Chestnut Hill
on the
Delaware


63 Church Street
Milford, NJ 08848
(888) 333-2242
(908) 995-9761

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Excellent for over three decades the Milford Oyster House is renown for its pristinely fresh seafood. But dinner at the Milford Oyster House is not limited to oysters or even to seafood; pork, beef, lamb, and chicken add variety to its menu. Chef Ed Coss cooks in an assured New American style, innovative and unpretentious, that relies on the freshest ingredients and on instinct and precision for his unerring marriages of flavors and textures. In addition, the tavern at Milford Oyster House offers a diverse selection of small meals. Milford Oyster House is located at 92 Water Street (Route 519), Milford, New Jersey. For reservations, call 908-995-9411.

The Ship Inn. The Ship Inn is the place where you can enjoy a hearty meal or a simple snack, where good honest food is crafted in a classically modern British and European style. Authentic British pub with nautical theme offering a wide selection of drink and food. New Jersey's first brewpub. Standard pub menu including roast beef, London broil, fish and chips. Lunch and dinner daily. Entertainment Fri/Sat. 61 Bridge St., Milford.  For reservations call 908-995-0188.

Pipolo's Pizza Pipolo's serves pizza, and Italian classic pasta dinners for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. They offer eat-in and take-out service (for one dollar). 50 Bridge Street, Milford. 908-995-4191 www.pipolospizza.com

Ma-De-Chat Shop Old-time cafe, loyal local following, breakfast and lunch. 8 Railroad Avenue, Milford. 908-995-2980
MILFORD STATION BAKERY
Family Bakery serving bagels, muffins, croissants, cookies, cakes and Green Mountain Coffee! Also serving breakfast sandwiches, bacon, sausage and porkroll. To make a lunch add soup or chili with it. We can't wait to see everyone again.~DoreenNext time you head out for a drive in the country, whether it be by car, bicycle, or motorcycle, stop at the Milford Station Bakery for your morning (or early afternoon) meal. Sit out on our bike friendly patio and watch the river and people go by.
2 Bridge Street Milford NJ 08848. Call (908) 995-4400. Hours: Mon - Friday: 6am-2pm, Sat & Sun. 6am-3pm

The Frenchtown Inn The Frenchtown Inn has perennially been rated among the top in the State. In 1996, Tom, Laura, Andrew, and Colleen Tomko purchased the Frenchtown Inn, and uphold its reputation for fine cuisine. Fine Dining in Beautiful Frenchtown, New Jersey. In 1985, an on-going renovation project was started. The first floor was transformed into three beautiful dining rooms and a bar area, which resulted in a fine dining restaurant in Frenchtown. The Inn is Closed on Monday's all day and Tuesday's for Lunch All other day's the Inn is open for Lunch and Dinner.  For information or reservations call 908-996-3300.


Cocina del Sol We think this is the best spot in the river valley for Mexican food. This restaurant is in Frenchtown just three miles from the inn. Rolando is the owner/chef, Alma will greet you at the door. Too many favorites to mention. Try it! 908-996-0900. Check out the review by Tom and Kate O'Neill of TIMEOFF.

Miel's Bakery and Restaurant is a casual 12-table cafe restaurant specializing in regional American fare. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Cash only. Bridge and Main, Stockton, NJ Stockton, NJ. Call 609-397-8033. Read review.




Towns to Explore

Milford, NJ

OUR TOWN MILFORD NJ  Milford continues to blossom. Its many restaurants -- The Oyster House, The Ship Inn (New Jersey's first brew pub), Pipolo's Pizza, and Ma De's Chat Shop -- answer a host of gastronomical moods. Specialty stores including a wine shop, are also available on Bridge Street. Milford is home to THIS & THAT ON THE CORNER 38 Bridge Street. Whether you are shopping for your home or looking for that special gift for someone, come browse the unique store. They offer a little something for everyone: Gifts; jewelry; stationery; cards; party needs; balloons; candles and much more! Just 1.3 square miles, Milford retains the true atmosphere of a river town. Functional but friendly, it has an ambience neither syrupy with tourist schemes nor icy with commuter coat racks. The Delaware River, along which barges bustled in the 19th century, now draws scores of canoeists, tubers, and kayakers. Occasionally, a hot-air balloon dips its gondola into the water and rises -- a river kiss. Strollers along the river bank often see otters, beavers, osprey, blue heron, kingfishers, and endangered cliff swallows. A bald eagle soars past from time to time. The Delaware is an environmental success story, abundantly evident from the fish that have returned to its waters -- 4-foot-long muskies, striped bass, and shad.

