A charming Poconos detour

The bad news is Route 209 is closed between two of the state’s nicest waterfall parks. The good news is there’s a detour that will drop you straight into Milford, one of the loveliest towns in the Pocono Mountains. If you are heading north on 209 from Stroudsburg, turn left at Rt. 739, then right at Milford Road and follow it 2 miles into town. Here is where Hamptons-like sophistication meets natural Poconos beauty. Park anywhere on the street and just start wandering.

There are serious antiques stores, a restored theater, preserved Victorian-era homes, and a fascinating little history museum featuring the blood-stained American flag that cradled President Lincoln’s head after he was shot. Food and beverage options include a breakfast-all-day diner, an 1800s tap room, a salumeria straight out of Little Italy, and an elegant dining room modeled after the famous Delmonico’s of New York.

All this almost makes up for the challenges of getting to those waterfalls. The nearby Childs Falls are closed through 2012, but there is a free shuttle bus from Rt. 739 that will take you to Dingman’s Ferry and drop you near the boardwalk trail. Details are here. There is also a driving detour to Raymondskill Falls via Milford Road. Route 209 is expected to reopen in the fall, hopefully before the leaves start to turn.

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