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In Pennsylvania, There's New Hope for a Holiday Dilemma

By JoAnn Greco
The Washington Post
Sunday, December 14, 1997; Page E04
   


What: A refreshing alternative to a panicky pre-holiday mall run.

Where: New Hope, Pa., about 26 miles north of Philadelphia -- about three hours from the Beltway, 20 miles from I-95

This small town, nestled amid the rolling hills of Bucks County, is packed with original craft shops, antiques stores and boutiques. Most shops are clustered on South and North Main Street, with a few on the cobbled side streets of Ferry and Mechanic. Among the best:

A Mano (128 S. Main, 215-862-5122) presents a range of crafts, including a collection of dramatically glazed raku vessels and lamps made from rice paper, pierced copper and wrought iron.

Across the street and around the corner, at 13 W. Mechanic St., is Milagros (215-862-3575), with a menagerie of carved wooden beasts from Oaxaca, Mexico. Each figure is painted from a dazzling palette. Prices start under $30 but can soar into the hundreds.

Crossing the Delaware Canal brings you to Heart of the Home (28 S. Main St., 215-862-1880), with wooden games, handcrafted instruments and hand-bound journals. The bedroom brims with snowy linens and boudoir trinkets; a bathroom painted in Caribbean colors and a garden room -- each filled with the proper merchandise -- also lift winter's gloom.

Gloom is pervasive, though, at Gothic Creations (15 N. Main, 215-862-2799), where gargoyles have taken over the place. Next door, at No. 19, Zephyr (215-862-9765) offers an eclectic assemblage of jewelry, glass and pottery.

A few doors away at No. 35, Topeo (215-862-2750) places a glittering emphasis on glass. There is shimmering everywhere: lamps, paperweights and perfume bottles. Around this time of year, a trove of tree ornaments is also strewn about.

If you're up for an elegant but inexpensive respite, stop by the Wedgwood Inn (215-862-2520), at 111 W. Bridge St. This year, owners Carl and Nadine Glassman have arranged a host of late-afternoon holiday-related celebrations. These include a candlelighting ceremony on all eight nights of Hanukah (Dec. 24-31). Phone ahead for reservations and times.

For information: Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau, 1-800-836-2825, http://www.bctc.org. Or check out the New Hope Web site at http://www.newhopepa.com.

   
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