Plant Some Seeds or Grab a Good Book near Heritage Summer Hill at Doylestown District Center Library

The system of Bucks County Free Libraries has roots dating as far back as 1691, when its very first branch was opened in Langhorne, PA. Its collection included a mere 23 books. Over the next three centuries, the library system grew to more than 15 locations all across the area, including the headquarters on South Pine Street in Doylestown, a space not too far from Heritage Summer Hill.

Like the other libraries, the Doylestown District Center Library boasts an extensive collection of literature, DVDs, and CDs. You can even use your library membership to download eBooks without ever setting foot inside of the Doylestown library—although Yelpers claim that this would be a shame, since they describe the library as beautiful and replete with natural light.

You will have to show up in person, however, for the library's special events. They range from local meetings to "play dates" where families can plant seeds together in the library's garden—also known as "Froggy's Garden"—and even live musical performances!

Doylestown District Center Library
150 S. Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 348-9081

Enjoy High Tea near Heritage Pointe in The Talking Tea Cup’s Historic Doylestown Farmhouse

In 1683, The Talking Tea Cup didn't yet exist even in concept. Back then, the land where it stands today had just been gifted to William Penn.

Nearly 100 years later in 1752, the spot along Butler Avenue saw the construction of a rustic farmhouse—the same one that's still standing today, more than 250 years later. But the building no longer houses a family; instead, it's the site of The Talking Tea Cup, a delightful little eatery just a short drive from Heritage Pointe apartments in Doylestown.

The Talking Tea Cup has gained a loyal following over the past decade for its homemade breakfast and lunch treats, as well as the scones and preserves that accompany tea time. The kitchen harvests fruits, vegetables, and herbs from an on-site garden and chefs incorporate the fresh produce into various dishes. But the real draw here is the tea, which is served from open to close (including at High Tea) and encompasses a wide variety of flavors. Green and oolong, black and white, and even fruit and dessert teas are all at your fingertips at this quaint tea house.

Visit The Talking Tea Cup's website to learn more about this Bucks County cafe!

The Talking Tea Cup
301 W. Butler Avenue
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 997-8441

Explore 14 Miles of Meandering Trails Near Heritage Summer Hill at the Peace Valley Nature Center in Doylestown

Osprey and egrets, turtles and frogs, kingfishers and herons—they all make their home in Doylestown's Peace Valley Nature Center's Special Wildlife Area. Although humans aren't allowed to disturb the habitat, they're welcome to look on from an overhead bridge or the neighboring duck blind as the native critters nest.

This corner of the park epitomizes the reason it exists: to get the Bucks County community up close and personal with nature, all in a spot that's not too far away from Heritage Summer Hill Apartments. To that end, the Nature Center sits on the eastern end of pristine Lake Galena. Approximately 14 miles of hiking and biking trails wind around the lake; the main path is paved and others are mowed or graveled. The latter type of trail generally stretches a bit farther back into the woods, allowing hikers to explore the various habitats Peace Valley has to offer.

On a snowy day, you might see deer tracks in the fresh powder or cardinals flitting overhead—the park is home to more than 250 different species of birds. Whereas a warm, sunny day would be the perfect time to enjoy the sights of sunflowers, asters, and other wildflowers in bloom throughout the spring and summer. Peace Valley also offers guided tours and other educational programs for the guest who wants to learn a little bit more. Visit the park's website to learn more!

Peace Valley Nature Center
170 N. Chapman Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 345-7860

James A. Michener Art Museum: Celebrating Bucks County Near Heritage Summer Hill

Did you know that there's a treasure trove of art just down the road from Heritage Summer Hill in Doylestown?

Named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who was born in Doylestown and called it home for decades, the James A. Michener Art Museum preserves, interprets, and displays Bucks County's cultural heritage. Michener himself opened the museum in 1988 after conceiving of it in the mid-1960s. The 2,700-object permanent collection centers around world-class paintings from the Pennsylvania Impressionist school, including work by Thomas Hicks, Jonathan Rego, and Edward W. Redfield. Michener's own art collection is here, as is a landmark collection donated in 1999 by Philadelphia philanthropists Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest. Standing exhibits showcase landscape, crafts, sculpture, modernism, and Michener's writing career, while current temporary exhibits celebrate the legendary Bucks County Playhouse and explore the union of art and medicine.

The Michener Museum has a significant library archive, and hosts frequent lectures and educational events for all ages. Check the Michener Museum's website to learn more about exhibitions, special event schedules, and admission prices.

James A. Michener Art Museum
138 South Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 340-9800

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