Country Roads from Doylestown to Easton, PA
When the weather is beautiful and bright there's nothing I like more than to take a road trip. While I'd love to shoot straight across the country, that's just not in the cards right now. That's okay since there are so many beautiful parts of the East Coast just begging to be discovered on a road trip. One of my favorite areas is along route 611 through Bucks County going from the quaint town of Doylestown, PA to the former industrial small city of Easton, PA. I first discovered this gem of an itinerary on a bored Sunday when I wanted to see what was just around the bend. A few hours later I discovered one road towns and dusty antique stores overlooking the Delaware River. Ever since it's my go-to route for a mini road trip.
Easton was one of those industrial towns that suffered as manufacturing moved overseas but, after many years of hard work attracting new businesses, it's awesome to see it rebuilding. In college I majored in Historic Preservation and I always find it fascinating to see a place transforming into something new while still retaining its roots. Easton is exactly that kind of place, mixing turn of the century architecture with new businesses.
Easton is also my secret place for antique shops with all sorts of treasures. One of those places is Salvaged Goods which is curated with amazing vintage home goods (still dreaming of the handwoven rugs from Turkey) and vintage knick knacks like brass fixtures and empty window frames. There is so much to look at that I could spend hours in the tiny storefront! Right next door is Carrie Anne's which has a mix of furniture, art, and repainted or repurposed home goods. If you're looking for an antique door turned chalkboard, this is your spot!
Besides having some really great small local shops (which I still have to go back and explore) there's the Crayola Experience for kids, basically a big discovery center based off crayons and other Crayola products. Easton is also a college town. Beautiful Lafayette College (where one of my very best friends went!) is located on the hill overlooking the downtown area. And because you know I can't leave an area without seeking out some brews, Weyerbacher Brewing Company has its operation in an Easton neighborhood. If you're looking for a city revitalizing itself into a great destination, Easton cannot be beat.
About an hour south of Easton, back towards Philly and nearer to our home, is the town of Doylestown. If you're looking for the picture perfect Pennsylvania small town, then Doylestown is your spot. It has quaint shops, tree-lined neighborhood streets, and cafes with sidewalk tables. It's the kind of town for window shopping and a dinner out, which is exactly what we did.
We found the coolest restaurant called The Hattery Stove and Still, the restaurant connected to the Doylestown Inn. The restaurant was redone with an eye on design and a throwback to the space's past incarnations as a hat maker, speakeasy, cigar shop, and shoe store. Above the bar hang bowler hat pendant lights and for-sale chandeliers cover the ceiling. Nick and I are already planning a return trip because we didn't get to see the bar space downstairs which supposedly has some sort of car booth?! Another favorite spot is Pag's Pub and its connected wine bar. The long and skinny restaurant serves pizza and 24 different craft beers. I had a pineapple beer so that's reason enough to go.
I love long trips as much as the next person but there's something to be said to exploring your area. We get so lost in our routines that we forget to take a step in a different direction and explore. If you're in Eastern PA or the Philadelphia area or even Western New Jersey, pack some snacks and take a little ride up through Bucks County from Doylestown to Easton. It's the perfect route for antique shopping, photographing beautiful vistas, and forgetting about your city problems. Hit the road, people!