Duration: Three days and two nights
Enjoy a trip as picturesque outside the museums and galleries as it is within. As you amble along the roads of the Philadelphia countryside, you'll get to know some of Pennsylvania's own artists in their home state. See a world-class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings. Watch ceramists make decorative tiles. Experience three generations of Wyeths. It's a breathtaking journey that will give you a greater appreciation for the artists of the area as well as the area that inspired them.
Begin your artistic voyage at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. Named for the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, the museum is housed within the stone walls of a historic 19th century prison. A celebrated writer and supporter of the arts, Michener had long dreamed of opening a regional art museum. Today, the museum is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the arts and culture of Bucks County.Read More >
Next, cruise along Mercer Mile and see a mix of folk art, ceramics, sculptures, oh, and a castle. Start at the Mercer Museum. This dramatic concrete castle was the laugh of locals when it was built in 1916. But afraid of history repeating itself after his aunt's collection of medieval armor was destroyed in the Great Boston Fire of 1872, anthropologist, ceramist and scholar Henry Mercer decided his collection would be better off stored in... Read More >
After you've awed at the tools and carriages, stroll over to Mercer's one-time home. An eclectic mix of Medieval, Gothic and Byzantine architectural styles, Fonthill is an important early example of poured reinforced concrete. It's filled with an extensive collection of ceramics and embellished with decorative tiles that Mercer made at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement. Featuring 44 rooms, over 200 windows, 18 fireplaces and 10 bathrooms... Read More >
Now that you've gotten a taste of ceramics, Moravian Tile Works will continue to feed your curiosity. The working history museum produces handmade decorative tiles. Ceramists on site demonstrate the tile making process. The reproduction tiles made today are made using Mercer's original molds using locally soured clay.Read More >
To finish out the day, jump to the present to enjoy the work of artists living in the New Hope area today. The New Hope Arts Center encourages and supports artists by providing space to create, collaborate and present their work. And you get to be a part of it through exhibits of visual, performing and literary arts.Read More >
After a long day of taking everything in, it's time to take in some delicious grub as well. Stop in Marsha Brown's to get a sampling of some Creole flavors right in the heart of New Hope. Like an extension of her own family dining room, Marsha Brown's offers the authentic taste and charm of New Orleans.Read More >
At the Landing Restaurant you can enjoy your delicious meal by the fireside in the cooler months, or next to the river during the warmer months. With its seasonal menu and spectacular views, this restaurant offers its guests a memorable, and delicious, experience.Read More >
The perfect place to unwind and gear up for another art-filled adventure, the Golden Plough Inn is situated right in the middle of Peddler's Village in Lahaska. The Inn is surrounded by specialty shops, restaurants and the Giggleberry Fair family entertainment center. So there's no shortage of things to do and see at any time.Read More >
The Pineapple Hill Inn is so named because in the 1700s when this inn was built, it was customary to place a pineapple on your front porch to indicate to friends and neighbors that you’re welcoming guests. Once part of a hundred-acre farm, this inn has six guest rooms and three suites, all decorated and furnished with period antiques, artwork and more.Read More >
Another day of art perusing awaits in Jenkintown. Founded in 1939, the Old York Road Art Guild is known today as the Abington Art Center. With galleries of rotating solo and group art exhibitions and a sculpture garden comprised of 27 acres of lawn and woodlands, Abington Art Center offers an art experience that isn't just to be observed. Here, you're encouraged to touch, feel, create and be a part of the creative process.Read More >
A short drive west and you'll find art of a different kind. The art of spotting the latest trends at King of Prussia Mall. The largest shopping mall on the East Coast, King of Prussia Mall has eight department stores and over 40 excellent dining options to refuel for the rest of the day. Chances are if you can't find it here, it probably hasn't hit the runway yet.Read More >
The next stop is the John James Audubon Center. Built in 1762 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Mill Grove was the first American home of artist and naturalist John James Audubon. Today, the 175-acre site remains largely as Audubon found it - a haven for things of the four-legged and winged varieties. The estate now houses an educational center of the National Audubon Society complete with original Audubon prints and... Read More >
Who doesn't deserve a delicious treat after all that hard-earned perusing? So pull over in Phoenixville at this local BYOB set in an 18th Century house believed to be the original four corners of the town. It is also believed to have been a stop for the Underground Railroad. So drop by for a little history and some fresh-baked brioche.Read More >
This BYOB in Phoenixville is the perfect spot for a truly creative and enchanting meal. Walk through the French doors, sit under the gorgeous tin ceiling and taste the delectable award winning bistro crab cakes or duck gyoza dumplings. Looking over this extensive menu, you’ll have a difficult time deciding what to get. But don’t worry — anything you choose will be absolutely delicious.Read More >
Tucked away in the countryside, this English-style inn offers its guests a romantic and charming stay. Named one of the Top 10 Bed & Breakfasts in PA by Heartland Trails, you’ll be sure to enjoy your stay in one of the elegantly decorated rooms.Read More >
Built in 1890, this beautiful Victorian inn provides a classic and peaceful stay for its guests. Just blocks from downtown Wayne, guests can explore the history of the town before retiring to one of the five comfortable rooms, and falling asleep on a king-sized bed.Read More >
Start the final day of your art survey in beautiful Brandywine Valley. The Brandywine River Museum is home to an impressive collection of American illustrations, still life and landscape paintings. The museum's other claim to fame is its collection of works by three generations of Wyeths. Check out N.C. Wyeth's House and Studio. Then wander around Kuerner Farm and see what inspired nearly 1,000 works of art by Andrew Wyeth from the 1930s... Read More >
Next up: Pennsylvania's Largest Winery. After all, what pairs better with artful scenery than a nice Cabernet Sauvignon? Founded in 1982 by Eric and Lee Miller, Chaddsford Winery produces more than 30,000 cases annually. Tour the barrel-aging cellars, then enjoy a glass of their acclaimed Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir upstairs.Read More >
From the cellars of Chaddsford to the art of Malvern. Here, you'll find the works of Wharton Esherick, a leading American sculpture artist of the early 20th Century. Working mostly in wood, he is considered by some to be the most influential designer of the century. A National Historic Landmark for Architecture, his hilltop studio/residence, with more than 200 of his works on exhibition, has been preserved much as it was when the artist... Read More >
Round out the day with a few courses in West Chester's Dilworthtown Inn. The inn itself dates back to 1754 when James Dilworth built it as additional space for his large family. His son Charles applied for a tavern license in 1780 and opened up his doors to guests with a warm, inviting atmosphere that's still very much present today. Its unique gas lamps and roaring fireplaces make it the perfect spot for those who have spent the past few days appreciating the finer details.Read More >
The Shops of New Hope
With art and hand-crafted pieces, accessories, bakeries, bicycles, books, children's goods, clothes, fine crafts, florists, food, games, gifts, hardware, home dÃ©cor, jewelry and specialty shops, you won't leave New Hope wanting anything.
In Lahaska - also home to the Golden Plough Inn - you'll discover a haven for the professional credit card swipers and window shopper alike. With 42 acres of brick pathways and 70 specialty shops, the colonial style village has something for everyone.
Longwood Gardens, a jewel situated near the Philadelphia and Lancaster regions, is a place of unparalleled beauty. Offering a new experience every day of the year, Longwood presents one-of-a-kind events, wonderful concerts, and delicious fine and casual cuisine in breathtaking settings. Often referred to as the world's premier horticultural showplace, Longwood Garden's 1,050 acres of natural woodlands, majestic gardens, opulent conservatories and dancing fountains are open every day of the year.