About 5 hours
Milford is about 290 miles north of Washington. From the Beltway, take Interstate 270 north, then merge onto U.S. 15 north. Exit onto Pa. Route 581 east, which becomes I-83 north. Merge onto I-81 north, then merge onto I-84. Take the U.S. Route 6 exit (Exit 46) toward Milford, and merge onto U.S. Route 6 east. Turn left onto Broad Street, Milford's main drag.
WHERE TO STAY
Accommodations include the Hotel Fauchere (401 Broad St., 570-409-1212, http://www.hotelfauchere.com; $200-$350 per room per night Sunday-Thursday, $275-$350 Fridays and Saturdays; two-night Eagle Watch packages cost $1,100 for two) and Jorgenson's at the Dimmick Inn (101 E. Harford St., 570-296-4021, http://www.dimmickinn.com; $109-$179 per room per night).
WHERE TO EAT
The Fauchere's Delmonico Room serves an eclectic American menu, while its Bar Louis is a good spot for a cocktail or a beer and a burger. The Water Wheel Cafe, Bakery & Bar (150 Water St., 570-296-2383, http://www.waterwheelcafe.com), in a historic gristmill, serves breakfast and lunch daily and dinner on Thursday-Saturday. For food on the go, check out Fretta's (223 Broad St., 570-296-7863, http://www.frettas.com).
WHAT TO DO
From January through March, the nearby nonprofit Eagle Institute (Barryville, N.Y., 570-685-5960, http://www.eagleinstitute.org) offers guided excursions to view eagles during their nesting and migratory season. The eighth annual Eagle Watch Weekend, which includes educational programs and exhibits, as well as opportunities to sight eagles, is scheduled for Jan. 17-18. Grey Towers (W. Harford St., 570-296-9630, http://www.greytowers.org) offers one-hour guided tours of the Pinchot family mansion May through November, otherwise by appointment; adults $6, children 12-17 $3. The Columns (608 Broad St., 570-296-8126, http://www.pikehistory.org) is open several days a week April 1 through Nov. 30, adults $5, students $3, children free. The Lodge at Woodloch (109 River Birch Lane, Hawley, Pa., 866-953-8500, http://www.thelodgeatwoodloch.com), about 35 minutes from Milford, offers a full menu of treatments, as a day spa experience or part of an overnight stay.
IN THE VICINITY
Milford is at the northern gate of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (570-426-2451 or 570-426-2452, http://www.nps.gov/dewa), which is open year-round for hiking and offers seasonal boating, kayaking and fishing.