The Inn at Millrace Pond

One- or Two-Night Stay in a Guest Room at The Inn at Millrace Pond in Northwest Jersey Skylands

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Cozy Bed and Breakfast in 18th-Century Grist Mill on 23 Tranquil Acres

In 1769, the tiny town of Hope, New Jersey, revolved around its gristmill; it supplied grain to George Washington's Revolutionary Army. Though the town saw its share of changes, including a massive fire, the stone mill remained a constant—it churned out flour for the locals until 1956. Today, the gristmill is one of three historical buildings that make up The Inn at Millrace Pond.

There's an old-fashioned feel to much of the inn's 23-acre property. On a walk through its brick pathways, you can find a tranquil brook, a stone cottage, and a 19th-century home that once lodged the property's miller. The décor is accented with exposed chestnut beams, colonial-era furnishings, and a 5-foot-tall stone fireplace.

The inn's guest rooms are scattered throughout the gristmill, millrace house, and the stone cottage, and they balance rustic charm with contemporary amenities. Many of the cozy rooms feature antique four-poster beds topped with lace canopies and tricorn hats. Whenever you tire of the pioneer lifestyle, immerse yourself in a whirlpool tub and wireless Internet access.

Brass chandeliers cast light on black-and-white photographs on the walls at The Dining Room, the inn's Zagat-rated restaurant. Stop by here for breakfast to dine on house-made bread and omelets. Downstairs in the wine cellar, you can find remnants of the mill's water wheel as well as Fireside Tavern, which serves malt whiskey around a natural stone fireplace.

Hope, New Jersey: Old German Moravian Town near Mountains and Lakes

The little town of Hope is set in northern New Jersey's Kittatinny Valley and just south of the Delaware Water Gap. There's a diverse topography of mountains, black-spruce forests, and glittering lakes here.

Roughly 10 minutes from the inn is Jenny Jump Mountain. It's worth it to hike or mountain bike the trails to the top here to take in views of the Delaware Water Gap. At nearby Mountain Lake, anglers often reel in whopping catches of muskellunge, perch, and goldfish cracker bags.

A close-knit community of German Moravians founded Hope in 1769, and there's still a small-town, intimate feel to the place. Throughout, you can see remnants of its past in red barns, limestone houses, old grain silos, and centuries-old churches. Horror-movie geeks might recognize the black iron gates of the old Moravian Cemetery from the movie Friday the 13th.

Sprinkled throughout the historical landmarks are some modern family attractions. The Land of Make Believe, a 30-acre fun park, reopens on Memorial Day, and it is situated just minutes from the inn. Here you can ride an old-fashioned locomotive, zoom down a 40-foot water slide, and dry off in the whipping wind on a roller coaster.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Stay for two adults in a guest room with daily breakfast; up to two kids 11 or younger stay free

  • $79 for one night, valid for check in Sunday–Thursday
  • $229 for two nights, valid for check in on Friday and Saturday

Book by: 5/31/12
Travel by: 7/30/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • 23 wooded acres
  • Zagat-rated restaurant
  • Bar featuring craft beers
  • Board games
  • Open-mic nights

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 5/31/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must travel by 7/30/12
  • Limit 3 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts
  • Limit 3 per visit
  • Not valid 4/21, 5/19, 6/1-6/2, 6/16, 6/22-6/24, 6/29-6/30, 7/4, 7/6, or 7/20-7/21
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • 10-day cancellation notice or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Weekend option valid for Friday or Saturday arrival
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 12% tax not included.

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call The Inn at Millrace Pond by 5/31/12.
  3. Choose a date prior to 7/30/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

Consult the inn's index page for more information on guest rooms. One queen bed, two queen beds, or two twin beds

  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 in one-queen and two-twin rooms; 4 in two-queen rooms
  • Adding occupants above standard: in two-queen rooms, $15 per night for each additional occupant 12 or older; no charge for occupants 11 or younger
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Whirlpool tubs in most rooms

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 10:30 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets fewer than 15 pounds may be added to rooms 3, 4, and 5 for an additional $15 each per night.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Stay for two adults in a guest room with daily breakfast; up to two kids 11 or younger stay free

  • $79 for one night, valid for check in Sunday–Thursday (up to a $159 value)
  • $229 for two nights, valid for check in on Friday and Saturday (up to a $424 value)

Getting There

  • By plane: 35 miles from Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE); 57 miles from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • By car: about 51 miles northwest of Newark

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