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Home to an impressive roster of antique shops (it is the “Antiques Capital of New Jersey” after all!), art galleries and hip local eateries, Lambertville was also named one of HGTV’s 50 Most Charming Small Towns in America.
Where to Stay
All aboard for one-of-a-kind accommodations in the heart of the city! Two centuries ago, a welcoming train station stood here by the river’s edge. Today, The Inn at Lambertville Station and its popular restaurant (where you can spy original architectural details) welcome overnight guests and diners to “Eat, Sleep, Party, Unwind.” Reserve one of their 46 contemporary rooms or suites for your weekend escape.
With an equally coveted location along Bridge Street, in the center of the city’s dining and shopping district, you’ll find Lambertville House, which also boasts some interesting history. Back in 1812, Captain John Lambert built this gem as a tavern and hostelry and, over the years, it hosted some folks you may recognize, including President Andrew Johnson and General Ulysses S. Grant. Maybe it’s time to add your name to the guest roster?
If you prefer a countryside setting, you have two equally enchanting options. Chimney Hill Estate Inn sits atop a rise offering beautiful river valley views and luxurious amenities, including fireplaces and jetted tubs. In neighboring Stockton (another town worth exploring during your getaway!), you’ll find the stately Woolverton Inn, which offers 14 cottages and guest rooms.
Where to Eat
If you’re staying in Lambertville Station or Lambertville House, fine dining is just steps away. Both on-site restaurants are open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks, with eclectic cuisine to warm you up — you can view their menus here and here.
Being an easily walkable city, you’ll find even more options on foot. For pre-fixe fare, pull up a chair at Brian’s. Since it’s a BYOB, you may want to make a quick stop at the nearby (really, it’s less than 300 feet away) Wonderful World of Wines for a bottle of your favorite vino.
Creative takes on comfort food and a welcoming ambiance reign supreme at a trio of tempting taverns — Anton’s at The Swan, The Hawke and Bells Tavern. Or embark on a world tour without a passport at El Tule Mexican & Peruvian Restaurant, Local Greek Lambertville, Broadmoor or Tacos Cancun.
We’ve also rounded up some beloved brunch options for you, including Full Moon Restaurant, Sneddon’s Luncheonette and Under The Moon Café. For a cup of something hot and caffeinated, plus treats on the run, hit up Union Coffee.
What to Do
If you’re looking for just the right piece to adorn your home, Lambertville’s antiquing and art galleries are second-to-none! We recommend plotting your treasure hunt at Antiques Center at the People’s Store, Golden Nugget Antique Flea Market, A Touch of the Past Antiques, A Mano Galleries at the 5 & 10, Artists’ Gallery, Haas Gallery, Michael Fratrich’s Ten One Gallery, Robin’s Egg Gallery, Jim’s of Lambertville, Highlands Art Gallery and Gallery Piquel. You can round out your retail therapy at Castor Jewelry Design, Panoply Books and Foxy Reds or make the leap from fine to performing arts at Music Mountain Theatre.
Finally, you can get your cardio (and sightseeing!) on when you rent bikes from Big Bear Gear to ride along the historic towpath that hugs the Delaware River. If there’s snow on the ground, you can opt for cross-country ski or snowshoe rentals instead!
Before you hit the road for your Lambertville winter getaway, be sure to check with your chosen accommodations and attractions for the latest updates and details.