THERE ARE FEW THINGS BETTER THAN AN AUTUMN DAY in Bucks County. Sure, the bucolic setting, complete with stone farmhouses, rolling hills and classic main streets, is charming any time of year, but fall is when it really shines. It may be only under an hour from Philadelphia, but Bucks County offers a breath of fresh air—and it’s not just for couples seeking romantic getaways. With inns, full-service hotels, restaurants and plenty to do, Bucks County is an ideal choice for meetings and events.
WHERE TO STAY
The Inn at Bowman’s Hill
The Inn at Bowman’s Hill is a charming, intimate locale with just four rooms and four suites. “Our guests tell us over and over again that they feel relaxed the moment they come through the gates of the property,” says Michael J. Amery, innkeeper. An exquisite wood-paneled boardroom seats 15 comfortably. After meetings, relax with a dip in the pool or enjoy a massage.
The Bridgeton House
The Bridgeton House rests right on the Delaware River. There are six rooms and five suites. Their dining room can accommodate 20 people for meetings and the Penthouse Suite can also hold 25 for meetings. “Corporate clients love the view and our attention to details,” says Diane Marshall, general manager.
Sheraton Bucks County
With 186 rooms on 15 floors, the Sheraton Bucks County is perfectly suited for large groups. The 12,000 square feet of meeting area is divided into 12 spaces, including a ballroom with space for 600 and a 60-seat tiered amphitheater. It’s also across the road from the Oxford Valley Mall for additional dining and shopping opportunities.
Radisson Philadelphia Northeast
Larger groups will want to consider the Radisson, which sits on the Bucks County/Philadelphia border. Located in Bensalem, it is easily accessed from US-1 and is also near Parx Casino. The Radisson’s 274 guest rooms and suites are furnished with a contemporary look and feel. The hotel is well designed for meetings and events, with 20,000 square feet of meeting space spread across 19 meeting rooms. In fact, the Forest Ballroom is the largest hotel ballroom in the northeast Philadelphia region.
WHERE TO EAT
Opened in 1722, Logan Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest continuously run hotel in Bucks County. “It is a boutique location offering all you need for your events,” says Maggie Smith, general manager. The Nikolas restaurant features Greek favorites and a 30-page wine list. During summer, the Terrace Bar provides open-air dining with 50 beers, including a variety of Belgians. There are two meeting spaces: the Fireside Room with space for 60 and the Cottage Room for up to 25. There are also 16 rooms for overnight stays.
Hattery Stove & Still
Located in the Doylestown Inn, this new bistro was once a hattery. It offers classic fare (think burgers, steaks and potatoes) as well as some surprises (steamed skate, grilled branzino and frog leg lollipops). Private dining spaces are both upstairs and down (60 seated, 100 for cocktails) or rent the entire space to accommodate 200 guests.
Creole classics like jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and gumbo await diners in this renovated 125-year-old church. The entire bottom floor has small rooms for meetings and the second-floor dining room has a cozy loft above it. “At Marsha Brown, we are committed to providing a flawless event with the finest Creole specialties available and premier service that will leave your guests with a lasting impression,” says Wendy Kelly, general manager. “It is the perfect setting for private parties, banquets, meetings, rehearsal dinners and other special events.”
WHAT TO DO
New Hope Railroad
Take a 45-minute ride back in time through the hills of Bucks County on a lovingly restored train dating from the early 1900s. Groups can charter a private car or the entire train.
This mile-long tour begins at the Mercer Museum, with six floors and 50,000 artifacts. Next up is Fonthill Castle, Henry Mercer’s former home, before setting off to the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. This working history museum produces tiles and mosaics the same way that Henry Mercer did. Guided tours, including after-hours adventures, are available through the museum. The Mercer Mile can also be customized for groups.
Adele Gamble has run ghost tours for 32 years. These hour-long tours, which were designed by author Adi-Kent Thomas Jeffrey, are just under a mile and are based on documented facts. Gamble says corporate groups enjoy the tours because they are unique. Tours are year round, but with Halloween around the corner, fall is a great time to get in the spirit.