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Calling all northeast bees! I had a fabulous idea this morning to do something different and GET OUT OF TOWN for Thanksgiving weekend especially since we don’t know what we’re doing in regards to honeymoon yet (it wouldn’t be until next year) and our wedding is 11/7. We need a breather!!
We’re looking to travel no more than 5 hours by car from North Jersey. Where are some of your favorite places to visit in the fall (on a budget!!)? We’re into wine tasting, brewery tours, good food, relaxing, hiking, nature and finding undiscovered local “joints” wherever we go. We live in the city so we’d like to decompress and get away from crowds and the party atmosphere. I’m going to check out Groupon and Living Social as well but I don’t know if their offers are valid over holiday weekends.
All suggestions welcome!!
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Poconos in PA. It’s a little touristy, but you can easily find great places the locals go to, and I find it’s cheaper than other mountain towns. Or how about Chincoteague/Assateague, VA? Not sure how far a drive that would be for you, but I love it there. There are plenty of touristy places on Chincoteague, then head over to the nature preserve on Assateague and see the birds and wild ponies. My SO and I are heading there in a few weeks for a romantic getaway.
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madmaxshannah: My first thought was the Poconos too! I second that!
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Cape May, NJ. I live there 5 months a year. I think they have 5 wineries (sp?), in the county, maybe more. For the Poconos, we used to have a home on the Skytop resort grounds. My daughter has stayed at a B&B, The French Manor, twice. I love the Mystic, Conn. area, too.
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- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
Watkins Glen & the finger lakes area in NY is beautiful.
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BurlapnLace: DH and I just had our first year anniversary but spent it moving 1000 miles, so we didn’t get to really celebrate. We’re in Pittsburgh and planning a long weekend trip end of October 🙂 One of the places we’re considering is the Omni Bedford Springs resort. It looks pretty amazing. I’m excited for this thread though so I can see other ideas, since I’m not from the area!!
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BurlapnLace: I second the Fingerlakes in NY. It’s ~5 hours from Central Jersey depending on what lake you go to. They have a HUGE wine trail (seriously, hundreds of wineries) and it’s beautiful. I bet you could get a good deal on a lake front house / cabin during that time – however, watch out for snow!
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Finger Lakes area of NY is beautiful. I used to live near there and went camping one year at Taughannok Falls state park. The falls iteself are beautiful and there’s some good hiking in the park Ithaca which is nearby is a really cute artsy kind of town with good shops and restaurants.
Also this might be pushing your five hour drive time but Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is gorgeous. I would imagine though that at that time of year there would probably be snow. Skyline drive is a gorgeous drive at any time of the year and there is great hiking for all levels. Also nearby are plenty of wineries and other tourist-y type attractions (Luray Caverns, horseback riding, etc.)
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Finger Lakes! (I live an hour from them!)
There are many great B&B’s and some great wineries! Heck, we could meet up for a wine tour 😉 lol
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Cape May is absolutely gorgeous and now that the summer season is over, prices have dropped for B&B stays. While it is mainly a summertime resort place there’s a lot of things to do during the other months. There’s lot of wineries (Cape May Winery is by far my favorite), beer brewery, bird observatory, free admission zoo, the light house, dolphin/whale watching and so on.
Ive only been to the Poconos once and it was pleasant.
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ImaStarr: Bedford Springs is absolutely incredible. I second this suggestion. It’s in a really sweet little town too – there are a bunch of cute little shops and cafes as well.
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brinny04: I’ve been there before! Love it!
uncltredpearl: I fear there won’t be enough to do down there in the fall/winter. I’ve only ever been in the summer and that was 20+ years ago.
Is anyone familiar with Maine or New Hampshire? That’s drivable and we’ve never been! Delaware? Rhode Island?
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Anyone ever been to Lancaster Co./PA Dutch Country??
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Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square PA just a hair north of DE.
Go there! It’ll take your breath away! It’s technically Christmas season by then and the lights are spectacular.
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BurlapnLace: Now that you mentioned Rhone Island, we vacationed in Newport for a week, two different years. If you love historic architecture (I certainly do), that’s a great place to visit.
I live 1.15 hours from Lancaster. My aunt and uncle lived there and I visited a few times a year. Never visited as a tourist, though, although we’ve seen many of the sights. We spent Labor Day weekend 2014, in Hershey. Over holiday weekends and special events weekends the Hershey Hotel offer packages – we’ve visited numerous times. (We don’t visit the amusement park).