In the heart of the fruit and vineyard country of  Ulster County of John Foglia’s Ship Lantern Inn, Route 9W, Milton, N.Y., oldest restaurant in the valley serving continental food. The building dates back to Revolutionary War days. Its nautical decor features miniature sailing ships from Mr. Foglia’s personal collection.

It’s the largest of its kind built by one person, Capt. H. Percy Ashley. These exquisitely detailed models show naval and commercial shipping as it was in the past: the Hudson River Sloop “Abraham Lincoln” of  Catskill 1860, Privateer “General Armstrong” U.S.N., War of 1812. Historical Schooner “Enterprise” U.S.N., 1799.

Mr. Foglia is one of the four original founders of the renowned Chef-Boy-Ar-Dee Company which was awarded the Army and Navy “E” as a result of sample tastings supplied from the kitchen of this restaurant. Ship Lantern Inn is now enjoying its third generation of family management.