Four cozy inns, bed and breakfasts to soak up some history in the Poconos

Sure, Airbnbs are great for getaways, but if you’re looking for a place to rest your head with a little more history, check out these places.

You’ll love the Victorian decor, antiques, music – and even romance – in these cozy inns and B & Bs in Poconos.

For nature lovers

1870 Roebling Inn in Delaware

An exterior view of the 1870 Roebling Inn on the Delaware.

An exterior view of the 1870 Roebling Inn on the Delaware.

The excavations: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the inn is a unique bed and breakfast for history buffs, hikers, and nature lovers.

Built in 1870, it has spectacular views of the Delaware River and is known for its proximity to landmarks like Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct (the oldest suspension bridge in the US) and Minisink Battleground Park (site of a battle in the Revolutionary War of 1779).

It’s also a 10-minute drive to the Kadampa Meditation Center, a Buddhist temple that offers daily tours in a peaceful setting.

Tip for guests: Innkeepers say the expansive front porch is a popular spot for bird watching (hello, hummingbirds!). Take a close look and you may spot a bald eagle or two, often perched in a tree by the riverside.

The rooms: The main house has five guest rooms (two with a fireplace) and a one bedroom cottage (with a small kitchen and fireplace).

It eats: Continental breakfast daily from 7am to 9am.

Average prices: From $ 159 (queen or twin); $ 169 per night (for a river view room with a fireplace) and $ 194 (for a one bedroom cottage).

The information: 155 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen, 570-685-7900, roeblinginn.com

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and all that jazz

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The historic Deer Head Inn is the longest-running jazz club in Poconos.

The historic Deer Head Inn is the longest-running jazz club in Poconos.

The excavations: A must for music lovers, this cozy inn is home to one of the oldest jazz clubs in the United States.

Founded in 1950, saxophonists are among the musicians who have performed in the club Al Cohn and Zoot Sims; Four brother members Stan Getz and Phil Woods; George Young and Nelson Hill; Pianist Keith Jarrett; Trombonist Urbie Gree; Guitarist Harry Leahey, bassist Steve Gilmore; Drummer Bill Goodwin; Saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist, songwriter Bob Dorough (of School House Rock).

Additionally, John Coates, Jr., Phil Woods, Keith Jarrett, Dave Tofani, Jerry Harris, and Nancy Reed have recorded live sessions over the years (Deer Head Records is the in-house label). Woods is one of the founders of the Celebration of the Arts, a jazz and performing arts festival that takes place on the other side and just celebrated its 43rd anniversary in September.

Located in Delaware Water Gap, Deer Head has live music Friday through Sunday (and some Mondays).

Popular with hikers, this inn is less than five minutes (by car) from the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

The rooms: The inn has eight guest rooms and two suites with a mix of rustic, country and modern decor. The rooms on the third floor have 3.50 m high ceilings. When you arrive on the top floor, you find yourself in a mansard roof, which gives the rooms a cozy atmosphere with smaller windows and lower ceilings.

A look inside a guest room at the Deer Head Inn in the Delaware Water Gap.

A look inside a guest room at the Deer Head Inn in the Delaware Water Gap.

Leave the technology at home: There are no televisions or phones in the rooms.

It eats: Open for dinner during the jam sessions (5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday to Saturday and 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, telephone reservation for Monday) with menus such as Thai ginger salad, shrimp scampi, eggplant rollatini and pork Florentine, as well as wine and artisanal dishes Cocktails.

Breakfast / brunch is served on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Average prices: From 90 USD for a double room, 150 USD for a suite.

Jazz packages (two-night stay for couples) include accommodation and a $ 65 meal voucher available on Fridays and Saturdays.

The information: 5 Main St., Delaware Water Gap, 570-424-4000, deerheadinn.com

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Travel back in time

The Dolon House

The excavations: Look no further for a one of a kind B&B experience. Not only is breakfast memorable in this Jim Thorpe destination, but it also features an impressive collection of antiques and works of art (from the late 19th century) mixed with modern conveniences.

This charming Victorian home, built in 1888 for millionaire John C. Dolan (banker of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company and founding member of the Second National Bank of Mauck Chunk) also features jeweled stained glass windows, hand-carved woodwork (peep the rails on the beautiful large staircase) and the entrance floor with Italian mosaic.

Ellen's Room is one of five guest rooms at Dolan House in Jim Thrope.

Ellen’s room is one of five guest rooms at Dolan House in Jim Thrope.

