Need a few moments of respite from the global health crisis? Consider ordering local wine and cheese delivered to your home from New York’s Backyard Garden—the rolling vineyards and farms of Central New Jersey, just an hour’s drive, or overnight delivery, from your doorstep. “New Jersey is producing some of the best wines in the east,” wrote the Wine Enthusiast a couple of years ago.  “New Jersey’s top estates are producing some of the best…

For more local trip ideas, checkout //www.discovercentralnj.com Holiday trips in the family car while growing up in the 1970s often featured my mother leading the family in singing “Over the River and through the Woods,” a holiday poem and song written by a prominent abolitionist in 1844. It goes this way: “Over the river, and through the woods, To Grandmother’s house we go; the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white…

Dear EscapeMakers — There’s a NEW Jersey you haven’t seen yet! We’re excited to announce that just this week, a coalition of New Jersey farmers, beverage makers and farm-to-table restaurateurs launched a new website, DiscoverCentralNJ.com – a guide to help you find the special places, food, and drink that earned the Garden State its nickname! Central New Jersey is located within 1 hour of NYC, completely accessible by NJ Transit, and is steeped in agricultural…

Dear EscapeMakers — Less than an hour from NYC in Somerset County, New Jersey, Colonial Park Gardens is the place to be on June 9th! Their annual Rose Day Festival celebrates one of the first signs of summer. Roses in Bloom! In the heart of the park, the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden displays thousands of roses of many varieties, with both modern and historic significance. Stroll through the gardens, enjoying music and…