Head to Hawley Silk Mill for a Myriad of Reasons

Known to the locals as “the castle”, there are a myriad of reasons to visit the Hawley Silk Mill.  Formerly named the Bellemonte Silk Mill, this building operated as a working mill from 1880 until 1956.  The mill is the largest laid bluestone building in the world and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.  There is no shortage of diversity in the building’s offerings.  Tenants include a salon, a gym, realty services, attorneys, women’s health and photography just to name a few.  There are also some great spots to shop including Mill Market, Sickler’s Bike Shop and 84 Country Store.

On the first floor of the Silk Mill is Mill Market.  Opening in June of 2012, Mill Market features locally produced foods and specialty products.  The goal of Mill Market is to provide the community with 70% or more of their food offerings coming within a 200 mile radius of Hawley.  Local Pennsylvania breweries are also represented at Mill Market.  Craft beers from local brewers are sold in either 6 packs or individually.  Samplings and demos are offered on Saturdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm and is a great way to taste some delicious foods while shopping.

Located on the lowest level of the Silk Mill is Harmony Presents.  The space is in the boiler room and was redesigned to be a stage for entertainment, demonstrations and lectures.  Every week, Harmony Presents showcases live entertainment of music and comedy.  Upcoming performances include Seth Glier, Nat Osborn Band, Future Rhythm Quartet and Peter and Will Anderson.

Lake Region Fitness can also be found in the Hawley Silk Mill.  There are a variety of classes that can be taken at Lake Region Fitness including Zumba, cycling, yoga and kick boxing.  Lake Region Fitness is one of just a few facilities in the nation to offer the Life Fitness Journey concept.  This program is designed for members of all levels of fitness.  Membership to Lake Region Fitness ranges from day passes to monthly or yearly memberships.  Stop by suite 120 and ask for a tour today.  After your tour, check out Lackawanna College’s state of the art academic center which is also housed in the Silk Mill.  The college provides business and industry training and also education courses.

The adjacent building to Hawley Silk Mill is Cocoon Coffee House and Catering Company.  Cocoon is the ideal place to recharge with a cup of coffee and just relax in the welcoming atmosphere.  The building is appropriately named as it is where the cocoons were that supplied the silk for the mill back in 1880.  Cocoon Coffee House gets their beans from Electric City Roasting Company in Scranton, PA.  Their drink menu offers coffee, espresso, tea, hot chocolate and frozen fruit smoothies.  The daily food menu is made with local ingredients and features quiche, soup, salads and sandwiches.  Due to the fresh, seasonal local ingredients, the menu changes daily.

When you find yourself visiting Hawley, let The Settlers Inn be your host for the night.  Their 21 spacious guest suites are all unique in their offerings including fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs and even an eco-friendly room with organic cotton covers and a bamboo floor.  Slip into the room’s plush robes and enjoy the views of the Inn’s gardens and river.  Room reservations are booking up quickly.  Make sure to secure your reservation today and we’ll look forward to seeing you soon.

Photo courtesy of Jumping Rocks