9 Honeymoon Destinations LGBTQIA+ Travelers Will Love
New Hope, PA
â€śJust 60 miles from New York City and 30 miles from Philadelphia, New Hope is a super inclusive, artsy town with lots of places to explore," Kelly says. "I live and grew up here. Artists have been coming to New Hope to visit and work since the 1940s. Over the decades, it has grown to become a very popular hangout for the LGBTQIA+ community. New Hope typically hosts a highly festive and popular Pride festival every May."
With plenty of outdoor activities to partake in outside the small, charming town along the scenic Delaware River, New Hope offers a slower pace and an unexpectedly pleasant spot that queer couples will fall in love with. One draw is New Hopeâ€™s adorable and notable Bucks County Playhouse, which is situated on the site of a former grist mill on the banks of the river.
Besides cruising Main and Bridge Street's many art galleries, charming boutiques, and specialty shops, honeymooners in New Hope will want to come here with an appetite to enjoy the townâ€™s fresh food market, Ferry Market, plus all the other unique dining experiences. Some favorites include Stella of New Hope, a restaurant that likes to highlight local ingredients and produce, the fine, contemporary American cuisine at Meadowlark, and Salt House, a tavern housed in a creaky and very cozy, 18th-century stone building.
Where to stay: The River House at Odetteâ€™s is a luxury hotel steps from everything in town with views overlooking the Delaware. The hotel, which is filled with posh rooms fashioned in bold prints, textures, and patterns, also boasts a handsome Piano Lounge with a stone-faced fireplace, a tasty on-site restaurant, and a relaxed rooftop bar with breathtaking views thatâ€™s exclusive to members and hotel guests.
Couples seeking to take in New Hopeâ€™s more bucolic surroundings can also look into a stay on a country estate at the nearby Inn at Bowmanâ€™s Hill, The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm, or the gay-owned Pineapple Hill.
Visitors to this Bucks County town should also consider exploring the neighboring Lambertville, New Jerseyâ€”walkable by a pedestrian foot bridge from New Hopeâ€”and Frenchtown, New Jersey, which is a short drive away. Both of these historic towns have their own unique artsy flair and adorable shops.