When it comes to fall spirit, Bucks County is the place to be. You can take in the changing leaves, settle into dinner at a scenic riverside inn and explore Pennsylvania’s rapidly expanding wine scene — and don't get us started on delicious Bucks-brewed beers. Here's a game plan for eating and drinking your way through one of PA's most scenic locales.
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This local ice cream chain keeps it close to home with Bucks County–sourced ingredients. In place of crazy flavors, Owowcow opts for a menu of simple, elegant eats like sweet honey cream, lemon ginger and three varieties of vanilla made with single-origin beans.
Bucks County Wine Trail
No need to visit Napa for a day in wine country (pictured below). Composed of nine vineyards, this wine trail showcases the unique terroir of the region. Keep an eye out for regionally specific varietals like Chambourcin and Vidal, as well as more familiar glasses of Cabernet Franc and Chard.
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This longtime vegetarian favorite has been drawing meat-free masses for years. Not showing its age, the kitchen keeps things current with a globe-trotting menu that's home to everything from lentil and black kale empanadas to sweet potato and avocado tacos (pictured at top); there's also a trio of veg-friendly ramen bowls.
727 Second Street Pike, Southampton; 215-942-8888
The Inn at Phillips Mill
Romance is in the air at this jewel box inn. The timeless menu is made up of dishes plucked from the pages of Larousse Gastronomique: escargot in puff pastry, roasted vegetable Napoleon and scallops with sauce Bercy.
2590 River Rd., New Hope; 215-862-9919
A tranquil dining room just off the main drag in Doylestown, this is a well-loved, multifaceted Japanese destination. Seasoned sushi chefs slice sashimi (pictured above) while the knife-flipping hibachi masters double as live entertainment.
110 Veterans Lane, Doylestown; 215-348-8185
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Free Will Brewing
Going strong since 2012, this Bucks-bred brewing operation has an eclectic range of year-round and seasonal beers. Head in on Sour Sundays to taste your way through a wild fermentation-forward catalog of lambics, krieks and oak barrel-aged ales.
410 E. Walnut St., Perkasie; 267-354-0813
Black Bass Hotel
Perched on the banks of the Delaware River, this old-school hotel is steeped in Pennsylvania history — George Washington unsuccessfully attempted to spend the night back in the 1700s but was turned away for political reasons. A champagne brunch on Sunday is picture-perfect with throwback courses like a seafood Newburg omelet and Waldorf salad.
3774 River Rd., Lumberville; 215-297-9260
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The behind-the-scenes talent at this upstairs dining room overlooking the river is staggering. The menu changes seasonally but all of the pastas (casually dubbed noodles, pictured above) are musts, especially the egg yolk gemelli with bacon Bolognese.
11 S. Delaware Ave., Yardley; 215-493-6394
Functioning as a restaurant and inn since 1832, this Bucks County mainstay keeps things up to date with a kitchen that’s not afraid to think outside the hotel dining box. Meals here kick off with lighthearted bites such as Korean wings and chorizo stuffed devils on horseback, then move onto mains like swordfish over caponata and miso-marinated local chicken.
82 E. Afton Ave., Yardley; 215-493-3800
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Hamilton’s Grill Room
While it might not technically be in Bucks County, this homey, indoor/outdoor restaurant is just a quick (and well-worth it) walk over the bridge from New Hope. Come early for an icy alfresco cocktail and oysters (pictured above); stay for a Delmonico steak with Hamilton’s house sauce.
8 Coryell St., Lambertville, NJ; 609-397-4343