Where did the world's longest honeymoon begin? The Poconos! We traveled for 675-days to 33 countries and 302 places on our HoneyTrek but while we saved and planned for this epic honeymoon, we needed a mini-moon to tied us over and Milford was just the place! Even though as a California girl I had visions of the Poconos’ 1970s champagne coup bathtubs and vibrating heart-shape beds, my new Pennsylvanian hubby assured me there were great getaways in these mountains. I Googled “Relais & Châteaux, PA” in hopes that this global boutique hotel network would have a location in the Keystone state and lucky us...we found out they have two properties in the region and Milford’s Hotel Fauchère happens to be one of them.
The recently renovated 16-room hotel was founded in 1852 by the master chef of New York City’s first and most famous restaurant, Delmonico’s, and takes its legendary reputation of fine food and hospitality very seriously. The service was beyond impeccable–it was unbelievably thoughtful and wrought with the most charming details.
The wow-service began before we even arrived. We called to let them know we wouldn’t arrive until 10pm and asked if they could recommend any places open for a bite. They called around, came up with nothing, but said they would stay open because they wanted the newlyweds to have a gourmet meal upon arrival. We had the entire restaurant to ourselves, enjoying a Delmonico steak and truffle fries, only to be greeted by the owners with a personal welcome and congrats. Wow is right.
After dinner, we went up to our minimalist but luxe room to find milk, cookies, and a bedtime story waiting for us on our nightstand. Beside it was a card with the next day’s weather a hand-drawn with the sun, clouds, and temperature. The cute-factor was off the charts! And the bathroom with radiant floors and claw-foot tub, bedroom with Frette sheets, and Belgian linens weren’t bad either.
The next day we woke up and had breakfast delivered to our bedside. Continental breakfast usually means Cherrios and a fruit cup…oh no, not at the Hotel Fauchère. Homemade vanilla bean yogurt, fresh granola, warm croissants, and grapefruit with sugar blow-torched on top are the complimentary option.
Freakishly, March 18th was a 73-degree day so we asked them about taking a hike to the nearby Raymondskill Falls. They handed us a Picnic at Ascot backpack complete with Christofle hotel silver, plates, and champagne glasses and sent us to Fretta’s Italian food specialty shop (also adorable!) where we picked up olives and prosciutto to go with our bubbly.
Our last night wrapped up with total decadence: a five-course meal with the most delicious dishes like garden potatoes with roasted figs and local sour cherries , duck with herbs and nasturtiums and the perfect wines to match. To explain how attentive the wait staff was...when we asked our South African server a few questions about Cape Town, she gave us her email in case we ever needed any recommendations on a future trip.
Now if you are looking for a regional honeymoon spot or a weekend getaway with full-service charm and pampering, you have to try Hotel Fauchére!
Anne and Mike Howard are creators of the around-the-world honeymoon blog HoneyTrek.com and Long-Term Travel Coaches for anyone looking to travel the world safely, affordably and off the beaten path. You can follow @HoneyTrek on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.