Deer Head Inn - Food, Jazz, Lodging - Delaware Water Gap, PA
The Deer Head Inn is the oldest continuously running jazz club in the country with live music Thursday through Sunday. Thursdays are a jazz jam, with no cover charge; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday music hosts new and upcoming jazz musicians as well as world renown artists. The last Monday of each month is the Deer Head Inn Jazz Orchestra - an 18 piece-jazz ensemble made up of COTA (Celebration of the Arts) All Stars.
Evening fare includes a variety of sumptuous offerings--whether choosing from the full entree menu or lighter fare. Local brews are available on tap, as well as extensive wine and bottled beer selections. Dinner is served on Thursdays through Saturdays from 5:30 to 9:30, with lighter fare until 10:30, and on Sundays from 4 to 8. The last Monday of the month selections from our Lighter Fare menu are available from 6:30 until 9:30.
The Morning Cure - breakfast at the Deer Head Inn is now being served with new twists on old favorites, and daily specials. Locally grown, fresh ingredients used when available. Breakfast is served on Saturdays from 8 am to noon, and on Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm, and is open to the public. Guests staying on Friday and Saturday nights receive a credit towards breakfast ($7.50 per person).
So come and enjoy a world class musical performance and enjoy our fine food.
The Deer Head Inn, Home of Jazz in the Pocono Mountains is situated in historic Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. The Inn is on the corner of Main St. (PA 611) and Mountain Road, 5 minutes from Route 80 and the Delaware River.
The first floor of the Inn, where music and dinning take place, is accessible by wheelchair from Mountain Road.
The Inn is a four-story hotel with a restaurant, bar and jazz club. The main building was constructed by Samuel Overfield between 1853 and 1865, originally called the Central House. In the thirties it was renamed The Deer Head Inn. It is a Victorian style building with two stories of wrap around porches. One side is trellised with flourishing wisteria climbing toward the mansard roof (feed me Seymour, feed me) attracting photographers from near and far in May. Adjacent to the Inn, is the Appalachian Trail surrounded by the picturesque Delaware Water Gap National Park.
The rooms for overnight guests are on the third and fourth floors - 2 suites and 8 rooms are available. Each of the newly renovated rooms have private baths and are tastefully decorated with a mix of antiques and newer furnishings, in keeping with the style of the building. There are no televisions in the rooms, but free wi-fi is available.
Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes
Good food, jazz and ambience have made the Deer Head Inn a Mecca for jazz artists and devoted fans since the end of WWII. In 1953, Bob and Fay Lehr purchased the Deer Head Inn and maintained the jazz venue. In 1962 Bob hired the young pianist John Coates, Jr., securing the Inn's legendary reputation in the world of jazz. John was the house pianist for the next 30 years. Some jazz greats who came to the Inn and played with John include saxophonist Al Cohn and Zoot Sims--two of the Four Brothers--Stan Getz, Phil Woods, George Young, and Nelson Hill and pianist Keith Jarrett would frequently sit in on the drums, trombonist Urbie Green often stopped by, along with other greats as guitarist Harry Leahy, bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Bill Goodwin. Additional performers at the Inn include saxophonist Dave Liebman, pianist/ songwriter Bob Dorough and more. Some live recordings were produced here with John Coates, Jr., leading the way along with Phil Woods, followed by Keith Jarrett, Dave Tofani, Jerry Harris, Nancy Reed, and others. The Deer Head Inn recently started it's own record label - Live at the Deer Head Inn - and currently has six recordings available, which include: Phil Woods Quintet; Guitar Trio: Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Laub, Walt Bibinger; Nancy Reed & John Coates, Jr.; Quartet: Jim Ridl, Joe Locke, Tony Marinio, Bill Goodwin; "Sweet" Sue Terry & Friends; Five Play
Bob and Fay’s daughter, Dona, and her husband Chris Solliday took the business over in 1992 and brought in a whole new list of musicians, including Bill Mays, Fred Hersch, David “Fathead” Newman, Pat Metheny, Mark Murphy and Bill Charlap.
In October of 2005, four long time fans of the club, Dennis Carrig, Bob Mancuso, Jason Wilson, and Mary Carrig purchased the Deer Head Inn. Denny and Mary are brother and sister, Bob and Jay, father and son. They worked to restore the Inn to its former beautiful state. The beautiful mansard roof and box gutters have been restored, as well as the third and fourth floors to accommodate overnight guests. The music focus will remain jazz. The Inn provides a full dinner and bar menu as well as being a full service bar. The Inn is non-smoking.
Pet Friendly Notes
We are unable to accommodate pets
The Deer Head Inn is open year round.
Range of Rates
Room rates start at $120 on weekends and $90 during the week, with jazz packages offered on weekends starting at $189 - the package includes the room, music charge for 2, and a $65 non-refundable food voucher.
Breakfast Style Served
Full and Hearty Breakfast