This summer we will not be going away on vacation. This is by choice. I really love to stay home during the summer. I think the weather in the north-east is glorious. Days are long and your senses overload with scents, sights and sounds. Essentially, my garden needs someone to look after it. Making sure the birds don't eat all my berries is a tough job. Last year I left for 2 weeks in August and came home to a mostly dead garden. I have decided this summer to be a day-tripper; so that I can take advantage of my beautiful NJ and the surrounding states. I live in the north-west corner of the state…known for mountains, lakes and we also host the State Fair. Two to three hours south is our wonderful coast line. The Shore, Atlantic City, and beautiful victorian Cape May!
Today my husband and I took a day trip to New Hope Pa., about 2 hours south of where we live. It is such a pretty drive through small quaint towns and beautiful farms that dot the Delaware River.
|Welcome to Beautiful New Hope Pa., one of the oldest towns along the Delaware River!|
|You could ride the rail for a scenic view of this beautiful part of Pa.|
|Love the iron work|
|A very old church, now a restaurant|
|This is the Perry Mansion built in the 1784…one of the loveliest and oldest homes in New Hope.|
|Such beautiful old architecture…This was by the old ferry landing|
This theater is curently closed due to the owner defaulting on his loan. It was always buzzing with activity and drew tourists to New Hope with productions going on all summer long. My husband and I saw "Phantom of The Opera" there a few years ago. The future of this theater is in question at the moment. It would be a tragedy if it does not reopen.
They have started a Conservancy to try and save the theater and reopen it.
The theater’s history is long. A local group, including Broadway producer Moss Hart, who lived in Bucks County, opened the playhouse 72 years ago with a production of “Springtime for Henry” featuring Edward Everett Horton. The theater had been the venue for some Broadway tryouts, but more significantly, a place that developed a litany of future and current stars of Broadway and Hollywood including George Scott, Ruth Gordon, Robert Redford, Helen Hayes, Colleen Dewhurst, Claude Raines, Shirley Booth, Grace Kelly and Walter Matthau ( from article by Curt Yeske for NJ.com ).
We have stayed here a few times and it is such a lovely place
Lorenz Hart, musical collaborator with Richard Rodgers, wrote the song, "There's A Small Hotel" while staying here. (You could listen Here!) This famous song was inspired by the Stockton Inn and it's tranquil garden setting. The song was originally intended for the Broadway Musical Jumbo produced by Billy Rose. Because of the length of the production, the song was pulled just before opening and later appeared in another of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Harts collaborations, a 1936 Broadway hit, On Your Toes.
So that's it! Time to go! Hope you enjoyed the visit! Oh wait!! One more stop before we go home...no trip to New Hope is complete without a stop at Dilly's Corner for ice cream! It is on the Pa. side across the river from Stockton.