September 1, 2022 — Although it’s hard to believe with these scorching temps, the fall equinox is only six weeks away which means it’s time to break out those fall foliage maps and start planning those leaf-peeping road trips and weekend getaways. From New Hope, Pennsylvania to Tamworth, New Hampshire, we’ve targeted two of the most beautiful small towns in America, not only for fall foliage viewing, but also for a visit to Tamworth Distilling, a rural craft distillery at the foot of the White Mountains, a cozy weekend riverside stay at Ghost Light Inn or Carriage House of New Hope in Bucks County, PA, and more autumnal activities easily accessible from Philadelphia, NYC, Boston and beyond.
Ghost Light Inn
, a 12-room boutique hotel with unparalleled views of the Delaware River, in the heart of New Hope, Pennsylvania, one of the most beautiful artsy small towns in America, is the ultimate fall weekend getaway for leaf peepers. Located a 50 minute drive from Philadelphia, PA and an hour and a half from New York City, New Hope offers visitors a bevy of autumnal activities for fall foliage-seekers, families, and those looking for a quick mini getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Visitors can embark on a charming and historic covered bridge tour, a private hot air balloon ride, a scenic drive along River Road / Route 32, a ride through the countryside on the New Hope Railroad fall foliage excursion, visit Washington Crossing Historic Park, explore a diverse array of shops and restaurants including the acclaimed Holy Que Smokehouse
located by Peddler’s Village, jog, walk or bike along the tree-lined 60-mile towpath in Delaware Canal State Park, and more. After a long day of leaf peeping, guests can retreat back to Ghost Light Inn for dinner at Stella of New Hope, helmed by Executive Chef Michael O’Halloran, boasting sweeping views of the Delaware River, and a cozy night in in one of Ghost Light Inn’s riverside rooms. The best part? Ghost Light Inn is pet-friendly so Fido can join in on family fun this fall.
Carriage House of New Hope
, Ghost Light Inn’s sister property, is a historic three-suite hybrid B&B style and home rental incorporating the luxury and sophistication of modern amenities with the natural beauty of the Aquetong Falls. Visitors are invited to the private oasis to unwind and recharge and take in the iconic views of the tree-lined river from one of the many private or shared balconies.
Carriage House of New Hope’s three guest rooms boast luxe amenities for humans to luxuriate in, such as king sized beds, balcony decks with stunning river views, spa-like bathrooms with walk-in showers, yoga mats, 55″ TVs with Netflix, and more. The most exclusive room, Room 13, is a two-level suite containing a fully functional chef’s kitchen including Sub Zero and Wolf appliances, deep rich espresso cabinetry, soapstone countertops, exposed brick walls, island seating and a dining table for entertaining guests or a cozy dinner for two.
Carriage House of New Hope is the ultimate destination for an extended stay, a bachelor or bachelorette party, bridal party accommodations, multi-couple travel, and more.
A quintessential New England road trip would not be complete without a visit to Tamworth Distilling, the remote New Hampshire craft distillery that focuses on using locally foraged ingredients to create a collection of uniquely flavored, scratch-made spirits. Neighbor to a picturesque river, Tamworth Distilling lies nestled at the foot of the White Mountains, surrounded by lush New England foliage in the small town of Tamworth, New Hampshire, located two hours north of Boston, and just an hour and a half drive from Portland, Maine.
Leaf-peepers, hikers and history buffs alike will delight in the expansive landscape and rich American history available in Tamworth, New Hampshire. Guests are encouraged to book a room at the historic and charming Pickering House, enjoy hikes along the extensive trails of the White Mountains, and visit the Tamworth Lyceum, Tamworth Distilling’s satellite location named for the American Enlightenment period and known best for offering elevated tastings, events and cocktail workshops, as well as a robust bottle shop featuring a bevy of professional-grade bar supplies.
On-site at Tamworth Distilling
, guests can enjoy tours of distillery space including the custom built, 250-gallon copper still and sprawling outdoor grounds, as well as tastings of truly one-of-a-kind spirits, including the mega-viral Crab Trapper Green Crab Whiskey (featured on media outlets ranging from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to The CBS Morning Show with Gayle King, Reuters, Forbes, Yahoo!, set to publish in Ripley’s Believe it or Not 2023 edition, and many more), one of Tamworth Distilling’s most luxurious spirits and an experiment in purity and terroir, Tamworth Garden V.S.O.P. Apple Brandy
, and Tamworth Garden Pommeau
, made with fresh, sweet apple cider and distilled apple brandy, aged in a spent bourbon barrel for over a year before bottling.
Imbibers are invited to sip through the seasons with the autumnal line of Art in the Age spirits, spanning fall flavors such as Apple Crisp Apple Brandy, Spiced Maple Vodka,
and Sierra Fig Cordial,
as well as the ever-expanding line of hyper-limited gins made from fresh botanicals, herbs and produce grown in the distillery’s backyard.