Friday, November 28, 2014

New Jersey Holiday Events



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with holiday events in full swing across New Jersey!

Aside from cooking meals, wrapping gifts, mailing cards, and decorating, the Garden State is full of festive holiday activities. Below are just a few of the many, many, options for good times and good cheer:

Candlelight Christmas Inn Tour 
Several Spring Lake bed and breakfasts are opening their beautiful doors to revelers on Saturday, December 6th from 3:30 to 7 pm. Begin your tour with afternoon tea then make your way round to all the participating inns. The tour is one of the area's most celebrated  holiday events. Tickets cost $25. Details at http://visitspringlake.com/pages/candlelight_tour


23rd Annual Gingerbread Wonderland
The gingerbread extravaganza open this year at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown on Friday, December 5th and runs through Sunday December 14th from 10 am to 4:30 pm daily (Fridays till 7:30 pm). The 10-day exhibit features hundreds of edible structures. In the past, the show has displayed everything from the Notre Dame Cathedral to grand pianos to the Eiffel Tower and the Jersey Shore. Over 15,000 guests kick off their holiday celebrations with a visit to this charming exhibit. Tickets cost $2; children 2 or younger are admitted free. Details at http://www.arboretumfriends.org/images/2014-04Fall/2014_GBW_flyer.pdf

Holiday Event at Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Enjoy an old fashioned family Christmas in West Orange and visit Thomas Edison's 1880 Victorian estate, Glenmont, decorated just as it was for the holidays. You’ll hear stories of how the Edison family celebrated Christmas and see a 12-foot tree in the den during a guided tour. Kids can play a "Hide a Santa" game. Entrance to Thomas Edison's famous "Invention Factory" in included. The event runs November 28th, 2014 through January 4th, 2015 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 am till 3:30 pm. Tickets for Glenmont are first come first served - so arrive early in the day. Car passes and tour tickets must be purchased at the Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street. Admission is $7.00, and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children 15 and under are free. http://www.nps.gov/edis/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=308249-232573


Come and see the largest Christmas tree in New Jersey plus about 120,000 holiday lights in Cranbury from November 28 through December 31st, 2014. Dancing light shows last approximately 45 minutes. Shows run every night through December 31st. Find more details and a holiday schedule at:

Whippany Railway Museum's 23rd Annual Santa Claus Special
Enjoy the spirit of the season with a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland and back! Climb aboard the fully decorated trains as Santa makes his way through the crowd. Santa's helpers follow along, giving the kids a special gift. The train ride is available on Sunday, November 30th, Saturday, December 6th, Sunday, December 7th, Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th.  Tickets are going fast. Costs vary. Visit https://www.dynamicticketsolutions.com/wrym/index.cfmfor details.


Christmas Spectacular on Main Street 

For additional holiday activities across the state visit:


To find a nearby place to stay, locate great inns by city and extend your holiday merriment:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mess-Free Thanksgivings at NJ Inns



The holidays are just around the corner... 

Are you looking for a home made meal this Thanksgiving, minus the home made part? Several New Jersey bed and breakfasts have created Thanksgiving getaway packages so that guests may eat turkey, watch football, and kick up their heels.

Here are a few packages – with all the trimmings... and while it may seem early, if you want to partake it's best to make reservations ASAP!

Together at the Majestic Hotel on Thanksgiving
Whether it be just the two of you are the entire family. Celebrate together by the shore at The Majestic Hotel in Ocean Grove.

Package Includes:
Accommodation in a premium or contemporary room
Dinner for two on Thanksgiving Day 
Continental breakfast in the morning
Vip coupon book to the Jersey Shore Outlets

2 night Package:  $ 260 plus tax and gratuity
1 night Package:  $175 plus tax and gratuity

*Package based on two people in a room.  There is additional supplement for some entrĂ©e choices.

For more information, visit: http://www.majesticoceangrove.com/

A Very Country Thanksgiving
Come to the Country this holiday season & savor a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast style! 

