We spent Saturday night at the DeerHead Inn just over the border of NJ in the town Delaware Water Gap. It's a lovely inn and the main attraction is first-rate jazz. The Inn was opened in the 1869 and boasts the longest continuously open jazz venue in all of the United States (!). This night we listened to a tribute to Charlie Parker:
Sing a Song of Bird: The Music of Charlie Parker. Vocalists: Bob Dorough, Roseanna Vitro & Sheila Jordan, Mark Gross, alto saxophone; Mark Soskin, piano; Dean Johnson, bass; Bill Goodwin, drums.
Food is very good. There are vegetarian and one vegan option (vegan burger - yum!!). I brought my own soy milk, which they were happy to keep for me in their kitchen fridge.
Fantastic band, singers, and amazing sax performance by Mark Gross - fantastic musician!
If you're in the area, you can listen to music for a cover charge. The Inn does offer a package for a night's stay, dinner, and breakfast (cocktails/wine not included). If you like hiking and kayaking, it's a great location for this as well.
The bar is gorgeous, the tables are all good for the music (small venue), food is lovely, and the rooms are very, very comfortable, outfitted with antiques. The second floor of the Inn has a beautiful wrap around porch that is open to all guest and just charming.
One note of caution: If you want to turn in a little before the second set ends the evening (around 11 p.m.), book a room on a higher floor and bring ear plugs. You may want ear plugs during the performance simply because it is a small venue and any amplification fills the Inn with beautiful sound (and a lot of it).
Regarding the rooms, don't let them put you in the last room available on the 4th floor - it's reputed to be haunted.... :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Serving breakfast on weekends and dinner Thursday through Sunday and the last Monday of every month. The Deer Head Inn, the oldest continuously running jazz club in the country. The inn boasts 10 rooms each with private bath, 2 of which are suites. Our menu of eclectic American Continental is bound to satisfy everyone. We serve both classic dishes as well as adventurous faire. We are open Thursday-Saturday 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM and Sundays 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. We have live music Thursday thru Sunday, and the last Monday of every month. Breakfast is served on Saturdays from 8 am to noon and Sundays 8 am to 2 pm. Reservations are strongly suggested. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Deer Head Hotel Delaware Water Gap