Travelers and epicures in the Skylands are never far away from one of New Jersey's finest dining and lodging experiences- the cozy accommodations and artful cuisine of Hope's Inn at Mill Race Pond. A conversion to lodging in the early eighties, the site is a restoration of an old grist mill built during the founding period of the village of Hope's settlement by Moravians in the mid-eighteenth century.
The seventeen-room Inn and Restaurant is comprised of three main buildings, the Grist Mill (location of the restaurant, tavern, registry, and the majority of rooms), Millrace House, and the stone Wheelwright's Cottage. The "engine" that once allowed the mill to do its work; a hand-carved, shoulder-width watercourse through grey striated shale, drew water down from the pond and directed to the waterwheel in the basement of the mill. At Grist Mill the warm hearth of the tavern downstairs invite the eye and spirit to enjoy the friendly character of the Inn's loving restoration. (Tavern Menu).
Upstairs, exposed post and beam construction treat the eye of every restaurant patron. The race, giving the site its name, fills now only to give reflection to the quiet woods that gently rise from behind the old millmaster's home, Millrace House, where wide board flooring and antique furnishings grace every view. A deep plenum frames each window in the formal symmetry of the two rooms at Wheelwright's Cottage.
A fourth building, the Raoul Wallenberg Conference Center at The Inn at Millrace Pond opened its doors in the Spring of 1999. The rescue and renovation of this 170 year-old home has resulted in singular opportunities for productive meetings in a state of the art facility on the grounds of inn. Having prevailed over of physical relocation to the property and the rigors of historic restoration, the house now appears, in large part, as it did in 1830.
And from the famous grist mill, where so many have already enjoyed elegant hospitality, it will be hard to look across the lawn at the old, proud house and imagine that it belonged any place else.
The Inn at Millrace Pond is located on Rt., 519 in Hope, NJ 07844. For information and reservations call 908/459-4884 or check their website .
The UACNJ facilities in Jenny Jump State Forest, near Hope in Warren County, are 1,100 feet above sea level, one of the few dark sky locations left in the state.
Consider Rutherfurd Hall as refuge and sanctuary in similar ways now, as it served a distinguished family a hundred years ago.
Enjoy year-round lodging or camping. Abundant hiking trails, scenic lakeside location. Canoe/Kayak rental available. Select facilities offer fully equipped kitchens. Volunteer led "Getaways" provide scheduled activities and meals. Boathouse offers gorgeous views of lake, great for large events. Reservations: 603-466-2727
Warren County's Montana Mountain, Merrill Creek Reservoir, and the Pohatcong Valley is equally rewarding for students of history and devotees of the outdoors.