New Hope's 1870 Wedgwood Inn
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New Hope, Pennsylvania's 1870 Wedgwood Bed & Breakfast Inn, a nationally acclaimed New Hope bed and breakfast inn, is a Wedgwood-blue colored Victorian "Painted Lady" listed on Bucks County Registry of Historic Places. Wedgwood Inn is spelled Wedgwood, not 'Wedgewood' because Wedgwood Inn is named after the Englishman Josiah Wedgwood who invented the famous Wedgwood blue bone china. The Wedgwood family name does not have a second "e" in its spelling. Set on 2 private acres of a park-like setting with flower-lined brick walkways leading to two gazebos and a hammock, yet just steps from New Hope's historic and vibrant village and the walking bridge to Lambertville and nearby Princeton, New Jersey.
Hosts, Carl and Dinie, have offered Wedgwood perfection in lodging services since 1982. Their warm, friendly and hospitable Inn attracts business and leisure travelers, and is a place "where executive minds meet" for off-site meetings and retreats. With its extensive collection of Wedgwood china, award winning gardens, gracious antique furnishings, hand-painted/stenciled guest rooms with free Wi-Fi connections, luxury amenities and personalized attention, the Wedgwood Inn creates the perfect setting for either business or pleasure.
Rated 3 diamonds (AAA) and 3 1/2 stars (MOBIL Guide).
Voted "Inn of the Year" by readers of inn guidebooks published by Lanier International Ltd.
Welcoming refreshments and home baked goodies are served on your arrival and are available to you all day long. An Afternoon Tea, hosted by your innkeepers, is also served on Saturdays. Breakfast is served daily, in bed, on our expansive dining porch, or on one of our Victorian covered porches.
Indulge in some of our Special Services such as Gift Certificates, In-room Massage, Pool, Tennis or Health Club privileges. Or, perhaps, treat yourself to flowers, chocolates or a special gift basket. Let us customize your stay in New Hope to experience all that Bucks County has to offer. New Hope was chosen America's #1 Arts Destination in the Small Cities/Towns category for 2005/6 by American Style magazine.
Our Inn has been fortunate to have been featured on the cover of several magazines including National Geographic Traveler and The Innsider. TV coverage includes CNN's "Travel Show", "Romantic Inns of America", "Business with Lou Dobbs" and in a series on New Hope Ghost Stories. The Wedgwood has been independently rated and approved by AAA and Mobil Travel Guide -- New Hope's only establishment with these honors.
Open year round, we are located in New Hope, midway between New York City and Philadelphia, and across the bridge from Lambertville and Princeton, New Jersey, and less than 3 hours from the Baltimore/DC Metro area. Minutes off I-95, the Inn is easily accessible by car, train or bus line from NYC. So why not discover our enchanting village for the first time, or all over again. Stay with us and experience why we were just "Voted Best of Philly" 2005-2006 by the editors of Philadelphia Magazine and was also featured in the NY Times (March 2006).
New Hope's 1870 Wedgwood Bed and Breakfast Inn is a gracious Wedgwood-blue colored Victorian "Painted Lady." Wedgwood blue colored walls and trim and authentic Wedgwood china is found throughout the Wedgwood Inn. Wedgwood Inn is named after Englishman / inventor Josiah Wedgwood, and he spelled his name Wedgwood, not Wedgewood. The Inn looks great in all four seasons and is the subject of choice for many photographers and painters. The original portion of the Inn once served as a camp site for General George Washington and 1200 Continental Army soldiers in December 1776, just prior to the famous Christmas Eve Crossing of the Delaware River (which took place a few miles from the Inn).
Today the Wedgwood ccombines Victorian splendor with such modern amenities as 2 person Jacuzzi tubs, Fireplaces, and complimentary wireless internet connections. We serve both corporate and leisure travelers and also host business meetings and special events.
The inn is set on 2 private acres of a park-like setting with flower-lined brick walkways leading to two gazebos and a hammock, yet just steps from New Hope's historic and vibrant village and the walking bridge to Lambertville and nearby Princeton, New Jersey.
Days begin with a generous home baked breakfast and ends with a tot of Carl's secret-recipe Almond Liquor and chocolates at your bedside. Coffee is available at 7 am and breakfast is served daily from 8:30 - 9:45 am – on Wedgwood china, of course – in the Wedgwood's expansive Breakfast Room (we have tables for 2, 4 and groups of 8) and on our covered Victorian Porch. If you prefer, you may request Breakfast delivered to your guest room or your private porch (with advance notice). An early Breakfast Tray can also be arranged in advance.
The Guest Pantry is accessible 24/7. A refrigerator, hot and cold beverages, just-baked goodies, hard candies and fresh fruit are available throughout the day. Afternoon Tea is served on Saturdays and Holiday Sundays.
