An Active Weekend in Bucks County, PA

Urban living is fast-paced and exciting, but can take its toll: a lack of trees and nature, being bombarded with crowded/claustrophobic situations all day long (subways, elevators, cubicles), and general noise and chaos can result in urban fatigue. Which is why I was so excited when Visit Bucks County and fitness getaway expert Ketanga Fitness Retreats teamed up to offer an epic two-and-a-half day adventure along with a mix of awesome travel and fitness writers, to try new routines, challenge our fitness capabilities and have a great time. Who could resist that challenge, and this view?

Delaware River, c/o Bucks County.

Driving over the bridge into New Hope, PA always welcomes with serene river views. It’s one of the northeast’s most fun towns to visit, with restaurants, coffee houses and Revolutionary-era landmarks. We arrived at our hotel, the 22-room Hotel Du Ville, a cozy, French country estate-style hotel (with a wonderful backyard fire pit).

Our bike ride along the Delaware River on the left, and canal on the right. The canal was created in the 1830s as a way to transport goods between NYC and Philly.

We began our active adventure with a 14-mile bike ride with Encore Rides, whose owner, Rick James (who promised he was not actually the singer of Super Freak) lead us through New Hope’s back streets until entering the longest path of our journey along the peaceful Delaware River. River views, glimpses of impressive homes and woodsy charm made for a rewarding ride. I also built some serious strength in my legs.

Taken from our bike ride on Washington Crossing Bridge.

The next morning we were jolted awake with hip-hop boxing in-place with martial-arts trainer Steve Feinberg, no coffee needed. I was surprised how fun- and intense- simply doing moves with good instruction can be (and without any machinery or special gear.) We enjoyed an intense afternoon pilates-and-pinot session, (i.e. working out next to grapes growing at Buckingham Valley Vineyards) with expert Jenna Muller, followed by a tasting of wines made on site. Both were amazing athletes and instructors- my arms were on fire, in a good way!

Our SUP adventure. Photo c/o Cassie Hepler,

At nearby Falls Township Lake, we spent our last morning stand-up paddle-boarding with Driftwood Water Adventures owned by Bobby Moyer, SUP guru (and sometime high school science teacher.)  Paddling out to the middle of the lake was a thrill, and the cool breeze invigorating. SUP is surprisingly a good workout and helps improve balance.

I returned home feeling energized and fit. Our short but intense adventure had all the ingredients of a great fitness getaway: a medley of activities, amazing company and a gorgeous, nature-filled/history-rich location as a backdrop. Thank you so much, Bucks County and Ketanga Fitness; I had so much fun!

S’mores station at Hotel du Village