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Wildwoods NJ: A Revived Celebration of Summer and Kitsch

WHY GO: Wildwood NJ, a Jersey Shore barrier island that also encompasses the municipalities of North Wildwood (aka “Anglesea”), Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest, embraces a fleeting moment before the groovy psychedelic era: a point in time when “Doo Wop” music commandeered the airwaves and kooky “Jetsonian” architecture ruled the off-boardwalk streets. A celebration of tackiness [...]

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The Starlux Hotel, Wildwood NJ: Boutique Kitsch in the Wildwoods

In 2000, the Morey brothers renovated the old Wingate – turning the faded Wildwood icon into The Starlux Hotel a retro-chic starburst of a lodging. Proving that a hotel doesn’t have to be 5-star to be special, The Starlux is not “luxurious” in the private-butler lavish sense, but is a portal back to a simpler [...]

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WHY GO: Rock hounds already know about Sussex County NJ. New Jersey’s Northwest region claims the largest concentration of fluorescent rocks and minerals in the world. You can see a critical mass of these glowing objects at a decommissioned zinc mine, which is now an indescribably awesome museum complex, try some hooch at Sussex County’s [...]

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The Appalachian at Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon NJ

There’s a ski lift right outside the back door of The Appalachian at Mountain Creek– behind the heated pool that’s open all year – and steps away from your studio, one or two bedroom apartment, should you choose one on ground level. In summer, it will take you a bit more time to climb the [...]

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If your purpose for getting out of the city is to “do stuff,” especially if that stuff pertains to golf and drinking the finest of wines, then book a few days at the Grand Cascades Lodge in Hamburg NJ. The umbrella Crystal Springs Resort is known for its activities. Of its two hotels, The Grand Cascades [...]

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Wooden Duck B&B, Newton NJ

If you’re seeking a place that provides serenity and peace just an hour from New York City, you won’t find better than the 10-room Wooden Duck B&B. Jason and Maryann Jerome took over as innkeepers three years ago, painted walls with color, and put their own stamp on this elegant, luxury, out-in-the-country inn.   Wooden [...]

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Morris County NJ: Where Alexander Hamilton Fell in Love

WHY GO: George Washington winter-camped in Morris County NJ – twice. Alexander Hamilton fell in love with Elizabeth Schuyler in very freezing conditions here. Those historic sites draw history buffs, for sure. But add a World Class collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments, a Stickley Craftsman "Farm" preserved for the ages, a cool set of restaurants [...]

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WHY GO: Millionaires and Billionaires have been escaping to Northern New Jersey since the Gilded Age, bringing their horses and golf clubs (you know, the kind that sit on hundreds of acres) with them. Both the US Golf Association and US Equestrian Team Foundation are headquartered in Somerset County NJ, where rich people of the [...]

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Bernards Inn, Bernardsville NJ

Built in 1907, the 20-room Bernards Inn has been a central player in this small town for over 100 years. Run more like a country inn - with room décor a page right out of George Washington’s look-book- and a terrific restaurant, Bernards Inn is perfect for the history buff who shuns cookie cutter hotels for [...]

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Long Branch NJ: Off Season Joys of the Jersey Shore

WHY GO: The northern Jersey Shore town of Long Branch NJ shares all the benefits of a “Jersey Shore Experience” - the Atlantic Ocean, the sand, the incredible sunrises – with its southern sisters (Atlantic City, Cape May), but it’s so much easier to get to. Long Branch is the first stop on the NJ Transit Bayhead [...]

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