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Want a fun getaway in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with your special someone? Have you ever found yourself with a free weekend, but it’s taken you so long to decide what to do that you’ve lost half of your time simply in the search & planning part? That’s why we’re here! We’ve created an itinerary perfect for a memorable couple’s getaway in Easton, Pennsylvania and Somerset County, New Jersey.
10:00-11:30 am: Hidden Spring Lavender & Alpaca Farm
890 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558
Cost: No fee to enter the farm unless it’s a special event day (which will be noted on their website).
Lavender is in bloom in June & July, which is the best time to visit, though you can visit all year round. The farm is run solely by a husband and wife team, and the selection of items in their Lavender Shop are all handmade by them right there on their farm.
11:40 am – 12:30 pm: Sunset Park (7-minute drive from Lavender Farm)
834 Co Rd 601, Skillman, NJ 08558
Cost: Admission to the park is free.
The park has a very small parking area and no restrooms, but it has a lovely 1/4 mile trail with art installations inspired by nature you can see along the way. When you get to the fork in the path, choose either way. It will loop around and you’ll come back to the same point on the way back.
12:40-1:30 pm: The Peasant Grill (7-minute drive from Sunset Park)
84 E. Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525
Choose from a variety of made from scratch soup, salads, sandwiches, quiches and delicious desserts, while you dine indoors or outdoors.
2:00-3:30 pm: The Old Dutch Parsonage & Wallace House (30-minute drive from The Peasant Grill)
71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
Cost: Admission is free.
George Washington’s winter headquarters were at Wallace House during the Revolutionary War’s Middlebrook Cantonment. Old Dutch Parsonage was home to Dutch Reformed Church ministers including the founder and first president of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
3:45-4:20 pm: AC by Marriott Bridgewater (8-minute drive from Wallace House)
600 Somerset Corporate Boulevard, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Cost: Depends on room type and date, but average $170-200/night.
Check into your hotel & freshen up before dinner.
The hotel features an indoor pool and fitness center with Peloton bikes, a rooftop bar, and a complimentary grab & go breakfast.
5:00 pm: Old York Cellars (35-minute drive from hotel)
80 Old York Road, Ringoes, NJ 08551
MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE.
Chef Jose’s Especial 6-Course Pairing Experience
Guests will be guided through each mouthwatering course and how the unique components of the food and wine create epicurean harmony.
When you are finished, drive back to your hotel.
Enjoy the complimentary breakfast at the hotel.
Leave at 9:30 am.
CHOOSE FROM ONE OF THESE TWO OPTIONS:
10:30 am – 1:30 pm: Twin Rivers Tubing (50-minute drive from hotel)
Park at Pine Street Garage: Pine & S. 3rd Streets, Easton, PA; Use the ParkMobile App or pay at the payment kiosk located on each floor of the parking garage. You pay after you park, not when you leave the parking garage.
Tubing Cost: $35/regular tube or $45/tube with backrest
Please note: Cash only!
Enjoy a 2.5-3 hour float down the Delaware River. You can bring a small cooler or there is a hot dog stand where you can purchase a snack or lunch. There are changing rooms where you will be able to change out of your bathing suit afterward.
10:30 am – 1:00 pm: Martin Guitar (50-minute drive from hotel)
510 Sycamore Street, Nazareth, PA 18064
Cost: $5/person for the tour; museum is free.
Please note: Tickets must be purchased ahead of time.
Enjoy a one-hour guided tour through the guitar factor and learn about the history and craftsmanship that goes into each instrument. After the tour, take some time to walk through the museum and visit the 1833 Shop.
1:30-2:45 pm: Colonial Pizza & Spaghetti House (7-minute walk from tubing or 18-minute drive from Martin Guitar)
136 Spring Garden Street, Easton, PA 18042
Enjoy a welcoming, clean & comfortable dining environment while feasting on their famous “upside down pizza” or other traditional Italian dishes as well as some new additions to their upgraded menu.
3:00-4:00 pm: Easton Antique Emporium (7-minute walk from lunch)
20 S. Third Street, Easton, PA 18042
Take a stroll through the 10,000 square foot mall featuring vintage and collectible items.
4:30-5:30 pm: Separatist Blendary (7-minutes from parking garage)
1247 Simon Blvd., N108, Easton, PA 18042
Enjoy a drink among the barrels and see where the magic happens.
5:30-7:00 pm: Easton Wine Project (located right next to the Blendary)
1245 Simon Blvd., N103, Easton, PA 18042
Choose from a delicious variety of appetizers, flatbreads, salads, handhelds, and bowls, as well as a variety of dry, sweet and fruit wines.
7:00 pm: Owowcow (1-minute walk from dinner)
1262 Simon Blvd., Unit B106, Easton, PA 18042
Time for dessert! Owowcow uses local and organic cream and milk, fruits and vegetables, cage free eggs and raw honey to create extraordinary flavors and support the local community.
7:15 pm: Grand Eastonian Hotel and Suites (7-minutes from Owowcow)
140 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042
Cost: Depends on room type & date, but average around $180/night.
The hotel features a historic and elegant lobby, 1, 2, & 3-bedroom suites, fully equipped kitchens, spa tubs and a saltwater heated indoor pool.
9:30-11:00 am: Quadrant Book Mart and Coffee House (5-minute walk from Grand Estonian Hotel & Suites)
20 N. 3rd Street, Easton, PA 18042
Get your morning started with a short walk to this quaint coffee house inside a used bookstore. Enjoy breakfast with seasonal favorites like apple cider pancakes or peach french toast, or choose from the many usual breakfast options like omelets or breakfast tacos. After breakfast, be sure to browse the used book selections.
Leave enough time to walk back to the hotel and check out by noon.
CHOOSE FROM ONE OF THESE TWO OPTIONS:
12:00-2:30 pm: Hugh Moore Park (8-minute drive from the hotel)
Take a ride on the Josiah White II Canal Boat. Learn about the history of the anthracite canals during the 45-minute boat ride, where the boat is pulled down the canal by two mules, Hank and George. After your boat ride, take a stroll down the towpath to the Locktender’s house, then tour the museum.
Cost: $15/person for the canal boat ride & museum.
12:30-2:30 pm: Lost River Caverns (20-minute drive from the hotel)
726 Durham Street, Hellertown, PA 18055
Cost: $14.50/person for the tour
You’ll be taken on a 45-minute underground walking tour of a natural limestone cavern with an underground river. After learning about the cave and its formations, be sure to stop at the gift shop. We recommend buying your tour tickets online ahead of time so you guarantee to get the time you want.
Tip: No matter what time of year you are there, the cave is a constant 52 degrees, so a sweatshirt or jacket is recommended.
3:00 pm: Bar Louie (30-minute drive from Hugh Moore Park, 12-minute drive from Lost River Caverns)
2845 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley, PA 18034
Beat the crowds with a late lunch/early dinner at Bar Louie where you can enjoy great food and great drinks in a great atmosphere. After eating, stay and walk around the shops at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley before heading home.
We hope you enjoy your time in Central New Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania. Please note that the prices listed were accurate at the time this article was written. We always recommend double-checking the pricing before you go.
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May 2, 2023