Thanksgiving Dinner will be served late afternoon and includes soup with a full turkey dinner...gravy & five side-dishes to allow for all tastes along with our inn-traditions. Dessert will be offered buffet-style in our dining room with old-favorites and a few new sweet Inn-made delights following dinner service. 
Call Main Street Manor for details and to reserve your room and your seat at our table! 

* Your Thanksgiving Stay for two-nights, (Wednesday & Thursday night) is priced at $450.00 for two people, plus taxes and includes Thanksgiving dinner for two plus all inn amenities throughout your stay. (Queen guest room with private bath, full breakfast two mornings, etc)
* Dinner cost for a one night stay (arrival @ 3pm on Thursday) is $75.00 per person and overnight accommodations are required to apply this offer.
You MUST call to reserve your room and your seat at our table by calling the inn at 908-782-4928.
For more information visit: www.mainstreetmanor.com


Seaside Thanksgiving at Minerva's B&B in Barnegat Light
Stay three nights, enjoy three breakfasts PLUS Thanksgiving dinner for $270/person. The three nights can be Wed/Thu/Fri OR Thu/Fri/Sat.


For more information visit: http://www.minervasbandb.com/

More Thanksgiving packages are in the works. Click here to view inns by town and visit their websites to learn more about holiday happenings.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fall Getaways at NJ Inns



Looking for the perfect getaway this Fall? There are various inns and B&Bs ready to welcome you with some very creative experiences. Here is just a sampling:

September to Remember
Stay any 3 nights Sunday - Thursday and your 3rd night is only $99 at The White Lilac Inn in Spring Lake, NJ. Or, stretch your weekend to 3 nights Friday, Saturday and Sunday and save $50 off your 3rd night. Full breakfast daily /Wi-Fi / beach badges / bicycles / onsite parking are all included with your stay. (Rates based on double occupancy / tax & gratuity not included). (This special may not be combined with any other discount, gift certificates or previous reservations). The White Lilac Inn, circa 1880, is located in a peaceful corner of Spring Lake NJ, just a stones throw from Wreck Pond, and only a few blocks to the Atlantic Ocean. 732-449-0211, http://www.whitelilac.com/

Fall in Love – Romance for Two
Fall in love all over again at Cedars and Beeches Bed and Breakfast in Long Branch, NJ. Arrive at Cedars & Beeches and check into your spacious king size bedroom featuring French windows and private bath. Upon arrival in your room, our gift to you, your complimentary bottle of wine awaits you and your love.One of the highlights of your intimate getaway will be your “Just for two” massage, en suite. Our staff will set up your rooms, complete with spa robes, just before your appointed time.  Once the therapist begins, you both will be transported to a world of relaxation.
Shopping and dining at West End Village or Pier Village is just a few blocks away. Entertainment? The NJ Repertory Company on nearby Broadway, offers a (wide) variety of theatrical performances throughout the year, both drama and comedy, and always interesting. Guests will receive a 25% discount on tickets booked through this package. The Pollack Theatre, the Lauren B. Woods, and the Count Basie also offer entertainment ranging from music to theatre. Package includes:
King room accommodations, hotel taxes and gratuities, just for two massage, massage tax, bottle of wine upon arrival, sweet treat, delicious breakfast, 25% discount on performances at NJ Repertory Theatre (subject to theatre dates). Rates start at $425 per couple. Additional nights of stay are available or ask to create a package designed just for you. 732-571-6777; http://www.cedarsandbeeches.com.

Various Fall getaways at Minerva’s By the Sea Bed and Breakfast in Barnegat Light, NJ:
September 19-21 "Telling your Story—Writing your Life"
 Back for a second year, the dynamic duo of editor Kim Nagy from Wild River Review
(www.wildriverreview.com) and award-winning family-story novelist Marina Gottlieb Sarles (www.marinagottliebsarles) invite you to create some tools for your children and grandchildren to  help them remember and celebrate your family’s legacy. Wrapped around group sessions and  private consultations with these accomplished writers, for the gentle price of $375 ($315 if you are sharing a room), this weekend calls out to all of us who are (or have) grandparents, parents, children, and/or grandchildren. Located at the northern tip of New Jersey's Long Beach Island, in the shadow of Old Barney, one of New Jersey's tallest lighthouses, Minerva's By the Sea Bed and Breakfast is beautifully situated in the unspoiled, un-commercial, and often un-crowded Barnegat Light, NJ. Each weekend is limited to ten participants, and rates include lodging, all workshop sessions, and four  healthful meals (two breakfasts, and two suppers). For any of the workshops, participants also have the option to extend your stay for up to two additional two nights for $60/night—including breakfast.  Optional on-site massage by certified massage therapist is also available.  (609) 494-1000; www.MinervasBandB.com.

