Every Friday in 2013, the Let’s Fly Away Across the USA series will feature a different state, documenting the things we love about each sate and what you should do or see when you visit. Want to submit your photos or travel tips? Visit the Across the USA page.
Where’s all the Jersey love? I mean, I know the casts of Jersey Shore and the Real Housewives of New Jersey aren’t exactly glowing testimonials to the merits of the state, but still, I was surprised to hear from people who have absolutely no love for NJ! I mean, how can you not have at least a little love for a state with candy-colored houses by the sea and a six-story statue of an elephant? Hopefully my friends here will convince you to give the poor state a chance.
I’m Marie Mosley from Code it Pretty. I currently live in Virginia, but I was born, raised, and educated in New Jersey.
MARIE LOVES // I love the Jersey sense of humor. A little cynical, sometimes a little raunchy, but always so funny.
MARIE RECOMMENDS // I’m a Mercer County girl, so here are my three “must sees” in the Capital region:
1. Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. A huge exhibition of more than 250 sculptures by artists from around the world, including a selection of founder Seward Johnson’s striking bronze sculptures. Wander the giant outdoor sculptures during the spring while the peacocks are roaming around!
2. Downtown Princeton. Go to Triumph Brewery for great food and even greater beer. Visit Princeton Record Exchange to find that out-of-print album you can’t find anywhere else. Tune in to Princeton University’s radio station 103.3 WPRB while you’re driving in the area, you never know what you’re going to hear!
3. Washington’s Crossing State Park. George Washington famously led the Continental Army across the Delaware River here. The historic park is now home to a museum, an open-air theater, and miles and miles of trails along the river. The park is beautiful for picnicking and birdwatching in the spring and summer, vibrant with turning leaves in the fall, and a popular cross-country skiing venue in the wintertime.
FOR BONUS POINTS // New Jersey is famous for its Italian food and diner cuisine, but the Indian food is also amazing! Try the surprisingly glam Palace of Asia, tucked away in a strip mall in Lawrenceville.
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