From I-84, take the US 209 exit at Matamoras and follow it to Milford.
A resort town since the Gilded Age, Milford is popular with newcomers interested in its Victorian houses. Its famous Grey Towers, built by the first Chief of the U.S. Forestry Service, has a history that reaches back to the 1880’s. But that’s not the only reason Frommer’s named Milford one of the “Ten Coolest Small Towns.” The shoppes and gardens that line the streets are what make this hideaway special.
And don’t miss the Columns Museum, a treasure-trove of local history and lore, and home of the famous "Lincoln Flag."Â This 36-star flag was draped over the balustrade in presidential box the night Lincoln was assassinated. Â
Delaware Water Gap
About a 45 minute drive south through picturesque forests and past pristine lakes of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area brings us to the edge of the park and our next stop, the town of Delaware Water Gap. Grab some lunch at one of several cafes and coffee shops on their revitalized Main Street, then take your coffee with you and discover where the Appalachian Trail intersects with Main Street. Don't forget to hop aboard the authentically styled all-weather Trolleys and relax while you listen to the history of this American original.
Located at the base of a steep valley carved by the Lehigh River, the Town of Jim Thorpe delivers all the legend and folklore you like to think Main Street America is made of. Start by strolling along St. Mark's Church for a taste of its Gothic Architecture, and hit the Asa Packer Mansion as you wind up through Millionaire's Row, the place that the old coal and lumber barons called home sweet home. Back down in town, see the Mauch Chunk Opera House, once famous on the old Vaudeville circuit. You can just feel the old timey vaudevillery in the air. Then, spend a bit of time poking about Castle Ruin, where trees twist through the windowless walls of the eerie, abandoned turrets. End up at the Old Jail Museum — complete with in-house gallows and the mysterious haunted handprints of an infamously executed Molly Maguires. All this walking probably has you thirsty, and Molly Maguire's Pub is only too happy to oblige.
Flow (Jim Thorpe)
Art and local food flow through this Jim Thorpe establishment. Flow is a farm-to-table restaurant and bar with an adjoining art gallery that has the sophistication befitting of any city-dweller. This award-winning restaurant has an underground stream visible from the dining room and serves chemical free meats, poultry, dairy and vegetables prepared daily to reflect the season.
Hotel Fauchere (Milford)
Sleepy travelers have been resting in these cozy rooms since the mid 1800's when Louis Fauchere, known around Milford as "The Crazy Frenchman," first purchased the building. His workers may have thought he was a little eccentric at the time, but when you take a look around, you'll see the results of his obsession with perfection.
The Inn at Jim Thorpe (Jim Thorpe)
One of the Lehigh Valley's true historic hotels and located in the heart of the National Historic District in Jim Thorpe this Inn has all the old world charm with modern conveniences. We recommend scheduling a spa treatment by one of their talented therapists.