Frenchtown, NJ  Here on the east bank of the Delaware River is a place which many have never seen, the kind of place most believe has all but vanished. Frenchtown is an authentic relic of the American past; a small town of clapboard and columns and shady porches tucked between brooding brown cliffs and a sweep of the rippling Delaware River. More information can also be found at the Frenchtowner site.

Flemington, NJ   Known for Victorian architecture, The Lindbergh Trial, factory outlets, 4H Fair. You'll find historic sites, fine dining, a steam railroad, town events, Northlandz, 200+shops and outlets, art galleries, and our favorite Flemington restaurant, The California Grill. This borough is the seat of justice of the County and is located very nearly in the geographic center of Raritan Township. According to Snell "the title to the lands...was originally held by Daniel Coxe and William Penn, two of the proprietors of the West Jersey Company". Built principally on a single street, the town contained in 1834 at least four churches, an academy, a Masonic Hall, the County buildings, and about 120 dwellings. The town was named for Samuel Fleming who purchased land here about 1756 building a tavern on the site - the place becoming known as "Flemings". A postoffice was established in 1794. (Snell:324; Barber and Howe:250).

Lambertville, NJ  The view of Lambertville has changed little over the last one hundred years. Nestled on the east bank of the Delaware River, its tree-lined streets, Victorian houses and Federal row homes and the graceful lines of its church spires continue to greet the eye as they did in the 1800s.  Lambertville is known as "The Antique Capital of New Jersey," and it certainly lives up to the title. Antique collectors will find everything from 18th-century furniture and decorative arts to 50's Modern.

New Hope, PA  This charming little village nestled along the Delaware River and Delaware Canal conjures up visions of a by-gone era. Located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, this sophisticated little gem of a town represents different things to different people. To some, New Hope is the place to visit art galleries. To others, it's a place to spend enchanting romantic weekends, cuddled up by the fire at one of the many beautifully restored inns, or walking down by the riverside. New Hope's natural beauty has always been mesmerizing.

Clinton, NJ  (Twenty minutes from the inn) The quintessential American small town is nestled in the hills of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. A charming historic shopping area, cherry tree lined streets and a river meandering through it makes Clinton a picture perfect hamlet.

Fun Things


Bucks County River Country
Welcome to Bucks County River Country for 2012!
We are the Oldest & Best River outfitter in the Entire Delaware Valley
Started in 1967 with 5 canoes, we now cater to thousands of river lovers every year. Due to the economy this year, we have continued to keep our prices low. In FACT, WE ARE THE MOST ECONOMICAL OUTFITTER IN THE DELAWARE VALLEY, PERIOD. 2 Walters Lane, Point Pleasant, PA - 18950. Call (215) 297-5000.

ENJOY THE RIVER right up close. "Featuring the Famous River Hot Dog Man!"
Since 1987.

