Where to Find Internationally Inspired Tapas Near Heritage Summer Hill: Honey in Doylestown

Honey is a one-of-a-kind staple in Doylestown, with an ambiance that's equal parts upscale and cozy. Stone walls with eclectic lighting and comfortable booths make for the perfect atmosphere to stay and enjoy. While the price point is definitely more in line with a special-occasion meal, a visit here is worth every penny and then some.

The menu features a rotating selection of internationally inspired small plates so that you and a friend from Heritage Summer Hill can try a little bit of everything. One favorite plate is the salmon tacos, which fill crisp wonton shells with salmon tartare, pineapple, jicama, and a lime vinaigrette. Just as loved is the black tea-glazed short ribs served with ginger ice cream, or the risotto cakes. Pair your meal with a perfectly crafted cocktail. The Heat of Passion will add a little kick — it's made with passion fruit juice, tequila and spicy habanero. Honey also offers a variety of local craft beers if cocktails aren’t your cup of tea!

Are You Brave Enough for a Halloween Tour of Doylestown Cemetery, Heritage Summer Hill?

Dating all the way back to the 1800s, the Doylestown Cemetery isn’t your average cemetery. Originally created by a small nonprofit group who wanted to start a cemetery where all denominations would be received, it has grown to over 33 acres and comes with a rich history. For a peek inside this history, they have a variety of walking tours that unearth some of the stories behind this impressive burial ground.

Tours meet at the corner of East Court Street and Spruce Street, and are offered at 10 a.m. every Saturday and 1 p.m. every Sunday. The topics rotate, and you can find a schedule on their website (the suggested donation is $7 per person). One of the most popular tours is the Civil War Tour, where re-enactors walk you through the stories of the over 200 vets buried in the cemetery. Don't miss the special guided tours taking place on Halloween night! Grab a flashlight and some friends from Heritage Summer Hill, put on your Halloween costume, and meet at the cemetery's front gate beginning at 6 p.m. This tour is offered for free with a non-perishable food or personal care item donation for the local women’s shelter.

The Zen Den: Where Residents of Heritage Summer Hill Can Linger Over a Latte and Free Wi-Fi

Located about 3 miles from Heritage Summer Hill, The Zen Den in Doylestown brings unique style and comfort to the coffee drinking scene. The restaurant describes itself as a “funky, chic coffee boutique” and aims to offer the Doylestown community a place to “relax and recharge.”

The spacious interior feels more than a living room than a cafe. The shop is decorated with antique furniture and accents to give it an eclectic and cozy vibe. The walls are adorned with artwork and photography from local artists and is all for sale. There is free Wi-Fi for those looking to be productive, and there are often live music and networking events. Upcoming events for June, for example, include a workshop about essential oils, plus performances by a handful of local entertainers.

As for the menu, The Zen Den only serves La Colombe Torrefaction coffee (often accompanied by whimsical latte art) and Blackberry Pond loose leaf teas, both of which are organic. All of the pastries and food served at the cafe are sourced from local eateries!

Craving Indian Cuisine Near Heritage Summer Hill? You’ll Find It at Best Taste of India

Many people love Indian cuisine, and if you're looking for it near Heritage Summer Hill, you'll find it at Best Taste of India II. This no-frills Indian eatery offers all of the most popular dishes from across India, and its elegant yet sparse dining room creates a perfect spot for a low-key lunch or a casual date night out.

At Best Taste of India II, the menu includes biryani dishes, curry and rice platters and even vegetarian options made entirely without meat. Samosas and fresh-baked naan bread make delicious appetizers to go along with your meal, and the restaurant has a BYOB policy so that you can bring your favorite wine to go along with your meal.

If you're looking to enjoy dinner at home, Best Taste of India II offers takeout on any menu item, and the eatery delivers anywhere in the Doylestown area.

Best Taste of India
826 N Easton Road
Doylestown, PA 18902
(215) 489-7800
www.yelp.com/biz/best-taste-of-india-ii-doylestown

Catch Live Music or Grab a Craft Beer at Maxwell’s on Main

Whether it's the collection of craft beer or the popular mini corn dogs that bring you to Maxwell's on Main, known by locals as MOM's. Located about two miles from Heritage Summer Hill, you'll likely stumble upon a special event while you're there—or at least a happy hour special. From 5 to 7 p.m. every night of the week, you can grab select draft beers for $2 or $3, martinis and glasses of house wines for $7, and well cocktails for $4.

But every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, MOM's also hosts special events. This weekend and next alone promise visits from two local DJs (DJ Lebeet and DJ Pete Granata) on Saturday night. You can expect other live music (including local bands) and special craft beer tastings at MOM's too.

