Summer Sounds and Savings

Summer is sizzling with a great selection of free live music events in our area — a few of them happen in and around our welcoming rustic showrooms. What better way to enjoy a relaxing power browse or take advantage of our ongoing sales? Stop by to enjoy the music and the savings!

Americana and 60s Rock

Don’t miss Little Sparrow playing Americana, 60s rock, bluegrass, country and jazz at our Milford showroom during the annual Milford Music Festival.

Little Sparrow plays in the Van Gorders' Furniture Milford, PA showroom on Saturday, June 24 as part of the Milford Music Festival.Little Sparrow
Saturday, June 24
1 to 4 pm
321 Water Street (Route 2001)

See the Full Milford Music Festival Line-Up.

Little Sparrow has been performing in the Upper Delaware River region since 2008. The band is comprised of Aldo Troiani on mandolin, guitar and vocals; Carol Smith on guitar and vocals; and Lester Wilson on bass. They recently added Jay Ganz on Peal Steel guitar; Van Manakas on fiddle and guitar; and Mike Cervone on drums.

Homegrown Music and Arts

Enjoy a delightful day of live music and crafts just down the street from our Honesdale showroom.

Roots & Rhythm Festival
Saturday, June 17
Central Park
1:30 to 9:00 pm

See the Full Roots & Rhythm Line-Up.

Take a peek inside our unique rustic furniture showrooms.

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Take the Pledge for Clean Water!

We love living near the wild and scenic Upper Delaware River! In fact, the unique rustic and lodge-style furnishings that you’ll find in Van Gorders’ three welcoming showrooms reflect the beauty and wildlife of the Upper Delaware Region.

A photo of an Old Hickory dining room set available at Van Gorders' Furniture. Part of the Clean Water pledge blog post.
Old Hickory is one of the rustic furniture brands found at Van Gorders’ Furniture.

One very special thing about the Upper Delaware River is its clean water, which supports a healthy ecosystem while providing gorgeous scenery and many recreational opportunities like fishing, swimming and boating.

We are so grateful for all that the river provides to people, animals and plants, and we recognize how important it is to keep its waters clean. This is one of the reasons our own Scott Van Gorder has been volunteering with our local land trust, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, for so many years. The Conservancy is dedicated to conserving the natural heritage and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region in partnership with landowners and communities.

Clear Choices, Clean Water

One way that you can show your support for the clean water of the Upper Delaware River is by taking a quick and easy online pledge to help protect it — and other local lakes, rivers, and streams — from pollution.

The pledge is part of the Conservancy’s Clear Choices, Clean Water: My Delaware River website that features lots of helpful suggestions that everyone can implement to conserve water.

To take the pledge, simply go to the website and choose one of four options:

  • Water Conservation
  • Volunteer Service
  • Native Plants
  • Lawn Fertilizer

Once you select your area of interest, click on Make a Difference, TAKE A PLEDGE and follow the prompts from there.

You can even view a cool map that shows how many of your friends and neighbors have taken the pledge, and the impact their actions are having on nearby rivers and streams.

Through June 27, 2016 every pledge will be entered to win an Old Town Heron 9′ kayak, generously donated by Alice’s Wonderland.

Pledge Today!

Clear Choices, Clean Water: My Delaware River is a cooperative effort among the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlands Conservancy, Pocono Heritage Land Trust, Pocono Environmental Education Center, and Brodhead Watershed Association.

Take the pledge today!

View Bald Eagles this Winter

 

Photo by Sandy Long of a wintering bald eagle along the Upper Delaware River.
A wintering bald eagle. Photo courtesy Sandy Long.

Majestic bald eagles are a spectacular sight in the Upper Delaware River region of the Pocono and Catskill Mountains.

Winter is one of the best times to view these amazing birds.

According to our local land trust, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, about 150-200 bald eagles migrate to our region during the winter months.

The eagles are seeking a reliable food source and undisturbed habitat. They come from northern locations where most waterways are now frozen solid.

Bald Eagles Along the Upper Delaware River

What makes our area so attractive to bald eagles is the open water on the Upper Delaware River and its tributaries, which are excellent sources of fresh fish.

Some bald eagles fly nearly 900 miles from their breeding grounds to spend the winter here, according to the Conservancy.

The Upper Delaware River region also features large stands of trees and expanses of protected lands that provide perches from which eagles can hunt.

Eagle Watching Excursions

The Conservancy offers a full line-up of guided eagle watching events on most Saturdays during January and February. Sign up soon as these popular excursions fill up quickly!

What’s also fun is the free annual Eagle Day set for Saturday, January 23, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, located just down Route 6 near our Lake Region showroom.

Eagle Day is fun for the whole family. It includes spectacular “Live Birds of Prey” demonstrations by Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, at 1:00pm and 3pm. There are also hands-on activities by Lacawac Sanctuary and many opportunities to learn about eagles and other native birds.

Bald Eagles at Van Gorders’ Furniture

There are plenty of eagle viewing opportunities near any of Van Gorders’ 3 welcoming rustic furniture showrooms in Honesdale, Milford or near Lake Wallenpaupack, PA. So, why not make a day trip for an eagle excursion and a relaxing shopping adventure.

