Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 9/25/17
As the leaves change colors and the air cools from the humid, summer weather, there’s no better place to experience the fall season than in Hunterdon County, which is nestled on the banks of the Delaware River and surrounded by rolling hills, locally owned shops and historic eateries.
If summer has you missing long weekends away, then head to Hunterdon County and check out some of these fun activities in this varied spot.
1. Head to Lambertville Station Restaurant for fine dining on the Delaware
No need to head to the city for a five-star meal — Lambertville Station Restaurant features locally grown and sourced ingredients served in a restored 19th-century train station overlooking the Delaware River.
While here, don’t forget to stop by the restaurant’s own herb garden as well as their wine cellar, which holds over 50 boutique wines. Or, stop by on a Sunday for their award-winning Sunday brunch.
If you go: 11 Bridge St., Lambertville; lambertvillestation.com, 609-397-8300
2. Visit over 20 antiques shops in Lambertville
Known as the antiques capital of the state, Lambertville is stuffed full of stores offering hidden treasures. Many of these are centered on Bridge, Main and Union streets, so stroll through these if you are looking to browse. If you’re looking for other things to do in Lambertville, check out the Lambertville New Hope app.
For some serious antiques shopping, head to the Golden Nugget Antiques Market, which is open three days a week and offers indoor and outdoor markets. You can also head to The People’s Store, which has more than 40 dealers on three floors. The Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau will also present the first annual “Art & Antiques Weekend” on October 14th and 15th, which you can find more information about by visiting http://delawarerivertowns.com/art-antiques-weekend/.
If you go: Bridge, Main and Union streets in Lambertville
3. Float over Hunterdon with a balloon ride
Drifting 500 to 2500 feet over Hunterdon County may seem daunting, but when you’re only going about 10 mph, riding in a balloon over the changing colors of the Hunterdon County landscape is anything but scary — instead, this relaxing bucket-list item is a must-try for any New Jersey resident.
Balloons Aloft, which launches one-hour flights from Sky Manor Airport in Pittstown, will allow those looking for a little relaxation to see the area’s landscape for $175 to $215 per person through October.
If you go: 42 Sky Manor Road, Pittstown; njballoon.com, 908-996-3333
4. Unwind at Unionville Vineyards
Unionville Vineyards, based in Ringoes, utilizes nearly 60 acres throughout three counties featuring terror-driven, site-specific wines with several single vineyard bottlings. The winery has received national and local acclaim for its dry, European-style, food-friendly wines.
They are open for tastings from noon to 5 p.m. seven days a week, when visitors can choose from a selection of 15 wines for their flight costing $10. Plus, they host public tours of their vineyards at 2:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
If you go: 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes; 908-788-0400, unionvillevineyards.com
5. Take a ride through history with a Stockton carriage tour
Hunterdon County is known for its picturesque, unfiltered beauty, and there’s no better way to see that than from a horse-drawn carriage. Stockton Carriage Tours, which is open all seasons, can carry up to 12 adults per carriage for $25 per person per hour with a $100 minimum per outing.
Customize your ride by heading to your favorite Stockton restaurant, driving through the last remaining covered bridge in New Jersey or just listen to the “clip clop” of the horses’ hooves through the borough.
If you go: Stockton; stocktoncarriagetours.com, 609-397-9066, email@example.com
6. Stay overnight at the Woolverton Inn
If you want to make an overnight stay out of your Hunterdon County visit, book a room at the Woolverton Inn in Stockton, an elegant bed and breakfast that has been ranked as one of the top 10 in the country and is surrounded by 300 acres of preserved farmland.
With 13 luxurious cottages and guest houses starting at about $275, a romantic stay at the Woolverton Inn is sure to end your Hunterdon weekend on the right note.
If you go: 6 Woolverton Road, Stockton; woolvertoninn.com, 609-397-0802