Meetings + Events Magazine
From rivers and bays to the Atlantic Ocean, tranquil views are what these venues are all about.
TRAVEL AS FAR SOUTH on the Garden State Parkway as possible and you’ll happen upon Exit 0, otherwise known as Cape May. Hugging the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean at the very southern tip of New Jersey, Cape May is a National Historic Landmark that preserves its Victorian heritage and pristine beaches. Just 2.5 square miles, tiny Cape May offers a rich variety of formal and fun. It may be a short road trip from New York or Philadelphia, but quaint Cape May is worlds apart from the hustle and bustle.
WHEN YOU THINK OF NEW JERSEY, wine isn’t normally the first thing that comes to mind, but the Garden State is the seventh-largest producer of wine in the United States. There are more than 40 wineries throughout the state, from the southern tip of Cape May all the way up to the northern tip of Montague. The climate and soil varies greatly across the state, and southeastern New Jersey, known as the Outer Coastal Plain, has even been designated as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). AVAs are official wine grape-growing regions of the U.S.
FOOD TRUCKS ARE THE HOTTEST THING TO HIT THE FOOD INDUSTRY SINCE, well, sliced bread. Once the domain of a dirty hot dog, today’s food trucks are gourmet kitchens on wheels. Food truck festivals, such as the Winter Blast held in Secaucus prior to Super Bowl XLVIII, draw huge crowds of hungry fans seeking to sample everything from classic American comfort food and Asian street food to sugary confections. Now that summer is here, save a spot in your parking lot or on a grassy patch and have your next event roll right in.
TECHNOLOGY HAS BECOME AN INTEGRAL PART OF MEETINGS AND EVENTS, yet the landscape changes faster than most people can keep up. Here are a few things to consider in 2014:
The Peacock Inn offers that rare combination of a thoroughly modern look with a whisper of the past. Drop in for a drink at the seductive bar or pop in early before reservations at the award-winning restaurant across the hall. Either way, you’ll be in good company; F. Scott Fitzgerald and others used to imbibe here back when it was a speak-easy.
At home, it is easy to keep your carbon foot print a bit smaller, using energy efficient bulbs, separating your recycling, using reusable bags at the grocery store etc. However, on the go it gets a little harder to maintain that eco-friendly lifestyle. That is not the case in New Jersey; there are numerous ways to maintain a small carbon foot print while traveling.
Not many people are up for the challenge that comes with restoring historic buildings, but Chris Cannon is definitely not your average person. This well-known restaurateur is responsible for some of Manhattan’s top restaurants (Marea, Palio, L’Impero, Convivio and Alto).
Craft beer might be sweeping the nation, but its nonalcoholic counterpart, craft soda, is the latest buzz for those who want to sip on something with a little less of a punch. Artisanal sodas focus on high-quality, natural ingredients and often have more flavor options than mass-marketed soda. They also have ditched high fructose corn syrup, so guests can sip guilt-free. Plus, the packaging alone makes for creative décor potential. Usually bottled, craft sodas liven up any room with their vibrant colors and fun designs.