Summer is quickly coming to an end and as sad as that may be, autumn in New Jersey is one of the most beautiful times in the year. As the leaves change and the temperatures cool off, there’s no better place to do a little R&R while leaf peeping.
The good news is you don’t have to go very far for that perfect fall escape. Instead of driving to New England, just head a couple of miles in any direction and you’ll feel as if you’re in a whole new locale. Whether it’s a farm or river , these are the five best places for a fall retreat.
This beautiful historic town in Somerset County is the perfect spot to spend a weekend unwinding from a busy summer. You can go on the Olcott Historic District Walking Tour to check out the vintage homes or visit the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary. At the end of your busy day rest your head at the private Bernards Inn where only 20 luxurious guest rooms are available. There’s even an onsite restaurant that was named one of the best in New Jersey according to Zagat.
Situated right on the Delaware River, this stunning town is filled with charm. Rent a bike and ride along the the D & R Canal towpath or pop over the bridge to Bucks County, Pennsylvania for some more historical exploration. Then unwind at The Woolverton Inn where there are five cottage rooms and eight more accommodations located in the Manor House all with Egyptian cotton sheets and beautiful country views.
Close to Stockton is another stunning small town along the river that’s filled with shops, restaurants and plenty of sporting activities. After a busy day of walking around or kayaking, head to the 1878 B&B Widow McCrea House. It’s a great place for a romantic getaway as it boasts fireplaces and Jacuzzis.
You’ll feel the excitement in the air as students start classes in this college town. Walk through the downtown area where there is prime shopping and delicious dining options like Mistral. After a day of walking around the famous campus, spend the night at the 18th century Peacock Inn. The colonial mansion recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and has been transformed into a luxury hotel and gourmet restaurant. It’s close to everything, yet is quiet.
For the outdoor enthusiast this is the place to be. The Ramapo Reservations provides you with that birds eye view of changing leaves as you hike through the preserve. There are other reservoirs and lakes to be explored in the neighboring towns as well as high end dining options like The River Palm Terrace. Stay at the Sheraton in Mahwah that offers unparalleled views of the surrounding nature or drive up the road to Ringwood where The Castle at Skylands Manor awaits your arrival.