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What to do in Milford

Pet Friendly Getaway

At this time of year I hope you are planning a spring or summer getaway and thinking about what to do with Fido.  A pet friendly getaway is just the ticket.

Sometimes while watching the morning news I have to distract myself  from politics with  Facebook.  We are definitely obsessed with our pets.  I can waste a good deal of time reading heart-wrenching stories and watching funny videos. Obviously others are just as distracted and obsessed or there would not be so many.  A friend from high school has two Golden Retrievers. She raised a litter of their puppies last year and I watched the whole thing.  From just after birth to adoption, they were entirely documented.  Today a memory popped up of my other dog, Daniel, 6 years gone, basking in the sun on the back stoop.  Definitely Facebook material.

Spencer and Nicodemus

These two are almost as well documented as my son.  Spencer is much more fun and an integral part of the Harrington House experience.  Nicodemus is just trying to ignore him.  More on the cat at some later time.  I have a million pictures and every Harrington House guest goes home with at least one.   He goes on hikes–with anyone.  And is always the first to greet you coming in or the last to say goodbye as you leave.Spencer the happy dog

Every holiday, our local pet store, Milford Pet Supply, has a photographer friend come and take pictures with whoever is the holiday icon.  Saturday was the Easter Bunny (owner’s husband–I think he has lots of costumes).  For $5 you got your photo and the proceeds go to a charity.  In this case, GAIT Thereputic Riding Center.  Their shop cat, Wiley, just watches all the dumb dogs come and go.  I for one would love to read his mind. Meanwhile, I hope you like Spencer and the Easter Bunny.

Getting Away

So with our dog obsession, it can be hard to get away.  Sometimes finding a pet-sitter can be difficult.  Then you have to actually leave them looking at you with sad eyes.  So you decide to take them along.  Great idea.  Finding a dog friendly Bed and Breakfast can be a challenge.  Finding one in Milford, however, is a cinch.

Pet Friendly Towns

If you come to Milford, you can hike, shop, eat and stay with your 4 legged friends.  You may even meet some of Spencer’s buddies, Alfie at the Hotel Fauchere or Tamale at the Columns Museum.  Well-behaved dogs are welcome just about everywhere.  You should familiarize yourself with pet policies , if available.  Leashes and poop bags are a must, but you will find water dishes everywhere.  Have you made your reservation yet?

Milford event season is gearing up!

Life in Milford, PA and at the Harrington House is a little quiet in winter.  But now that the crocus and daffodils are starting to make an appearance, lots of other things start happening as well.  A complete listing of festivals and events can be found on the Milford Presents website and their rack cards that are all over the area.


First out of the box is the Beach to Towers 8k Run/Walk on Sunday, April 7th.   This event will benefit the Delaware-Highland Conservancy.  The goal is to bring attention to our local recreational sites.  Starting and ending at Milford Beach in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the run will take athletes to Grey Towers and back through Milford Borough.

Also starting in April and continuing through December, Milford After Dark will feature extended hours in our shops and galleries on the second Saturday of every month.  Originally started in 2003, local galleries began coordinating their openings and other special features and the tradition continues.  Second Saturdays in Milford are always the place to be.


Visitors to Harrington House during the first weekend in May can enjoy our annual Toast to Milford, a day-long celebration of food & drink in restaurants and businesses with free tastings around town.  A little later in May, Dancefest Milford, returns at multiple venues throughout the Borough.


And then there is the annual Milford Music Festival on June 21-23rd.  The streets of Milford will be hopping from one end of town to the other with a wide variety of musical styles.  The Merchants of Groove will once again put in an appearance on the front lawn of Harrington House on Saturday from 1-3.  Not an event to be missed.  

And that only takes us to June!  Check out the Milford Presents website for lots more on what’s happening this summer in Milford.  And don’t forget to #BookDirect. 

Baby, It’s Cold Outside(or maybe not)!

Milford had it’s first snow really early this year but its long gone and so far there is none on the immediate horizon.  The bad news is that your typical winter sports that bring people to Harrington House, like cross-country skiing and snow shoeing–very popular in our neck of the woods–are still waiting for the right conditions.  Normally the Recreation Committee in the Borough lays down an ice skating rink in Ann Street Park for the Winter Lights Festival at the end of January, but it is looking iffy.

Old Movies

The good news is that hiking conditions are alive and well.  There are plenty of other events in Milford to take advantage of.  Like old movies?  Our own John DiLeo, film historian extraordinaire, is hosting two film series this month  The first is free at the Triversity Center right across the street from Harrington House.  The second is on Thursdays with dinner($$) at the Delmonico Room at the Hotel Fauchere.  Now that is a great winter time activity.

Pike County Historical Society events

The Columns Museum is hosting a late afternoon art opening on January 26th.  Using titles of Zane Grey books as inspiration to a newly formed group of artists will exhibit.  “50 Shades of Zane Grey” will combine new art with history …”artistory”, if you will.  On February 9th they are hosting their annual Explorer’s Dinner featuring Doc Bayne.  He will be speaking about the great chain that was forged and put up across the Hudson River to stop the British invasion of the Colonies. Check out their website for more information on this dinner and lecture.  And on Sunday March 24th at 5 pm the Foundation Room will be the site of the Sunday Soiree featuring Ronny Whyte.  Always a sold out show.

So while we wait for the snow, you don’t need to wait to come to Milford!  It is sure to come.

Santa Claus is coming to town!

We are all decked out for Christmas and New Year’s guests but any time is a good time to visit Harrington House.  Why not treat someone you know to a great gift certificate to visit sometime soon!  Great last minute gift and we can email it right out!  Give us a call today so we can set you up with for a night or a weekend or just a dollar amount to apply to a future stay.  We can even add additional services like a Romance Package or a massage.

A Time to Be Thankful

Somehow we got to November and it sure seems like we skipped the fall.  Last week asters were reblooming in my garden.  The fragrant vibernum was flowering from what I assumed was next spring’s buds.  Then there were suddenly a few days of brilliant color on the Japanese maple and today the leaves are completely gone.  The snow squall yesterday was a complete surprise.  Today the sun shone brightly on a crisp day and it is all good again.  The marvelous part of northeastern Pennsylvania are the seasons. I hate when one is too short, unless of course it is winter.  But at the end of fall we get to eat turkey.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and Harrington House will once again be full of guests, family and friends.  Maybe we will pull out the bike for one last tour of the McDade Trail before we pull out the snow shoes.   But for sure we will eat well.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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