with one of the diners calling Domani Star’s meatballs “to die for.” Here’s a link to the DoylestownPatch story, which also links to the Zagat blog. Congrats to one of Doylestown’s superb eateries!
The crisp morning air, the waning daylight hours and the subtle shift of leaves from green to a faded tone all point to one thing: Fall fast approaches.
Our shopkeepers have joined in, promoting the change of seasons with the wares they offer, too. Take a gander at some of the store windows or stop in at any of Doylestown’s eateries and you’ll step firmly into autumn as well.
Paint N’ Pottery on West Oakland Avenue offers some wonderful dishware, lovingly crafted by you. Turn your handprint into a spooky cat plate for Halloween or a chubby Thanksgiving turkey – functional yet personal. With a chill in the air, you may want to trade in your shorts for a pair of jeans. Monkey’s Uncle on East State Street sports a variety of hoodies suited for the kids. For mom, Lilies of the Field at State and Main offers quite a few chic wraps to ward off the cold. And lest we forget about food and drink (we never do!), stop by Pennsylvania Soup & Seafood House on South Main Street for a taste of their scrumptious and filling Butternut Squash Soup. And check out Chambers 19 Bistro & Bar’s fall drink specials, including Caramel Apple Martinis.
The weather’s still awesome, so give us a call and we’ll help plan your stay in Doylestown. We’ll help you understand why Bucks County is such a special place!
Doylestown is a great walk-able town. With all the shops, restaurants and museums we have, your tootsies can get quite a workout. But thanks to a new form of town-based public transportation that’s starting up in mid-September, you can give your feet a rest when needed and still visit the sites you want to see.
A “cultural loop” bus is set to shuttle visitors to some of the town’s favorite destinations – from Mercer and Michener museums in the South part of Doylestown to Henry Mercer’s castle-like home, Fonthill, on the outskirts of town. (For a full list, click on the above link.)
It’s scheduled to start during the weekend of the Doylestown Arts Festival, Sept. 15, and continue weekends through Oct. 28. Service then will resume next spring. It’ll be free (best part!) and pick-ups at all the locations will be every 20 minutes. At this point, hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
The Cultural Loop stop closest to Hargrave House will be at the County Theater on East State Street. Even if you’re not tired, it’s still a great way to do a little sightseeing and continue to discover Doylestown’s charm.
Yay us! TripAdvisor just listed us as one of the top-ranked B&Bs in the Doylestown area!
Thanks also to our wonderful past guests who graciously paid us some equally wonderful compliments in their online reviews of our establishment. Your comfort and a feeling of a home-away-from-home is our main goal. We’re so pleased that you left Hargrave House with a warm and fuzzy feeling in your heart. We’re so glad we could provide that for you.
It’s hot. It’s sticky outside. It is July, after all, so we can pretty much expect the uncomfortable feeling that comes with summer weather. But it’s a great excuse to cool off with some frozen treats – and what better way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month? Downtown Doylestown has lots of establishments that serve up frozen yogurt, ice cream or water ice – many within walking distance of HH. We’ve put together a sampling to help you get started.
Just up the street is HandleBar, a new frozen yogurt emporium at 12 S. Main St. Visit the shops at Main Street Marketplace, 22 S. Main St., and you’ll find a stand selling Goodnoe Farm ice cream fresh from Newtown.
Turn either way on State Street and you’ve got more options. Sweet Pea Ice Cream shares space with A Taste of Philly at 18 W. State St., offering some tasty, homemade ice cream and frozen treats. Head the opposite direction and you can find wonderful Italian gelato at Nonno’s Italian Coffee Parlor, 6 E. State St. Off of State Street on Market way, you’ll find Nuts Plus, an old-fashioned candy shop that sells locally-made Tanner Brothers’ ice cream. Sweet Spot at North Main and Court streets has a frozen yogurt bar and frozen drinks. And let’s not forget Annie’s Water Ice just down the hill from the train station at 187 S. Clinton St.
