Tucked away on the edge of the Poconos and less than 20 miles from the New York border sits one of NEPA’s best kept secrets.
The birthplace of American railroading...
and so much more.
The peaceful, little borough of Honesdale isn’t much to see on a map. It’s a small valley town at the fork of the Lackawaxen River and Dyberry Creek. But for what this town lacks in geographical stature, it more than makes up for in character.
Honesdale’s Main Street serves as the beating heart of the entire town.
The wide sidewalks and colorful Italianate architecture lend a particular charm to any stroll. And as you walk down the street, it may even begin to feel like you’re walking down a hidden bohemian avenue in some much larger city. But the brief view of the lush Pocono Mountains at every cross street reminds that this picturesque town is surrounded for miles by NEPA’s pristine natural splendor.
There’s a lot to do in this little town.
From unique local shops and restaurants to an inspiring art scene and 2 local breweries, Honesdale may even require a weekend stay. Be sure not to pass up the opportunity to learn about the town’s rich history or to visit The Old Stone Jail. And before you leave, ask a local about the best view in town.
Here are five incredible places to visit on your trip to historic Honesdale:
This “mini-department store” on Main Street has it all from fashionable clothing and jewelry to unique home décor, candles and giftware. With two floors and 4,000 square feet of merchandise, you’ll need your walking shoes.
With a seasonally changing menu, the folks at this adorable Main Street restaurant take farm-to-table dining seriously. When it’s time to sit and relax, stop in for one of their visually stunning cocktails and an expertly-crafted meal.
Here & Now Brewing Co.
Forget the keychains and coffee mugs. Leave Honesdale with a real souvenir – a growler full of delicious, locally-brewed beer. But don’t just grab your beer and run. This place has the most incredible snacks and small plates.
You might as well learn something while you’re here. The Stourbridge Line will take you on an educational, Instagram-pic-worthy train ride from Honesdale to Hawley and back again along the breathtaking Lackawaxen River Gorge.
If you just can’t get enough of this quirky little town, spend the night and do it all over again tomorrow. The Historic Hotel Wayne features quiet, comfortable rooms and a casual fine dining restaurant right in town.
Also, I’d hate to leave you hanging.
That best view in town I mentioned earlier, it’s at Irving Cliff, a public park just a five-minute drive from Main Street. Get there for sunset.