Stop 1. BURNT MILLS CIDER: http://www.burntmillscider.com
GETTING THERE BY TRAIN: Take NJ Transit from NYC ($16 – 95 minutes from Penn Station) on the Gladstone Branch to the very last stop, Gladstone Station. From there, Burnt Mills Cider is a 5-minute taxi (973-539-2500) or Uber http://www.uber.com for $10.00 one way.
FOOD/ACTIVITIES: Burnt Mills Cider is open Wednesday to Sunday (hours vary). Check event calendar for live music and tasting room schedule. Visit the tasting room for a tour and 12 homemade ciders on tap. From the Gladstone train station, you can walk a few steps to quaint Main Street and the Gladstone Tavern (open Tue.- Sunday 11am-11pm hours vary for kitchen, tavern and brunch) https://www.gladstonetavern.com. Located in a farmhouse, they serve American seasonal fare for lunch, dinner and brunch with live music on Fridays and Sundays. Also, the amazing Natirar Park with over 400-acres of woodland walking trails, river access and scenic views and historic farm buildings dating from the mid-18th through mid-19th centuries is just a 5-minute taxi from the Gladstone Station.
LODGING: Make it an overnight! Just hop back on the Gladstone Branch going back east and get off at Bernardsville. Stay at the gorgeous Bernards Inn – only a 2-minute walk from the Bernardsville station.
Stop 2. JERSEY CYCLONE BREWING: http://www.jerseycyclone.com
GETTING THERE BY TRAIN: Take NJ Transit on the Raritan Valley Branch to the Bound Brook Station ($14.00 – 75 minutes from Penn Station, NYC). Jersey Cyclone Brewing is a 7-minute taxi (732-710-9683) or Uber http://www.uber.com from the station.
FOOD/ACTIVITIES: From the Bound Brook train station you can walk over the Queen’s Bridge pedestrian bridge on Main Street to the D & R Canal Trail Head with a beautiful shaded walking trail that straddles the Raritan River for miles in either direction. There are a number of American, Italian, Mexican and Honduran restaurants within a few steps of the Bound Brook station https://visitsomersetnj.org/dine.
LODGING: Make it an overnight! There are numerous hotels within a 7-minute taxi (732-249-4443) or Uber http://www.uber.com from Bound Brook, including the two closest, the Courtyard by Marriott http://www.marriott.com and the Doubletree by Hilton Somerset Hotel and Conference Center http://www.hilton.com. The Doubetree is only a 2-minute walk to Jersey Cyclone Brewery as it has access to the brewery from their overflow parking lot. It also features Seasonz Restaurant & Bar for breakfast, lunch and dinner onsite.
GETTING THERE BY TRAIN: Take NJ Transit on the Raritan Valley Branch to the Somerville Station ($15.25 – 90 minutes from Penn Station, NYC). From the Somerville train station, walk 2 minutes and you’re in quaint downtown Somerville to visit Village Brewing – a hip and happening spot in the heart of Downtown, open Tuesday-Sunday (hours vary).
A 15-minute taxi (732-710-9683) or Uber http://www.uber.com from the Somerville station will take you to Bellemara Distillery (the only distillery in Somerset County) and Flounder Brewing. And the best part is they are a 2-for-1 experience as they are right next door to each other! Spend the day tasting new libations, kicking back and soaking up the relaxed atmosphere. Both are open Wednesday through Sunday (hours vary).
FOOD/ACTIVITIES: There a numerous restaurants with all sorts of cuisines, gift shops, art galleries and dessert spots in the very walkable Downtown Somerville. Plus, there’s a year-round calendar of music and live events in and around town. Plenty to do see and taste! https://visitsomersetnj.org/dine
LODGING: Make it an overnight! There are numerous hotels within a 10-minute taxi (732-249-4443) or Uber http://www.uber.com from Somerville, including the two closest, the Bridgewater Marriott http://www.marriott.com and the Hampton Inn and Suites Bridgewater http://www.hilton.com.