Whew! Now we’re hungry. Anybody want to grab a cone?
There will be lots to do in Doylestown Memorial Day through June 2. That’s the week that Doylestown celebrates 200 years as the county seat of government.
According to the bicentennial committee, the decision to move Bucks County government from Newtown to Doylestown actually took several years to come to fruition in the early part of the 19th century. Doylestown’s close proximity to being the geographic center of the county while at the crossroads of Philadelphia and Easton in the north-south direction as well as the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers in the east-west direction, the enclave, circa 1812, was transitioning from a sleepy hamlet into a village and soon could boast in addition to the public buildings, a school, a post office, a newspaper, several houses of worship and a few roads.
Hargrave House itself was built between 1813 and 1815, so we’ve got a milestone birthday coming up too!
But back to 2012. The events kick off Memorial Day with Doylestown’s annual parade through town, beginning at 10 a.m. Head on over to Fonthill to catch the antique car show they’ve got on the grounds of Henry Mercer’s famed castle-like home. And speaking of Henry, look for him throughout the week. He may even have his faithful canine companion, Rollo, at his side. Each time you spot him, ask him for a free entry ticket to Central Bucks Family YMCA’s Bicentennial Picnic and Fireworks June 2. You might just win some great prizes in a raffle drawing.
Our next-door neighbors, Doylestown Historical Society, will host a series of events throughout the week, starting Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m. with a lecture on the Lenape Indians, the Native American tribe that settled in the Bucks County area. Come back the next night and hear a talk on the Civil War given by Dick Neddenriep, portraying Lt. Edwin Fretz of Bucks County’s 104th Pa. Voluntary Infantry Regiment. If you return Friday at the same time, you can learn about Doylestown’s best-kept secret explorer, William Edgar Geil, the first Westerner to document his travels across the Great Wall of China. It’ll be a fascinating journey through the ages, to be sure.
A recent guest at Hargrave House Bed & Breakfast had quite a “small world” experience. Julie is from a small town in southern Australia where she helps make lunch for a children’s day school, and she was staying with us while her husband was in business meetings.
One morning after breakfast she was walking up Main Street doing some shopping when she heard her name called out, “Julie, oh Julie”. She assumed they meant someone else, as the only two people in Doylestown that she supposed knew her name were either at a meeting (her husband) or cleaning up after breakfast (Lorna, our Innkeeper). She kept walking, but she heard “Julie” again rather breathlessly and heard running footsteps approach. She turned around to see an unexpected but familiar face. It was a woman from her home town in Australia!
Over a pleasant lunch at the Pennsylvania Soup & Seafood House, they compared notes. The woman was one of the Moms whose child Julie had been preparing lunch for only a week or so prior in Australia!
Last week, TripAdvisor.com named a local bed and breakfast as #2 among the Ten Best Luxury Bed & Breakfasts in the US and #4 on the World Top Ten List (see here and here). Huge congratulations to Mike Amery, the Owner of this now (even more) famous Inn at Bowman’s Hill just south of New Hope, PA.
We have been acquainted with Mike for some time. He was even kind enough to walk through the Hargrave House Bed & Breakfast a few years ago, when we were re-furnishing, and give us advice on how to improve the comfort and experience of our guests here in downtown Doylestown. Our guests should be grateful to Mike for our adoption of some luxury items like the “amazingly comfortable” beds & linens, Keurig coffee makers, flat-screen HDTVs, individual fridge, individual climate control and the atmosphere and service we provide. While Mike provides a romantic setting in his estate near the Bowman’s Hill and Wildflower Preserve with his pond and pool and beautiful grounds, we find Hargrave House provides a home away from home for many business travelers and lawyers during the week and, on the weekends, we host guests who want to enjoy the unique atmosphere of our lovely town, attend special events, or have a second honeymoon. We thank Mike for helping us to be able to host this diversity of guests to Doylestown with style and luxury, and we wish him well in dealing with the increased world-wide guest traffic this well-earned bit of fame will provide.
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.