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Volume 5-6
November / December 2009

Have a hearty Holiday Hang Out at NJ B&Bs!

Join us in holiday spirit in the Garden State! No matter what tradition you celebrate, you will find something to love, from indulging in holiday foods to celebrating with the whole community. In this issue, discover New Jersey's holiday fun for everyone.

Let Santa's elves take the whole family on a hayride and end the day by creating your own gingerbread man with Mrs. Clause. This event takes place on December 5th, 12th, and 19th in Sewell.

Give back the community and immerse yourself in holiday spirit with a Wine Tasting. The proceeds go to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center to support homeless pets. This event is being held in Morris Museum on November 6th from 6-9 pm in Morristown.

Stroll around with your family at the Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival in Ocean City on November 14th and 15th. Your kids will have the opportunity to make fun holiday decorations and the event is free for children under 12.

Allow yourself the gift of indulgence for the holidays at the Chocolate Fantasy Buffet on November 21st at 2 pm. For $35, enjoy all the chocolate you desire at the buffet which includes all different types of chocolate fondue, pies, cakes, and pastries. This delicious event takes place in Cape May.

Get ready for the holidays at Haddonfield's Candelight Shopping and Santa from November 27th to December 24th. Buy gifts, ride in carriages, listen to carols, eat good food, and sit on Santa's lap on this annual event in Haddonfield.

Start your Christmas in a merry fashion at the Annual Tree Lighting at Palmer Square in Princeton on November 27th from 4:45-6:00 pm. Gather with the community as they join together for this joyous occasion.

Spin the dreidel, say the blessings, and light candles at the Annual Chanukah Celebration! Come by Palmer Square in Princeton on December 14th to usher in the holiday with all of your friends and family.

Rock the night away at "A Rockapella Holiday"! Sing along with your holiday favorites, and listen to new songs that will become favorites. This is a guaranteed fun family event! This concert takes place on December 18th in Morristown.

Make American Repertory Ballet's "The Nutcracker" a part of your family's holiday tradition. Enjoy the dancing and festive story on December 4th-5th in Morristown.

And when you make your plans for a trip in the Garden State, be sure to book your stay at one of our member inns!



"'Let it Snow' Holiday Package"--Get immersed in the holiday spirit by taking advantage of the "Let it Snow" package at The Mason Cottage in Cape May. This package includes complimentary champagne, a fruit & cheese tray, and two tickets for a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride. If it snows any time during your stay, you receive a special surprise gift! This special lasts from November 1st until December 30th. (The Mason Cottage, Cape May)

"A Country Thanksgiving at the Inn"--If you come stay at Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn during the holiday, you can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal with the innkeepers. This will include a turkey dinner with the trimmings and a delicious desert buffet. If guests come during this week and stay for three nights, they can take part in this dinner for free. Others can join for a small cost. This weekend is a wonderful time to come to Flemington. Not only is the Thanksgiving dinner delicious, but there is plenty to do around the town to enjoy the holidays. (Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn, Flemington)

"Holiday Hostess Gift"--If you are planning to visit relatives or friends New Jersey during the holidays, be sure to stay at Cottage on the River. If you book a two night stay, you can get a freshly baked treat from "Claire's Confections" to bring to your holiday dinner. Make sure to request this treat at least 24 hours before your arrival! (Cottage on the River, Island Heights)

"Hotel for the Holidays" -- The Blue Bay Inn, a Boutique Hotel with fast ferry access to Manhattan, is offering a FREE Stay and Cocktail Party on New Year's Weekend to people who were recently laid off as part of their "Hotel for the Holidays" promotion. Check website for eligibility and details. Applications must be received by December 1st. (Blue Bay Inn, Atlantic Highlands)

Bob Royle and Patty Christian
Inn at Rivers Edge Marina

When Bob Royle retired he bought a fishing boat he kept docked in Point Pleasant. When the docking rates kept going up he started looking around for a new boat slip. He ended up buying the whole marina in Forked River, which included a Victorian-style home that was perfect for use as a B&B.

The B&B lifestyle wasn't foreign to Bob and his wife, Patty. Together they had traveled extensively throughout North American and Europe, preferring to stay in B&Bs and loving the connections they made with other people.

"I like to talk and tell stories," says Bob, so the innkeeper experience is perfect for his personality. Bob and Patti also take guests out on sailing and boating charters, a unique and personalized offering for their visitors.

Fun Fact: Patty is a licensed fishing boat captain, an unusual occupation for a woman. Bob used to be a state corrections officer. "Unruly guests don't stand a chance," he says. Bob's middle name is Valentine. Their first date was on Valentine's Day in 1977. He adds, "We make Valentine's Day a special event."


EAT INN: Pecan Waffles and Pumpkin Bread Season the Season!

Pecan Waffles will add a delicious crunch to a breakfast favorite. (Victoria House Bed and Breakfast Inn, Spring Lake)

Taste the holiday season with classic Pumpkin Bread! (York Street House Bed and Breakfast, Lambertville)


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