What should I know before biking through Bucks County?
1) Ride on the right side of the road and use a bike lane wherever one is provided.
2) Stop at ALL stop signs and obey all traffic lights as if you were operating an automobile. If walking your bike across a street, observe the “Walk” and “Don’t Walk” signs.
3) Use hand signals to let others know which way you’re turning.
4) Look both ways at corners and even if there is no stop sign, slow down and look. Drivers don’t always notice bikers, which makes it your responsibility to always notice them for safety’s sake. Use these same precautions when leaving a driveway.
5) Always wear a helmet. It’s good advice for adults and it’s the law for children under age 12 in Pennsylvania and under age 14 in New Jersey.
6) Know how far you’re going. Plan ahead and determine the distance of your ride. Be prepared with your map, sunscreen, money for a snack and anything else to make for a comfortable ride.
7) Always carry water!!! Drink before you get thirsty. Try to drink 8 ounces of water before and after you ride.
Where is Bucks County located?
Bucks County is centrally located in southeastern Pennsylvania just 75 miles south of New York City and 158 miles north of Washington D.C.
Can families plan a vacation in Bucks County that includes something for adults and kids?
Bucks County has something for everyone in the family including Sesame Place, the only theme park anywhere dedicated to Sesame Street and the characters children love.
Older kids can tube on the Delaware and horseback ride; Dad can go small mouth bass fishing and Mom can have her choice of shopping and exploring throughout Bucks County.
End the day at one of our various family-friendly restaurants.
Where can we see the Amish?
Actually…you need to drive about two hours due west from here. Bucks County is the proud home of a thriving Quaker community that has been here since William Penn settled in the region in the 1680’s.
Quaker history can be seen at the restored home of William Penn, Pennsbury Manor, serenely located on the banks of the Delaware River and in the 300-year-old village of Fallsington where Penn and other Quakers lived and worshiped. Both locations are open for visitors.
Is there any kind of evening entertainment available?
Bucks County offers everything from the ballet to modern dance from the symphony to the hottest blues acts. There are off-Broadway productions to children’s theater. Not to mention a full dining experience that has something for families and for the romantic getaway.
How did Bucks County get its name?
Bucks County is one of the three original counties established by William Penn, founder and proprietor of Pennsylvania.
William Penn named the city of Philadelphia and as the story goes late in 1682 also named Bucks County after Buckinghamshire, the family home of the Penns in England. (Place Names in Bucks County, MacReynolds, 1955)
Are there any famous people associated with Bucks County?
Where should we begin? William Penn was our founder; George Washington crossed the Delaware River here in 1776 in the most audacious move of the Revolutionary War; Henry Chapman Mercer built the one-of-a-kind reinforced concrete museums only seen in Doylestown, Edward Redfield brought the New Hope School of Impressionism to the rest of the world; Oscar Hammerstein and Moss Hart wrote plays here; Pearl S. Buck, the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author, chose to live here.
The M. Night Shyamalon movie SIGNS starring Mel Gibson was filmed here…really there are too many. You have to come and find out for yourself!
When should I book my wedding vendors and local wedding services?
One year to One and one-half years in advance is safe.
How many invited guests should I expect to attend my wedding?
The general rule of thumb is if you’re having over 200 guests, then you can estimate that about 25-28% of your guests will be unable to attend.
If you are having less than 200 guests, then the percentage usually decreases to about 15-20% or less. Other factors include how many guests you invite that live out-of-town and the travel distance required to attend the wedding.
What will be our biggest wedding budget expense?
Your reception, including the food and beverages, can average 50-65% of your total budget. Therefore, the reception location you select and how many guests you invite will have the most impact on your budget.
How many food servers should I have per guest?
This can vary depending on the type of reception you have (seated dinner versus buffet). One good rule of thumb is to have one server for every 8-10 guests.
What are some other ideas for transportation?
If you still like the idea of riding in a car, consider renting antique cars from your local wedding transportation companies.
Another option is to rent a sports car from a car rental company. The nice thing about this is you can have it for the entire day or weekend and it is much cheaper. If you are looking to get really creative, consider hiring a horse and buggy or a trolley.
How can I plan the details of my Bucks County wedding when I am many miles away?
If you’re planning a destination wedding, it makes good sense to hire a local wedding consultant to help you with the arrangements.
Many hotels or resorts offer a wedding consultant or coordinator as part of their wedding packages. Always utilize the CVB. They will serve as your arms and legs for little or no cost to you.