Guest Rooms and Suites at New Hope's 1870 Wedgwood Bed and Breakfast Inn are individually painted and stenciled by a New Hope artist and graced with fresh-cut flowers all year 'round. Hand-picked antiques, original art, scented English soaps, plush towels and extra pillows are in all guest rooms. All rooms have private baths, queen or king size bed, color cable TV, telephone with voicemail and air conditioning. Some also have a double Jacuzzi, private porches and / or fireplaces and brass ceiling fans.
The Wedgwood Collection of Inns offer 18 rooms and suites with a range of value-priced amenities. All rates are for double occupancy, and include refreshments and home baked treats on arrival, an evening turndown service (which includes chocolates and a tot of Carl's secret recipe Almond Liqueur), daily maid service, and a generous home baked breakfast each morning, which can be served to you (on Wedgwood china, of course!) in our Dining Room, on our Back Porch, or if you prefer, in the privacy of your own room.
All accommodations have telephone with voicemail, individually controlled air conditioning, color cable TV, free wireless internet access, free onsite parking and more. In addition, Pool & Tennis Club, as well as Health Club privileges are also available for a small fee. All accommodations - and the entire Inn - is "Smoke Free." No smoking, candles or incense are permitted inside our historic in.
- 8 guest rooms
- 6 with queen beds
- 2 with king beds
- 4 jacuzzi suites
- 8 with fireplace
- 3 with private porches
- Private baths en suite
- Child friendly (limited)
- Pet friendly (limited)
- Pool, tennis and health club privileges (fee)
- 2 acres of lawns & gardens
- Gazebo & Victorian porches
- Smoke-free environment
- Off-street parking
- Meeting room for 3-30
- Common rooms exclusively for house guests
- handicapped accessible
- Hard-wired fire alarm monitored by a central station
- Open year round; walk to everything the vibrant twin river towns of New Hope and Lambertville have to offer!
- Home baked goodies & refreshments on arrival and available all day
- Saturday Afternoon Tea
- Multi-course hot breakfast, served!
- Guest refrigerator & pantry
- Cable TV (8 of 8 rooms)
- Wireless Internet access
- Air conditioned
- 24-hour resident innkeeper
The Wedgwood Inn also offers free local calling from your room phones, and intercom capability between rooms too. In addition, we have free WiFi access from your sleeping room, all our public rooms as well as from our Victorian porches and Gazebo.
For Additional Lodging Options Visit Our Aaron Burr House (across the street from the Wedgwood).
Meeting Facilities at the Wedgwood
Ideal for your next business meeting.
New Hope's Wedgwood Collection of Historic Inns has successfully hosted off-site conferences since 1982. Day and overnight training sessions, study groups, executive seminars and corporate retreats have all been hosted here, effectively combining business and pleasure. Please note, we host only one meeting at a time.
Facilities include 5 conference rooms accommodating up to 26 people, set on 2 park-like acres which are ideal for breaks and lunch. We provide complimentary on-site parking.
All Conference Rooms Feature
- Effective lighting and climate control
- Audio-visual aids with prior arrangement
- Flip chart, markers, pads and pencils
- Telephone with speaker phone
- High Speed, Wireless Internet Access
- Handicap accessible (including bathroom)
- Smoke-free environment
- Bottled water and hard candy
We have 18 overnight guest rooms and suites for your conference attendees.
We can accommodate lunch, break and reception needs. We are happy to fax lunch and break menus to you. Meeting planners and executives can arrange to preview the conference facilities. Email us at: [email protected]
Multiple Room Configurations
Wedgwood Main Meeting Room
This new 2000 square foot wing accommodates meetings of 26 people on the main level. This room has high ceilings, 3 tall windows, hardwood floors and 4 French doors which lead to a covered Victorian porch. It is handicap accessible and also has an adjoining handicap bathroom.
Wedgwood Fireplace Room
Adjacent to the Main Meeting Room is the Fireplace Room. This space has tall ceilings, a fireplace and the French door leads out to a covered Victorian porch. This room is often used as break-out space in conjunction with the Main Meeting Room. It is handicap accessible and also has an adjoining handicap bathroom. There is also a TV/VCR.
The 300 square foot Wedgwood Parlor is well suited for meetings of 8 people or for break-out space for a larger group. A fireplace, telephone, 4 tall windows, high ceiling and a combination of tables, chairs and couches. It is handicap accessible and also has an adjoining handicap bathroom.
Meeting Your Needs
All your meeting requirements are expertly managed by the staff of the Wedgwood Inn.
