Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Events in New Jersey

So much to do this Spring in New Jersey and so little time! Better hop to it...

Cape May

April 25, May 4, Cape May’s Spring Festival

May 10, World Series of Birding

May 16-18, NJ Audubon's 37th Annual Cape May Spring Birding Festival

May 25-June 12, 25th Annual Cape May Music Festival

June 1-8, Cape May Restaurant Week

July 5, Cape May Independence Day Parade

August 9, 3rd Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival

August 17-22, 23rd Annual Mid-Atlantic $500,000 (MA-500)

Ocean City Events

April 11-12 and May 8, Author’s Tea

April 12, Doo Dah Parade

April 20, Easter Fashion Parade

May 17-18,  “Cinco en Mayo” Treasure Hunt 

June 11-14, Miss New Jersey Pageant

July 4, Various Fourth of July celebrations

July 19, Chip Miller Surf Fest

July 19, 2014 Huge Summer Outdoor Extravaganza

August 1-3, 52nd Annual Boardwalk Art Show

North Wildwood Events

April 13, Beast of the East Cheerleading Competition

April 25-26, Sensational Spring Concert Weekend

April 30-May 4, Tournament of Bands Indoor Championships

May 8-11, Spring Boardwalk Classic Car Show

May 23-26, Wildwoods International Kite Festival

June 13-14, Mummers Brigade Weekend

June 27-29, North Wildwood Original Italian-American Festival

July 4, various Fourth of July celebrations

July 19, Antiques Car Show

July 25-27, 22nd Annual Ultimate Beach Frisbee Tournament

August 16, Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon, 5K & Kids Splash & Dash Race

August 29, Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Spectacular

August 30-31, Boardwalk Crafts Show



April 20, Barefoot Grape Stomping

April 26, New Jersey Folk Festival

May 3, 20th Anniversary Springfest of Music

May 3-4, Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village

June 7-8, Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts Show at Peddler’s Village

July 18-20, Dark Skies Astronomy Weekend

August 9-10, Peach Festival at Peddler’s Village

Ongoing events at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve


April 12, Spring Tillage Wagon Tours 

April 27, Meet the Barn Swallows 

April 27, Day at the Fair

Saturdays and Sundays in May, Impressionism Drop In Tours

May 22, Fifth Annual Wild Mushroom & Burgundy Dinner

July 4, Fonthill Castle's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

August 23, Fonthill Castle Beer Fest

Califon Events
April 20, Barefoot Grape Stomping

April 26, New Jersey Folk Festival

May 3, 20th Anniversary Springfest of Music

May 3-4, Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village

June 7-8, Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts Show at Peddler’s Village

July 18-20, Dark Skies Astronomy Weekend

August 9-10, Peach Festival at Peddler’s Village

Ongoing events at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Stanhope Events
Ongoing - Live music at Stanhope House

Frenchtown and Newtown

Spring Lake, Avon-by-the-Sea and Sea Girt

April 12, Art Walk, sponsored by Underground (609) 652-5200

April 12, British Car Show

April 19, Easter Bunny Breakfast ..Call Fred and Ethels Lantern Light 609-652-0544 (fee)

April 20, Easter Parade at Smithville Inn (registration required) questions call 609-652-7777

April 26, Drum Circle, sponsored by Herban Legend (609) 204-6620

May 3 and 4, Renaissance Faire

May 9 and 27, Car Cruises

May 10 Children Festival (rain date May 9)

May 17-18, Mayfest....100 crafters+

May 31, Green Fest

June 13-14, Car Cruises

June 7, GM Car show (rain 10) 

June 15, Smithville Fife and Drum Corp

June 26, Taste of Galloway

July 4, Fourth of July Parade & Festivities

July 11 and 25, Car Cruise

July 20, Smithville Fife and Drum Corp

August 8 and 22, Car Cruises

August 9-10, Living History ...Encampment

August 17, Smithville Fife and Drum Corp

Long Branch Events

May 25, Art in the Park West End Park

June 8, 22 and 29 Blues on the Beach

June 12, 19 and 26, Pier Village City concerts

June 23 Long Branch High School Concert

June 15, 20th Anniversary Cruise to the Jersey Shore

July 4, Oceanfest at Long Branch

July 8, 15 and 22, Downtown Tuesday Nights at the Bandshell behind Brookdale

July 13, 20 and 27, Blues on the Beach, West End Park

July 10, 17, 24 and 31, Pier Village City Concerts

August 3, 10, 17 and 24, Blues on the Beach, West End Park

August 7, 14, 21 and 28, Pier Village City Concerts

August 16, West End Car Show

August 23, LONG BRANCH JAZZ AND BLUES on the PROMENADE AND GREAT LAWN all day and evening

