Privacy-seeking celebrities from the disparate worlds of music, finance and sports are drawn to this bucolic 5-square mile of a town. One visit makes it easy to see why: there is waterfront access (via the Navesink River), but the swelling Jersey Shore crowds are kept at bay. A short bay, that is–a quick drive over the Shrewsbury Bridge finds you at beautiful Sea Bright Beach.
Star-spotting aside, a visit to Rumson offers a glimpse at some magnificent turn of the century estates and gardens, best seen on a bike or on foot. Here are our picks for the best that Rumson has to offer visitors:
The Best Events
Best for Everyone: The Canterbury Art Show
When: September 2-4 (Friday & Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 pm)
Where: St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church, 7 Lincoln Avenue, Rumson
Description: A highly anticipated local art show in its 5th year running, this Labor Day weekend festival features nearly 100 local artists’ work available for show and sale in pastel, photography, oil & acrylic, watercolor and other mediums. In addition to the fine art displays, look out for pop-up galleries of artists at work and tours of St. George’s Church and grounds.
More info: www.canterburyartshow.com or call 732-383-7465
Best for Families: Family Movie Nights
When: June 29 & September 9 at dusk
Where: Victory Park, Lafayette Street off River Road, Rumson
Description: Victory Park is home to a great playground, along with basketball, bocce and tennis courts. The park hosts movie nights during the summer, featuring Star Wars on June 29 and The Good Dinosaur on September 9. Relax and enjoy a movie under the stars while taking in the stellar views of the Navesink River.
More info: www.rumsonrec.org or call 732-842-3300
The Best Restaurants
Salt Creek Grille
Address: 4 Bingham Avenue, Rumson
Description: Gorgeous bridge and river views complement fantastic food–choose from mesquite-grilled chicken, steak and fish dishes, salads and delectable desserts. As for appetizers, Salt Creek regulars are evangelical about the bacon-wrapped Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp. If you’ve got time (and aren’t too full) after your meal, be sure to head to nearby Crazees Ice Cream on West River Road. Locals line up year round to select their favorites from a long, funky list of homemade ice cream and frozen yogurt flavors.
More info: www.saltcreekgrillerumson.com or call 732-933-9272
Address: 1 First Street, Rumson
Description: With world-famous Jersey-bred musicians calling Rumson home, you’ll never know who shows up to play at this local riverfront institution’s live music nights on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout the season. What you can count on: a transporting evening dining on the Marina–while it’s often jam-packed, the vibe remains relaxed and cool, just like the unpretentious seafood menu and nautical-themed bar.
More info: www.barnaclebillsrumson.com or call 732-747-8396
The Best Tourist Attraction
Hartshorne Woods Park
Address: Claypit Creek, 239 Locust Avenue (Rumson entrance)
Description: This hilly, forested 794-acre site overlooks the Navesink River, with entrances and exits throughout Monmouth County. Known for its challenging trail system and scenic views, Hartshorne Woods is a popular park for area hikers, bicyclists and outdoor enthusiasts.
More info: www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-872-0336
The Best Riverside Activity
Address: 8 Washington Street, Rumson
Description: Spend a day on the water of the picture-perfect Navesink River at this 110 slip, full-service marina. Aspiring crabbers and fishermen can rent a 16′ fiberglass skiff with a fully motorized engine. Kayak and paddleboard rentals (with fast access to nearby Sandy Hook Bay) are available too.
More info: www.oceanicmarinarumsonnj.com or call 732-842-1194
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St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church
Salt Creek Grille
Monmouth County Park System