Bucks County, Pennsylvania, located 25 miles from Philadelphia and 75 miles from New York, maintains an inviting, step-back-in-time atmosphere. Three self-drive tours (which can be downloaded from www.visitbuckscounty.com) direct you to 12 covered bridges, sturdy historic barns (ideal for photo ops), and nine wineries, several of which offer evening entertainment as well as tastings. 

Few towns are more picturesque than New Hope. Founded at a crossing on the Delaware River, it’s filled with unique specialty shops, B&Bs, antique stores and restaurants offering menus from New Orleans, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and India, as well as regional seasonal fare. Restaurant Week in March is a gustatory overload!

More shopping can be found in Peddler’s Village in Lahaska which has 65 specialty shops on 42 acres of garden, plus on-site lodging.