All set for the Labor Day weekend? We are, though it’s hard to believe that summer has flown by so quickly! Still, even though it might be the unofficial end, there are plenty of fun things going on around town that will keep you busy.
What’s the next fun thing? How about the Doylestown Arts Festival? It’s a week earlier this year – scheduled for Sept. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s the biggest festival of the year, with lots of visiting craft artisans, musicians, and food and drink to fortify you as you walk around.
Not into the whole arts scene? Not to worry. Stop by Sunday and you can watch the inaugural Thompson Bucks County Classic, a New Hope to Doylestown bike race featuring 150 professional cyclists. Riders hit the finish line at West Court and Main streets between 2:30 and 3 p.m.
Need more fun? Visit the Polish-American Family Festival and Country Fair nearby at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. You’ll get rides, crafts, dancing, historical re-enacters, Polish food and more. It’s the last of two weekends, running from noon to 8 p.m. both days.
Whew! All that fun is tiring!
Like games of strategy? Then come on out to Doylestown’s First Saturday Chess. You could learn a few moves while having loads of fun, too!
During summer months, the event is held right next door to Hargrave House in the pocket park behind Doylestown Historical Society. Pop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month (Aug. 3 is the next one). Chess sets are even provided. And it’s free and open to all ages.
If you’re a fan of cinema, you definitely should check out this year’s offerings of the New Hope Film Festival. It’s running now through July 21, and there are even a few Doylestown connections.
In its fourth year, this year’s festival boasts a record 108 entries from 17 countries … and a documentary from Antarctica, to boot! According to D. F. Whipple, chairman and CEO of the festival, the goal is to provide an outlet “to nurture filmmakers who have been overlooked or underappreciated in other channels.” That said, with that many selections, there’s bound to be something for everyone’s tastes.
Most of the films will be shown at the New Hope Arts Center at Stockton and Bridge streets in New Hope, but four will be shown Tuesday, July 16, at The County Theater here in town. The headliner is “Pechorin,” a Russian cinematic piece based on Mikhail Lermontov’s classic Russian novel, “A Hero of Our Time.” The movie took Best Feature Film honors at the 2012 London Film Awards. You can visit The County Theater online for a synopsis and to view the trailer. The evening also will include the short “Saving Bella” by Doylestown-native Alyssa Achuff, which focuses on the friendship between an 80-year-old dementia patient and her 6-year-old granddaughter.
On July 21, history buffs can view the documentary “Geil of Doylestown: Forgotten Explorer” at New Hope Arts Center. William Edgar Geil was the first man to traverse the length of the Great Wall of China and chronicle his journey in the early 1900s, becoming somewhat of an expert on the subject albeit almost unknown in his hometown. A trailer for the film is posted on the website of the Doylestown Historical Society, which houses the William Edgar Geil Collection.
Traditionally, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, but it’s also a time to commemorate and honor our veterans. Doylestown hosts one of the oldest Memorial Day parades in the nation, so if you’re around town tomorrow, make sure you check out the parade route. There are also flag-raisings scheduled and a tribute to those fallen war heroes. Visit the borough’s website for a complete list of times and places. And enjoy your holiday!
We’ve always been fans of fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables. How can you not be when they taste so good? So we’re thrilled that Saturday marks the season opening of the Doylestown Farmers’ Market right around the corner from us on South Hamilton Street.
The market, sponsored by Buckingham Township Civic Association, is celebrating its 38th year. Bucks County is home to some wonderful farms just down the road from us. Your friendly vendors sell a variety of products. How about some homemade granola or grass-fed Angus beef? Take home some of the all-natural scented soaps or a lovely, fragrant bouquet of fresh-cut flowers (that in itself will win you points with your honey!) You can get a whole list of what you can purchase on the BTCA website.
The market opens at 7 a.m. each Saturday and closes at noon. The last day of the season is the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Enjoy!
If you’re at all familiar with Doylestown, you know we’ve got some darn good restaurants in here town. Here’s your chance to get to know some of the ones you’re not familiar with. Starting today and running through April 21 is Doylestown Restaurant Week. More than 25 restaurants – from Indian cuisine to offerings at a new raw juice bar – are participating. They’re going to have some special menu items and discounted prices. So, let’s eat!
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!
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?
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!