The rooms: Choose from five themed rooms such as Ellen’s Room (one bedroom suite on the ground floor with a spacious walk-in shower). Doc Dougherty’s suite features a six-window tower, down-filled sofa, Japanese woodblock prints, Chinese artwork, a restored 1917 master bathtub, and a walk-in shower. The Blue Room is a bedroom on the second floor with a view of the Opera House and features antique botanical prints by the artists William Curtis, James Bolton, and Shaw Nodder; a king-size bed, a bathtub and a walk-in shower. And then there is the Turret Suite with its living room with an extensive collection of NW Pacific art, seriographies, baskets and textiles, a king-size bed, antiques, and a bathroom with heated marble floors and double – hello, lovebirds – raindrop shower heads.

The Turret Suite at Dolan House in Jim Thorpe has a spacious walk-in shower with raindrop showerheads.

The Turret Suite at Dolan House in Jim Thorpe has a spacious walk-in shower with raindrop showerheads.

It eats: The owners have christened their breakfast “Coal Cracker Spa Cuisine” (in honor of local coal mining) and pride themselves on serving innovative dishes made from organic and locally grown produce, including meat from Thomson’s Meat Market in Walnutport and coffee and tea from Morghan Rake in effort.

Tip for guests: If you stay at Dolan on a Sunday, have a glass of wine or sparkling wine from Galen Glen Winery in Andreas.

Breakfast is at Dolan House, a historic bed and breakfast in Jim Thorpe.

Breakfast is at Dolan House, a historic bed and breakfast in Jim Thorpe.

Breakfast starts at 9 a.m. every day and lasts one hour. A “breakfast box” is available to take away for early risers.

Average prices: $ 230 per night for Ellen’s Room, $ 250 per night for the Blue Room, $ 290 Doc Dougherty Suite.

The information: 5. West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, 570-325-4462, dolonhouse.com/

Treat yourself to a room with a balcony at the Hotel Fauchère, a posh and charming inn in Milford, Pennsylvania.

Treat yourself to a room with a balcony at the Hotel Fauchère, a posh and charming inn in Milford, Pennsylvania.

Feel noble

Hotel Fauchere

Sleep in the same suite as the rich and famous.

The Hotel Fauchère is known for its remarkable guests, fine food and even better hospitality.

Among the prominent residents: Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, Mary Pickford, Rudolph Valentino, Mae West, Charlie Chaplin, Andrew Carnegie and Robert Frost. The full list is on the walls for photos of the famous ones who went through.

The Hotel Fauchere in Milford offers modern amenities with old world charm.

The Hotel Fauchere in Milford offers modern amenities with old world charm.

The historic inn has an eventful history beyond its famous visitors.

It was built in 1852 by Louis Fauchère, known in the city as the “Mad French”.

Fauchère emigrated from Switzerland to the States in 1848 and worked as a chef at the famous Delmonico’s in New York City. A few years later he moved to Milford and purchased the property that belonged to his wife’s family and was part of the French settlement.

His descendants ran the business until 1976. It was closed for 25 years until 2001 when Milford Mayor Sean Strub and Dick Snyder bought it with renovation plans. The hotel underwent a multi-million dollar restoration and reopened in 2006.

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When Snyder died in 2014, Strub became the owner and in September he sold it to the Milford Hospitality Group. It is known for its prime location with walk-in galleries and cute shops nearby.

Visit the nearby scenic Gray Towers National Historic Site, Milford Beach, and the trails in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

The rooms: Call it Paris in the Poconos. The guest rooms are modeled on European boutiques. Expect plush linens, heated floors, and towel racks, plus free robes and slippers.

Tip for guests: The best choice for your stay – and worth the money – is the premium room with balcony on the second floor overlooking the lovely garden area.

Fresh oysters from Hotel Fauchere in Milford.

Fresh oysters from Hotel Fauchere in Milford.

It eats: Bar Louis is a delight at any time of the day and serves popular dishes such as sushi pizza, steak fries, branzino Vongole and salmon en papillote for dinner.

Brunch is available on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

While the temperatures are still pleasant, you can sit on the porch, which serves products from Check out Oyster Mondays, a popular staple with locals and visitors alike.

Prices: Low season weekday rates between $ 189 and $ 329 and weekend rates between $ 229 and $ 369. The highest rated room is the premium balcony room.

The information: 401 Broad St., Milford, 570-409-1212, hotelfauchere.com/

Editor’s note: All hotel prices listed are based on a one-night stay in November 2021. Prices subject to change.

Micaela Hood is a lifestyle reporter for the USA TODAY Network Mid-Atlantic feature team and works for the Pocono Record. You can reach them by email at [email protected]

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