Alexandria Balloon Flights,   93 Hickory Corner Road, Milford, NJ. Call 908-479-4878

Balloons Aloft, Inc.,   Sky Manor Airport in Pittstown, NJ. Call 866-800-4FUN (toll free) or 908-996-3333

"In Flight" Balloon Adventures,   Box 5339, Clinton, NJ. Call 888-301-2383

Fly Fishing Guide Service:  Gary is a delight. He loves his work and makes sure you enjoy it also. He will even teach you how to make your own hand-tied flies. Call 215-343-1720


Wineries

Stop by and visit Audrey and Steve Gambino at their delightful organic winery, Villa Milagro, on top of a mountain about ten minutes from us. You will feel you are in Tuscany. www.villamilagrovineyards.com

The Sand Castle Winery has completed their castle. Guests enjoy the view from above and their special events. www.sandcastlewinery.com

Alba Winery ~ Well known for their fine events and weddings. www.albavineyard.com


Services

Enjoy a relaxing therapeutic massage in your room or off-premises by Ellen Miller, Certified Massage Therapist   Call for an appointment  1-484-682-3241 or email:  ellenam@epix.net

Euphoria Studio is a spa, salon and boutique located in the charming riverside village of Frenchtown, New Jersey. 908-996-3399 www.euphoriastudio.com

Things To Do

The Cycle Corner  Rent bicycles in Frenchtown, just three miles from the inn, and enjoy the wonderful Delaware River Valley.

Bike Hunterdon  Hunterdon County is a premier destination for cyclists of all ages and skill levels.
THE MILFORD BLUFFS (where the indians once lived) boast the largest collection of prickly pear cactus east of the Mississippi. The bluffs are only about a mile and a half from the inn. Students come from around the world to study the rock formations. You will believe it when you see all the holes in the red shale from samples being removed for study back at the universities.

The New Jersey Skylands  The Skylands Region refers to Northwest New Jersey and includes the counties of Morris, Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren, and Sussex. The five-county region contains two national parks at its edges, 60,000 acres of state parkland, and a diverse and beautiful geography filled with lakes, rivers and picturesque hills dotted with farms. The region's rustic nature is perfectly complemented by scores of vigorous towns and villages that offer wonderful entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities, fine museums, theaters and accommodations that satisfy the most sophisticated traveler. And there is a year round schedule of arts & crafts fairs, antique shows, exhibits and festivals that never leaves a visitor wanting for something to do in New Jersey's Great Northwest.  

TOUR BUCKS COUNTY

Walking the towpath at Chestnut Hill

Bucks County, Pennsylvania  Music, Theatre, Events and Activities in and around Bucks County right across the river from Milford.

Bucks County River Country  Tubing, rafting, canoeing, kayaking on scenic Delaware River. P.O. Box 6, 2 Walters Lane, Point Pleasant, PA 18950, (Rte. 32, Upper Black Eddy), phone: (215) 297-5000, hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Daily

National Canal Museum  Before the building of the railroads, canals played an important role in American commerce and transportation. There was one city in particular where three canals came together providing efficient transportation connections between the anthracite coal mines and the two largest metropolitan areas of that time, New York and Philadelphia. This factor combined with water power available from the Lehigh Canal helped to make Easton, Pa and the Lehigh Valley a birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.
Hunterdon Hills Playhouse  Dinner Theatre & Cabaret located in nearby Hampton, NJ.  Experience fine dining and the magic of live theatre all under one roof.
The State Theatre  Welcome to the 73rd Season of great entertainment at the State Theatre Center for the Arts located in Easton, PA.
Hawk Pointe Golf Club, which opened June 1, 2000, is located just north of Clinton, N.J. off Route 31 in the heart of the picturesque Skylands Region. Hawk Pointe, which sits on a 320-acre piece of property that includes breathtaking views of woodlands, rolling hills, and abundant wildlife, is an environmentally-friendly golf course that emphasizes its natural setting, Hawk Pointe has already been honored twice by regional organizations for its exceptional design. The 18-hole golf course offers a variety of challenging tees for every level of golfer. Hawk Pointe Golf Club, 294 Route 31 South, Washington, NJ 07882. Call 908 689-1870
Delaware Canal State Park   Enjoy a delightful morning/afternoon on the canal, biking or walking the historic towpath, just across the river from our inn. Bike to Frenchtown, stop and have lunch in one restaurants.

 

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.”   
                                                                                                                               ~ Walt Whitman


Walking the towpath at Chestnut Hill

Walking the towpath at Chestnut Hill

                          Photo: R. Michael Castagna