When you think about winter getaways you may be more inclined to think of the Rockies than Rockaway Township, New Jersey. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t great winter getaway destinations in the Garden State! Here are a few great options for a winter break that’s close to your New Jersey home.
Crystal Springs Resort is located in Hamburg, and it’s a four season resort destination with great accommodations, indoor heated pools, fitness facilities and more. It also offers snow tubing, skiing and snowboarding, and while it’s not exactly Aspen, it’s close to home, and it’s still a great place to hit the slopes!
Outdoor winter activities aren’t for everyone, and if your idea of a winter getaway is more about cuddling near the fire with cocoa and enjoying historic charm in comfort and warmth, then the Woolverton Inn in Stockton is a great option. It has also won a few awards and features a three-course breakfast, so you can be sure to enjoy comfort and luxury with this choice.
Mountain Creek is another great New Jersey destination for skiing, snowboarding and all things wintery and fun! The resort offers a range of accommodation options to suit most budgets, and you’ll find all the amenities you would expect from a ski resort here, including restaurants and nightlife!
For every person who revels in the snow in winter, there’s at least one who would love to escape it. CoCo Key Water Resort in Mount Laurel lets you do that without having to fly south! This water resort features indoor water parks and attractions that operate year round, along with a spa and other amenities. You don’t even have to stay overnight either, as there are day passes available.
The Mason Cottage in Cape May is the complete opposite of a loud, family friendly water park, but it’s still a great getaway for travelers who like their accommodations historic, their entertainment refined and subdued, and their meals gourmet. It’s a great couples’ getaway for people looking for winter weekend breaks in New Jersey.
Who says you can only go to the Jersey Shore in summer? The 15 room historic Majestic Hotel was built in Ocean Grove in 1870 and was recently renovated. It’s luxurious, quaint and interesting, and allows you to gaze out over the winter ocean from a spacious porch. It’s a fantastic way to experience the culture and history of the town without hordes of sun seekers, and it’s a great couples’ getaway.
For the adventurous winter fun seeker in New Jersey, there’s the year round Timberlane Campground in Clarksboro to explore. The campground accommodates tents and RV’s, but winter campers may find the cabins more comfortable! There are also convenience stores, a lounge, game room and more.
Now let's shift focus from specific attractions to complete towns! Sometimes you don't want to just go to one place for your winter getaway. By broadening your search to include towns as well, you can plan a longer trip this winter or simply have more options for things to do! Now, here are some of the best towns to visit this winter in New Jersey.
You could certainly drive home after a busy day on the slopes, but do you really want to fight the traffic on I287? Spending the weekend at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon is a much more relaxing option. The lodge’s traditional guest rooms, studios and suites are luxuriously furnished and offer the amenities that make a trip more relaxing, such as turndown service and a Jacuzzi tub and fireplace in some rooms.
The four-star Restaurant Latour offers a variety of creative dishes prepared with the freshest local ingredients. Thanks to the resort’s extensive wine collection, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect accompaniment for your meal. If you’re a wine aficionado, you’ll want to attend the complimentary tour of The Wine Center, held daily from 3 to 4 p.m.
After your wine tour, stop by the Biosphere Pool Complex for a quick dip. Most indoor hotel pools are bland and boring, but not the Biosphere. Tropical trees and plants surround the two free-form pools and the hot tub, which is tucked away in its own grotto. It may be cold and windy outside, but you can still return home with a tan after your getaway. A special material used in the construction of the pool complex’s roof allows almost 100 percent light transmission. The pool area also includes an underground aquarium, steam room and sauna, and a café.
If you’re looking for an active getaway, plan a trip to May’s Landing. The former Revolutionary War port city offers the perfect home base for exploring the sights and shops of Atlantic County.
Stop by Lake Lenape Antiques or T&D Gifts in downtown May’s Landing, then enjoy lunch at Henri Hott’s Barbeque, Maplewood II, Cousin Mario’s Italian Restaurant and Bar, or one of the other local eateries.
After lunch, walk off your meal with a loop around the Swamp Trail Boardwalk at Estell Manor Park, or sample one of the 27 award-winning wines at Balic Winery. The Hamilton Mall and the shops and casinos of Atlantic City are just a short distance away if you’re in the mood to do a little more shopping.
Large hotels may offer ample amenities, but they aren’t always the best choice if relaxation is high on your list of must-dos. Loud neighbors, mediocre food and long waits for the elevator can leave you feeling a little frazzled when you book a room in a mega hotel. Luckily, there’s a better option in May’s Landing. The Inn at Sugar Hill, a 170-year-old country inn, offers just six guest rooms and an impressive view of the waterfront. All rooms are equipped with WiFi, flat screen TVs, antique furnishings and fireplaces.
What better place to shop for antiques than Burlington, one of New Jersey’s oldest cities?! The 330-year old city is home to multiple locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers a square mile of shops and restaurants.
If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to take one of the Historical Society’s walking tours. Tours cover a variety of topics, including the town’s role in the Revolutionary War, Underground Railroad and Civil War. Guided tours include more than 40 sites, such as New Jersey’s oldest fire company, several Underground Railroad sites, the oldest library in New Jersey and many historic homes.
Lily Inn is the place to stay if you’re planning a winter getaway to Burlington. The five-guest room bed and breakfast was built around 1700 and features 10-foot ceilings, antiques and blue marble fireplaces. Whether you choose the king room with spa tub or the spacious J. Howard Pugh suite with a separate sitting room, you’ll find the accommodations comfortable and convenient. The Inn is also home to the Riverview Restaurant, Brickwall Tavern and Dining Room, and Geraghty’s Pub.
