Get to Know: Bucks County

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Population: 625,000-plus

Location: Being near multiple cities is a luxury not every city has, but if you visit Bucks County, the options are endless. Located only 25 miles from Philadelphia, Bucks County is also 75 miles from New York City and 125 miles from Baltimore. The Delaware River runs along the eastern and some southern parts of the county.

Transportation: If flying is your preferred method of transportation, the major airports include Philadelphia International, Newark International (New Jersey) and Lehigh Valley International. If you want something a little more local, fly into the Mercer County airport in Trenton, New Jersey, just across the state line. While getting around on land is a must, the Rushbus can be your best friend, as it is a public transportation service that provides connections with SEPTA from the Bristol and Warminster train stations. 

The Must-Sees: If you feel up to a play or two, make sure to stop by the Bucks County Playhouse. Known as “America’s Most Famous Summer Theater,” the playhouse overlooks the beautiful Delaware River in the town of New Hope. Summer/fall performances include Charles Busch’s “The Divine Sister” and “Cake Off.”

If plays aren’t your thing, then try something different with a hot air balloon ride. “How often does one get a chance to ride through the sky in a hot air balloon? Float effortlessly in a beautiful balloon with the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team over Bucks County’s scenic countryside. The company offers custom event flights for parties of 10-50 people,” says Alexa Johnson, public relations manager for Visit Bucks County.

Finally a little shopping never hurt anyone! Bucks County’s Peddler’s Village lets you shop and enjoy some great food and scenery. The Village has festivals throughout the year.

Hotels: “Bucks County is home to more than two dozen well-known hotel chains, including Courtyard by Marriott, SpringHill Suites, Crowne Plaza, Sheraton, Holiday Inn and more. There are also many unique meeting venues including Parx Casino, the James A. Michener Art Museum, Rose Bank Winery, The Fuge and the newly renovated Hotel du Village,” Johnson says.

Wineries: The Bucks County Wine Trail is home to nine wineries throughout Bucks County, ranging from grand castle-like structures with gorgeous views at Sand Castle Winery to charming red barns with antique shops at New Hope Winery, Johnson explains. “Bucks County offers a Tasting and Tours excursion, which provides transportation for groups of all sizes to three wineries of the group’s choice, as well as lunch at a local Bucks County restaurant, all for a fixed price. The Tasting and Tours bus has numerous pick-up and drop-off locations throughout the county, including many of the area’s B&Bs,” Johnson says. 

Restaurants: Now the most important part … the food! Johnson gives us some of her top picks.

Logan Inn, New Hope
This Inn built in the 1700s is a crowdfavorite, especially its raw bar on their wraparound deck. 

Maxwell’s on Main (M.O.M.’s), Doylestown
With craft beer on tap, this place is ready for a fun crowd, serving American brunch, lunch and dinner with a Southern twist.

Earl’s New American, Peddler’s Village
This Bucks County classic has been recently renovated and merges rustic with contemporary. Enjoy seafood dishes like wild striped bass and diver scallops.

Marsha Brown, New Hope
Located in a renovated 125-year-old church on Main Street, this fun southern-style creole joint has the comfort of home with the ambiance of a chic house complete with stained glass windows and 40-foot ceilings.

How the CVB Helps: “The staff at Visit Bucks County is happy to help visitors plan their next event, meeting, wedding or vacation. From coordinating hotel blocks to organizing transportation, we will help ensure your trip runs smooth and steady and treat you like a VIP while doing it! Just touring for the day? Feel free to speak to one of our Visitor Information Specialists by calling 215.639.0300, or, stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center in Bensalem during business hours,” Johnson says.

Key Contact: For meetings, events and sports tournaments, contact Jenna Worrell, sales and marketing coordinator at 215.639.0300 ext. 233.