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Seize Your NJ Summer Escape

“Find what brings you joy and go there.” ~~ Jan Phillips

Simply put and easily understood, this is one of my favorite vacation quotes—especially as summer moves swiftly along. It is hard to believe that Fourth of July is already a memory.  Although the clock of summer seems to tick faster than any other season, there is always time to plan a quick vacation or “staycation,” right?

As your official Summer Escape Artist, I urge you to note on your calendar the following three, must-see places and events, all of which are a short driving distance from the Inn. Let us begin with Shakespeare and take thee to the Shakespeare Theater of NJ ( in nearby Morris County.  This is one of the leading Shakespeare theaters in the nation, and one of only 25 professional theaters in the state of New Jersey.  Here you will live in the moments of a “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” (performed at the nearby outdoor theater) and witness the death of Desdemona in “Othello.” The whole family can enjoy classic literature, come to life, for less than $30.00 per ticket.

Move on from the performing arts to extreme sporting and visit Solberg Airport in Readington Township for the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning.  Escape to this three-day event, scheduled for July 29- 31. This is North America’s largest summertime hot air balloon festival, designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America, according to the American Bus Association! Discover up to 125 hot air balloons, live entertainers, food and drink, children’s entertainment, craft vendors, and many other attractions. This exciting event attracts local residents and visitors from across America. Visit for more information including directions, ticket pricing and even volunteer opportunities!

Last but certainly not least, "rock" et to the Morris County Museum and experience "Jersey Rocks," a history of Rock and roll in the Garden State. This exhibit explores New Jersey's pivotal role in the development of the rock and roll genre. Now through September 5, relive the moments of the musicians, devoted fans, concert venues, events, and DJ's who made up the world of NJ rock and roll. 

Lauren Montemarano

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