New Egypt
Thursdays in April, Laurita Idol Competition

Ongoing, Wednesdays - Girls' Night Out Laurita Winery Style 

July 19-20, Annual Cool Jazz and Blues Festival

August 23-24, Laurita Irish Festival

Forked River
June 7, Privateers & Pirates Festival

June 21-22, Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival

June 28-29, Roots Music  Festival

3rd Wednesday of each month, Literary Lunches

Highlands Events
April 13, Fifth Annual Tackle the Trail 5K & 1-Mile Fitness/Dog Walk

May 3-4, 19th Annual Plant Sale, Add Oomph to Your Garden

May 10, Born to Be Shorn

June 24-25, Berkshire Blast

Ocean Grove Events

May 3, Spring Fling Arts And Crafts Festival

May 17, Vintage Car Show

July 4, Fourth of July Parade

July 18, 46th Annual HSOG House Tour

Point Pleasant Beach Events

May 4, Behind the Scenes Tour

June 28, Mermaid Tea Party

Maplewood Events
June 1, Society of Musical Arts Orchestral Concert

Haddonfeld Events
May 1, Mom’s the Word

April 10, Girls’ Night Out

April 12-May 3, Scavenger Hunt

Princeton Events

May 3 and June 1, Pairing Wine and Chocolate Classes 

April 19 and June 22, Wine and Cupcakes 

April 24, May 15 and June 19, Tarot Card Reading & Wine Tasting 

April 13, April 27 and May 18 Vinyasa Yoga & Wine Tasting

April 27, Communiversity

May 31, Wine Drinker’s Challenge

Monday, April 7, 2014

40th New Jersey Folk Festival Coming Up!

This year marks the 40th New Jersey Folk Festival! The large family event attracts more than 15,000 people each year.

The festival focuses on traditional indigenous, multicultural folk forms and local artists. Since traditional indigenous folk artists are carriers of folk tradition that are accurate and respectful in depicting folk culture.

Always held the last Saturday of April (that's April 26th this year) from 10 am to 6 pm on the lawn of the Eagleton Institute (Woodlawn), at the corner of George Street and Ryders Lane; come rain or shine. The festival is free of charge. While there are about half a dozen folk festivals in the United States that are organized and managed by students, the New Jersey Folk Festival is the only one managed entirely by undergraduates whom receive course credits.

For more details on this year’s milestone event, visit

If you're planning to attend this year's big event, click here to find a local New Jersey bed and breakfast to extend your Garden State stay.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Jersey Food and Wine Festival Coming Up!

The New Jersey Wine & Food Festival is right around the corner… taking place from Friday, March 28th through Sunday, March 30th.

The event is the 6th annual celebration of the world's best wines, as well as renowned local and national chefs. It’s designed so that food and wine lovers can mingle with the chefs, sommeliers, winemakers and aficionados.

The most talked about part of the event is often the Grand Tasting on Saturday night where more than 30 top chefs from New Jersey and New York City join top wineries and distilleries from around the world.

Festival-goers will taste culinary delights and listen to live entertainment by the 32-piece David Aaron Orchestra. There will also be a silent auction benefiting the James Beard Foundation.

For tickets and pricing click here or call 855-822-9766. 

To build a special weekend around the event, click here to find a nearby romantic bed and breakfast.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Grab a seat for RESTAURANT WEEK!

Get your taste buds ready for the 6th Annual Restaurant Week!

Summit Downtown Inc. will host its 6th annual Restaurant Week from Friday, Feb. 21 to Sunday, March 2nd and more than 30 restaurants, specialty stores, and eateries are participating – offering a special item, drink or prix fixe meal each day.

