Walking—and Eating and Drinking and Shopping—in a Winter Wonderland

Nothing makes me happier on a lazy Sunday than hopping into the car and heading into Lambertville for breakfast and a jaunt around town. The unique shops (personal must-sees include Area Home and Lime Boutique, but that’s a topic for another day’s blog), the art galleries, the antique stores, the chocolate-chip pancakes at Sneddon’s… Before I know it, I’ve wiled away two hours, the baby is crying for her next meal and my husband is tapping his watch (a clear indication that there is some sort of sporting event on television that he would like to watch from the comfort of the couch). And I haven’t even attempted to cross the bridge into New Hope yet. Ah, another day, then…

This week, there’s even more to love about the fair cities along the river: The 2010 Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival. Organized by a group of local business owners, residents, and other generally good-spirited people, the Winter Festival has one mission: to provide a healthy, invigorating cold-weather experience while raising funds and awareness for local nonprofit organizations. Helping others while also helping yourself to some seasonal Winter Festival beer? Sign me up.

Although the event officially kicked off last Saturday night, the serious fun begins tomorrow, Wednesday, January 27, and continues through the weekend: Thursday night offers the Taste of Winter Fest at the Inn at Lambertville Station featuring a sampling from the area’s finest local restaurants accompanied by wine selections from Unionville Vineyard and The Station’s Winter Festival Reserve List. On Friday, the Winter Festival Concert and WXPN/Philadelphia (another favorite resource of mine for discovering new music) presents up-and-coming artist and Independent Music Award nominee Danielia Cotton (who just happens to hail from Hopewell). The weekend is even more jam-packed, with live ice carving (awesome), the Winter Festival Parade, historic walking tours and scenic hikes, children’s events, and entertainment from cabaret performances to ballet. And did I mention The Rotary Beef N Brew at Triumph Brewing Company complete with hot roast beef sandwiches, beer, and live music? Yes, I said “hot roast beef sandwiches.”

Now, get on your down coats, hats, mittens, and boots, and get going. That beer isn’t going to drink itself, you know. To learn more about the festival’s full schedule of events and its charitable outreach program, as well as to purchase tickets to certain events, log on to winterfestival.net.  —JH

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