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 .
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A canal boat captain and her daughters navigate the Bread Lock in June, 1863.
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7-acre military themed Corn Maze, with mini maze for little ones, open Wed.-Sun. through November 10. Fresh produce at farmstand or schedule pick-on-demand. Homemade soaps available online. Always a discount for Veterans with proper ID.