If you’re looking for an ideal day trip, Lambertville, New Jersey just might be the perfect place! Centrally located, this small town is easily accessible from both North and South Jersey. It is so awesome that Esquire, a national print publication, named it one of the coolest small towns in America. I wholeheartedly agree, and here are 10 reasons why. I saved the best for last!
1. Gorgeous architecture.
Founded in 1705, the town offers fantastic examples of Federal and Victorian architecture.
2. Stunning views of the Delaware River.
Sit back and enjoy the scenery. This shot shows the Delaware as seen from Lambertville.
3. Endless outdoor recreation.
Enjoy kayaking on the Delaware and Raritan Canal, hiking and biking on the D&R Trail, and much more!
4. Spectacular shopping.
Especially for jewelry and home goods. For fine furnishings, visit the lovely Blue Raccoon, pictured, or Bons Reves, featured in both Philadelphia Magazine and Philadelphia Style. Consider Castor Jewelry or Diana Vincent for quality jewelry.
5. Plentiful antiquing opportunities.
Sometimes referred to as "The Antiques Capital of New Jersey," there are plenty of places to score vintage finds in Lambertville. The People's Store Antique Center, with 45 different dealers, and Golden Nugget Antique and Flea Market are popular choices. Both are great places to start your search for antique furnishings, art, clothing, jewelry, and much more.
6. A thriving art scene.
There are over two dozen galleries in this small town, and you're sure to find something you love - whatever your style. Head to Don't Toss It for spectacular re-purposed pieces, River Queen Artisans for quirky finds, Artists' Gallery for gorgeous paintings, Barney Stone Glass for intricate glass sculptures, A Mano Galleries for an eclectic mix, or Robin's Egg, specializing in dog portraits.
7. Fun festivals.
Some of the fun-filled local festivals include The Winter Festival, held from January 23-31, complete with a chili cook-off, ice sculptures & parade, ShadFest, celebrating the local favorite fish, Wine & Design, and the summertime Food Fair.
8. Unique entertainment and attractions.
S.P.L.A.S.H. Delaware River Steamboat is a one-of-a-kind floating classroom for children and adults. Learn about local history, conservation, and much more on your Delaware River tour. History buffs will enjoy the James Wilson Marshall House and Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum, while ballet lovers may be interested in Roxey Ballet's Beer and Ballet nights. Another great Lambertville attraction is Fulper Family Farmstead, offering guided, interactive tours, and a yearly Harvest Fest.
9. Fantastic places to stay.
If you're looking for luxury lodging, you'll find it in Lambertville. The Chimney Hill Estate Inn, pictured, is located on a working Alpaca farm. Lambertville Station, also pictured, is located right on the waterfront, offers fine dining, and is a popular wedding venue. Other options include The Lambertville House Hotel, a lovely boutique hotel, and Bridge Street House, which offers a gallery and serene courtyard.
10. Incredible dining options.
This tiny town packs a big dining scene. There are numerous award-winning restaurants and local favorites to choose from. El Tule, pictured, is a top-rated pick. DiNapoli's was voted best meatball in New Jersey by Chasing News, Lilly's on the Canal offers great views, Full Moon has a delicious breakfast, Anton's at the Swan is great for an upscale dining experience, The Boathouse is a popular bar, Brian's serves up rustic European cuisine, and D'Floret is a local haunt with fantastic reviews.
Have you ever been to Lambertville? What did you enjoy most? Are there any other small towns you love that you would like me to cover? Let me know in the comments!