Bucks County, at most an hour by car from Philadelphia, is bordered by the Delaware River to the east and Montgomery County to the west. Historic estates and sights, antiques stores, and country inns abound. The natural beauty here, which has survived major development so far, has inspired many artists and authors, including Oscar Hammerstein II, Pearl Buck, and James Michener, and draws as many New Yorkers on weekends as it does Philadelphians. With dozens of county and state parks, the lush landscape is great for gentle outdoor activities. Nearby New Jersey also offers scenic routes for bicycling and walking, plus enjoyable restaurants. The rural-but-sophisticated area, especially the bustling village of New Hope, is also very gay friendly.
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