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Time to Take a (Spring) Break!

What better way to shake off the cold of winter than a spring break? Put some pep in your step with a vacation in New Hope! New Hope and our neighboring town Lambertville have historically been places to bring family and celebrate Easter. There is no shortage of events going on, including Easter brunches, plays, train rides, and festivals. Read on to learn about them all.

The first step to ensure an unforgettable spring break is to make your reservations at the Carriage House of New Hope. The Carriage House has full inn rentals available! Bring the family and cater a special occasion with your family and friends in our fully equipped chefs kitchen. New Hope is a fantastic culinary town, so we recommend checking out one of the many fabulous local restaurants.

There are two famous Easter brunches that will definitely need reservations: The ​Lambertville Station and Black Bass Restaurant. On Sunday, April 1st from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., indulge in the famous Lambertville Station Restaurant Easter Brunch with made to order eggs, seafood, a meat carving station, and Belgian waffles. Black Bass Restaurant in Lumberville is popping bottles of bubbly at their Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch on Sunday, April 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Start an assortment of house-made baked goods, and a three course meal including crepes, parfaits, breakfast classics like eggs benedict, southern dishes such as shrimp and grits, and brunch favorites including crab cakes, bacon burgers, and chicken waldorf salad. Wherever you go, save room for dessert!

Along with exceptional food, New Hope also has exceptional ​entertainment. Head to the Bucks County Playhouse for their theatrical production Love Letters By A.R. Gurney. Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross from TV’s “Family Ties!” star in this show. After Andrew attends Melissa's birthday party, Melissa sends him a thank you, which starts a romantic correspondence which will endure for 50 years! Their relationships is constantly evolving and they become best friends who share each other's secrets. This romance is funny, emotional, and shows the true power of love. ​

Nature lovers can enjoy views of the Delaware River and Aquetong Falls from your private balcony at the Carriage House, or take an excursion on the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad Easter Bunny Express. Sit back and relax from Friday, March 23rd to Sunday, April 1st, on an hour long journey via passenger coach. Take in the serene sights and natural beauty of the of beautiful Bucks County countryside from your train window. Tickets are available for purchase online. ​

Don’t miss one of our all time favorite annual springtime events, Shadfest! Lambertville celebrates the largest fish in the herring family on Friday, April 27th, Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th. Each spring, the American shad migrate from saltwater to fresh water, called the “annual spring shad run.” Try Paul Eschallier of Bell’s Tavern’s famous Shad & Shrimp Fritters. Throughout the festival, there will also be live entertainment provided by a variety of musical artists. Shad Fest isn’t just for fish lovers, you’ll find a plethora of food and things to do.

Spring back into good health at the Ferry Market Health and Wellness Weekend. From Friday, April 20th to Sunday, April 22nd, a plethora of health and wellness professionals will give workshops, talks, and health assessments. Sample healthy food and beverages, take a group class, or learn about physical and mental health and wellness. See their website for the schedule and full list of participants.

Why should you book a room at the Carriage House now? With so many wonderful places to eat, places to see, and things to do, who could stay for just one day? Rooms are filling up fast, call 609-651-1686 to plan your visit. Treat yourself to a spring break at the Carriage House of New Hope. Happy Easter!

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