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)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving in New Jersey

Looking for something fun and interesting to do for Thanksgiving? New Jersey's got you covered. 

Check out this sampling of the many activities that are coming right up! And if you need a place to stay, 

Covered Bridge Artisans - 19th Annual Studio Tour and Holiday Sale 
November 29, 30 December 1, 2013
Sergeantsville Cultural Arts Center, 877 Sergeantsville Rd., Stockton, NJ 08559 
Visit 7 nationally known artist's studios and get the inside scoop on the creative process behind each 
piece in this self-guided tour.

Say Thank You - in 1830s Style 
November 24, 2013; 12pm – 3pm 
Allaire Village, 4265 Atlantic Ave, Farmingdale, NJ

Celebrate Thanksgiving with an authentic Harvest Sermon at the Village Chapel. After, wander the 
streets of the Historic Village and watch a traditional Thanksgiving feast being prepared over 
the open hearth. Historic Interpreters demonstrate 19th Century cooking while preparing pies, 
vegetables and varied side dishes.

Thanksgiving Hayrides, Wreath & Sleigh Bell SaleNovember 30, 2013
Howell Living History Farm, 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville, NJ 08530 

The 1900s have come and gone but you can still hitch a ride on an old-fashioned hayride at the
Howell Living History Farm. Plus, if you're up to it, roll up your sleeves pick corn, shell it, grind it, and 
bake it into cornbread. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge, Oct 19 & 20

What better way to get to know New Jersey than to use the lighthouses as a guide from town to town?

New Jersey lighthouses and several museums are participating in the Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey this weekend (October 19th & 20th). Visitors get to tour the state and visit each lighthouse while helping to raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation.

Lighthouses have played an important role in New Jersey's history--guarding mariners and protecting the coast for more than a century. The lighthouses encourage the public to take advantage of this special weekend to learn more about maritime history.

Hours of operation for each lighthouse can be found on lighthouse and museum websites listed below, and at, and

Night climbs will be offered as well at Absecon, Cape May, Tinicum, Tuckerton.

Here’s a list of all of the participating lighthouses and museums:

Friday, September 13, 2013

Paddles Up for the The Cape May Dragon Boat Festival

Here's something you don't see every day… a dragon boat race off the coast of Cape May, New Jersey.

Now in its second year, this adrenaline-packed race is sheer fun and a great way to raise money of your favorite charity. The race is a 250 meter straight course. You don't need any equipment, you just need to show up with a team of people.

The festival, to be held of September 28th, will also have an eye dotting ceremony, loads of demonstrations, and plenty of entertainment; as well as food, and shopping.

Check out this video from last year's race:

If all the excitement leaves you a tad exhausted, check out these Cape May, NJ B&Bs with comfy beds… mostly within walking distance from all the action!