Maxwell's on Main
37 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 340-1880
www.momsdoylestown.com
www.yelp.com/biz/m-o-m-s-maxwells-on-main-doylestown

Don’t Miss the Truffle and Smoke Potato Chips at Honey

Truffle and smoke potato chips. Scottish salmon tacos. Duck samosas. At Honey in Doylestown, these inventive tapas are standard dinner fare. Although Yelp reviewers seem to particularly like the truffle and smoke potato chips at this eatery not far from Heritage Summer Hill (they're dusted with hickory-smoked sea salt and drizzled with truffle oil) you have plenty of options if you come to Honey for small plates.

Order a few to share at your table, like the fried goat cheese risotto cakes with chickpea caponata and oregano-scented tomato broth. Or try the Black Velvet oysters, dressed in a Guinness reduction and champagne-horseradish mignonette, then served with smoked steelhead caviar. Add a specialty cocktail or a locally brewed craft beer for the full fine dining experience at Honey.

Honey
42 Shewell Avenue
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 489-4200
www.honeyrestaurant.com
www.yelp.com/biz/honey-doylestown-2

Skate in the City at Rothman Ice Rink at Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park!

Take a trip into the city to skate at Dilworth Park! The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park opens for the season beginning November 13. The ice rink's open from noon til 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursday, until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 8 p.m. on Sundays through February 28, 2016.

Admission to skate is $5 for adults and $3 for kids, with an additional $9 charge for skate rental. New ice skaters can even plan to take a set of "Learn to Skate" sessions; you can find out more about them on the Rothman Ice Rink website! In addition to the skating rink, Dilworth park will also have an on-site spot where guests can enjoy tasty food and warm drinks. After you're done skating, you can do some shopping or dine at one of Philly's great restaurants.

Want to learn more about Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park before heading in from Heritage Summer Hill? Check out the ice rink's page on the Center City District Parks website!

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park
November 13, 2015 through February 28, 2016
http://www.ccdparks.org/dilworth-park/rothmanicerink

Take a Twilight Hayride near Heritage Summer Hill at Hellerick’s Family Farm

Celebrate the fall season by picking a pumpkin, taking a hayride, and enjoying the outdoors at Hellerick's Family Farm! This Doylestown destination comes alive in the fall, when it hosts its annual Fall Harvest Festival. This year it runs through November 1, and features more than two dozen fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

There's a corn maze, for instance, plus hayrides, pumpkin rolling, and much much more. If you stop by on a Friday or Saturday evening, you can take a Harvest Moon Hayride, go through the corn maze with only a flashlight to guide you, and hang out near a campfire. Everything's family-friendly, and the Hellerick's website notes that there's "Nothing scary here!"

Interested? Take a look at the Hellerick's Family Farm website to get set to plan a trip from Heritage Summer Hill!

Hellerick's Family Farm
5500 North Easton Road
Doylestown, PA 18902
http://www.hellericksfarm.com/

Fireworks and Fun for Labor Day Weekend in New Hope and Lambertville

Celebrate Labor Day near Heritage Summer Hill at the Lambertville-New Hope Friday Night Lights on the River event! The festivities happen this Friday, September 4 at 9:30 p.m., bringing a spectacular fireworks display to the banks of the Delaware River.

Of course, there's much more to see and do, too, and the Friday Night Lights on the River Facebook page offered a list of the "Top 10 Reasons to Visit Delaware River Towns Labor Day Weekend," including fun stuff like

  • First Friday in New Hope and Lambertville, happening from 5 – 9 p.m. on September 4 and showcasing dozens of local galleries and art studios
  • Antique and farmers markets like Lambertville's Golden Nugget and Stockton
  • Outdoor fun like tubing on the river and biking on the towpaths

You can see many more fun things to do by checking out the original Facebook post!

Experience History near Heritage Summer Hill at Fonthill Castle

Experience Bucks County history near Heritage Summer Hill at Fonthill Castle! This Doylestown landmark was constructed by Henry Chapman Mercer as a space to show off his collection of Moravian tiles; today, the building itself might be the most interesting thing to see here. According to Fonthill's "About" page, the building blends "Medieval, Gothic, and Byzantine architectural styles," and this collection of influences makes it one of the most interesting buildings you'll see in all of Pennsylvania!

If you'd like to see it, Fonthill Castle is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon until 5 p.m. The space offers guided tours, too, and they recommend that you call to learn the daily tour schedule. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for people over age 65, $8 for people aged 6-17, and free for kids 5 and under.

Fonthill also periodically hosts fun special events, like its upcoming Fonthill Castle Beer Fest on August 29. Visit the website to find out more about this Doylestown destination!

Fonthill Castle
East Court Street & Route 313
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 348-9461
http://www.mercermuseum.org/visit/fonthill-castle/

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