NEW HOPE >> Ghost Light Inn, a new boutique hotel in the heart of historic New Hope, has opened its doors on the banks of the Delaware River.
Located next to the iconic Bucks County Playhouse, the Ghost Light Inn offers refined, elegant hospitality, a new Garces restaurant and unparalleled waterfront views.
A new promenade with benches and a garden has been developed along the river running from the Playhouse to the end of the Inn, enhancing the experience of enjoying the views even further.
The name of the Inn comes from the legend of the Ghost Light that is installed in theaters, including Bucks County Playhouse. It’s a standing lamp that is left burning on the stage of unoccupied theaters, providing safety for cast and crew. As the superstition goes, they also appease ghosts by affording them light to perform onstage when the theater is empty.
The renovation of this historic inn is the brainchild of developers Sherri and Kevin Daugherty who oversaw the design of the new Ghost Light Inn blending old world charm with contemporary style.
Kevin Daugherty describes it this way, “New Hope is an eclectic, artistic and historic town that is welcoming to everyone who comes here. When we got involved in 2011, the waterfront was in a state of disrepair, with the Bucks County Playhouse in bankruptcy and the former Zadar’s nightclub abandoned. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to bring a Broadway feel back to the theater and are very excited to be able to bring Iron Chef Jose Garces to this beautifully renovated waterfront restaurant and inn.”
With 12 rooms on-site and three in the adjacent Carriage House, the Ghost Light Inn has been rebuilt to preserve the history and integrity of the original building, which dates back to 1956. Guests enjoy unprecedented attention to detail and exceptional amenities. Each room is unique, with decorative flourishes, comfortable furnishings, and scenic views.
Riverside rooms feature Juliet balconies, which allow guests to relish panoramic vistas of the Delaware River in peaceful privacy. All rooms are furnished with custom king size beds, spa robes and slippers, luxurious toiletries, and welcome sweets sourced from a local chocolatier.
Mini-refrigerators are stocked with soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and snacks. A complimentary assortment of coffee and tea, a personal coffee maker, flat screen televisions, and daily housekeeping services come standard with every room.
The renowned Bucks County Playhouse, located next door, shares the Inn’s riverfront promenade and provided the inspiration to include a photograph and working replica of a ghost light in every room. The Ghost Light Inn is a new light in New Hope helping to make the town an overnight destination for all.
Stella by Jose Garces
The Inn’s restaurant, Stella by Jose Garces, is an eagerly anticipated addition to the New Hope dining scene. Named for Sherri and Kevin Daugherty’s rescued one-eared pit bull, Stella is sure to be a New Hope classic.
Inspired by local ingredients from the region’s best farmers and artisans, award-winning chef Jose Garces adds his culinary twist to American classics. Guests can expect a selection of local products such as meats, poultry, and seasonal produce including dishes: Cacio e Pepe Butter with Griddled Sourdough; Wagyu Skirt Steak with Charred Strawberries, Feta, Broccoli Rabe, Salsa Verde, and Black Pepper Caramel; Pocono Rainbow Trout with Benton’s Country Ham, Apple & Kohlrabi Slaw, Burnt Chile Chimichurri, and Hazelnut Vinaigrette; and local Asparagus Milanese with Black Pepper and Vermouth Sabayon, Smoked Egg Yolk, and Black Truffle
"The fresh air, natural beauty, and the quiet return to nature have always been sources of inspiration to me while spending time in Bucks County. My team and I are challenging each other to create new experiences with the fresh products coming out of this beautiful corner of the world, while also shining a spotlight on the local food artisans and producers,” said Chef Jose Garces.
Stella’s curated selection of American focused wines is complimented by its comprehensive beverage selection featuring a small specialty cocktail list with seasonally driven ingredients, and theater-inspired names like: The Ghost Light – White Rum, Lime, Sugar; Break A Leg - Bourbon, Lemon, Honey, Raspberry; Preshow - Prosecco, Aperol, Grapefruit, Basil; and Intermission - Blended Scotch, Pineapple Syrup, Lemon, Laphroaig.
Hosting 120 seats with indoor and outdoor tables, the restaurant also offers beautiful event space for private events, weddings and gatherings along with an outdoor patio displaying sweeping views of the Riverfront.
Events at Stella
Stella offers an additional 150-seat event space with exceptional river views, menus by Jose Garces, private bars, and indoor and outdoor venue options. Hardwood floors, tasteful fixtures, and a thoughtful design that allows flexible use of the spaces ensure that every private event maintains the highest standards of quality, style, and grace.
Stella’s understated elegance and customized, professional service create the perfect wedding, party or corporate gathering.
About Chef Jose Garces
Since opening his first restaurant in 2005, Chef Jose Garces has emerged as one of the nation’s leading chefs and restaurateurs. He is the 2009 winner of the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” award and one of only a few chefs in the country to hold the coveted title of Iron Chef.
Garces is a Philadelphia-based hospitality group specializing in personal dining experiences rooted in the rich cultural traditions and culinary vision of renowned Latin-American chef Jose Garces. Taking a heartfelt and creative approach to time-honored recipes and dishes, Garces, in partnership with New Orleans- based Ballard Brands, operates numerous restaurants including Amada, Distrito, Tinto, Village Whiskey, JG Domestic, Volvér, The Olde Bar, Buena Onda, Ortzi at the LUMA Hotel Times Square, Okatshe, Olón and Bar Olón at Tropicana Atlantic City and Amada and Distrito Cantina in the Ocean Resort Casino. The group also operates Garces Events, a full-service catering and event division; the Garces Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to Philadelphia’s underserved immigrant community; and Luna Farm, Chef Garces’ 40-acre farm in Bucks County.
About Sherri and Kevin Daugherty
When the Daughertys made Bucks County their home, after spending most of their lives in Detroit, Michigan, they were determined to make a difference in the community of New Hope. They are the driving force behind Bridge Street Foundation that provided the funding to renovate Bucks County Playhouse and its new restaurant, The Deck Restaurant and Bar. In addition, they opened Ferry Market at the end of 2017. The fresh food market is located at 32 South Main Street and has a variety of vendors that offer healthy and flavorful prepared foods and seasonal products.
For more information, visit www.ghostlightinn.com or call 267-740-7131.