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New Hope

Vespasian/Alamy

New Hope, PA

Tucked along the Delaware River, this arty outpost is nearly an hour’s drive from Philadelphia yet its thriving street life, vibrantly restored 19th-century homes, and commercial enterprises make it worth the trip. Shop along Main Street or walk across the bridge into Lambertville, NJ, where an equally exciting town (known for its antiques shops) awaits.

See: Enjoy Broadway-style entertainment at Bucks County Playhouse (70 South Main St.; 215-862-2041). This onetime gristmill is a national landmark and has played host to a long line of performers, including Grace Kelly and Robert Redford.

Eat: Get a taste of Colonial times at the Logan Inn (10 West Ferry St.; 215-862-2300), one of New Hope’s oldest continually running establishments.

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