Lambertville, New Jersey
Flea markets and fish are the draw

From the April 22, 2002 Issue of New York

New Hope, Pennsylvania, has long been a popular small-town escape from the city, and its draw among New Yorkers now spills across the Delaware River into Jersey, where Lambertville, all of 500 feet away, delivers the same mix of upscale chic, Deadhead vibe, and antiques by the buggyload. Drive out for the annual Shad Fest on April 27 and 28, celebrating those tasty fish and their tastier roe, or anytime for the Colonial-village feel and the flea markets that, like the shad, proliferate in droves. (The biggies are the Lambertville Antique Market and Golden Nugget Antique Flea Market, both on River Road.) There are plenty of bed-and-breakfasts; among the best is the Lambertville House, a newly renovated historic inn. For dinner, try the Church Street Bistro: "They go for lots of free-range and organics," one local says, "without being in-your-face about it."

Lambertville House (doubles from $175; 888-867-8859 or; Church Street Bistro (609-397-4383); Lambertville Antique Market (609-397-0456); Golden Nugget Antique Flea Market (609-397-0811).


Photograph: courtesy of Lambertville House