Edible Jersey Destination Guide
Fertile farmlands, vibrant cities, scenic nature trails and outdoor spaces, historic sites, spectacular river valleys, and endless miles of shoreline. We have it all and more in New Jersey. And thanks to the small size of our mighty state, nearly all of the Garden State’s treasures are within easy reach for each of us. Whether for a Sunday drive or a week’s getaway, New Jersey offers an amazing array of opportunities to feed the wanderlust in our souls.
Never has this blessing been more apparent than during the past year of pandemic. As Covid-19 cordoned off so much of our lives, towns and counties across New Jersey spread their arms wide in welcome with safe, nourishing experiences, ranging from outdoor dining to pop-up performances to hiking trails and more. Ironically, as we lost our ability to travel far, we gained a new appreciation that, as the old adage goes, there’s no place like home.
Destinations statewide are ready to welcome you and yours this season. We’re proud to share a few of them on these pages and we encourage you to celebrate New Jersey by traveling local this year, to new spots and old favorites. Your support of these locales and their businesses will help sustain New Jersey’s local economies, now and for the future.
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❶ Hunterdon County 579 Trail
From the hills of Bethlehem Township to the Delaware River Valley, Hunterdon is a playground for food lovers—and the Hunterdon County 579 Trail is your path to taste the wonders of this historical agricultural region. Situated along the scenic County Road 579 corridor, The Trail is home to six wineries, seven farmers’ markets, and over 40 farms featuring New Jersey’s best fresh produce and artisanal food and beverage producers. Also enjoy unique family fun activities such as hiking with goats, mingling with alpacas, picking fresh fruit, and touring farms. Taste and enjoy all that The Trail has to offer.
❷ Long Beach Island Region
(Southern Ocean County)
The certain serenity of the Long Beach Island Region welcomes you upon arrival, thanks to the area’s beauty and peaceful nature. From the preserved Pine Barrens, scenic Barnegat Bay, or the 18-mile stretch of Atlantic coastline, the region brings out the best in the quality time we are all trying to capture. The LBI Region prides itself on its ability to allow visitors to take advantage of all there is to see and do at their own pace. With spring’s fresh start, come to enjoy and create memories that speak to a coastal lifestyle. Eat, drink & buy LBI Region for your next getaway.
Madison is home to Shanghai Jazz, ranked as one of the region’s top jazz clubs; the renowned Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; the Museum of Early Craft s & Trades; and Madison Community Arts Center—the diverse cultural offerings of this vibrant and charming town will wow you. Hungry? Look no further. Multicultural and delicious, Madison has over 50 food establishments within its four square miles. For a unique and diverse shopping experience, Madison has it all—classic to quirky apparel and jewelry boutiques, electronics, gift s, and home decor shops, sophisticated beauty and spa options, an independent bookstore and pharmacy, consignment shops, and more.
❹ Morris County
A visit to Morris County offers some of America’s most important history, including four national historic landmark sites. The charming, eclectic towns of Morristown, Chester, Madison, and 36 more offer incredible culture, downtown energy, world-class dining, inviting retailers, and acres of natural beauty, all in one visit. Only 30 miles west of New York City, Morris County is close to home and offers meaningful things to see and do, from special seasonal events to attractions and activities for the whole family. Planning for your next day trip or weekend getaway is already done; simply order your complimentary Morris County Visitors Guide.
❺ New Brunswick
Visit New Brunswick for convenient, clean fun throughout the week and the best outdoor dining experiences in the state. The city’s fresh and diverse cuisines are available for indoor and outdoor settings daily with over 50 restaurants to choose from, ranging from traditional local favorites to distinctively unique New Brunswick eats. New Brunswick also hosts weekly comedy shows, DJs, and live musicians, and a wide selection of trendy shopping and beauty services that are well worth seeking out. There’s a little something for everyone in-person and through virtual events for all ages. See all the fun online and plan your visit now.
❻ Downtown Somerville
Downtown Somerville has become one of New Jersey’s premier downtowns known for its community events, arts and culture scene, flourishing retail, and colorful dining scene. On a quick drive down Main Street, you can find dining options from Italy, Greece, Mexico, Egypt, Japan, France, Korea, Thailand, Cuba, America, and more.
The town’s many popular events include St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Tour of Somerville (est. 1940— oldest bike race in the nation), Central Jersey Jazz Festival, Friday Night Cruisers, Oktoberfest, Girls’ Night Out, Starlit Cinema (outdoor movies), Summer Stage (outdoor concerts), Halloween and Holiday Jubilee. Visit, stroll, enjoy this popular destination.
❼ Summit Downtown
Beautiful, historic downtown Summit has a rich variety of restaurants for every taste and occasion and has been a chosen shopping destination for over a century. Retailers specializing in home design, fashion, and gift s are scattered amidst traditional Jersey diners, bakeries, upscale and casual restaurants, gourmet food and wine shops. Downtown also hosts the Midtown Direct train to NYC and the historic Grand Summit Hotel along with historic local inns. Enjoy the local public arts, dance, theater, and arts center and galleries or visit the beautiful Reeves-Reed Arboretum. See you in Summit!
