Milford, Pennsylvania: Like a Gay Friendly Norman Rockwell Painting

Published Date Author: , October 4th, 2010
by Sean Strub, Hotel Fauchere
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Milford, Pennsylvania

Foresthall, Milford, Pennsylvania“It’s like living in a Norman Rockwell painting” is how Milford is sometimes described by residents, as it is the quintessential small town ideal, once called “the prettiest county seat in America” by Atlantic Magazine. However, this small town has a contemporary twist with cultural diversity that provides an edge of sophistication and cultural vitality.

Lizanne House, Milford, PennsylvaniaThe 2000 US Census was the first to track same-sex households and Pike County, PA, of which Milford is the county seat, showed the second-highest concentration of same-sex households of any county in Pennsylvania, trailing only urban Philadelphia. Milford has been cited as an up-and-coming destination for LGBT travelers by Out, Instinct, Logo and other gay media outlets.

Raymondskill Falls, Milford, PennsylvaniaThe influx of LGBT people in recent years is due in part to Milford’s proximity – it is only 75 miles from New York City and 125 miles from Philadelphia—and in part to its pristine and largely-undeveloped rural and small-town character as well as an arts scene that is stimulating and exciting.

Finger Bowl, Milford, PennsylvaniaThe bucolic small-town oasis sits in the heart of the verdant upper Delaware River Valley, right where the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania meet. While the peak season is from May through fall leaf color, Milford hosts a number of festivals and events year-round, including an annual Music Festival in the summer, Festival of Wood in August, Black Bear Film Festival in October and eagle-watching from January through March (with the annual EagleFest close by, in Narrowsburg, NY).

Community House, Milford, PennsylvaniaThe area is rich in heritage attractions. Milford is known as the birthplace of the American Conservation Movement and the home of Gifford Pinchot, the first head of the US Forest Service. Pinchot’s home, Grey Towers, is a 19th century Norman-esque chateau, designed by Richard Morris Hunt, and now operated by the US Forest Service and open to the public for tours.

Other great 19th century American architects, including Calvert Vaux, Frederic Law Olmsted, Jr. and McKim, Mead & White also have work in Milford; over 75% of Milford Boro comprises a National Historic District.

Towerstone View, Milford, PennsylvaniaThe Columns Museum, operated by the Pike County Historical Society, is an exceptional small-town historical museum with an extraordinary relic, the blood-stained flag that cushioned President Lincoln’s head moments after he was assassinated. A fascinating exhibit tells the story of the flag and the family of actors in Ford’s Theatre that evening who preserved it.

The village of Milford is chock-full of great shopping, with art galleries, antique shops, specialty boutiques and a wide array of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. Check out this great video showing downtown Milford’s shopping options:

The spectacular 70,000 acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area, with its miles of hiking and biking trails, dramatic vistas, spectacular network of waterfalls, abundant wildlife and nearly 100 miles of a federally-protected “water trail” along the Delaware River, is within walking distance of Milford.

Hotel Fauchere, Milford, PennsylvaniaAbout Hotel Fauchère:  The Hotel Fauchère was operated by the Fauchère family for 124 years, until closing in 1976. After a painstaking five year restoration by owners Richard L. Snyder and well-known gay activist Sean Strub (the founder of POZ Magazine), it reopened to great acclaim in 2006 and was accepted for membership into Relais & Chateaux in 2009. The result was the transformation of a derelict building into an architectural gem and culinary destination in the center of Milford, PA, which Atlantic magazine once labeled “the prettiest county seat in America” and Out Travler called “one hip and happening hotel.”The hotel’s 16 guest rooms evoke a gracious past, but with modern amenities, like high-speed internet access, flat screen TV, iPod docking stations, heated towel bars and radiant heat in the marble bathrooms. Bed and bath linens are by Frette, personal care amenities are from Kiehl’s.

The hotel’s Delmonico Room offers classic cuisine in an elegant salon. Bar Louis’s strikingly contemporary design aesthetic features photography by the Hilton Brothers and Christopher Makos, including a giant photograph of John Lennon and Andy Warhol behind the bar. Bar Louis offers bistro-style global cuisine, including its popular signature dish, Sushi Pizza.

About Relais & Chateaux:  Relais & Chateaux is an exclusive collection of 480 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants in 56 countries. Established in France in 1974, the Association’s mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character. Furthermore, Relais & Chateaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for, and personal commitment to, ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony, an unforgettable celebration of the senses. From the vineyards in the Napa Valley to the beaches in Bali, from the olive trees in Provence, to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Chateaux offers all the stops on the finest route for discovering each special place and country.”

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Colalex Gallery » Blog Archive » Gayapolis News – Milford, Pennsylvania: Like a Gay Friendly Norman Rockwell Painting - Gravatar Colalex Gallery » Blog Archive » Gayapolis News – Milford, Pennsylvania: Like a Gay Friendly Norman Rockwell Painting said on October 5, 2010, 6:15 am:

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o james said on May 7, 2012, 12:40 pm:

I moved to Pike County with my partner in 1986 and stayed for 20 years. They were the happiest years of my life. Proximity to NYC had its advantages and disadvantages. The constant influx of fresh city meat enabled my partner to engage in a secret life he kept from me for 12 of those years. I now live in Phoenix. He still lives in the house I originally bought for us and can now entertain his ‘friends’ without the possibily of me walking in on them. Not the happy ending I’d anticipated.

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