The Walpack Inn

"We feed the deer and people too."

The Walpack Inn is a rustic country restaurant located in the heart of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Walpack, New Jersey. The Walpack Inn was established in 1949 and has been family owned and operated for over 65 years.

The Walpack Inn is well known for its incredible views, famous Brown Bread, rustic atmosphere, fresh salad bar, prime rib, teriyaki steak, fresh seafood, delicious oysters, and homemade, seasonal fruit pies. The Walpack Inn still serves many favorite dishes from the '40s! 

Guests love to watch the deer outside the windows while enjoying dinner in the greenhouse dining room. In the winter, visitors enjoy sitting by the fire and taking in the wonderful ambiance, and the smell of freshly baked Brown Bread. The food is delicious, and the Inn's atmosphere and rustic charm make it an enjoyable dining experience for all generations. 

We have a cabin for rent just steps away from the Walpack Inn. With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and simple kitchen facilities it can accommodate up to six guests comfortably.  Located on the famous Walpack Inn grounds, the cabin offers a perfect getaway for a secluded vacation or a long weekend retreat!

www.thewalpackinn.com

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Location

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Latitude: 41.129254 Longitude: -74.909185
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James Heigis

Number of Persons Cottage or Cabin Will Accommodate

8

Structure Access

You can drive directly to the cabin. It is accessible via the road.

Warming Source

Electric Heater

Kitchen Supplies Available (if any)

Stove, Microwave, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Pots/Pans, Teapot, Coffee Maker, Cooking Utensils, Plates, Silverware, Glasses, Mugs, etc. (fully stocked kitchen)

What to Bring

Clothes, Toiletries, Hiking Gear, Shoes, Food

Nightly Rate or Fee (if any)

Please see website for rates.

Direct Link to Reservation Site

http://www.thewalpackinn.com/walpack-cabin/

Eco-Friendly Notes

The Walpack Inn is located in the heart of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and is surrounded by 70,000 acres of natural beauty. Deer and other wildlife are often seen grazing outside the windows of the restaurant while guests enjoy dinner. The cabin is just a short walk from the restaurant!

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

In 1949 neither Louise nor Adam Heigis would ever have guessed they would end up in the restaurant business.  But when health problems dictated that Adam needed to retire, these two Bergen County residents looked to family ties in Sussex County.  News of a little restaurant for sale in Walpack seemed like a perfect solution.  Voila!  Louise brought her great cooking skills and Adam his expertise at the bar (more often on the other side of it!).  The Inn had been established four years earlier by the Lombardi and Zichella families and was originally housed in that beautiful stone house just a half-mile down Route 615.  How often Louise lamented that Joe Lombardi chose instead to build a small wooden structure on 40 acres nearby.

The original building consisted of the top entry level with a bar and two dining rooms that hosted a vast array of regulars … the locals who never missed a chance to stop on the way home from work, hungry hunters and fishermen at five in the morning, and those beloved weekenders who ate, drank, and kept the juke box going into the wee hours of the morning.

The Lombardis had established the Inn as a good steak and spaghetti place.  Louise followed that lead and added many creative dishes of her own including those great glazed fresh fruit pies.  But what really put The Walpack Inn on the diner’s map was Lobster!!  Just $1.25 with french fries and cole slaw!  They came from all over and lined up for hours to be served.

By 1960, son Jim had graduated from Hotel and Restaurant School and was ready to put his creative ideas to work.  The influence of his many trips to Aspen, Colorado can be seen in the first addition, the lower bar, where people are treated to the sight of huge beamed ceilings, slab tables, a magnificent stone fireplace (built by Jim) and the smell of the wonderful, freshly baked brown bread.  The Greenhouse dining room was added in 1975 to enhance the views of the Kittatinny Mountain Range and nearby fields with walking paths and deer who feed there daily.  Adam found the renovation of his beloved bar into the foyer and restrooms a bit disconcerting, but acquiesced in the name of progress.  Adam died in 1981 at age 80 and Louise in 1997 at age 85.  Jim’s last addition of the Wildlife Room (is it really the LAST, Jim?) with Louise’s paintings etched in the glass entry doors pays tribute to them both.

The Heigis Family continues to welcome guests to their comfortable establishment with the same enthusiasm that Louise and Adam did over 65 years ago.  Driving into the beautiful Walpack Valley, one is not surprised that they chose to settle here.  While sitting in front of the fireplace, dining on wonderfully hearty food, watching the deer in the fields, it becomes very clear why people return again and again to The Walpack Inn.

http://www.thewalpackinn.com/inn-history/

Seasons Open

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Comments

I lived in northwest New Jersey from 1978 to 1990. I found the Walpack in in the mid 80’s and have been in love with it ever since. I used to make the trek from Blairstown on a regular basis for lobster night, prime rib night, and on Sunday's for ham. I moved to Florida in 1990 and to this day still return every time I am home with family and friends. We love the establishment for its ambiance and great food.

Rob Doyle, 9/14/2016

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