Philadelphia is known around the country for having some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Its rolling farmlands, the Delaware River and the forested gorge of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park all present the perfect setting for a relaxing yet activity-filled bed and breakfast getaway. Whether you stay within the historic city or out in the country, you’re sure to be cozy here.
Prices start at $130
The city’s historic Manayunk section has enjoyed an incredible renaissance during the last few decades while retaining its Old World Charm. It’s renowned for its Main Street, canal and the Manayunk Wall (of bike-race fame), which offers both riders and walkers a challenging climb up the famous hill. All of this and more is easily within walking distance from the Manayunk Terrace B&B. Additionally, guests may walk to a plethora of restaurants on Main Street and have direct access to the hike and bike tow path along the canal that leads all the way to Valley Forge.
Prices start at $105
New Hope has long been a getaway destination for both out-of-towners as well as locals from the Philadelphia area. Nestled on the Delaware River, this historic town was founded in 1710 and became a haven for artists more than a century ago. Porches New Hope rests directly on the Delaware Canal, and guests are treated to a birds-eye view of passing barges, as well as the real-life New Hope steam train. Porches New Hope was originally built as a granary in 1830 and boasts 10 fully restored guest rooms. The New Hope bike path passes directly by its garden gate, and lodgers can walk directly to the antique shops and bistros of downtown New Hope.
Prices start at $105
Morning Star B&B is situated at the doorstep of both Valley Forge National Historic Park and downtown Phoenixville. The building retains its original 18th century walk-in hearth. This B&B has a direct connection the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman, as the proprietors will happily explain. With more than 3,600 acres of trails and historic attractions in nearby Valley Forge, weary travelers may also enjoy on-site massage therapy.
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Prices start at $185
Hamanassett B&B, in the Brandywine Valley, is a destination for visitors to beautiful Longwood Gardens and the Brandywine River Museum. This B&B also has the unique distinction of offering a well-known cooking school right on its premises, where guests may take cooking classes during their stay.
Prices start at $115
The Thomas Bond House lies at the heart of Olde City within Independence National Historic Park. The residence has been fully restored to the Federal Period and has stood in the same spot since 1769. Guests may walk to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. Thomas Bond also offers visitors views of the Delaware River and a glass of sherry in their parlor room, which is complete with an authentic 18th-century gaming table. This B&B was also selected as one of the top 25 historic inns in the nation.
Darren Hunter is an author, lecturer, and freelancer covering travel and outdoors around Philadelphia. His third book, The Exile Project, was set in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park at Valley Green. His work can be found at Examiner.com.