HAPPINESS IN EASTON, PA


I have been traveling to the Easton, PA area for over 30 years now- my aunt, uncle and cousin have lived just across the river in Phillipsburg, NJ my entire life. We visit the area every other year and I used to stay at their house, but now that I have a family of my own, we needed our own place to stay. So this trip, I finally had the pleasure of staying at the cozy and welcoming Lafayette Inn.




The elegant mansion which is now The Lafayette Inn was built as an investment property by Elizabeth Wagner Leary in 1895. The land was part of the Wagner farm owned by one of the families that helped settle Easton three generations earlier in the mid-1700s.

By the late 19th century, development of College Hill was booming and the former Wagner farm properties on the west side of Cattell St. were very desirable. As a former winding country road, Cattell St. became the main thoroughfare from the north to downtown Easton. It was widened during the summer of 1885 and in 1890 was the route of Easton’s first trolley.

The first known tenant and eventually the owner of 510 Cattell St. was George Elder (1862-1930), superintendent of Ingersoll Rand Co. The Elder family renovated and enlarged the house around 1917, and owned it for another twenty years. The depression of 1929 hit hard and the building was carved into smaller apartments. In 1937 it was sold at Sheriff’s sale and over the next two decades changed hands several times.

In 1958 it was purchased by the Sigma Chapter of Pi Lambda Phi, a Lafayette fraternity. During the 1970’s the fraternity itself declined and by 1982, it had disbanded and the once grand house was left vacant.
Finally, early in 1986, a group of investors recognized the abandoned building’s beautiful proportions and potential. They purchased and renovated the property into a fifteen room inn opening on December 19, 1986. Over the years it has evolved into what is now the elegant eighteen room Easton, Pennsylvania hotel.


The Grounds at the Inn are beautiful and lovely to walk around with your loved one - I walked around with my toddler, she loved sniffing the blooming hydrangeas and picking up the crabapples. 



The rooms have historic feeling decor with lots of big windows.  We were in Room 23, which is a huge corner room, with plenty of space for two adults and a toddler (including the portable crib we brought with us). I felt like I was visiting a royal family with all of the paintings and antique chandeliers. Even better than visiting a mansion in the 1800's was the modern amenities such as - the room including a small TV and DVD, perfect for watching movies from the Inn's movie library (We watched "Stuart Little" and "Sideways"); and the genius multi-plug USB charger located on my nightstand. We try to "unplug" on vacation, but we still like our devices to stay charged!

We spent the afternoon shopping at the Farmer's Market in downtown Easton.
The Market is located in Centre Square and is open Saturdays (May-Nov) 9am-1pm. 
 



Downtown Easton has a lot of history, my husband was fascinated with this monument, which names several Virginia battlefields that he is familiar with. The town streets are full of adorable rowhomes, surely built in the early 1800's. 


We were in town for a family event at my aunt's farm, so we spent the evening just across the Delaware River in the beautiful New Jersey countryside. My daughter loved running around through the rolling hills and of course picking up the apples and watching fireflies. 

The warm glow of the Lafayette Inn welcomed us back after a long day!


All night long they keep out a selection of delicious moist cake and a bowl of fruit for you to either enjoy in the parlor with friends, or take back to your room. They also have coffee and tea out 24/7.


Once we got back to our room we all took hot showers and slipped into the cozy robes!



Mom slept well knowing that someone else would be cooking breakfast in the morning!


The next morning we enjoyed our delicious breakfast in the beautiful sunroom. You can also eat outside on the large front porch. The ceiling fans keep it nice and cool. 

Breakfast included fresh berries, belgian waffles, broccoli and smoked gouda quiche, coffee and an assortment of teas, juices, and milk. We were all stuffed with this spread and we didn't even touch the  oatmeal bar or the multiple cereal, yogurt and sausage selections!

Thanks to The Lafayette Inn for a wonderful weekend in Easton, PA!
After breakfast, we headed back to Washington, DC. The drive was easy. We can't wait to stay here again for our next family event. I highly recommend it as a weekend getaway for girlfriends, a babymoon, or an anniversary!

Driving Times:
New York City - 1.5 hours
Baltimore - 3 hours
Albany, NY - 3 hours
Washington DC - 3.75 hours


Where to Eat:
PIZZA D'ORO - We devoured a whole cheese pizza and side order of Clams Italiano.
GIACOMO'S MARKET - Everyone in my family was raving about the GodFather Sub (Prosciutto, Fresh Mozz., Roasted Peppers, Balsamic Vinegarette). 


Where to Play: 
RIVERVIEW COUNTRY CLUB - This is my husband's favorite course in this area. The drive up to the course is very scenic!

If you don't get a pet-friendly room, we recommend boarding for your dog here:


The Lafayette Inn
525 W. Monroe St.
Easton, Pennsylvania, PA 18042, United States

2 comments:

  1. Looks like you guys had a wonderful weekend excursion. I love little small town gems like that! So fun. The pics are great! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Looks like you guys had a wonderful weekend excursion. I love little small town gems like that! So fun. The pics are great! Thanks for sharing.

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