Princeton resident Jake Herway, who grew up in Brussels, Belgium, once believed, like many other visitors, that New Jersey was what could be seen from the Newark Airport — unfriendly factories, thick, smoggy air and dirty streets.
However, today, he spends his free time operating N.J. Bike Tours, a Princeton-based tour company he founded in 2014 that aims to bring the rolling countryside and fresh produce that the Garden State offers to cyclists.
N.J. Bike Tours conducts private tours with a minimum of two people customizable to interest and fitness level that range from three to six hours and $110 to $140 per rider. All tours require cyclists to bring their own bikes and helmets to the meeting place — either the Princeton Train Station or Blue Moon Acres in Pennington (but rentals are available at local bike shops) and all tours include food.
The four tours offered are Farm to Table tours, which take riders to one to three farms; the Magical History tour, which brings cyclists to various historical sites of Princeton; Scenic Spin tours, which provide overlooks of farms, vineyards and the Sourland Mountains; and the Vineyards and Views tour, which takes riders to one to three wineries.