September 26-28 Yogic & Taoist Arts Workshop led by Gabrielle de Burke (www.DragonSpiritArts.com ) and certified acupuncturist  Adam Shriber (www.wellpointom.com/about.htm). Interested in Restorative or Yang Flow Yoga, Qi-Gong, and acupuncture? This weekend--priced as low as $450/person for a shared room--could be for you! Located at the northern tip of New Jersey's Long Beach Island, in the shadow of Old Barney, one of New Jersey's tallest lighthouses, Minerva's By the Sea Bed and Breakfast is beautifully situated in the unspoiled, un-commercial, and often un-crowded Barnegat Light, NJ. Each weekend is limited to ten participants, and rates include lodging, all workshop sessions, and four  healthful meals (two breakfasts, and two suppers). For any of the workshops, participants also have the option to extend your stay for up to two additional two nights for $60/night—including breakfast.  Optional on-site massage by certified massage therapist is also available.  (609) 494-1000; www.MinervasBandB.com.


October 3-5 "Embracing the Coming Age(s):
 A Weekend of Possibility: Are you (or is someone close to you) heading for age 55? 65? 75? 85 and beyond? Are you anticipating (or dreading) the possibilities that lie ahead? Led by an insightful octogenarian who has spent years thinking and publishing about this topic, perhaps this celebratory workshop--a bargain at $240/person--is for you? Located at the northern tip of New Jersey's Long Beach Island, in the shadow of Old Barney, one of New Jersey's tallest lighthouses, Minerva's By the Sea Bed and Breakfast is beautifully situated in the unspoiled, un-commercial, and often un-crowded Barnegat Light, NJ. Each weekend is limited to ten participants, and rates include lodging, all workshop sessions, and four  healthful meals (two breakfasts, and two suppers). For any of the workshops, participants also have the option to extend your stay for up to two additional two nights for $60/night—including breakfast.  Optional on-site massage by certified massage therapist is also available.  (609) 494-1000; www.MinervasBandB.com.


October 24-26 Minerva's Fifth Annual Gourmet Weekend, eaturing Saturday supper prepared before your eyes by world-class chef Charles Ostergren, using locally-sourced seafood and produce. Is your head swimming from the ever-changing theories about what's "good for us," and about how researchers arrive at those theories? Want to explore the current controversies around nutrition, and how to choose and procure "good" food? Or perhaps you'd just like to enjoy the ocean, eat four great meals, and go home with some new recipes? At $240/person, this could be a healthful and intriguing weekend. Located at the northern tip of New Jersey's Long Beach Island, in the shadow of Old Barney, one of New Jersey's tallest lighthouses, Minerva's By the Sea Bed and Breakfast is beautifully situated in the unspoiled, un-commercial, and often un-crowded Barnegat Light, NJ. Each weekend is limited to ten participants, and rates include lodging, all workshop sessions, and four  healthful meals (two breakfasts, and two suppers). For any of the workshops, participants also have the option to extend your stay for up to two additional two nights for $60/night—including breakfast.  Optional on-site massage by certified massage therapist is also available.  (609) 494-1000; www.MinervasBandB.com.




Friday, August 8, 2014

Events in New Jersey

Looking for something fun to do in New Jersey? Here's a listing of events happening in the Garden State by region. Check back soon for additional activities and events.