Photo of a wooden rustic furniture accent at Van Gorders' Furniture featuring bald eagles and a black bear.
One of our unique wooden wall hangings featuring bald eagles and a black bear.

At Van Gorders’ Furniture, our motto is Bring the Outdoors Inside! That means you’ll find plenty of unique rustic furnishings and accent pieces featuring bald eagles and many other beautiful animals like black bears and blue herons.

From carvings, to tables, to one-of-a-kind fabrics, each one will make your Lake Region home or retreat a reflection of nature’s beauty.

Visit one of our spacious showrooms today for a power browse! There’s never any pressure, just honest savings. Our experienced staff is ready to answer your questions or offer help only when you need it.

Or, visit us online at VanGorders.com.

You’ll like what you find!

You can also submit a comment or question for Van Gorders’ Furniture right here…

Three Fun Things to Do in Milford, PA

There are a variety of outdoor activities and interesting landmarks near Van Gorders’ big Milford, PA furniture showroom at 321 Water Street. So why not make a day of it!

Enjoy some time in the great outdoors or in the historic village, and stop by Van Gorders’ Furniture for a relaxed shopping adventure.

 

Here are a few of the fun things to do on your way to Van Gorders’ Furniture.

The Great Outdoors

Just down the road from our Milford, PA showroom is the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This awesome expanse of beautiful protected land and water features:

  • 40 miles of the majestic Delaware River
  • More than 100 miles of hiking trails including 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail
  • More than 100 miles of scenic back roads
  • Mountains, valleys and floodplains
  • Waterfalls, flowers and forests
  • The impressive Delaware Water Gap

And that’s only a few! Visitors enjoy fishing, canoeing, tubing and kayaking; hiking, biking and swimming; bird watching; picnicking; and camping.

The Pinchot Family Legacy

Overlooking the charming village of Milford, PA is Grey Towers National Historic Site, the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the US Forest Service and twice Governor of Pennsylvania. Pinchot is often called the father of America’s conservation movement.

Photo of The Finger Bowl at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA, home of Gifford Pinchot.
The Finger Bowl. Photo courtesy Grey Towers National Historic Site.

Take a guided tour of his family’s historic chateauesque mansion designed by Richard Morris Hunt. And, bask in the beautifully landscaped gardens and outbuildings, many of which were designed by Chester Holmes Aldrich.

No visit to Grey Towers is complete without a stop at the estate’s most unique feature, the Finger Bowl, designed by William Lawrence Bottomley. The Finger Bowl is an exquisite outdoor dining table in the form of a raised pool surrounded by a flat ledge large enough to accommodate a place setting. Chairs were pulled up to the pool and food was passed in wooden bowls floated on the water. The Finger Bowl is situated in a wisteria covered domed arbor resting on an open structure of twelve stone piers.

Fine Dining

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, Milford offers a fine selection of restaurants and cafes to satisfy your hunger.

The Waterwheel Café, Bakery and Bar is less than a mile from our Milford, PA showroom in The Upper Mill, which also houses boutique shops.

The Waterwheel is a favorite neighborhood haunt for locals, tourists and visitors. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. And, they feature a fun live blues jam every Thursday evening!

Photo of the historic Hotel Fauchere in charming Milford, PA in Pike County.
The Hotel Fauchère.

In the heart of Milford is the historic Hotel Fauchère, originally owned and operated by master chef Louis Fauchère, who once worked at Delmonico´s, the first and most famous restaurant in America in the mid 19th century.

Today, the Fauchère offers the upscale Delmonico Room or the more casual and hip Bar Louis. Patisserie Fauchère makes delicious artisanal breads and treats in a coffeehouse atmosphere.

You can find more options on the town’s official website.

The Van Gorder family is proud to be part of such a diverse community with a deep legacy of conservation and artistry.

We hope you’ll check out the fun things to do in and around Milford, PA, and stop by Van Gorders’ Furniture for your rustic shopping adventure!

Right now, you can SAVE UP TO $400 on a Sealy Mattress!

Enjoy the Great Outdoors!

 

Winter photo of snowshoeing on Greeley Lake in Pike County, PA near the Upper Delaware River.
A scenic snow-covered lake in Pike County, PA. The perfect conditions for snowshoeing! Photo © Heron’s Eye Communications.

We’re big fans of the natural beauty of the Pocono and Catskill Mountains along the Wild and Scenic Upper Delaware River. That’s why we encourage every opportunity to get outside and enjoy it!

It’s also why we take great pride in finding unique rustic furnishings that reflect the spectacular scenery of our region. We carry respected Made-in-America brands like Old Hickory, Fireside Lodge, and Utah Mountain just to name a few.

There are great winter recreational opportunities near-by each of our three welcoming showrooms—at scenic Lake Wallenpaupack, Honesdale and Milford, PA.

If you like cross country skiing or snowshoeing, try:

Plan a day in the great outdoors around your visit to Van Gorders’ Furniture!

We’ve got a great sale on Sealy mattresses coming up during Presidents’ Day Weekend!