What to do on a (Summer) Weekend in Somerset County

Live in or around the Somerset County area and you’re looking for some ideas for the weekend with a significant other? Or maybe you’re from New York City or Philadelphia, and you’re looking to break away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In Somerset County, we like to think of ourselves as a weekend getaway destination. So what can you do in a weekend in the heart of New Jersey? Check out this itinerary where you’ll find all things recreation, food, overnight stays, and more! Friday Night: Take a stroll in Downtown Somerville There’s always something to see in Downtown Somerville. Arriving on a Friday evening? Classic cars line the streets in the summer months (begins Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend). Peruse the cars and duck into Village Brewing where you can grab a pint. Then head on over to YESTERcades where you can unleash your inner kid and play all the classic arcade games, pinball, skee ball, and more (it’s also BYOB so you can grab a growler to go at Village to bring in!). End the evening with dinner at Verve and the perfect cocktail. Saturday Morning: Explore beautiful Duke Farms Burn off breakfast at

Somerset County Garden Itinerary

Calling all green thumbs and anthophiles! Somerset County is home to five internationally recognized garden experiences for you to explore. This Gardens Getaway is ideal during Spring and Summer when many plants are in peak bloom, but we recommend trying it during all four seasons to see the changing beauty throughout the year. Choose your garden experience! (We recommend two per day) Combine a history lesson with spectacular greenery Cross Estate Gardens Part of Morristown National Historical Park; formal walled garden, native plant garden, wisteria-covered pergola, and mountain laurel alee “Rock” with nature Leonard J. Buck Garden One of the premier rock gardens in the eastern U.S. located in a 33-acre wooded stream valley Indulge in a favorite bloom Peony’s Envy One of the most extensive collections of tree, herbaceous and intersectional peonies in the Northeastern U.S. Rudolph van der Goot Rose Garden An accredited All-America Rose Selections (AARS) display garden containing more than 3,000 roses and 325 varieties Venture to the Tropics, Japan or Down on the Farm Duke Farms Features the Orchid Range with one of the largest tropical displays in the country, Arboretum with Japanese-style meditation garden, and largest allotment-style community garden in the U.S. Taste the

Somerset County Birding Itinerary

Even the most experienced birders who frequent world-renowned birding areas such as those in Cape May, NJ will be stunned by Somerset County’s remarkable diversity of birdlife, which surpasses many larger areas with its expanse of parks, open green spaces and wide variety of distinct habitats.   Learn from the experts. Start your journey at the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, home of the NJ Audubon Headquarters.  Explore 276 acres of woodland, field, and floodplain habitat that is home to over 200 species of wildlife. The sanctuary is situated at the southeast edge of the Highlands, and is bisected by the Passaic River. It is connected to the Morristown National Historic Park. In addition to being open to the public, the Sanctuary offers field trips, lectures and a gift shop. Get your life list in gear! Located in the Piedmont Plains Region of the state, we are home to three Important Bird & Birding Areas (IBBA) with locations that provide essential habitat for a variety of bird species and that make a contribution to the long-term viability of native avian populations in New Jersey. Duke Farms Located on 2,740 acres in Hillsborough, Duke Farms was one of the first sites designated

Somerset County Equestrian Itineraries

Spend a weekend in the heart of New Jersey horse country! Whether you ride, compete or simply admire these magnificent animals, the following three itineraries offer several ways to get your fill of equine pursuits. Each itinerary includes the opportunity to: Attend a premiere steeplechase or equestrian competition Tour the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Headquarters and Olympic Training Center Enjoy the lodging and dining amenities of Somerset County’s picturesque countryside   Itinerary #1: Mars-Essex Horse Trials Weekend June  –Day 1– Mars-Essex Horse Trials (4-10 hrs) You’ve arrived in Somerset County ready kick off your first day of fun, so head straight to the beautiful Moorland Farm in Far Hills for Day One of the Mars-Essex Horse Trials! If you have purchased Tailgate ticketing (includes 4 admissions) you will receive reserved hillside parking, or staffers will guide you to a designated parking area for general admission ticketholders. Gates open at 8am. Spend your morning alternating between competition in the rings and enjoying activities for all ages, such as the Classic Car Show, Essex Market (featuring goods from area vendors), or the Children’s Activity Center. Lunch (1-1.5 hrs) Getting hungry? Enjoy an on-site lunch from local markets and food purveyors at The

Somerset County Golf Itinerary

Somerset County offers the ability not only to experience some of the most pristine greens around, but also to hone your skills with state-of-the-art technology, all while learning the history and physics of the game at the nation’s oldest sports museum! Distinguished greens and golf history awaits with this Somerset County golf itinerary. The Somerset County Park Commission operates five courses spread throughout the county. These include: Green Knoll Golf Course (Bridgewater, NJ) is an 18 hole public golf course known for its tight fairways and rolling contours. Neshanic Valley Golf Course (Branchburg, NJ) 27-hole championship course that covers 350 acres of rolling farmland. Quail Brook Golf Course (Somerset, NJ) is an 18 hole, 6,617 yard course is heavily wooded, and known for its rolling front nine and tight, hilly back nine. Spooky Brook Golf Course (Somerset, NJ) is situated in Colonial Park. It is an 18 hole championship course which offers a wide open layout with spacious fairways and greens. Warrenbrook Golf Course (Warren, NJ)  is a heavily wooded and extremely tight, 6,372 yard, 18 hole course that is open to the public. The contours provide plenty of uphill and downhill lies. Private courses are open on a case by