Text & Photographs | Erin Vanderberg
In 1966, Ed and Gretel Metzger founded Apple Valley (104 Route 6, Milford, PA) naming it for the California home of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Originally designed as an inn, the property has become a restaurant and a grouping of specialty shops nestled in a verdant stretch of land just down the hill from Grey Towers. It’s a destination for locals and travelers alike who are looking for a place to eat a good meal, poke around the shops, stretch their legs on the walking trails and maybe even feed the ducks. Apple Valley Restaurant and Pub serves classic American entrees, pastas, barbecue, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, quesadillas, salads and appetizers in a restaurant, pub and patio setting. The owner, Steve Metzger, took over the family business from his parents in 1994, and prides himself on keeping busy reinventing the menu and improving the land. Open every day for lunch and dinner, Sunday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Life Behind Bars sells motorcycle apparel and gear, including a wide variety of leather for men and women, saddlebags, gloves and helmets. The owner, Linda Peter, a 25-year rider, is a walking Visitor Center for biking in the area; after she outfits her customers, she’ll offer up suggestions for a ride. Open Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pike County Outfitters sells gear for paddling, hunting, fishing and camping, as well as a wide variety of apparel and footwear. The owner, Ted Metzger, the son of Apple Valley’s founders, has been open for business since 1996, and along with his brother, Steve, is an avid outdoorsman with wide knowledge of the local area. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Extended weekend hours from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer.
Uniquely Yours sells a wide array of high-end gift baskets for every occasion. The owner, Laura Staine, a New Jersey native, went into business for herself a year ago after 15 years’ experience in specialty baskets. Her store is laid out by theme: baby, wedding, spa, garden, gourmet food and housewarming. Choose one of her baskets, make your own or select items a la carte. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Floral Crafters sells silk and dried florals, seasonal arrangements, wildlife and nature items, handmade jewelry, home decor and supplies for the DIY arranger. The owner, Sandy Lotorto, a retired schoolteacher and long-time hobby floral arranger, opened up shop three years. Open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
The Candy Cottage sells Asher’s Chocolates, nostalgic candy, collectible stuffed animals, candles, jams, jewelry and a wide variety of other gifts. The owner, Eleanor Brady, used to operate two stores at Apple Valley, this and Always Something Special, but in 2009 she merged the two stores into one. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open later on busy weekends.
Breathless Beauty sells its own brand of bath and body care, organic herbs, medicinal teas and a wide array of organic, all-vegan grocery items. The owners, a young couple named Nick and Dawn Dillon, hail from Trinidad and Brooklyn, respectively. As the parents of two young girls, children’s groceries abound and their natural beauty products include a mother and baby line. Open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed Tuesdays.
Mr. and Ms. Cigar sells premium cigars from “Ashton to Zeno,” cigarettes, tobaccos, pipes and humidors. The owners, Ed and Barbara Hauser, have been at the Apple Valley location for over 20 years and in the tobacco business for 40. Apart from the smokes and wares, the store features two smoking lounges with big screen TVs and coffee service. Cigar tastings offered throughout the summer. Open every day, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours Thursday through Monday.