❽ Bloomfield Center
Bloomfield Center is blooming! Come discover the amazing array of dining options, from upscale to down home, quick bite to leisurely al fresco—you’ll find it all and then some in Bloomfield Center. Tempt your taste buds with farm-to-table seasonal offerings, ethnic specialties, and diner favorites. A diverse and growing community, Bloomfield Center welcomes visitors and residents with a variety of family-oriented events and expanded entertainment opportunities. Quick & easy access just off the Garden State Parkway exit 148.
❾ Bucks County, PA
Bucks County, PA is open! Located just over just over the border from New Jersey, 25 miles from Philadelphia and 75 miles from New York City, the county is an ideal destination for a holiday getaway. Travel responsibly during Bucks County’s most festive time of the year and stay in the area’s gorgeous hotels, inns and B&B’s. Celebrate the holidays in Bucks County with a scenic drive through the covered bridges, a visit to snow-covered castles, holiday light shows and safe, festive furry fun. Eat, drink, shop local and be merry while visiting main streets scattered throughout the countryside.
❿ The Jersey Cape
The Jersey Cape is situated at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, between the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. With nearly 30 miles of wide, pristine beaches and 40 miles of bayfront coastline, the Jersey Cape has so much to offer visitors all year long. The beach resorts from Ocean City to Cape May to the lush wooded mainland offer one-of-a-kind experiences that bring visitors back again and again. Escape to the Jersey Cape for beaches, birding, history, special events, eclectic dining, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and Jersey Fresh produce and seafood.
⓫ Delaware County, PA
Enriched in history, culture and fun, the opportunities for memorable experiences are endless in Delaware County. Stroll through exquisite parks, gardens and arboretums. Relive history at the Brandywine Battlefield and Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation. Hike or bike through Ridley Creek State Park. See the world through Wyeth’s eyes at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. The events, gardens and history make us more than Philadelphia’s neighbor. They make Delaware County a destination all its own.
⓬ Easton, PA
Your foodie getaway awaits in the riverside city of Easton, PA. Nosh at 75+ restaurants offering everything from Indian to Thai, Lebanese to French, and more. Sip craft beers after exploring galleries and shops in our walkable downtown. Indulge at Chocodiem (one of North America’s top 10 chocolatiers) and the many acclaimed eateries at Easton Public Market. Nourish with fresh fare from Easton Farmers’ Market—America’s oldest continuously operating open-air farmers’ market.
⓭ The Fort Lee Town Center
Experience the worldly culinary culture of The Fort Lee Town Center. Featuring classic, international, and eclectic fare, Fort Lee is sure to please palates of all kinds. From tuna tartare tacos to marinated braised short ribs to a fresh pizza Margherita, Fort Lee has dozens of places to satisfy your epicurean cravings. However you prefer to dine—indoors, outdoors, to-go, delivery, or curbside—Fort Lee has it all. Be Fort Lee.
⓮ Hudson County
New Jersey’s Hudson County is one of the most diverse food destinations in the United States. As an American mosaic, the county off ers an energetic blend of culture and ethnicities — all a stone’s throw from Manhattan. But, with its vibrant art, music, theater, history, and food scenes, visitors rarely want to leave Hudson County. Warm, welcoming residents and a growing number of travelers enjoy Hudson County’s unique, colorful experiences all year. Come join the fun!
⓯ Lehigh Valley, PA
The autumn months wash Lehigh Valley in brilliant reds and vibrant oranges, crisp air and new opportunities, from apple orchards to pick your own varieties to corn mazes just waiting to get lost in. Head to one of the region’s festivals to celebrate the season, i.e. Fall Festival at Grim’s and Bethlehem’s Christkindlmarkt. Sip on locally crafted wines and beers to warm you up. Cozy up at a local bed & breakfast, complete with plenty of fireside charm. Admire the seven stops along the Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour. Grab your bike and pedal along the D&L for canal side views.
Historic Princeton has something for everyone—from fine dining to sweet treats; from shopping to the arts, historic sites, and miles of scenic trails. It’s the perfect destination for a fall outing! Come to Princeton and explore American history; enjoy hiking, biking, or canoeing along the canal; take a stroll through this university town; and delight in a variety of culinary experiences from locally sourced casual to fine dining along its colorful strEATS. Plan your visit via their website to explore outdoor activities, shopping, and dining in Princeton.
⓱ Somerset County
From golf courses to gardens, parks to preserves, al fresco dining to live entertainment, Somerset County, the Heart of New Jersey, is open for exploration and invites you to reconnect with the best the area has to offer. Renew, restore, and refresh your sense of wellness. Hike or bike the county’s trails, visit a farm, or stay in the area’s cozy hotels. Be entertained by musical performances and family recreation. And rest assured that as sites reopen, your comfort and well-being are top of mind. Somerset County’s businesses and outdoor facilities follow all recommended guidelines to safeguard the health of our valued guests.