Places to Visit
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Anyone who knows me knows that I like to get my Christmas shopping done early. Then, I can go to the malls and laugh while I watch other people rush to get their gifts at the last minute. About a week ago, we decided to go to Peddler’s Village where I could stroll, browse and enjoy myself while others raced from store to store driving themselves crazy to find the perfect gift.
Peddler’s Village, located in Lahaska in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is an entire village of shops and eateries – 75 to be exact! It’s a one-stop shopping area in a village-type setting. That means trees, grass and cobblestones line the pathways to store after store filled with specialty items. Now, if you are looking for the perfect gift, believe me, you’ll find it here.
Shopping for artwork? There’s a huge variety of stores including the Artisans Gallery, Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery, Village Artworks and Framing and more where you’ll find works from local and nationally known artists in the form of lithographs, posters, paintings, sculpture and more. Looking for clothing? Check out Signatures, Simply Comfortable, Velvet Chic, Com-Fort-A-Ble, Chico’s, and more for both urban and sophisticated apparel. And don’t forget to stop at The Velvet Slipper for all sorts of fashionable footwear including Uggs, Dansko, Clarks and more. Looking for toys? K-B-Toys just opened up. You can also check out the Village Toy and Doll Shoppe, The Fun Place and more. Looking for lifestyle or home décor items? Check out Country Accents, Journey’s Spirited Gifts, Knobs ‘N Knockers, The Soap Opera Company and more, where you can find health and beauty aides as well as hardware, furniture and more for your home. Unique collectibles and gifts can be found at shops like Angels in the Village, The Den, Turn Me Loose, Pewter Plus, The Paper Chase, The Mole Hole of Peddler’s Village and dozens of other unique gift shops.
While you’re shopping, you can sample a variety of culinary items in specialty shops and restaurants scattered all around Peddler’s Village. For sit-down dining, check out Cross Culture for multicultural fair, Earl’s Prime for steak and seafood, The Spotted Hog Restaurant and the Cock ‘N Bull Restaurant for tradition meals, and Hart’s Tavern and Peddler’s Pub for beer, soups, sandwiches and more. Stop at the House of Coffee for espresso, cappuccino, iced drinks, soups, baked goods and coffees from all around the world available by the cup or by the pound. Looking for sweets? Check out Skip’s Candy Corner, The Town Crier Bakery, The Nut Kettle and more for candy, baked treats, gourmet pretzels, and more. I settled on a huge pretzel and a cup of hot apple cider and a cup of hot chocolate some time later on in our journey.
And Peddler’s Village isn’t just for shopping. If you’re traveling, you can stay at the Golden Plough Inn, which boast 70 luxurious rooms and suites. The inn offers a continental breakfast, whirlpools, fireplaces and other amenities. Children are welcome, but if you’re there for business, meeting space and wireless internet are available.
But for me, the most fun was to be had after the sun went down. The entire village is decorated for Christmas and when the last rays of sunlight disappear, the lights go on. Man, what a display! It’s literally a thing of beauty. The whole village is tastefully illuminated – the trees, the shops, lampposts, bushes, etc. That, combined with the Christmas music playing in each shop and the smell of apple cider being heated in a cauldron over a wood fire brought it all home for me.
So, if you have a little extra Christmas shopping to do, or you’re just looking for a little taste of Christmas, head over to Peddler’s Village! You won’t be disappointed. Check the website for events that will be taking throughout the holiday season and afterwards – that’s right, Peddler’s Village is open all year for your shopping pleasure!