With the fall season right around the corner, Bucks County has much to offer for all ages, including foliage spots, autumn festivals, driving tours, seasonal treats, and wineries and breweries.
Cozy up in the countryside
The Galvanized American Inn is a perfect choice for those who want to stay and enjoy countryside views of fall foliage. One of the best ways to see it all is by taking the self-guided Covered Bridge Driving Tour. Later, toast marshmallows by the fire and sip hot cider at the inn, or head out to Bishop Estate Vineyards, one of many wineries along the Bucks County Wine Trail, for live music outside. This October, spot art outside the wineries at the newly-launched Bucks County Wine & Art Trail.
Located on acres of preserved farmlands, both The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm and The Inn at Bowman’s Hill offer a luxurious countryside experience. Dine at their onsite restaurant voted as one of the top most romantic restaurants in America. Spend the next day at nearby Peddler’s Village, where you can see Scarecrows in the Village, OctoberFeast and Apple Festival.
Travelers can cozy up right on the river at B&Bs like Riverstone 1730, Golden Pheasant Inn, Black Bass Inn or Bridgeton House on the Delaware. All are just minutes from the vibrant foliage on the Delaware Canal Towpath. Grab a pumpkin spice latte at Homestead Coffee Roasters or the Lumberville General Store. Venture into Doylestown when you’re not gazing at the river and spot the foliage outside of Fonthill Castle and the Mercer Museum or the Michener Art Museum, which is exhibiting Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes from Sept. 24 through Jan. 15.
Fall family fun
SpringHill Suites in Langhorne is a great hotel for traveling families to relax. Younger kids will love trick-or-treating at Sesame Place’s Halloween Spooktacular. Nearby, Core Creek Park is a great place to take a family hike or enjoy autumn weather with a picnic. See a show at Bristol Riverside Theatre in the evening. The classic whodunnit Clue is playing in November.
Go apple and pumpkin picking at one of Bucks County’s many farms, including Shady Brook Farm, Snipes Farm, Froehlich’s Farm or Hellerick’s Family Farm. For thrill-seekers, head to Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres’ corn maze. The next day, it’s time to please the parents. Hit up the Bucks County Ale Trail to try all the pumpkin-inspired brews — there are plenty of family-friendly breweries.
A stay at Washington House Hotel in Sellersville will give guests a warm and cozy small-town feel. Check out Ringing Rocks Park nearby or head down to Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve for some time in nature and to see great views of the fall foliage.
For luxury travelers, a stay at the historic Logan Inn, Ghost Light Inn or Carriage House of New Hope places guests in the heart of New Hope. Travelers can hop aboard the Fall Excursion or Trick-or-Treat Train on the New Hope Railroad weekends in October and ride through the beautiful countryside. End the day with a fancy feast at OldeStone, a steakhouse in an old church, and a Ghost Tour of New Hope.
River House at Odette’s provides guests with a luxurious place to retreat and rest. Spend the afternoon at the nearby Solebury Orchards picking apples and sipping fresh cider. Share a meal at the luxurious Odette’s restaurant after climbing to the top of Bowman’s Hill Tower in Washington Crossing Historic Park to see breathtaking, high-up views of the leaves, or take a self-guided Haunted Driving Tour.
– Peddler’s Village: Scarecrows in the Village, Sept. 5-Oct. 31; Scarecrow-Making Workshops, Sept. 10, 11, 17 and 24; OctoberFeast, Oct. 15-16; and Apple Festival, Nov. 5-6
– Doylestown Art Festival, Sept. 10-11
– The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place, Sept. 17-Nov. 6
– Bucks County Book Festival, Sept. 23-24
– Fall Fest at Shady Brook Farm, September and October
– Froehlich’s Farm’s Fall Festival, September and October
– Hellerick Family Farm’s Fall Festival, September and October
– New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival, Sept. 24-25
– Historic Fallsington Day, Oct. 8
– Autumn Alive! Festival in Quakertown, Oct. 15
– Yardley Harvest Day, Sept. 17
Visit visitbuckscounty.com/events/top-fall-festivals/ for more information and events.