- Total exclusivity: We only host one meeting a time
- In-room telephones with voicemail and room-to-room intercom capability
- Wireless Internet access
- Copier and fax services are available for a nominal charge
- Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks are custom-designed and served on Wedgwood china
- Spacious grounds for walking, lawn games and outdoor breaks
- Covered Victorian porches, 2 gazebos, and lawn furniture to meet or relax in
- A completely smoke-free work environment
- 24 hour in-residence staff
- We'll arrange dinner reservations at any of the three dozen restaurants within walking distance of the inn
- Convenient location between New York City and Philadelphia, close to Princeton and Trenton (NJ), just off 1-95
- Walking distance to our historic village, known for its art, antiques, and fine dining and shops, live theater and entertainment
- Direct billing is offered with a Letter of Authorization
- American Express, VISA and MasterCard also accepted
Weddings & Special Events
In addition to business meetings and family reunions, we have regularly hosted small commitment and wedding ceremonies. All are customized to individual needs and desires. Email us with your request.
"New Hope is a convenient and fun location to meet for the Marrone family from North Jersey and Philadelphia...and the Wedgwood Collection of Inns is the place to stay. Nadine and her friendly staff keep the most beautiful, clean and comfortable inn. It's ideal for our reunions." - C & D of Hackensack, NJ
"Thank you for your expert advice in every aspect of planning our special service. Our family and friends loved their accommodations and the dinner party was flawless" - Judith and Jen
Wedgwood's InnSchool for Aspiring Innkeepers
Around 1980, Nadine and Carl Glassman had a dream to own a bed and breakfast country inn. They were part of an emerging class of professionals who rejected suburban conformity and urban complexity. It was the life of the small town and a gingerbread Victorian house filled with antiques that drew them. In 1982 they plunged forward buying an inn, the Wedgwood Bed & Breakfast, in New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Since then, they have expanded to include a collection of three inns. And Carl has co-authored a book for aspiring innkeepers (How to Start and Run Your Own Bed and Breakfast Inn). Carl and Nadine have opened their inn to others who have the same dream and offer an opportunity to "apprentice" with them, to see if the reality of owning an inn is as interesting as the fantasy.
All our "learning vacation programs" take place in New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A small river town across from Lambertville (NJ), New Hope has a 350 year history as a big centre for antiques, handcrafts, historic attractions, fine dining and live music and entertainment.
The Three Avenues for Learning Are
- Innkeeping Seminars
- Apprenticeship Programs
- Direct Consultations
How to Start and Run Your Own Bed and Breakfast Inn, co-authored by Carl Glassman. First published in 1992, the second edition is now available. You can purchase an autographed copy by calling the Wedgwood Inn directly (215-862-2570) or emailing us. This is a "must" read for any prospective innkeeper.
"As an aspiring innkeeper, I thirst for reading material! I'm in the process of reading your book published in 1992 "How To Start and Run your Own Bed & Breakfast Inn." Thanks for so much very good information. I hope to work at an inn this summer to see if that discourages me at all, I doubt it! Any other books in the bookstore from you?" -Linda Behmoiras, Miami Beach
Awards and Accolades
Voted 1989 Inn of the Year by Readers of Lanier's Collection of Travel Books and Guides
Rated 3 diamonds (AAA) and 3 1/2 stars (MOBIL Guide)
A Labor of Love by Gary Weckselblatt
www.phillyburbs.com (March 20, 2011) Business Section
AAA World Magazine (March/April 2011)
Features "the splendid" Wedgwood Inn in its article titled, Romantic Mid-Atlantic Long Weekends: Bucolic Bucks County by Rebecca L. Rhoades
"Ask New Yorkers where they go for a romantic getaway, and more often than not, you'll hear 'New Hope, Pennsylvania'".
GO Airtran Magazine (March 2011)
Highlights Wedgwood Inn's InnSchool in article titled, Without Reservations, by Allison Weiss Entrekin
Hospitality at It's Finest by Linda C. Feltman
www.pa-mag.com - May/June 2010 Issue
Always Consult a Map.
New Hope's 1870 Wedgwood House Bed and Breakfast Inn is ideally situated mid-way between New York (70 miles) and Philadelphia (25 miles), and approximately 180 miles from Washington D.C. New Hope is only a short distance from Princeton, Flemington and Trenton, New Jersey; Lahaska, Doylestown and Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
From New York and North including Newark International Airport
- Take either Route 80 West to Morristown (NJ) or Route 78 West (near Newark, NJ airport) to Somerville (NJ)
- Take Route 287 South toward Somerville (NJ)
- Follow signs to Flemington, Route 202 South and exit (Exit #17)
- Proceed approximately 12 miles to a traffic circle; go 1/2 way around and continue on Route 202 South another 12 miles to New Hope Toll Bridge (Welcome to Pennsylvania!)