Events in or near Long Branch, New Jersey

August 16
West End Car Show featuring the Brooklyn Bridge

August 23

Long Branch Jazz and Blues on the promenade and great lawn

Events in or near Spring Lake, New Jersey

August 7,8,9:14,15,16,17:21,22,23
Rogers & Hammerstein/A Unique Love Story, Spring LakeTheater

August 9 

Kenny Loggins/The Great Auditorium / Ocean Grove / Summer Stars Concert Series

August 16 & 17
Summer Sidewalk Sale - Spring Lake

August 23 
Johnny Mathis/The Great Auditorium / Ocean Grove / Summer Stars Concert Series

August 30 
Labor Day End Of Summer Celebration & Sale/Art Walk In Spring Lake

August 30 / Doo Woop
The Great Auditorium / Ocean Grove / Summer Stars Concert Series


Events In Or Near Ocean Grove, New Jersey

August 14 
Music On Main Street - Extra Innings Band

August 16

August 23

September 6
Giant Fall Flea Market, Ocean Pathway

September 6
St.Peter’s By The Sea Orchestra/The Great Auditorium / Ocean Grove /

September 20
British Car Show, Main Avenue


October 11
Fall Harvest Festival & Craft Show, Main Ave; Music On Main       

October 25
Halloween Parade Prizes For Best-Dressed Pets; Firemen’s Park; Followed By Trick Or Treating Downtown

Events In Or Near Barnegat Light, New Jersey

August 31, 2014

September 14

October 3
Chowderfest

November 29










Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Heading to New Jersey for Labor Day?


If you're planning to head to New Jersey to celebrate Labor Day, now is a good time to start making arrangements; particularly when it comes to where to stay.

The Garden State has much to offer in every region. You'll want to find a bed and breakfast or inn that's close to the type of holiday you have in mind. While the list of events is just getting started, it's expected to balloon by September. Labor Day falls on Monday, September 1st this year.

So far, we know that:


  • ScanFest will return to Morris County on August 31st. The Nordic Festival is the largest on the East Coast and will mark its 30th year.
  • Wildwoods will have a full Labor Day weekend with concerts, restaurants, fishing tournament and more.
  • The Mayor's Labor Day Race will take place on September 1st.

There will also be various parades and fireworks across different cities. To get information on different events, visit: http://bestofnj.com/n-j-labor-day-weekend.

To find a nearby bed and breakfast or inn by region, click here.

Monday, June 30, 2014

New Jersey Fireworks!


There’s something magical about seeing the sky light to celebrate the 4th of July. But where to go to catch the best overhead display can be tricky… unless you’re near Long Branch, New Jersey where Oceanfest is the place to be.

Oceanfest, now in its 24th year, is the largest 4th of July celebration in the entire state of New Jersey. It takes place form 10 am till 10 pm and has everything from spectacular fireworks to sandsculpting to children’s entertainment. It takes place come rain or shine, which is really what you want when you’re ready to celebrate your independence. For more details on Oceanfestclick here.
  
If you’re planning to visit elsewhere in New Jersey, click here to view fireworks and events by region.

And if time is of the essence, click here to view a day-by-day fireworkscalendar.

Last but not least, to find a place to stay near all the action, click here toview nearby New Jersey bed and breakfasts.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Italian-American Festival to Celebrate 20 Years




This year marks the 20th annual celebration of the Italian-American festival in North Wildwood!


June 27-29 enjoy Italian-American foods, live music, dancing, the Little Miss Italy Pageant… even a meatball relay race. The events take place at 1st & Olde New Jersey Avenues. This year's grand marshal is Angelo Cataldi, anchor of the 94 WIP Sports Radio Morning Show. The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #2572, North Wildwood and should bring for fun for the whole family. 


Mark your calendars:

Friday, June 27 from 4-10 p.m.

Saturday, June 28 from: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sunday, June 29 from Noon-6 p.m.

For more information visit http://www.NorthWildwood.com or call (609) 536-0176.



Click here to find other festivals and events in New Jersey. And if you’re looking for an affordable escape, take a peek at these bed andbreakfasts that offer great perks, near all the action, at budget-friendly prices.