10 Coolest Small Towns, Pa.

A little bit hip and a little bit homey, these up-and-coming towns guarantee a fun detour on your next road trip. You'll be browsing the local real estate pages before you know it.

Rocking out at the Fauchère (Lauren Keenan)
Rocking out at the Fauchère (Lauren Keenan)

Milford, Pa.
Population: 1,292
Nearest City: New York, 71 miles
A resort town since the Gilded Age, Milford is popular with newcomers interested in its Victorian houses. Sean Strub (a direct-mail and publishing entrepreneur who moved here in 1997) and retired executive Richard Snyder spearheaded the town beautification effort, launched Milford Magazine, and in 2001 bought the 1880s-era Hotel Fauchère. Five years and $6.5 million later, it reopened with heated slate bathroom floors, Frette sheets, and a price point that's ritzy for such a small town, not to mention Budget Travel (401 Broad St., 570/409-1212,, from $275). The 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is nearby (; buy picnic supplies at Fretta's (223 Broad St., 570/296-7863). Kitchen and bath designer Derek Roberts moved to Milford in 1991. "My mountain bike is well used," he says. "After work, I like to go swimming in a waterfall." He has become such a civic booster that he began organizing Fluviarchy dance parties--named for the network of waterfalls--at The Emerson House (call the Fauchère for info). "Find me for free-drink tickets," he says.


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