Garden State indeed. This spring New Jersey is blooming with flowers and fun things to do.
For starters there’s Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, hosting the second annual Daffodil Day celebration on April 22nd, featuring the largest single collection of daffodils in the state. A memorial “Garden of Hope” will be dedicated to all those affected by 9/11.
Take a self-guided tour of the Hidden Gardens of Lambertville on Saturday, June 10th. Ten of this historic village’s enchanting gardens will be open to the public throughout the day. In Princeton, explore a three-story mansion built in 1897. This Designer Showhouse & Gardens welcomes visitors from April 23rd through May 21st.
And don’t forget the Cape May Spring Festival, a celebration of gardens, flowers, and gorgeous Victorian architecture. Special events and tours are held every day from April 28th through May 7th.
Some other highlights you won’t want to miss:
Camden Children’s Garden: A springtime observance for the whole family (April 22nd)
Two Rivers Antiques Show & Garden Tour in the town of Red Bank (June 10th & 11th)
Van Vleck House & Gardens: From Roses to Rock Gardens tour in Montclair (June 2nd & 3rd)
What better way to savor spring in New Jersey than with a getaway package from one of our Preferred Inns.
MEET THE INNKEEPERS
Doug & Anna Marie McMain
The Queen Victoria B&B Inn, Cape May
“Sometimes you actually have to live down the reputation of previous owners. In our case, we had to live up to it.”
One thing that surprised Doug and Anna Marie McMain when they began their journey as innkeepers was just how attached guests become to their inns.
“We purchased an inn that had an incredible amount of goodwill,” says Doug. “Some of these guests had been coming here for 25 years and they were very possessive about the Queen Victoria. We soon discovered how anxious they were to meet us because we were taking over their place, their rooms. We had to be very careful to maintain the quality, yet we also wanted to make it our own.”
Fun fact: Linda Ronstadt once slept at the Queen Victoria.
For more about Doug and Anna Marie, visit www.queenvictoria.com/innkeepers.html.
MEET THE INNKEEPERS
Nancy & Fred Chorpita
The Haddonfield Inn, Haddonfield
From 1910 through the 1930s, what is now The Haddonfield Inn was a hospital owned by a woman doctor. Since Nancy and Fred Chorpita bought the house and fixed it up 15 years ago, neighbors have shared copies of their birth certificates showing they were born there. “We’ve even had a guest stay here on her wedding night whose grandmother was born in our inn,” says Nancy. The Inn continues to welcome guests—those who come back year after year, as well as those just entering the world. “Recently the wife of one of our long-term guests gave birth to a baby girl in our Cape May room,” says Nancy. “The husband (who was not a doctor) delivered the baby.”
Fun fact: The Chorpitas are great sports fans and usually have season tickets to Eagles, Phillies and Sixers games. The inn is about 10 minutes away from the Philadelphia stadiums. Click to learn more about The Haddonfield Inn.
EAT INN: Recipes for spring
While you’re packing away your winter coat the alpacas are getting theirs sheared at Chimney Hill Farm Estates (Lambertville). What better way to celebrate “shedding of the old” with this recipe for Alpaca Cookies.
You say tomato, I say Green Tomato Bread,
a specialty of Bay Head Sands Bed & Breakfast.
Try this yummy concoction from the Shore Region.
Welcome to our new members!
John Wesley Inn
Bonnie & Lance Pontin
30 Gurney Street
Cape May, NJ 08204
Glenwood Mill Bed & Breakfast
Hank & Susanne Capro
1860 Route 565
Glenwood, NJ 07418