Getting the best of both worlds with a New York and New Jersey visit

enjoying-the-view-at-liberty-house-in-newarkAfter more than a decade of visiting New York to see my best friend, news that she was heading to Jersey was a bit of a shock. Not just because I thought she would be a lifetime New Yorker but also because of the image I always had of New Jersey that included less fun that the hustle and bustle of the city.  Over the years, however, I have become pleasant surprised of the mix I get of fast and a slower pace when staying in Jersey and hopping into the city.


Easy access to New York City is probably at the top of the list as to why Jersey can be an option when planning a visit to the city. Admittantly I am a little slow when it comes to the public transportation options (hey I have lived in a really, really hot city most of my life) but I was pretty easily able to leave Times Square and take the New Jersey transit to Newark.  This gives you the flexibility to stay close, but not too close where you don’t also get a chance to relax on your trip.  Even when driving we were able to hop into the city for family functions, Shake Shack and of course to do a little partying.

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Yes New York has a lot of fun and shopping and a vibrant city life, but this trip I was actually able to get a more effervescent picture of some of the perks of Jersey as well.   As this was a family trip for me Jersey offered some great options to relax with friends, let the kids play, and of course have some amazing food.  My highlight for the trip was our Sunday Funday.  enjoying-the-views-at-liberty-house-in-newark img_3491 strawberry-shortcake-at-liberty-house-in-newarkWe started at Liberty House.  This restaurant offers upscale indoor dining merged with relaxed outdoor cabanas and tables.  Besides the amazing views of the New York cityscape there was a wide field just begging for the kids to play and for us to get some mommie alone time.  Well until the fun became irresistible and I had to hop in on a little of their playtime.  Relaxing outside views, crafty cocktails and yummy deserts are always a win for me.  Afterwards, off to Cuban Pete’s in Montclair.  This restaurant oozed authentic Cuban vibes from the happy birthday congo songs to the delicious food selections.  Take note that BYOB is your only drinking options and you are sure to have a great time!  So when you are looking for a trip to New York that is family friendly and affordable consider Jersey as an option to get a fix for a little of everything you looking for.

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