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General Fall Content: Food, Fun & Foliage in New Jersey

If you’re looking for seasonal content without any holiday stories to get in the way, this is the page for you. While our NJ Fall Guide is mega-packed with everything from Halloween to Thanksgiving, this general fall roundup is dedicated to themed stories which highlight the best parts of fall in New Jersey. Below, you’ll find an assortment of content related to fall trends, hiking trails, foods and more.

As always, be sure to check back regularly for updated event listings and additional featured content.


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How to Create Warm and Inviting Fall Scents for your Home

Fall ScentsHave you ever walked into a friend’s house and thought, “Wow, it smells amazing in here!”? Maybe it was chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven or vegetables roasting on the stove. For those of us who aren’t Martha Stewart, there’s an easy way to make our homes smell great with just a few minutes of work. All you need is a stove, a pot and your favorite scents, which happen to be in your spice rack or herb garden…


The Best Fall Festivals at New Jersey Farms

Fall Events at NJ FarmsAs summer winds down and school swings into gear, we can almost feel that first crisp autumn evening, cozy sweaters and all the wonderful things that fall brings! Nothing says autumn quite like a trip to one of NJ’s bountiful farms, where there’s a little something for everyone: Pick-your-own pumpkins and apples, hop aboard a hay ride, gobble up cider donuts or pet friendly barnyard animals…


Fun Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day in NJ

Grandparents DayGrandparents Day is the perfect opportunity for families to spend quality time together. It offers the chance to plan a fun outing that everyone in the family can enjoy, regardless of age. New Jersey offers a bevy of options to both enhance the bond among the generations and have some good old-fashioned fun. Read on for 10 great ways to celebrate Grandparents Day in NJ that are sure to inspire and delight…


Best September Activities for Seniors

Senior ActivitiesJust because summer is winding down, that doesn’t mean the fun is over for NJ senior citizens. Promising more activities for September, NJ’s senior citizen centers want seniors to take advantage of their many clubs, games and day trip opportunities as fall begins. Seniors looking to keep busy or try something new during the month of September can visit these centers for an array of awesome activities…


The Best Fall Wine Events in NJ

Fall Wine EventsNew Jersey is well known for its tomatoes, white corn, peaches, and cranberries, but there’s even more to love in the Garden State. Specifically, wine. New Jersey’s vineyards are producing a delicious variety of quality wines each season and fall is the perfect time to celebrate with a visit to the beautiful wineries located throughout the state. New Jersey has three federally designated American Viticultural Areas…


Spooky & Sweet Halloween Cocktails

Jack O' Lantern on the Halloween partyHalloween is one of the most exciting times of the year. According to a 2015 survey by the National Retail Federation, more than 157 million people plan to celebrate the spooky day, generating sales of nearly $7 billion in the United States alone. And it’s no wonder: With the costumes and late-night reveling, Halloween offers a chance to feel like a kid again…


NJ Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Table set up for celebrating ThanksgivingThis year, we’re expanding our Thanksgiving coverage. From articles about how to survive the big feast with a toddler, to options for healthy eating without the high calorie count, Best of NJ is offering all sorts of Thanksgiving features. Our most popular annual article, however, is this very piece about NJ restaurants open on Thanksgiving…


Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns Debuts in NJ

risejackolanternPumpkins are invading New Jersey this Halloween! Head to the Meadowlands Exposition Center from October 27-30 to see 5,000 illuminated and intricately carved pumpkins. Talented artists are hard at work creating fabulous displays to delight visitors as part of New Jersey’s first RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns event…


8 Beautiful NJ Parks to Visit this Fall

Colorful autumn leaves on treesWhat better time than autumn to explore all the beautiful parks located throughout New Jersey? The leaves on the trees are starting to change colors and there’s a slight chill in the air. It’s the perfect weather to grab a sweater and enjoy time outdoors with your friends and family. Here are our picks for 8 beautiful NJ parks to visit this fall…


New NJ Restaurants Opening this Fall

Dinner TableFall is a season for change and trying out new things. While going skydiving or hiking that extra challenging trail are both viable options, those feeling adventurous in the more flavorful sense will appreciate knowing there are a number of restaurants opening this fall in New Jersey. With that in mind, here are some of the best new restaurants…


4 Ways to Celebrate Fall in New Jersey

Lake pathway with yellow leavesIt’s time to celebrate fall. Why not make it a farm day? For one thing, it’s apple-picking season – grab a hoodie and some tall friends and take a hayride to the orchards. You might want to try Terhune Orchards in Princeton, Stony Hill Farms in Chester or Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford. While you’re at the farm, dare to test yourself in the corn maze…


The Best October Fairs & Festivals in NJ

Pumpkins and ChrysanthemumsFall is the perfect time to take in all the wonderful things New Jersey has to offer. The crisp air, the crunch of leaves underfoot and of course, pumpkins everywhere you look. These fifteen great October fairs and festivals offer delicious food, family fun, live music and outdoor activities galore…


NJ’s Best September Fairs and Festivals

Beautiful teens at summer festivalSeptember is almost here and with it, the arrival of fall fairs and festivals. New Jersey offers lots of great events this month, with everything from food festivals to live music and more! We’ve rounded up the best September fairs and festivals, so read on for the scoop on all these awesome activities and mark your calendar now…


The 8 Best Hiking Trails to Enjoy Fall Foliage

fallfoliageAs the temperature cools and the leaves start to change, there’s no better way to embrace the season than to get outside and explore the nature around you. New Jersey is home to miles upon miles of beautiful hiking trails, many of which offer the stunning New York City skyline views unique to our state. Here are a few best enjoyed during fall…


