Edible New Jersey Destination Guide
Where can we go? The pandemic of 2020 has taken away many things, but it has not squelched our desire to travel, to hit the open road in search of new adventures. Working within ever-changing Covid-19 restrictions, we want to get out and safely discover new ways to explore, locally.
No matter where we live in the Garden State, every one of us is within an easy day’s drive of some of the best natural, historical, scenic and, of course, food and drink offerings in the nation. In our first Edible Destinations guide, we present a number of outstanding destinations in New Jersey, and a few over the border in PA, where you can satisfy your wanderlust. Get out and explore this season, and let us know where your travels take you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s no surprise the Garden State boasts homegrown harvest favorites that please every palate. Bite into the bounty of the state’s abundant farms and orchards. Toast New Jersey’s 50+ wineries and dozens of breweries and brewpubs, plus foodie feasts of multicultural cuisines and succulent seafood. Indulge in award-winning fine dining, or keep it casual at hundreds of cozy eateries statewide.
Fall is the perfect season to taste it all— plan your culinary journey via the resources on the following pages and at visitnj.org.
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.
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.
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.
A visit to Morris County and the charming, eclectic town of Morristown offers everything you could wish for—incredible history, downtown charm, world-class dining, and acres of natural beauty—all in one visit! Come to experience some of America’s most important history; stay to enjoy the wonderful things the area has to offer. Only 30 miles west of New York City, Morris County is close to home… yet worlds away! With so many exciting 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.
New Brunswick City Center
New Brunswick is raising the bar with an innovative and expansive outdoor dining experience, focused on your safety and enjoyment! Its award-winning restaurants and trustworthy environments ensure your family and friends will be able to relax and enjoy the city’s diverse atmospheres and cuisines, from casual fare to elegant dining. Enjoy a wide range of sidewalk café choices every day of the week and plan for a special experience each weekend at your favorite eateries, accompanied by live music, comedy shows, and friendly vibes. Make your reservations and experience the all-new New Brunswick today.
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.
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.
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, the U.S., and more. Downtown Somerville events include Somerville 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.
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.
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.
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.