Foodies may also enjoy dinner at three of Summit’s restaurants that are taking part in “Dine for Dinner” to be eligible to win a gift certificate to dine or shop in Summit at a later date. The first prize is $200, second prize is $100 and third prize is $50. The winners will be notified on March 10th by phone or email.

For a full list of participating restaurants and venues visit To find a nearby bed and breakfast to recharge your energy and return next day, ready to eat visit the Preferred Inns of New Jersey and quickly narrow your search by city or region.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Football Fans, Rejoice! B&Bs Offer Affordable Stays!

Want to beat the mad rush to the football game of the year but can’t afford exorbitant hotel fees? Stay at a bed and breakfast in New Jersey and enjoy top perks, not over-the-top prices.

Sixteen inns, all of which are members of The Preferred Inns of New Jersey Bed & Breakfast Association, are participating in HuddleNJ offering rooms below $650 per night and prepping fans with hefty homemade breakfasts, free WiFi, and other perks. Plus, most of the inns are near public transportation, meaning you don’t have to worry about driving home after enjoying the festivities– especially if you buy an unlimited SUPER PASS. The limited edition commemorative pass is valid for unlimited travel from Monday, January 27 through Monday, February 3, 2014 on all NJ TRANSIT rail, bus, light rail and Access Link services throughout New Jersey, including travel to and from Newark Liberty International Airport and New York City. It’s available now, online only at

Some B&Bs are featuring special football-theme packages, others are baking up pies and sweets, and then there are those offering round-the-clock complimentary beverages, like hot chocolate and hot tea, to sports fanatics who might really need the warm welcome– remember, this is an outdoor game… brr!

Here’s a list of inns sure to score extra points with football fans:

Alpine Haus 
Address: 217 State RT 94, Vernon, NJ 07462-3305
Nearest NJ TRANSIT: Dover then taxi
Cashelmara Inn
Address: 22 Lakeside Ave, Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ 07717
Nearest NJ TRANSIT: Bradley Beach
Cedars & Beeches Bed & Breakfast
Address: 247 Cedar Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740
 Long Branch (within walking distance)
The Evergreen Inn
Address:  206 New Jersey 71, Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Nearest NJ TRANSIT: 
Spring Lake (within walking distance)
The Inn at the Shore
Address: 301 4th Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719
 Belmar (within walking distance)
Les Saisons Inn
Address: 304 Elmwood Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Nearest NJ TRANSIT: 

Main Street Manor
Address: 194 Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822
Nearest NJ TRANSIT: Raritan then taxi
Other: Trans-Bridge Line out of Port Authority in NYC leaves guests in Liberty Village, which is just a short walk from the inn; complimentary pick up from Liberty Village in inclement weather.
The Majestic Hotel
Address: 19 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove NJ 07756
Nearest NJ TRANSIT: 
Asbury Park (within walking distance)
Minerva’s By The Sea
Address: 13 W 7th St, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006
Nearest NJ TRANSIT: Bus to Atlantic City or Manahawkin then taxi
The Ocean House B&B
Address: 102 Sussex Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Nearest NJ TRANSIT: Spring Lake (walking distance)
Sea Scape Manor
Address:  3 Grand Tour, Highlands, NJ 07732
Nearest NJ TRANSIT: Middletown or Red Bank then taxi
Other: Seastreak Ferry Service arrives in Highlands (Connors Stop) from Manhattan (Wall Street Pier); less than 5-minutes to Sea Scape Manor
Sea Spray Inn
Address: 19 Broadway, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
Nearest NJ TRANSIT: Asbury Park (within walking distance)
Spring Lake Inn
Address: 104 Salem Ave, NJ 07762
Nearest NJ TRANSIT: Spring Lake (walking distance)
The Tower Cottage
Address: 203 Forman Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Nearest NJ TRANSIT: Point Pleasant Beach
The Whistling Swan Inn
Address: 110 Main St, Stanhope, NJ 07874
Nearest NJ TRANSIT: Netcong (walking distance)
Other:  1 mile from Lakeland Bus Line off Route 80
White Lilac Inn
Address: 414 Central Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Nearest NJ TRANSIT: Spring Lake (walking distance)