It’s safe to say few people consider winter their favorite season, but the chill in the air and the snow on the ground can make a fine backdrop for a winter road trip.
Several attractions around Cherry Hill are within a few hours’ drive for a convenient Saturday or Sunday road trip. And because most schools and some businesses are closed for Martin Luther King Day (Monday, Jan. 20), and Presidents’ Day (Monday, Feb. 17), you might take advantage of these long weekends to embark on a refreshing nice change of pace.
- If the walls of your basement or garage are lined with snow skis, snowboards and snow tubes, give that gear a good workout. Mountain Creek in Vernon is the closest ski resort in the New York/New Jersey metro area. It offers 167 acres on four mountain peaks – all lighted for night skiing – plus a zip line, a mountain coaster, hiking and plenty of warmth and comfort in the day spa.
- Yearning for some summer-type fun when the temperature dips? Pack the swimsuits and head for Coco Key Water Resort in Mt. Laurel. Tons of toddler pools, indoor water slides, lazy rivers, and slam-dunk water basketball are sure to keep the kids engaged while you dip your toes into the Palm Grotto indoor/outdoor spa.
Rest and Relax
- If the kids have plans elsewhere, make it a trip for two at the Candlelight Inn Bed & Breakfast in North Wildwood. The off-season is a great time at the Jersey Shore – you can explore a quiet beachfront, tour historic lighthouses, go antiquing and visit nearby wineries. The “breakfast” portion of Candlelight Inn’s B&B services is designed to pamper, with a full menu of freshly made eggs, pancakes, waffles, fruit and more served in the elegant dining room.
- Accessible and affordable, High Point Country Inn in Wantage is nestled in the hills of the Kittatinny Mountains, giving you a countryside experience close to home. It offers a handful of amenities, including free WiFi and in-room portable fireplaces, but the real attraction sits outside of the main house. Cross-country skiing, horseback riding, a water park and more are all in the area.
If the weather cooperates, you can get your fill of snapshot-worthy scenery on several local routes.
- NJ.com’s recommendations include Route 553/Back Neck Road from Port Norris to Sea Breeze, which “may be Jersey’s most desolate spot — shuttered shacks, waves crashing upon rocks, a distant tanker out on the bay.”
- Or opt for a drive up Kennedy Boulevard/Boulevard East to river road from Jersey City to Fort Lee. “Our country’s most famous duel — Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr — is commemorated by a marker on Hamilton Avenue,” notes the article. “Follow Hudson to Boulevard East along the river (jaw-dropping views of the Manhattan skyline) to River Road and a twisty last stretch to Edgewater, Fort Lee and the magnificent George Washington Bridge.”
Unpredictable winter weather is a given in New Jersey – bright and clear one moment, snowy and windy the next.
You already know the basics of safe winter driving, from lowering your speed to pressing steadily on the anti-lock brakes instead of pumping them. You can enjoy more peace of mind in an all-wheel-drive vehicle like the Nissan Murano or Nissan Rogue, which are designed to function on all types of surfaces with computerized system that automatically detects wheel slip and redirects the wheel power accordingly.
With plenty of cargo space and competitive MPG, these road-ready Nissan models are ready to help you enjoy driving whatever the season. For more information on the Murano or Rogue contact Cherry Hill Nissan.