New Jersey / Flight Delays / Christmas in July

Guest entry by Mancunian

Exciting news – I may be taking a travel agent job in New Jersey, so I thought I would devote some of this posting to that state. If I take the job, I will still be posting on here a couple of times a month! Despite being somewhat familiar with the area where the job is located (near to Cherry Hill, which sounds rather nice) I didn’t know too much about New Jersey, although a quick look online and in my local bookstore seems to suggest that there is a lot to see and do. Atlantic City sounds interesting, Cape May is beautiful and full of Victorian houses and Philadelphia is just about a 20 minute drive away from where I would be working.

Does anyone else know of any interesting or ‘must see’ sights in New Jersey, or any restaurants, shops, etc that you might recommend? The only things that I really associate with New Jersey are Newark airport, where I have spent many happy hours; and that old Simon and Garfunkel song with the line: ‘Watching (?) the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike.” I also just read somewhere that NJ has over 600 old-fashioned diners; perhaps they are more popular up there than fast food…? I can only hope so.

This blog has commented several times before on stories about airline passengers being stranded on the tarmac for hours, without being able to get off the plane and in some cases, with no food or drink. The latest incident was one in which a Virgin Atlantic flight from London to Newark was forced to land at Hartford, Connecticut and passengers were stuck there for almost 4 hours. This comes just a couple of months after the DOT stated it would fine airlines for 3 hour tarmac delays. I’m already wary about flying into or out of Newark as it seems to be one of the worst US airports for flight delays, at least as of Thanksgiving last year.

It’s about 100 degrees in North Carolina here today – too hot to do anything outside other than walk between my house / car / store. Its very tempting to go and spend the 4th of July holiday up in the NC mountains, where not only is the temperature about 10 degrees cooler, but I can attend the Christmas in July festival in West Jefferson, NC, which features vendors and country music (What – no Christmas carols!?). There seem to be quite a lot of these festivals all over the US, but this is supposedly one of the biggest and best. I’m just waiting for the shops to start selling Christmas cards once the holiday is over…

Happy Independence Day, regardless of where you might be spending it!

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  1. James Trotta says:

    I went to high school in New Jersey and can make some suggestions. First, about 30 minutes north of Atlantic City is Long Beach Island where we used to have a little beach house. I don’t think it’s the greatest place in the world but if you felt like going to the Jersey shore it’s certainly an option. I remember one good place there that sold homemade ravioli (all different flavors) which I loved (not enough to remember the name).

    In between Cherry Hill and LBI would be the Pine Barrens where you can do some hiking and be reminded of perhaps the funniest Sopranos episode ever.

    I’m guessing you’d be an hour away from Princeton. The town itself is nice and you can do a little driving tour of some pretty homes in the area. Princeton University has a small art museum and maybe some other things to do.

    I used to live in Clinton and I’m pretty sure it has been discussed on this blog. The main street has a quaint old town vibe and some good restaurants – I remember the sub shop and the Italian place best (not the names of course unless the sub shop was “Yeoldsubshoppe”).

    If you do end up moving there I’ll certainly take the time to ask people who know / remember more than me to give you some tips!

  2. Martin says:

    Thanks for the info..I’m going to check a couple of these places out.

  3. Sharon says:

    Good luck on your new job if you decide to take it! I don’t know a whole lot about NJ, but had lots of friends in college who lived there. Meanwhile, if you have the opportunity, go up into the mountains for the 4th. Here in south central Texas, we are dealing with 95 degrees and up. Since there are no mountains, the best we can hope for is some rain from the hurricane.

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