The Best NJ Bars for Watching Football

Happy fans watching TV in pub cheeringAh, football season! It’s is a joyous time in New Jersey. It’s the season of tailgates, and tossing the pigskin around in the yard. That special time of year when you break out your lucky jersey, and the sound of your screaming neighbor breaks through the crisp fall air to remind you that even grown-ups cry sometimes, too…


The Best Professional Tailgating Parties of the Season

tailgatingThere is so much more to football than just watching the game. Don’t believe us? Just ask Joe Cahn, the Official Commissioner of Tailgating. Cahn travels the country throwing and attending pre-game parties that celebrate not only the team, but the fans. A click around Cahn’s site will show proof that tailgating at MetLife is something special…


Essential Football Gear for the NJ Fan

Group Of Sports Fans Tailgating In Stadium Car ParkTailgating is more than just a parking lot party. It’s an experience of ultimate fandom where team spirit needs to be visible on every surface possible. It’s a movable feast that has to look like it’s taken weeks to set up — when it’s often done in under an hour! The good news? Tailgates are totally easy to pull off, thanks to food-focused fan gear…


4 (Incredibly Delicious) Fall Cocktails to Try

Homemade New Orleans Sazerac CocktailWhere did the summer go? Suddenly, it’s sweater weather, meaning it’s time for apple picking and pumpkin spice coffee drinks. To help you snuggle stylishly into the season, we’ve put together a few cocktails featuring New Jersey’s best boozemakers and the flavors of fall. Cheers! And as always, drink responsibly…


10 Best Local NJ Wines to Try this Fall

localwinesAlthough not as famous as Napa Valley or the Finger Lakes, New Jersey has a long history of grape-growing and winemaking. The state’s wine industry has been growing in prominence for more than a decade, winning competitions and media attention along the way. Here’s a look at some of the best wines available this fall…


Apple Cocktails to Try this Fall

Ma'xemen-mahpe Jus de pomme Succo di mela Apfelsaft blemost Omenamehu Elma suyu Jugo de manzana Apple juice Sidro Cider Apfelschaumwein Sidra Cidre CydrFall in the Garden State brings with it crisp weather, brilliant foliage — and everyone’s favorite weekend pastime, apple picking. Kids of all ages bound through the leaves in cozy sweaters; but for parents, nothing closes out a day at the orchard or even the farmer’s market like a crisp and fruity cocktail…


The Best Hiking Spots in New Jersey

Delaware Water GapNew Jersey isn’t just a small, overpopulated, overdeveloped microgiant. For those of us that know “the other Jersey,” the one that lives up to its title as the Garden State, there are tons of ways to escape the rat race and get back to nature. This article seeks to encourage our detractors to go take a hike (in New Jersey)….


The Best Corn Mazes in NJ

Sisters and a Corn MazeOne of the best parts about fall is the many outdoor activities you’ll find all over New Jersey. The weather is crisp, cool and just right for a fun outing with family and friends. Feeling adventurous? Visit a local farm this weekend and get lost in a corn maze. We’ve selected eight great corn mazes to check out this season…


Picking the Perfect Apples: A How-To Guide

applepickingIf you’re at a complete and total loss as to where to begin your apple-picking journey, don’t give up and console yourself with the warm embrace of a dozen apple cider donuts. Instead, have the confidence to go into that orchard well-prepared with these apple-picking tips from our literal expert in the field…


NJ’s Best Apple Picking Farms

Kids playing in an apple gardenNew Jersey is home to dozens of family-owned and operated farms that pride themselves on growing juicy apples each September and October. Whether you feel like spending a quiet day roaming around a quaint apple orchard or want to bring the whole gang to a lively fall festival, you’re sure to find the perfect autumn outing at one of these NJ farms…


8 Pumpkin Events for NJ Families

Halloween dayOctober is almost here and that means crisp weather, cozy sweaters and best of all, pumpkins! New Jersey has pumpkin events for everyone this autumn, whether you want to check out carving demonstrations, floating jack o’ lanterns, an after-dark hayride or a scenic train ride. Round up the gang for one of these family-friendly outings…


Where to Find NJ’s Best Pumpkin Treats

Homemade Pumpkin Pie for ThanksigivingIt’s finally fall! And you know what that means: It’s that time of year when folks across New Jersey can indulge in all things pumpkin. From lattes and desserts to unique pumpkin-flavored specialties, New Jersey eateries are breaking out their best pumpkin recipes to welcome the start of Autumn. Take a bite out of fall with one of these delicious pumpkin treats…


Mum’s the Word: A Guide to Mum Season in NJ

sea of colorful fall mums for sale at a marketIt’s mum season! Plant nurseries, farms and supermarkets across New Jersey have officially marked the start of autumn with their annual displays of bushy, brightly colored chrysanthemums for sale. However, here’s an interesting fact: Despite the plants reaching their annual popularity during the fall, any time of year is actually fine for mums…


The Best Fall Home Decor Trends by NJ Designers

falldecortrendsWith fall already here and winter fast-approaching, most of us will be spending a lot more time indoors. But you don’t want to look at the same, drab designs for months. So why not make our homes as warm and inviting as possible? If you’re considering doing a little redecorating but don’t know what’s in style for the coming months, you’ve come to the right place for fall home decor…


5 Tips for a Cozy Commute

Highway Traffic at SunsetNJ is known for its nightmarish commutes, and it only gets more difficult as that autumn chill fills the air. The rapidly changing temperatures make it more difficult to stay comfortable, while the cold leaves us feeling more like snuggling up in bed than trekking out to our jobs. Here are some top tips to help ensure you have a cozy commute…


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