red mill museum village

4 places to get scared in Central Jersey

Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 10/18/17

Halloween may be falling on a Tuesday this year, but for fans of everything that’s creepy, chilling and gruesome, all that means is that we have two solid weekends left to celebrate one of America’s favorite holidays.

Here in Central Jersey, we have plenty of haunted attractions lurking in the darkness, armed with fake blood, costumed monsters and bloodcurdling screams. If you’re ready to get your annual dose of Halloween scares, check out these local haunted attractions for a hair-raising good time.

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5 best small towns in Central Jersey

Now that the holidays are over, many of us are finding ourselves scratching our heads — what are we supposed to do on chilly, winter weekends now that Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s are behind us?

Luckily for Central Jerseyans, there are plenty of quaint small towns throughout the region filled with shops, restaurants and unique attractions that make for great day trips.

Since most of the attractions within these bustling small towns are housed indoors, you’ll have a respite from the cold throughout most of your trip — plus, as long as you don’t spend too much time inside one of the eateries or bars, you’ll be able to walk off some of those holiday cookies.

Somerville. Photo by Jenna Intersimone

Somerville. Photo by Jenna Intersimone

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Visit Clinton Town, Hunterdon County’s autumn gem

There aren’t many places left in the world where you can stroll down a quaint, pastel-colored Main Street, grab lunch from a restaurant that’s been locally owned for 30 years, shop for leather goods, books and clothes and then hit a museum — all within one block.

However, Hunterdon County has its own picturesque destination such as this that’s reminiscent of a “Norman Rockwell painting,” as Tim Betz, assistant director of the Red Mill Museum Village, said.

“Clinton is like this perfect small town,” Betz said. “When you walk down Main Street, you are walking down the classic American Main Street.”

Clinton, which has a population of about 2,700 and pulls in another 2,500 visitors in the fall and winter seasons, has a downtown area mainly composed of its Main Street, which is filled with businesses such as the Clinton Book Shop, the Hunterdon Art Museum, the Red Mill Museum Village, the Clinton House Restaurant, Fourchette cheese and olive oil shop and much more.

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The day of the downtowns

Even though Monday was a pretty rainy and dismal day, with a busy week ahead, I was determined to visit Clinton, a small, picturesque town in Hunterdon County, to at least get a taste of it to prepare for my upcoming column about it.

With fall (supposedly) on the horizon, I figured it would be a great destination feature, and I could get some nice photos, of the town nestled in the deep Hunterdon woods with a 1950s-feel and the signature Red Mill Museum Village overlooking the river.

Photography by Michael Politz

Photography by Michael Politz

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