We returned today from our third-annual Easter weekend trip to New Hope, PA. We both took Friday off work, and took our time getting ready so we would be leaving after rush hour. It took us about an hour to get up to Lahaska, where we stopped at Peddler’s Village. I’ve been there many times with my mother and grandmother, but GG had never been, except when he and I had dinner at the Cock and Bull two years ago. So we spent some time walking around and popping into a few of the little shops there. It was a little chilly, and very windy, so not the best day for wandering around outside. At least it was sunny. We stopped for lunch at Hart’s Tavern, where we were seated in the middle of a small dining room, surrounded on all sides by screaming children making messes all over the tables and floor. After lunch, we went to my favorite shop at Peddler’s Village, the Cookery Ware Shop. I don’t know why I enjoy that one so much, it’s just fun to wander around and look at like 5000 kinds of strainers. Also, my mom and grandmother always remind me that there’s a picture of me when I was very little sitting on the porch of that store, so GG and I got a picture of ourselves standing outside.
We continued up to New Hope, and checked in at the Aaron Burr House, the same place we stayed last year. Except last year they’d double booked our room and we ended up in a three-bedroom suite, and this time we got the room we were supposed to get. It was a small room with a Queen bed and wood paneling all around. The picture on the web site showed stenciling on the paneling, but luckily that was just in the area by the bed, not around the whole room. Phew! Also, though the shower and toilet in the bathroom were a normal size, the sink was about a foot wide. It was so tiny! It was mostly covered by the faucet, so you had to kind of bend down and twist around to wash your face or spit out your toothpaste. But it was just for one night, so I could deal. I do really like the Aaron Burr House, it’s in the perfect location just steps away from town, no need to worry about parking. But… the service was weird this time, breakfast was just awkward, and when we were leaving it clearly smelled like cigarettes (even though it’s no smoking). Maybe next time we’ll try someplace new. I just saw a B&B in Lambertville, NJ, just across the river from New Hope, that is also an alpaca and llama farm! (The drawback: it’s in New Jersey.)
After a quick nap in our room, we headed into town to walk around. We walked all the way down a street we don’t usually go too far down, because it’s all residential. The houses there are beautiful! Several of them were for sale, and a few of those had little flyers with the details of the house and the asking price. Let’s just say, it still looks like we won’t be moving to New Hope anytime soon. (And these houses are in the flood area!) On that same road, there was one square of sidewalk with some Mercer tiles in it. That was a pretty neat little find. We also went to Farley’s Bookshop, one of our usual stops. When we walked in, I asked, “Where’s Butter?” (the cat who lives in there), and he wandered right out from behind the counter, stopped to look at us, and then walked away. Then I was like, “Oh Butter, you’re the only reason we come to this book store.” Though actually, we do usually end up buying something when we go. I kind of am anti-book purchasing, because you can just get a book from the library and really, do you need to keep it? (Unless it’s something you’re going to refer to often.) But I figure if I’m going to buy a book, I’d rather support a little shop like this than give my money to a big mega-bookstore. So I got a copy of Kitchen Confidential. (If you love “No Reservations” and Anthony Bourdain in general, this book is a must-read, and I’ve wanted to read it for a while now. You can totally hear him narrating it in your head.) I took more pictures inside Farley’s. I know I took a few last year, but really, you don’t understand this place until you’ve been in there. It’s just winding, narrow hallways and bookshelves and little rooms and tables, books squeezed wherever they’ll fit, as far as you can see. There’s a general sense of categories, but actually I’m pretty surprised and proud of myself that I could find the book I was actually looking for!
After all the time we spent looking up new places to go for dinner Friday night, we ended up back at the Triumph Brew Pub, where we’ve eaten many times before. GG kept saying he was going to get drunk. Bla bla bla, he sucks at drinking. Halfway into his second beer, he was gone. When we ordered dessert, he told the waitress he was flagging himself. After the meal, we walked/stumbled a block up the street back to the B&B, where GG drank the complementary amaretto liqueur and watched the beginning of “Titanic” on the communal TV. He did eventually come back to our room, where I read a little and he sketched scary clowns before going to sleep. We were in bed by 9:00 and probably asleep by 10.
This morning, we went to the dining room for the “Breakfast” part of Bed & Breakfast, which was a fruit salad, quiche, and croissant. We waited until the last possible minute to check out, having learned our lesson the last time we spent the night in New Hope, that shopkeepers take their sweet time opening up on Saturday mornings, and if you are on the street before 11 AM, there’s pretty much nothing to do. We spent a while in a shop called Love Saves the Day, which we always walk past, but have never been in before. They have a lot of vintage clothes, knickknacks, records, etc. (D! They had a big display case of Pez dispensers!) So that was a cool place to walk around. We went in a bunch of other shops, GG got a really cool t-shirt of Vlad the Impaler, and also spent a while talking to some Obama supporters who were trying to get people to register to vote. (He left that conversation with an Obama button, some stickers, and couple signs.)
We left New Hope around 1 PM, and were home around 2. We missed the kitties, and the kitties missed us! And now everyone has spent the afternoon happily curled up, napping, and we are reading for a relaxing evening of resting up before tomorrow’s Easter Brunch! You can see all my pictures from New Hope here.