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Get to Know Lambertville

Picturesque Lambertville is almost always spoken of in the same breath as New Hope, its twin city across the Delaware River, with Lambertville straddling the Jersey side and New Hope, the Pennsylvania side. Lambertville is a touch bigger — with a population of slightly more than 4,000 — and a little bit more ornate and quieter than New Hope. Lambertville is known as the antiques capital of New Jersey and there’s a love and respect for all things of a certain vintage throughout the town. Downtown is a lovely stretch of beautifully preserved Federal townhouses and Victorians, and most of Lambertville’s buildings were built more than a century ago. Today, Lambertville’s stores include an art gallery in the former five-and-dime, an instrument store selling rare stringed instruments, and a bar that's packed floor to ceiling with nautical paintings and an old-school menu of cocktails like sidecars and gimlets.

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Living in the Delaware River Towns

The Delaware River winds between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, serving as the dividing line between the two states. Ever since 1776, when George Washington crossed from today’s Bucks County, Pennsylvania, into today’s Mercer County, New Jersey, the two sides of this middle stretch of river have been tied together. Today, locals drive, bike, and walk — and sometimes, like Washington himself, boat — across the Delaware with frequent regularity, treating the two sides as one region. There’s a smattering of delightful little towns situated on both sides of the river that were founded as stops between New York and Philadelphia, during the heyday of the railroads and the Delaware and Raritan Canal. In the past few decades, the towns have experienced a renaissance as city dwellers have realized that just an hour’s drive leads to this bucolic region with world-class dining and shopping, rolling farmland, and gorgeous, historic houses.