Exploring gardens and glories of the Garden State
From its many gardens to the exquisite natural life, New Jersey lives up to its Garden State name. In this issue explore what springtime has to offer!
Now through May 15 visit Fort Hancock and for the Spring Migration Watch. Observe migrating hawks, songbirds, ducks, and other birds as they make their journeys. Learn more about migration and why Sandy Hook is a key location on the Atlantic flyway.
Make a variety of crepe paper flowers and flower arrangements at the Mother's Day Floral Craft at the Liberty Hall Museum in Union on May 3. Create a gift for your mother that will remain beautiful and live forever.
Take part in the Spring Wildflower Walk at Kay Environmental Center in Chester on May 7. Enjoy the rich forest of the Black River ravine and floodplain. Observe the spring wildflowers and learn more as you are guided along the trails. Get outside for a hike with friends, family, or perhaps solo.
Step outside for the Fine Art and Crafts Show at Nomahegan Park in Cranford from May 30 to May 31. Bring your whole family and enjoy the live entertainment and the arts, and take advantage of the nice weather!
Enjoy the Terhune Orchards Read & Pick in Princeton on June 2. Pick strawberries with your children and listen to an interactive story involving the fruit. Learn about the strawberry and how it is grown. Even take home your own container!
And when you blaze the garden trail in New Jersey, be sure to book your stay at one of our member inns!
"Spring Fling Special"- Come experience Belmar blooming! Observe the new gardens and the Kite Festival! Receive a discount of 10% on a two-night stay. Also, you will get to take home a tray of pansies. This special runs until June 30. (The Inn at the Shore, Belmar)
"Mother's Day Getaway" - Stay the nights of May 8 and May 9 and save 10% off the regular room rate and receive a gift bag filled with items to help Mom relax. (Scarborough Inn Bed & Breakfast, Ocean City)
"Mother's Day Weekend Special"- Book your stay Mother's Day Weekend (May 8-10) and mothers receive roses, wine, and chocolates. On Mother's Day there will be a drawing for one lucky mom to win a snuggly Summer Nites Robe. (Summer Nites, North Wildwood)
MEET THE INNKEEPERS
The Majestic Hotel Ocean Grove
Valerie always knew she wanted to own some kind of hotel. She went to college for Hospitality and has been in the industry since she was 16 years old. Valerie bought The Majestic Hotel about 3 ½ years ago with her boyfriend, Sean Holmes, and together they also own another inn in Pennsylvania.
Valerie describes The Majestic Hotel not as a typical inn but rather as a contemporary hotel inside a Victorian household. She also owns a restaurant located inside. She feels as though this makes her property much more social, because she can become a part of special occasions, such as engagements, weddings, and anniversaries.
One special occasion Valerie recalls was a planned engagement. The gentleman asked the staff to set out the words "Will you marry me?" in candles on the field outside. The staff was thrilled to take part in this special moment and even more thrilled when the proposal went perfectly.
Although it is hard work, Valerie enjoys being an innkeeper and seeing her hard work paying off.
Fun Facts: If Valerie hadn't been an innkeeper, she would have loved to become a beach volleyball player!
EAT INN: Have a sweet Spring by making Strawberry Cheese Blintzes and Cheesecake French Toast with Fruit Sauce.
Strawberry Cheese Blintzes from the GrandLady by the Sea in Highlands, deliver the sweet taste of Spring no matter the time of year!
The Cheesecake French Toast with Fruit Sauce from The Victoria on Main in Toms River, gives original French Toast a fruity Spring flavor with another sugary twist.