- Cross Toll Bridge ($.75) and continue straight into Pennsylvania to first traffic light (Sugan Road)
- Make Left at light
- Make Left 1 block at next traffic light (West Bridge Street/County Road 179)
- Proceed north on West Bridge Street, past church and school. Slow down and prepare to turn right
- Make Right at yellow blinking light into Wedgwood Inn/Umpleby House, 111 West Bridge Street, New Hope, Pa. 18938-1401
- Aaron Burr House is 2 doors down on the Left, corner Chestnut Street at 80 West Bridge Street, New Hope, Pa. 18938
Offers an express bus trip from NYC: 610-868-6001 www.transbridgebus.com Call us in advance to arrange for complementary pick-up from the bus stop.
"A very comfortable express bus ride from NYC: 90 minutes and 9,000 light years from the city. New Hope is a comfortable cosmopolitan seaside village, no need whatsoever for a car. We strolled the art galleries and boutiques, hiked the canal towpath and even took the mule–drawn barge ride and the steam train ride too. The Inn has a great location — thanks for the car ride to the bus stop; we bought too much stuff to walk to it." - Bonita and Maurice, Brooklyn
From Long Island (NY), including JFK International Airport and Staten Island
- Verrazano Bridge
- To 440 South
- To Outer Bridge
- To Route 287 North to Somerville (NJ)
- To Route 202 South to Flemington (NJ)
- Continue as above
From Philadelphia (PA) and South (including Philadelphia International Airport)
- Take I-95 North to New Hope, exit 51
- Turn left at the end of the exit ramp
- This is Taylorsville Road. Continue 5 miles to stop sign
- This is River Road (Route 32)
- Turn left at stop sign
- Proceed North on Route 32 app. another 5 miles into the village of New Hope
- Make a left at our one and only traffic light and proceed to the Wedgwood; the big blue Victorian house on the top of hill, left side
"About 2½ hours from Baltimore to New Hope – an easy drive up I–95, and the last 10 minutes up scenic and curvy River Road was a relaxful prelude to entering the enchanted town of New Hope around the last bend in the road." - Jana and Danielle, Baltimore, MD
From Points West
- PA Turnpike East to Route 611 North (Willow Grove exit)
- Proceed to Route 202 North to Route 179 North
- The Wedgwood will be on the right, just after a school and large field (on the left)
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to (Innkeeper) for sharing (their) own secrets with BBOnline.com!
Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most Guests at our Wedgwood Inn are here for leisure travel. Though some are business travelers and corporate relocation executives. Many stay to celebrate special occasions like an anniversary, birthday or “babymoon”. Many also spend their honeymoon here too. All guests enjoy the warm hospitality, friendly service and clean and comfortable lodging rooms and suites that we offer.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are known for our consistent award-winning breakfasts, friendly and knowledgeable “concierge services” and up-scale and deluxe hotel accommodations in a gracious historic Victorian inn. Our location is ideal in New Hope: situated on 2 plus acres of landscaped grounds and tall shade trees, yet just steps from the vibrant New Hope village square and Lambertville, NJ too. We love that New Hope is a vibrant, historic river town with a big international reputation for antiques, art and live music and theater and fine dining.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Sophisticated riverfront restaurants, Antiquing, Independently owned boutiques and shops, Equity theater, and Historic Attractions
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
“Staying at Wedgwood Inn was so comfortable and welcoming. It was like visiting a favorite relative WITHOUT the hassle of family”
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The back roads and country lanes that wind through Covered Bridges and passed stately stone structures and old General Stores that attracted artists in 1900 are as bucolic and scenic today as they were for the New Hope Impressionist painters last century.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Shop the independent, artisan shops downtown. Visit Fonthill Castle and Moravian Tile Works. Take a walk through Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve while stopping off at Bowman’s tower for a fabulous view. Wine tasting at various vineyards. Take a scenic 14 mile drive to Lumberville; there is a walking bridge that leads to a park. ….then dine at The Black Bass Hotel.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
YES! The vibrant and historic twin river towns of New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ are just steps from Wedgwood Inn. 200 independently owned shops and galleries, 12 places with live music and theater, 40 restaurants, Steam Train Rides, Boat Rides, House Museums, the River and Canal, the towpath for hiking and biking, Historic District, Ghost Tours, Food and Drinking tours, Tubing , kayaking and canoeing, Pool and Tennis Club, Covered Bridge Tour and more.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Riverside Dining-The Landing, Casual Fare with beautiful courtyard- The Inn of the Hawke, Peruvian- El Tule, Steakhouse- Marsha Browns, and Romantic- Salt House
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference
How many rooms does your inn have?
12 Fireplace Rooms, 6 Whirlpool Suites, and 1 2-Story Carriage House
Do you accept pets?
Yes. Specific rooms/suites are “Dog Friendly”