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Cliff Park Inn

Cliff Park Inn

Address: 155 Cliff Park Road
Phone: 800-225-6535
Web Address: http://www.cliffparkinn.com

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Milford, Pa
THE INN:
When we conceived the idea of “Quick Escapes”, The Cliff Park Inn, a 500 acre property in the Delaware Water Gap area,  was just the kind of place we had in mind; an easy drive from a major metro area, great accommodations, excellent food and enough things to do to keep you busy for 36 hours or more. In fact, during my visit, I met a couple on their own “Quick Escape” who had taken the train from Manhattan to Port Jervis and took a taxi to the Inn for a couple of days.

All of that would be enough to recharge the batteries, but Cliff Park sweetens the pot with rocking chairs on a broad veranda overlooking the mountains, charming public rooms warmed by blazing fires (there’s a grand piano in the living room and the smaller sitting room was the original cabin from the Revolutionary War period), a cozy bar where you can enjoy martini and wine flights, fireside dining, a decent wine list and a wonderful  USGA 9  hole golf course (the first in the world owned and developed by a woman and the first in the U.S. to allow women to play) that winds through the mountains. There’s even a sports pub downstairs with pool tables and big screen TV’s. Top it off with a passionate innkeeper who loves what she does and you have the makings of a great escape.

THE ROOMS:
There are 12 rooms with private baths that are equipped with cable TV with DVD players, wireless Internet access, down pillows and blankets and Bath & Body Works bath amenities. My room, #4, was cozy, warm and spacious. The floors were original wide plank pine, the walls dark green and offset with a colorful patchwork quilt and burgundy drapes. A sleigh bed, a pine armoire, antique end tables, a leather reading chair and iron lamps furnished the room. The bath had a claw foot tub which is the only kind of tub in which I’ll take a bath and a “Hall of Fame” shower with pressure so great it felt like a massage. At these great value prices, opt for the premium rooms; 2,3,4,5,10 which have views, sunrooms, antique tubs or sun porches.

THE RESTAURANT:
The evening starts with hand passed hors d'oueuvres at 6:30pm (Thurs.-Sat) in the parlor. When it is cold, you dine by candlight beside a roaring fire. In the summer it is on the wonderful wrap-around porch with fireflys dancing on the lawn. Either way you'll enjoy a classic American menu with warm, homemade bread, steaks, fresh fish and delicious garden greens. Appetizers: $6.00-$9.95, entrees: $19-$29.

The wine list is small but has some interesting choices like a Robert Mondavi Private Selection-Vinetta and a George Duboeuf-Chateauneuf-du-Pape. You’ll have no trouble finding something you will enjoy and thankfully the prices are very reasonable.

Breakfast is part of the room rate and it's pretty special. A coffee, Danish/muffin and cereal bar is set up in one room and a full breakfast plate that changes daily is also offered. On my visit, the “farm fresh eggs” on so many menus really were this day, taken from the nests at 4:30am. The amazing turkey sausage is an old family recipe and Stephanie makes her fresh yogurt every couple of days. With the sun glistening off the newly fallen snow and a fire roaring in the fireplace, this was one of the best starts to a day that I can remember.

THE SERVICE:
Innkeeper Stephanie Brown has an interesting history in the business world before she took the plunge into the hospitality waters. She has some great stories…..about when she worked for Ross Perot! Her travels for business honed her philosophy for good service and it shows in the staff. They are friendly and polite; everyone is anxious to help with directions or recommendations and they all seem to genuinely enjoy working there. The building and rooms are immaculate and the grounds well kept. As a nice touch, complimentary passed hors d’ouevres are served Thursday-Saturday in the parlors with your dinner reservation.

THE RATES:
Rates range from $141-$247 weekdays and $162-$268 weekends. Also Check for special offers. Rates include a full complimentary breakfast. The Inn is just starting to offer a package rate that includes both breakfast and dinner: $195-$301 weekdays and $216-$322 weekends.

WHAT OTHERS SAY:
"The food is both creative and smart, and the prices are most reasonable considering the quality of the cuisine. The service team is well-trained and courteous, and the space, especially the view, is wonderful, both peaceful and serene. This is a special little oasis in Milford, about an hour's drive from Newburgh, but it feels worlds away, a retreat in the woods that's worth a drive from almost anywhere.” Times Herald Record 2006

"10 Great Places to Settle in for Fall" USA Today 2006

"Top 10 Romantic Inns in the U.S." iloveinns.com 2005

WHILE YOU ARE THERE:
On the property there is a 9 hole golf course, as mentioned and 7 miles of hiking/walking trails. The village of Milford, just a mile away, has art galleries, antiques shops, boutiques and coffee shops. There’s canoeing on the Delaware through Kittatinny Canoes, a local outfitter, and you’ll want to see the flag that cradled a dying Abraham Lincoln at The Columns Historical Society.

DRIVING DISTANCE:
Central NJ: 2 hours 15 minutes
Hartford: 2 hours 38 minutes
Philadelphia: 2 hours 40 minutes
New York: 1 hour 30 minutes


 

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