Surprising no one, the Wildwoods, N.J. has been named The Most Beautiful Place in New Jersey by Thrillist.com.

The website, which focuses on food, beverages and travel, surveyed residents and tourism boards from every state to find the most beautiful spots within each state.

The website noted the area’s boardwalk, downtown and beaches as reasons for bestowing the honor on the Wildwoods. There are three amusement piers and a number of shops, arcaes and more than 300 restaurants. The area also features more than 8,000 guest rooms and 3,000 vacation rentals.

“We’re extremely honored to be recognized by Thrillist.com, a website with a strong position on travel, as the Most Beautiful Place in New Jersey,” says John Siciliano, executive director, Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority.

October is the month of fall color viewing, pumpkin picking, and pizza. Yes, October is National Pizza Month, and if you’re looking to commemorate the occasion, head to New Jersey.

Others may disagree—let’s make that, others will certainly disagree—but last year Food & Wine Magazine named New Jersey the best pizza state in America, followed by Connecticut and New York in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. Pennsylvania landed in seventh place and Massachusetts nabbed 10th place. 

 

Atlantic City

Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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