New Jersey is fortunate to have a wide variety of destinations with awesome scenic attractions, entertainment centers, historic villages, beach resort towns, mountains, and plenty of things to do. With its relatively small land area, many of these destinations can be experienced as a weekend getaway or short trip of two-three days.
These locations that include historic villages, charming oceanfront towns, rustic farms, and mountain settings, that are ideal for couples looking for that out of the ordinary romantic weekend getaway.
Cape May is an ideal place to visit for that special scenic seaside and rates a popular choice as one of the best weekend getaways.
Cape May is not just a summer resort, the fall season is very popular with many theme weekends and the water is still warm enough to visit the beach. Not a beach enthusiast? There are many activities that are in full swing right up until New Years Day.
It's charm lies in it's tree-lined, gas lamp streets, it's quaint shops, authentic Victorian homes and Bed and Breakfasts. One of it's claims is that it possesses the largest collection of authentic Victorian homes in the nation.
If relaxing on the beach is not your thing, there are plenty of other activities that can occupy your day time leisure hours. They include; bike riding, with many bike rentals available locally by the hour or day. Cycle down to Sunset Beach or the Cape May Light House built 1859 and listed on the State and National Registers of historic places, or the nearby Bird Observatory operated by the New Jersey Audubon society. There is picnicking, beach walking at sunrise or sunset, where you might see schools of dolphins swimming by, whale and dolphin watching boat trips, kayaking in the salt water marshlands, a salt marsh safari, deep sea fishing, a nautical museum, and an historic World War II coastal defense gun emplacement.
The Delaware River is the most popular river in New Jersey for recreational use. A great weekend getaway for active, adventuresome travelers. The clean, clear waters of the River and it's cold tributary streams support a landscape rich in fish and wildlife and the scenic vistas of the Delaware Water Gap. Popular recreational activities include: kayaking, canoeing, rafting, fishing, camping, and hiking.
Hunterdon County is a special scenic destination with rolling farmlands, historic sites, and charming towns and is a another popular choice as one of the best weekend getaways. Featured here are the towns of Clinton, Frenchtown, Lambertville, Stockton, and Sergeantsville. All are small charming towns with surrounding rural scenic beauty that easily be seen in a weekend.
Clinton is nestled in the hills, is a classic American small town that has attracted photographers, movie makers, and visitors here for its scenic and historic beauty. It’s a charming historic village with shops and cherry tree lined streets, a river with a 200 foot wide waterfall winding through it, and lined with old grist mills. It's certainly a popular favorite as one of the best weekend getaways in NJ
Frenchtown is an undiscovered secret that is attracting visitors with its many three story multi-colored Victorian homes, art galleries, antique shops, clothing boutiques, and restaurants, all surrounded by rural scenic rolling hills, a river and historic sites, is another great selection as one of the best weekend getaways.
If you chose to make Frenchtown your overnight base for exploring Hunterdon County, rent a bike at Freeman’s bike shop and ride south along the D & R Canal towpath, stopping in at Stockton, then continue on to Lambertville. Return to Frenchtown by way of Route 29. Check out Alexandria Balloon Flights - 908-479-4878. View Frenchtown’s romantic sunsets from a hot air balloon. See fantastic views of the river, the riverbanks, and the rolling hills. If its summer, rent an inner tube at Delaware Tubing, 908-996-5386, for a leisurely float along the Delaware River. Check out the Sand Castle Winery for tasting and tours
Lambertville is Hunterdon County’s only city and is popular with visitors attracted to its quaint town with tree lined streets, Victorian homes, antique shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. Its five block downtown area along the Delaware River attracts window shoppers and browsers.
If you chose to make Lambertville your overnight base for exploring Hunterdon County, and you have your own bike, or enjoy hiking, head North to Frenchtown on Route 29, and return south along the D & R Canal towpath, stopping in at Stockton.
Lambertville Historical Society – The Marshall House with 1834 furnishings, a Shad history display, and quilts.
Magic Glass Studio - Create your very own one of a kind glass piece at their unique studio.
The Museum At Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead - Here you can see old farming equipment, a country kitchen, a rural post office, Dr. Leaver's doctor/dentist office, a blacksmith shop, a print shop, a carpentry shop, and a period herb garden.
located along the Delaware River north of Lambertville, is a small village that has recaptured he charm that it had in the eighteenth century. It is home to the Stockton Inn, established in 1710, and was immortalized by Richard Rodgers in the song "There's a small hotel with a wishing well", sung in the Broadway play "On Your Toes". The inn was first built as a private residence and it is believed to have been converted in 1832.
Stockton is also the home of the oldest three room school house in New Jersey. Established in 1872, it is still in operation today. Stockton School is well known for its small classes that give individual attention to each student and is compared frequently with local private schools.
Prallsville Mills, Stockton -
On the National Register of Historic Places and is located in the D & R Canal State Park. This stone grist mill was an important commercial center during the 19th century and continued in operation until the 1950's. Today the Mill is a resource for a wide variety of cultural, arts and community activities while also providing docent tours of the Mill Complex and the recently preserved miller’s house, the John Prall Jr. House
Sergeantsville is a small village located near Stockton & 5 miles north of Lambertville. The area resembles Pennsylvania’s Amish Country with its rolling hills, open farmland, and the State’s last pre-20th century covered bridge, and an old fashioned general store.