Milford is located on the Delaware River in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, about 15 miles north of Lambertville and New Hope. It was settled in the mid 1700s with the building of a mill. After the mill was destroyed by fire in 1769, the settlement became known as Burnt Mills. By 1804, the village — then consisting of a flouring mill, two saw mills, three dwellings, and a store — had become known as "Millford," but by the time the Belvidere Delaware Railroad arrived in 1853 it had lost an "l."
To this day, Milford maintains its sense of reality and hometown charm while offering a convenient jumping-off point for visiting the art and antiques centers of Bucks and Hunterdon counties.
Bridgeton House-on-the Delaware is Bucks County's only riverfront bed and breakfast. Bridgeton House is stunningly decorated in arts and crafts style with four-posters, fireplaces, balconies, and river views. This charming bed and breakfast is a small, shuttered, brick inn that combines French country charm with American simplicity. A labor of love by Bea and Charles Briggs has turned this onetime wreck of an 1836 house into a glorious, romantic riverside bed and breakfast. Located a short walk across the Delaware River bridge from Milford Oyster House.
1525 River Road, Upper Black Eddy, Pa. 18972
Chestnut Hill on the Delaware, perched high on the banks of the scenic Delaware River, offers guests a magnificent view while drawing them into the gracious living of a century past. Chestnut Hill was designed for a gentleman's bride in 1860. Today, owners Linda and Rob Castagna welcome you to share their home, offering the care and attention of a more gentle era. Enjoy a candlelit full country breakfast while dining in Victorian elegance, then spend the afternoon rocking on the wrap-around veranda. Located around the corner from Milford Oyster House.
63 Church Street, Milford, N.J. 08848
The 1878 Widow McCrea House Bed & Breakfast is a charming, Italianate Victorian Inn in Frenchtown, New Jersey, three miles downstream along the Delaware River from Milford. It features a private cottage, spacious suites and three elegant guest rooms, each one unique and each beautifully appointed with fine period antiques, a fireplace, a Jacuzzi, a queen-size featherbed and a private bath. Only minutes from New Hope, Pennsylvania, and Lambertville and Flemington, New Jersey. One-night stays are available.
53 Kingwood Avenue, Frenchtown. N.J. 08825
(908) 996-4999, fax (908) 996-7483
Just six miles up the Delaware River from Milford Oyster House, in Finesville, is New Jersey's only organic vineyard. Villa Milagro Vineyards, which means home or place of miracles in Spanish, hosts breathtaking views overlooking four counties in two states. Wander on up the river to taste delicious, old-world style blended wines made with ten varieties of grapes. Open for wine tasting only Saturday & Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and for sales daily.
Alba Vineyard also in Finesville, New Jersey, has created a recognizable style of wine making that borrows from the past, looks to the future, and emulates the finest wineries in the world, without losing focus on minimal-impact, renewable viticulture. The winery is open Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Superior quality, classic wines descended from the finest European wine-making traditions are the focus of Sand Castle Winery just across the Delaware River and a bit downstream in Erwinna, Pa. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you continue downstream to Lambertville, New Jersey, be sure to check out Sojourner, the store owned and run by Chef Ed's mother and sister. Sojourner is located at 26 Bridge Street in Lambertville. While Eddie is busy in the kitchen, they are off globetrotting and filling the store with lovely clothes, jewelry, and lots of beads from all over the world.
Another way to get an overview is from a trapeze! Ringling Brothers alumna Mary Kelly Rayel is offering flying trapeze lessons just across the Delaware River at Lions Camp Kirby in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania.
Milford Oyster House is located at 92 Route 519 (Water Street) Milford, New Jersey. Call 908-995-9411 for reservations.