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Get to Know New Hope

Delightful New Hope is located on the banks of the Delaware River and is known as the slightly funkier, hippie sibling of Lambertville, New Jersey, which sits on the river’s opposite side. It’s a ten-minute walk over the bridge into Lambertville and residents of both towns often hop between the two. Alternative rock band Ween started in New Hope, and fans still undertake pilgrimages to take in live music at John & Peter’s, which has been hosting bands since 1972, and to shop at God Save the Qweens, a punk-rock fashion store. You’ll also find multiple stores selling crystals and candles, as well as bookstores and toy stores, all along Main Street and in nearby Peddler’s Village, an outdoor shopping center. New Hope’s defining characteristic — besides the ever-present Delaware River — is its heritage steam train that leaves from the town’s depot daily.

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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.