The holiday season is in full swing and things can get a little stressful. From baking and shopping to preparing the house for guests, we could all use a break – especially with the crazy mall traffic many of us have been putting up with. Paramus, New Jersey, I’m talking to you! It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean we need to leave the state for an incredible vacation – there are plenty of awesome options here in New Jersey! Are you ready to be relaxed and revitalized?
1. Grand Cascades Lodge, Hamburg
This AAA 4-diamond property is New Jersey's premiere four season resort. During the winter, guests can enjoy the tropical biosphere pool complex, indoor recreation and fitness center, spa, scheduled activities and special events, fine dining, and much more. The resort is conveniently located near skiing at Mountain Creek, and offers a free shuttle. This luxurious vacation destination comes with a hefty price tag, but it is worth every penny. You'll be saving some cash since you won't need a flight!
2. The Appalachian, Vernon
For a slightly more affordable ski getaway, consider staying at The Appalachian. Located slopeside, guests will enjoy the easy access to lifts, game room, fitness center and suites. Every room offers a kitchen and fireplace! Right now it may even be warm enough for the outdoor Jacuzzi. Take advantage of the ski & stay packages for even better deals.
3. Cross-Country Skiing, Statewide
For the most affordable New Jersey ski vacation, head to select state parks. The full list of state parks offering cross-country skiing is as follows: Abram S. Hewitt, Allaire, Allamuchy, Bass River, Belleplain, Byrne, Cheesequake, Delaware & Raritan Canal, Double Trouble, Farny, Fort Mott, Hacklebarney, High Point, Jenny Jump, Kittatinny Valley, Long Pond Ironworks, Monmouth Battlefield, Norvin Green, Parvin, Penn, Ramapo Mountain, Ringwood, Round Valley, Spruce Run, Stephens, Stokes, Swartswood, Voorhees, Washington Crossing, Wawayanda, Wharton and Worthington.
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4. The Mason Cottage, Cape May
Cape May is lovely in the winter and offers plenty to do. Shop at the Washington Street Mall, enjoy Fire Pit Fridays at Willow Creek Winery, visit a historic estate, or take in a show at East Lynne Theater Company or Cape May Stage. When staying in a suite at The Mason Cottage in January or February, get your third night free (Sunday-Thursday). Breakfast is included and tea time in the winter features all chocolate sweets and treats!
5. Wilbraham Mansion, Cape May
Enjoy all the amenities Cape May has to offer, PLUS an indoor pool. Enjoy discounted off-season rates, spa services and romantic add-ons including fresh flowers and fruit platters for an extra special surprise (and added cost).
6. The Woolverton Inn, Stockton
The rooms at this charming bed & breakfast are lovely, but the cottages are incredible. The Audubon Cottage, pictured, features a fireplace and double whirlpool tub. Called one of the most romantic getaways in the country by the Washingtonian, consider adding a spa package to your couples getaway. The Warm Up/Chill Out package is perfect for winter. Breakfast and afternoon refreshments are included and not to be missed.
7. CoCo Key Water Resort at The Hotel ML, Mount Laurel
Ideal for a family getaway, this indoor water park is open weekends throughout the winter, and select weekdays. Kids will love Parrot's Perch, all ages can enjoy the lazy river and water slides, and adults get access to the Palm Grotto. Other amenities include an arcade and special activities like magic shows and dance parties! The hotel offers spacious rooms and suites, along with a fitness center.
8. Inn at Laurita Winery, New Egypt
Staying right on the grounds of a winery - what a unique getaway! The rooms are themed and exquisite, many offering Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. Guests can enjoy spa services and nearby attractions including the New Egypt Speedway and Jackson Premium Outlets.
9. The Ocean Plaza Hotel, Ocean Grove
The winter getaway package can not be beat! For $269 per couple, enjoy a 2 night weekend stay including breakfast each morning, a $15 lunch voucher and a $60 dinner voucher! Guests will also enjoy a cheese platter and beverage upon arrival and a late check-out. Located just minutes from
, there is plenty to do in the area.
10. Any Casino, Atlantic City
All of the casinos offer fantastic winter specials including spa access and treatments, show tickets, dining credits and much more. Packages start under $100 per night and are all amazing choices for a winter getaway. No matter which package you choose, you will have the thrill of gambling, top notch restaurants, and four star amenities including indoor pools and fantastic fitness centers at your fingertips.
11. Timberlane Campground, Clarksboro
Many New Jersey campgrounds close during the winter months, but not Timberlane. Bring your RV or rent a cabin. Winter guests can enjoy the lounge with fireplace and game room. The campground is conveniently located just a short drive from Philadelphia.
Of course, many of us want to flock towards the warmer weather, but New Jersey still offers plenty to do in the winter months! What is your favorite Jersey getaway spot this season?