11. Asbury Park
You might not want to take a dip in the ocean during a winter getaway (unless you’re a member of the Polar Bear Club), but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a trip to the beach. Although beach towns are packed during the summer months, they’re the perfect place to enjoy a quiet, uncrowded vacation when the weather turns colder. Asbury Park offers plenty of things to do, from a visit to Bruce Springsteen’s favorite haunt, The Stone Pony, to a stroll on the famous boardwalk.
The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel provides a comfortable home base for your Asbury Park trip. The historic hotel is located across the street from The Stone Pony and offers scenic views of the beach from the upper floors. Rooms and suites feature down comforters, luxury bedding and flat screen TVs.
Set on 10-wooded acres, the Wooden Duck Bed & Breakfast provides everything you need for a relaxing weekend or mid-week getaway in the Newton area. The 10 rooms, all named after duck breeds, feature fireplaces, flat screen satellite TVs and luxurious bedding.
The Harlequin, the B&B’s most luxurious suite, offers a queen bed, a two-person soaking tub, a double-sided gas fireplace and a private balcony. You’ll also have access to the B&B’s 24-hour snack station, which offers home-baked treats, coffee, tea and soft drinks.
A filling breakfast is a must if you’ll be spending the day visiting local attractions. The B&B provides a home-cooked meal every morning that includes fruit, bread and an entrée sourced from local farms and butchers.
Nearby attractions include the Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Angry Erik Brewing, biplane rides at Andover Flight Academy, skiing at Mountain Creek and tours of the Lakota Wolf Preserve (reservations are required).
The Woolverton Inn in Stockton is just far enough away from home to qualify as a getaway but not so far that you’ll need to spend hours on the road to get there. Although the inn is surrounded by 300 acres of forest and farmland, it’s only a short drive to the shops and restaurants of Lambertville and New Hope, PA. A day at the inn starts with a gourmet, three-course breakfast in the dining room, followed by some refreshments and sweet treats in the afternoon. Rooms and suites offer feather beds and Egyptian linens and towels.
If you enjoy nothing better than reading a good book next to a roaring fire, you’ll want to book the Newell’s Library room at the Woolverton Inn. The room features more than 700 books, a sitting area with a fireplace and a king featherbed. During your winter visit, you can take advantage of the inn’s Warm Up/Chill Out package, which features an in-room fireside massage for two, aromatherapy candles and a stress release and meditation CD.
New Jersey offers a huge range of winter activities, from those listed above to unique experiences like cruises from Atlantic Highlands to New York City. There’s something for everyone, in nearly every price range, and you don’t have to get on a plane to experience any of it.
14. Smithville, NJ
Located just 20 minutes from Atlantic City, Smithville is an excellent getaway destination any time of the year. The historic downtown area features a collection of gift and antique shops, plus plenty of places to enjoy a quick or leisurely meal.
If you celebrate Christmas, you’ll want to be sure to plan your visit during December when the town is transformed into the ultimate holiday village. Catch a performance of the Light Show on the Lake (from Thanksgiving until January 6), visit the talking Christmas tree, or make s’mores on the Greene on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during December.
Do your kids find Santa Claus a little scary? They may enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus on December weekends instead. If they’re fans of the bearded guy, treat them to Breakfast with Santa at Fred and Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern on December 8 or 15.
The Colonial Inn or The Barn offer convenient accommodations within walking distance of Historic Smithtown. The adult-only Inn features luxurious rooms and suites with soaking tubs, steam showers and high-quality bedding, while The Barn is the place to go if you’ll be bringing the kids.
15. Poughkeepsie, NY
In just two hours, you could be in Poughkeepsie, ready to start your relaxing mini-vacation. The city is home to the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge, the Walkway Over the Hudson. After you enjoy the views from the bridge, visit the FDR Presidential Library and Museum or do a little shopping for unique crafts and artwork at Craftsman by Design.
If you’re a history buff, you want to make time for a visit to Locust Grove Historic Estate during your trip. The mansion was once the home of Samuel F.B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph. Although Locust Grove is closed during January, tours are offered from Monday through Saturday the rest of the year.
The Sunset Sensations Wine & Food Event will be offered at Locust Grove on December 5, while Holiday House Hunts for children will be held on December 1,8 and 15. Kids will explore the mansion looking for clues during the holiday-themed scavenger hunt.
Poughkeepsie has the usual assortment of big name chain hotels, but if you’re looking for something a little quieter, try the Stonegate Bed & Breakfast in nearby Highland, NY. You’ll feel is if you’ve traveled back to the 19th century when you step through the doors of the B&B (well, if the 19th century offered indoor plumbing and king-size beds, that is).
16. Tannersville, PA
Winter is the perfect time to visit Tannersville, nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains. Whether you enjoy winter sports or prefer spending your days in the water, you’ll find plenty to do at Camelback Resort in Tannersville. In fact, Camelback offers so many activities that you won’t have to leave the resort until you’re ready to go back to New Jersey.
Camelback features 39 trails, three ski-in, ski-out restaurants, a terrain park for snowboarders, and skiing and snowboarding lessons for adults and children. If tubing is more your style, you’ll enjoy sliding down one of the 42 lanes at the biggest snow tubing park in the country.
Winter sports aren’t the only attractions at Camelback. The resort also offers the Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark featuring water attractions and rides for the entire family. The balmy summer temperatures in the park make indulging in a little water fun a comfortable experience despite the snow outside.
CamelBack Lodge offers 453 guest suites, shopping, entertainment, restaurants, an arcade, indoor ropes course, bumper cars, laser tag, an escape room and an adult luxury spa.
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