Neighboring New York and Philadelphia, New Brunswick is the perfect East Coast getaway to get a dose of nature and culture at the same time. Its diverse landscape of beaches, forests, rivers, and bays, makes it a hit for hikers and outdoor explorers. The town itself has beautiful architecture that dates back to the 19th century and houses the largest university-based art museum in the country. With a northeast charm and things to do all year round, New Brunswick is a great place for your next vacation. Here’s a glance at some our favorite things to do there.
Pick your own fruits and veggies at the charming Giamarese Farm & Orchards; a family owned farm that opened in 1941. Take your pick of peaches, apples, pumpkins, strawberries and a variety of greens. If you can’t make it out to the farm, there’s still plenty of local freshness to choose from at the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market. The market has three locations across the city and runs four days a week. We recommend going on a weekday to get some one-on-one time with the local farmers and artisans to discuss their craft.
Live Like a Local
The Dillinger Room brings you back to the days of prohibition, speakeasies and seductive libations. With clever cocktail names like “Stop Hammer Thyme” and “Herb Your Enthusiasm,” you can tell why locals keep coming back here. For a relaxing post-drink stroll, head to the unassuming Rutgers Gardens where you’ll find a natural oasis complete with waterfalls, bamboo forests and botanical gardens.
For a stress-free weekend, start your day with a Raindrop Therapy massage at the Spa at The Heldrich. This popular massage incorporates essential oils and hot compresses to balance your energies and enhance your immune system–we get relaxed just thinking about it! Afterwards head to the local comedy club ironically named The Stress Factory, where you can unwind with some comic relief. The club’s past hosts have included Amy Schumer and Chris Rock, so you never know who you’ll see!
There’s nothing like a scenic bike ride to get a lay of the land. The bike routes in the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail extend over 70-miles, and pass nineteenth-century bridges, mills, and stone-arch culverts! After a long day of biking, quench your thirst at The Grape Escape, where you can learn the ins and outs of making wine, including how to crush, press, rack, and bottle.
The Cultural Heart of New Brunswick
When you stay at The Heldrich, you’ll be staying alongside some of the most celebrated artists of New Jersey. This hotel features a permanent art collection with three different galleries and rotating exhibitions that attract crowds with each new wave of artists. It’s also located right next door to the State Theatre, which was built by renowned twentieth-century architect, Thomas W. Lamb. Needless to say, The Heldrich not only offers luxury accommodation but an environment rich in culture that inspires visitors daily.