We had a good time yesterday (mostly) but we had a great day today.
We left at 10:30am, had a lovely 3.5 hour drive, and arrived around 2:30pm. First, we got settled in our room at the Aaron Burr House.
We didn’t explore the rest of the house, but there’s a small are with coffee, ice, and bottled water across from our room, and a kitchen upstairs where they serve breakfast in the AM, and a small bar cart in the dining room where you can fix your own drink. (We did not partake of either while here.) It was a quaint little first floor room, but comfy:
Once we were settled, we walked down the hill into town to score some lunch, guided by my handy dandy “Fine me gluten free” app, which locates nearby places that offer gluten free options. We decided to try out the Little Radish, located in Ferry Square, which as an indoor food court with several different vendors:
We both enjoyed chicken Caprese wraps (with Kale, Tomato, and Mozzarella) with a watermelon cooler. After lunch, we wandered over to Bucks County Playhouse to confirm where it was, as we had tickets to see Kinky Boots the next day:
After that, we tried to explore a little more of the town, but the 88 degree weather, 85% humidity, and blazing overhead sun was too much for us, and by the time we walked back uphill to the house, I was drenched with sweat, extremely uncomfortable, and feeling a little dizzy. We collapsed in the air conditioned room, stripped down, dried off, and cooled down before climbing into bed for a nap. Good thing we set the alarm, because we slept for 2 hours and would probably have continued sleeping and missed our 8:00 dinner reservations at Earl’s New American Restaurant in Peddler’s Village just 10 minutes away. Unfortunately, when I woke up, I was having gut issue. My lunch seemed to gum up my system and I felt full, bloated, and uncomfortable. Jeffery was worried and wanted to stay in, but I insisted we still go to dinner. The restaurant was lovely. Although I ordered a meal, I could only take a small taste of it before feeling even more bloated. By the time we left the restaurant it was raining hard so we just headed back to the room, whihc was fine by me because I was so uncomfortable.
After a good night’s sleep, I was feeling better Saturday morning but not 100%. None the less, we showered and dressed and walked (when in doubt, walk it out) down to Starbucks so we could get breakfast. I stuck to just Coffee to be safe. The weather was much better – high 70s, lower humidity, and overcast, so we did some exploring and hit some great shops, including
Farley’s Book Store
Love Saves the Day, a fabulous gift shop
And Red Tulip Gallery, selling items made by several local artists
Other fun items spotted around town
After our little walk about and shopping spree, we headed back to the room for some R&R before the show. By the time we left the room again, my gut issues had fully resolved and I felt great. We headed back down the hill, and stopped back at the Ferry Market for a quick lunch (again, I stuck to a beverage to be safe) then walked over to the playhouse, where we had great seats for a wonderful matinee performance of Kinky Boots, the fifth time we’ve seen it. (The actor who played Charlie Price, Jimmy Brewer, was the breakout performer.)
After the show let out, we walked over to The Dubliner on the Delaware, a place we had checked out earlier and knew offered gluten free menu items. I enjoyed a gin and tonic, while Jeffrey sipped his Gin Martini. We shared an appetizer of gluten free spinach and artichoke dip with corn chips, then both had the gluten free shepherd’s pie, which was fabulous
After our early dinner, we roamed a bit to find a bar for another cocktail before heading back to the room, but eventually decided we were too warm and tired and were ready to call it an early night., so we headed back to the room.
Obviously, we did not get to explore as much of the town as we wanted to, never mind getting back to Peddler’s Village or across the bridge to Lambertville , but I am still recovering and didn’t want to push myself to hard, especially in this heat. And the gut issues slowed us down a bit.
Our conclusion: We LOVE New Hope and cannot wait to come back. The rainbows, the shops, the restaurants, the eye candy…it was all fabulous. We need to come back for a much longer time so we can explore all the places we did not get to this time around, and we will. In fact, we’ve added this to our list of possible retirement relocations. I have not so strongly connected with a place the moment I arrived since first discovering Provincetown 26 years ago.
Honestly, I can’t BELIEVE Mistress Maddie never shared with us how fabulous this place was the whole time she lived here. *smirk*