This summer, travelers head to Hunterdon County in New Jersey to experience a new kind of fun. Just a 90-minute drive from both New York City and Philadelphia, the county’s communities consistently rank in the top 10 for the most beautiful small towns in state and national surveys. Here are some examples of summer fun ahead this season
Fun on the Farm
With more than 120,000 farmland assessed acres, Hunterdon County offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Snuggle with and feed baby goats at Bubbly Goat or get on the trails with them for a hike at Gorgeous Goat. Take part in Goat Yoga at Mad Lavender Farm or pet and feed mini highland cattle at Deer Run Hay Company. Throughout June, WoodsEdge Farm, home toone of the largest suri llama herds in the country, hosts Lunch with The Llamas.
June marks the start of the u-pick season in Hunterdon County. Strawberries signal the first crop of the season, with many farms ,such as Melicks and Bonaccorsi Berry Farm, opening for guests to pick their own fruit. As the months turn warmer, guests can pick flowers, peaches, plums and nectarines at Peterson Family Farm, Cervenka and Phillips Farm.
Every year, Sourland Mountain Festival brings the communities of the Central New Jersey region together and presents the best in musical talent, local food and drink, and fun. Proceeds from the festival benefit Sourland Conservancy, a non-profit organization working to protect its mountain region.
Celebrating its 40th year, the renowned New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning features headlining concerts, family entertainment, crafters, vendors, fireworks and more than 100 hot-air balloons.
Local Wineries and Beer Trail
In addition to wine tastings, Angelico, Beneduce Vineyards, Federal Twist and Old York Cellars host events throughout the summer featuring live music, karaoke, food trucks and picnics. The Ciderhouse at Ironbound offers a full menu in its tasting room made with ingredients sourced from its regenerative farm.
For beer-loving travelers, try Hunterdon Beer Trail, where you can earn a commemorative hat. Grab a 2023 Brewery Passport at any of the craft breweries and visit all seven. Don’t forget to get your passport stamped while there. Participating breweries include Conclave Brewing, Descendants Brewing Company, Lone Eagle Brewing, Odd Bird Brewing, Readington Brewery & Hop Farm and Sunken Silo.
Visit any popular destination and you’ll find an abundance of one thing: tourists. While there’s nothing wrong with that — travel does, after all, bring us closer to the world around us — tourists have earned quite the negative reputation for leaving destinations worse for wear. Whether it’s a visitor climbing to the top of the temple at Chichen Itza or tourists scratching their name on the wall of Rome’s Colosseum, it seems humans are always leaving their mark on the places they visit.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
It’s a Date! is not just a game, but a solution to the age-old struggle of deciding what to do for date night — whether it’s a night out on the town or at home. The game makes the perfect gift for holidays, newlyweds, birthdays, anniversaries and so much more, creating lasting memories no matter the occasion.
Embark on extraordinary aquatic adventures both on and under the water with these five epic water-based escapes. Perfect for those who want to get away from the searing heat of the summer, these five experiences either teach travelers new skills or provide the ideal platform to hone their craft.
From the windy tip of Malin Head in County Donegal to the colorful harbor town of Kinsale in County Cork, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way amazes at every turn. Feel the blast of fresh sea air with a lighthouse walk. Get up close to history, grab a fireside seat at a traditional music session, experience the world-famous Irish hospitality and explore some of Ireland's most exhilarating coastal scenery. It is a place that inspired dreamers and travelers, poets and painters with a landscape filled with stone walls, thatched cottages, deserted beaches and breathtaking views. Charming towns and villages, 1,500 miles of soaring cliffs, incredible landscapes and unique experiences await.
Greece is definitely not in short-supply when it comes to reasons for travelers to visit—beautiful islands, centuries of history, incredible nightlife ... the list goes on. But ask almost anyone who has visited what they loved the most and you will hear the same thing over and over again: the food.