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Bring your camera, a fishing rod, hiking boots, your kayak (or rent one), a good book, and an appetite to take advantage of the Upper Delaware River area in Spring! The landscape resembles an impressionist painting at this time of year and creates a beautiful backdrop for any activity. And don't forget the arts too. Here's a sampling:

Grey Towers, Milford PA:  Grey Towers was the summer home of the Pinchot family. Gifford Pinchot was twice governor of PA. The home resembles a French Chateau and is surrounded by beautiful grounds. The Pinchot also started the Yale School of Forestry in Milford. Special pre-season tours of all three floors of the mansion  will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. from May 1 until Memorial Day weekend, when the site opens for the season seven days a week.

The Zane Grey Museum reopening: The museum will open for the summer season Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, daily 10-4pm. Admission is free. For more information call 570.729.4871.

MATAMORAS – Kayak clinic:  Learn the essentials of sale and enjoyable kayaking followed by a professionally guided 10-mile trip from Pond Eddy, NY to Matamoras, PA. Meet at
Kittatinny's river base in Matamoras. 800/FLOATKC. Check their website for dates. 

2014 Events at Bethel Woods Center for Performing Arts, site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival

Costa's Family Fun Park will be open from Noon - 6pm.  Costa's will be offering go-karts, laser tag, mini golf, the driving range, baseball and softball batting cages and more.  The restaurant will be open with a limited food menu including hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders and hand dipped Hershey's ice cream.

TROUT SEASON: The Lackawaxen River (from Hawley to Lackawaxen) will be stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission. A fishing license is required and can be purchased online. Local sports store can supply whatever you need: Two River Junction, Scenic Dr., Lackawaxen PA 570.685.2010.

Trout Stocking Dates and online fishing licenses:
Pennsylvania Fish Commission

LOCAL LICENSED GUIDES WITH DRIFT BOAT RENTAL:

Terry McAllister, McAllister Drift boat
570.878.7854

Tony Ritter,
Gone Fishing Guide Service

845-252-3657

Cross Current Guide Service, Milford PA

Driftboat Fishing Guide Service

 914-475-6779 or 570-296-6919

Sweetwater Guide Service, Tyler Hill, PA
Driftboat Fishing Guide Service

570-224-4747

Stefan Spoerri, Guide
845-252-7309


Suggested Spring Itinerary:
Day One: Check in and stretch your legs with a walk across the Roebling Bridge, taking in the riverscape. Spend an hour hiking at Minisink Battleground, site of a Revolutionary war battle. Dine at the Inn at Lackawaxen.

Day Two: Wake up to the ever-changing river. Birds are particularly active in the morning and it is common to see an eagle perched in our riverbank trees. Start with a cup of coffee on the porch then enjoy a leisurely breakfast, served between 8 and 10am. Choose an activity for the day:

  • Fly or spin fish the Lackawaxen River
  • Spend the day viewing area waterfalls with a self-guided hiking/driving tour
  • Take a day trip in a guided drift boat (advance reservations needed)
  • Golf at one of the nearby courses or hit a bucket of golf balls at Costa's.
  • Starting in May: Kayak, canoe or raft the Delaware. Midweek, raft the Lackawaxen.
  • Visit Scranton. Tour an underground coal mine; See actual steam engines at Steamtown.
  • Hike Tusten Mountain Trail or go horseback riding at Triple W or Malibu Ranch.
  • Shop Antique stores in Hawley or Milford. Lunch at the Settlers Inn (Hawley) or the Waterwheel Cafe (Milford). Buy something to take back to the kids at the Firefly Toy Shop (Milford) or Barryville RiverMarket (great food gift baskets too).
  • Relax at the nearby indoor pool/spa and dine at the Vista Restaurant afterward.

Dine at Pinehurst for prime rib or salmon, Tre Alberi for homemade Northern Italian dishes. Have an after-dinner drink at 150 year old bar, Rohmann's in Shohola or come back to the Roebling Inn, build a campfire by the river, and watch the stars come out.

More Special dates:

Annual Roots & Rhythm Festival , Honesdale PA. Impressive event with outstanding musicians and groups! Food, music and arts in Historic Honesdale!

Forestburgh Theater is open: Information: 845-794-1194 or www.fbplayhouse.com

Grey Towers House and Garden Tours A guided tour of the mansion and grounds is an interesting and unique way to learn about how one family shaped and influenced our conservation ideals and values, while experiencing what life might have been like at Grey Towers in the early 20th century.

D&H Canal Park visitors center, Cuddebackville – ongoing exhibits at www.neversinkmuseum.org



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