Some of the most iconic vacation destinations on the East Coast are a short distance outside of New York City. One of the most underrated of these places is located in the mountain region of Northern New Jersey. Vernon is not only a place to play in the great outdoors, it is also a perfectly historic rural setting for vacations and celebrations.
Mountain Creek is a year round outdoor attraction in the Kittatinny Mountains near Vernon. During the wintertime, skiers and snowboarders come here for some of the best skiing in the Northeast. This popular ski resort covers four peaks and has 45 trails. A second ski and snowboard area, the Hidden Valley Club, has only 15 trails, but is a very family-friendly resort with plenty of runs for novices. Both resorts also offer tubing as well.
During the summertime, the Mountain Creek Waterpark draws thrill-seekers and families alike. This large amusement venue has slides, rides and pools that stretch over 39 acres. The nearby Diablo Freeride Park is a mountain-biking hot spot with 40 downhill runs of varying degrees of difficulty. Serious bikers from all over the East Coast come here to try the runs, which drop over 1,000 vertical feet. A lift takes riders from the base to the top of the peaks.
The Vernon area is also a haven for golfers. The Crystal Springs Resort has a world-class course (as well as a two world-class spas). This is a public golf course, so you can give it a try even if you are not staying at the resort, though advanced reservations are required. Several other courses can be found in the area as well.
When it comes to eating, Vernon has both small-town charm and sophistication. The Dairy Swirl is a classic ice cream shop, while George’s Inn is the kind of hometown restaurant that is so hard to find in modern day America. Wings Asian Fusion Bistro, meanwhile, offers great sushi and fusion food. Smokey’s Brick Oven Tavern is an upscale pizza joint with gourmet pies. Most inns and bed-and-breakfasts in the area serve their own delicious food for the earlier meals of the day.
With such a beautiful setting and so many attractions, Vernon is a wonderful place to host a special event or even to get married. Vernon is home to the Meadowburn Farm. This beautiful historic property sits on 590 acres outside of the town. It is working dairy farm that dates back to the 1700s. Its gardens are filled with heirloom flowers, proving innumerable settings for a wedding ceremony or any other type of special event that would benefit from natural surroundings.
You can even stay at Meadowburn. The farm has several houses, including the six-person Yellow House, which features a classic design, spacious patio and kitchen as well as modern amenities like satellite Tv and wi-fi. Tented or open-air events can be hosted on this Vernon property.
What is your favorite place to get away from the big city where you live?