We walk out the back entrance of Hotel Fauchère and follow the streets down to the banks of the Delaware River, where we can see across the blue water to New Jersey on the other side. On the way back, hotel owner Sean Strub points out the “blue bridge” which connects to the Appalachian trail. He’s my tour guide and also happens to be the town mayor, and is helping me plan a romantic weekend in the Poconos with my boyfriend.
Strub also suggests hiking Raymondskill Falls, a waterfall three miles from the hotel, and visiting Grey Towers, a historic 19th century mansion and the birthplace of the American Conservation Movement. We duck into a few of Milford’s antique shops and small galleries on the way to Columns Museum. On the way back, we stop at 403 Broad, for coffee, which is also owned by the hotel and right next door.
The next morning, after a great night’s sleep, I walk down to breakfast on the first floor in The Delmonico Room, a stunning, formal dining room with white table cloths and a portrait of Fauchère, himself. It includes grapefruit brulee, assorted mini-pastries, house-made yogurt, granola and fresh fruit juices. I eat in the glassed-in sun room and think about my upcoming romantic getaway with my boyfriend.