Lambertville in a Nutshell:
Less famous than New Hope, PA, its neighbor just a mile across the Delaware River, quaint Lambertville is no less charming and engaging. It's true that this former mill and canal-transport village developed a following as a weekend destination later than New Hope, but especially since the late 1990s, its really blossomed into a charming vacation spot - here you'll find gay-friendly B&Bs, antiques shops, galleries, and cafes. And everything is within easy walking distance of New Hope. Also, since New Jersey has legalized gay marriage, the town has become a popular venue for same-sex weddings and honeymoons.
Lambertville has a climate typical of the Philadelphia/New York City region, with beautiful and temperate spring and fall weather, warm and sometimes muggy summers, and colder winters that typically see occasional snow showers and even a storm or two each year.
Average high-low temps are 39F/21F in Jan., 63F/39F in Apr., 87F/63F in July, and 67F/42F in Oct. (later in the month is prime leaf-peeping season). Precipitation averages 3 to 5 inches/mo. year-round, with summer generally seeing the most rain.
Lambertville is a small, peaceful old mill town with about 4,000 residents and a storybook locale on the east bank of the Delaware River, just across from the longtime gay-popular weekend community and artists' colony of New Hope, Pa. It's surrounded to the east by hilly, country village in largely rural Hunterdon County, due north of Philadelphia and about 70 miles southwest of New York City.
Driving distances to Lambertville from prominent places and points of interest are:
- Asbury Park, NJ: 60 miles (75 minutes)
- Atlantic City, NJ: 100 miles (1.5 hrs)
- Baltimore: 140 miles (2.5 hrs)
- Boston: 280 miles (4 to 5 hrs)
- New Hope: 2 miles (5 min)
- Montreal: 415 miles (6 to 7 hrs)
- New York City: 70 miles (75 min)
- Philadelphia: 40 miles (50 min)
- Pittsburgh: 320 miles (5 to 6 hrs)
- Princeton, NJ: 20 miles (35 min)
- Rehoboth Beach, DE: 160 miles (3 hrs)
- Providence, RI: 230 miles (4 hrs)
- Toronto: 475 miles (7.5 to 8.5 hrs)
- Washington, DC: 170 miles (3 hrs)
Traveling to Lambertville:
Most visitors to Lambertville, a popular weekend destination with Philadelphians and New Yorkers, arrive by car. But Lambertville is also easily accessible from any of the major airports serving Philadelphia and New York City. You could rent a car from any airport and drive here, but there's also Trans-Bridge Lines daily bus service between Lambertville and Newark Airport, New York City, and JFK Airport. From Philadelphia and its airport, you can take SEPTA regional rail service to Doylestown, PA, where you can take a taxi (Doyletown's Homestead Taxi is a reliable option) the 12 miles to Lambertville.
Lambertville/New Hope/Bucks County 2014-2015 Events Calendar:
Also check out the Philadelphia Gay Guide and Events Calendar for the several festivals and celebrations held there, less than an hour's drive from New Hope.
- Mid-Jan.: Lambertville/New Hope WinterFest/New Hope Winter Festival.
- Mid-Jan.: Fire and Ice Ball.
- Early Apr.: New Hope Steampunk Fantasy Faire
- Late Apr.: Bucks County/Doylestown Bucks Designer House and Gardens House Tour
- Early May: Peddler's Village Strawberry Festival.
- Mid-May: Moravian Pottery and Tile Works Festival.
- Mid- to late May: New Hope Gay Pride.
- Early June: New Hope Garden Tour.
- Mid-July: Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Discovery Day.
- Mid-Aug.: Moland House Historic Park Revolutionary War Reenactment.
- Mid-Aug.: New Hope Automobile Show.
- Mid-Aug.: Peddler's Village Peach Festival and Sidewalk Sale.
- Early Sept.: Doylestown Arts Festival.
- Late Sept.: New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival.
- Mid-Oct.: Bucks County Film Festival/Bucks Fever FilmFest.
- Late Oct.: New Hope Halloween Celebration at the Raven.
- Early Nov.: Peddler's Village Apple Festival.
- Mid-Nov.-Dec.: Pearl S. Buck Festival of Trees.
- Dec.: New Hope Holidays Festival.
- Mid-Dec.: Monroe Crossing the Delaware Parade.
- Late-Dec.: Washington's Christmas Day Crossing at Washington Crossing Historic Park.
Things to See and Do in Lambertville:
Lambertville's charming downtown is a haven of shopping, especially for antiques stores and art galleries. You can also walk 10 minutes across the bridge over the Delaware River into New Hope, where you'll find plenty more shopping.
From New Hope, you can also explore the many attractions in Bucks County, Pa., including Washington Crossing Historic Park; Peddler's Village, a community of some 70 restaurants and specialty stores; the esteemed James A. Michener Museum of Art, which with branches in Doylestown and New Hope; and the fanciful, 13th-century-inspired mansion, Fonthill.
Resources on Lambertville:
You can better plan your gay Lambertville visit by consulting some of the following links, among them nearby Philadelphia's excellent GLBT newspaper Philadelphia Gay News, which includes coverage of Lambertville and New Hope.
You can obtain tourism information from the Lambertville Chamber of Commerce as well as the surrounding Hunterdon County Tourism Office, plus local info on the Lambertville/New Hope area from New Hope's GLBT Pride and Tourism Committee New Hope Celebrates.
Getting to Know Lambertville:
Lambertville is one of several charming New Jersey hamlets on or near the Delaware River, an area sometimes referred to as New Hope's "Left Bank." Lambertville's commercial success was aided by a canal - the Delaware-Raritan Canal runs north-south through town. the town has a more substantial retail center than New Hope's. Antiques and clothing shops have replaced what used to be a light-industrial landscape, and several excellent restaurants have opened here in recent years. Many gay locals prefer the less frenetic pace of Lambertville and dine out here as often as in bustling and somewhat more touristy New Hope. Other quiet but scenic villages in the region worth exploring include Ringoes, Stockton, Frenchtown, Milford, and Clinton.
The general region has never aggressively marketed itself as a gay destination, but local businesses and tourism offices have lately begun advertising more to the GLBT market, especially since New Jersey legalized same-sex marriage. Also, neighboring New Hope has developed a highly festive and popular Gay Pride festival, which takes place in mid-May and includes events on the New Jersey side, too.