Hudson Valley Fall Getaways and Vacations 2011: Hotel Fauchère in Milford, PA

Best fall vacations in the Hudson Valley: Hotel Fauchère in Milford, PA (near Delaware County, NY)


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hotel fauchere delmonico roomThe Delmonico Room is named after the brothers who operated the fabled Delmonico’s in New York

The 16 guest rooms are exquisite, with heated towel racks, marble bathrooms, Frette linens, and Kiehl’s beauty products. But the Fauchère is more than just a place to stay. 

A collection of Hudson River School paintings hangs on the walls in the public areas; visitors come just to marvel at the artwork. Some of them invariably hole up at Bar Louis for a drink, where they can enjoy a cocktail while taking in a gigantic Christopher Makos photograph of Andy Warhol giving John Lennon a peck on the cheek. “We wanted something that was contemporary and sleek, to contrast with the 19th-century architecture and Old World feel of the hotel,” Shrub says. “Bar Louis is more International style — a sort of timeless, almost minimalist look that might be found in any sophisticated outpost in the world.”

If there was any doubt about the sophistication of the Fauchère, one needs only to dine at the Delmonico Room. In this traditional dining room, guests are served creative and delicious dishes by master Chef Christopher Bates, a worthy successor to Louis Fauchère. 

Speaking of Fauchère, his portrait hangs in the Delmonico Room, where he smiles approvingly upon the new look of his old hotel.

Rates: $275-$425 per night (two-night minimum on weekends)

What to do:

  • Grey Towers. The former estate of Gifford Pinchot, founder of the National Forest Service and onetime governor of Pennsylvania, is a National Historic Site. No stay in Milford is complete without a visit.
  • Art After Dark. On the second Saturday of every month, take a evening tour of Milford’s galleries. There are multiple art openings and live music, and the boutiques stay open late.
  • Delaware Water Gap. Milford is at the north gate of this 70,000-square-mile national recreation area. There is no better place to enjoy the multicolored majesty of peak fall foliage (usually the first two weeks of October).
  • Marvel at the architecture. Milford has many great examples of architecture by a number of prominent draftsmen. Richard Morris Hunt designed Grey Towers; Calvert Vaux, the old post office; Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr., Milford Cemetery. And fans of Frank Lloyd Wright can spot private residences in the Usonian style.
  • Black Bear Film Festival, Oct. 8-10. Come to historic Milford Theater and watch the best new independent cinema releases.

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