A couple of week ago Tracey and I decided to take a day trip up to New Hope PA. We both love spending the day in New Hope. It has a nice collection of artisan shops, specialty food shops and of course Triumph Brewery. We’ve taken several day trips to New Hope and also did an over night a few years back so we could have dinner at Marsha Browns, a local restaurant converted from an old church that specializes in steaks and creole cuisine.
This time upon arriving we went directly for the cluster of shops where Triumph is located and sat for a leisurely lunch. If you ever get the chance, I encourage you stop by as this is a very nice looking facility. You can even bring a friend! Triumph New Hope’s outside patio is dog friendly.
And of course, the beers are really good as well. That day they had a cream ale on tap that was probably one of the best ones I’ve ever tasted, and the scotch ale was also really good. We thought about stopping back at the end of the day to pick up a growler, but sadly the cream ale was on nitro, so it’s wasn’t available in a growler.
Once we had a nice lunch we decide to walk through town and hit some of the diverse shops, as well enjoy some of the other aspects of the town.
Of course, a day in New Hope wouldn’t be complete for us without stopping at John and Pete’s for an order (or two) of their maple chipotle wings. For the back story on these babies, check out my blog post on my attempt to duplicate them.
After dinner we decided to relax a bit so we found a little spot down by the river and Tracey made sure the local wild life was taken care of.
Random factoid – the river you’re looking at is the Delaware River, famous of the George Washington crossing. In fact, Washington made his historic crossing just a few miles down the road from New Hope. Growing up I was always in awe of the story of the Delaware crossing because I lived in Pennsville NJ, just south of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. At that point the river is about 1.5 miles across, and when I was young that was the river I imagined Washington crossing on that cold Christmas night. As you can see from the above photo, the reality of the distance is a little different. There’s actually a bridge that you can walk across to get to Lambertville, NJ located on the other side of the river.
One of our final stops is always Suzie Hot Sauce, a shop that specializes in, well I think you can guess. We always loved this store as it was stuffed full of hot and BBQ sauces from all over the world. But sadly, it’s under new ownership. The man in the store that day (I believe he’s the new owner) said that he was in the middle of switching suppliers, which is why the shelves were so bare, and that he’d be fully stocked again soon. But it wasn’t that the shelves were empty, it was that there weren’t as many of them as there used to be. It really looked like they were currently running with 1/3 of the stock they used to. After a few minutes of trying to look interested, we left empty handed (a first!).
If you ever get the chance, I encourage you to stop by New Hope PA, and it’s sister city Lambertville, NJ. It’s a fun little place full of good food, neat shops, and great beer. And the most fun thing about New Hope is…