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August 9 - 16

Hazy and Lazy

Never more than on a hot summer's afternoon does the Delaware River’s cool, clean serenity invite complete immersion. Friends and family enjoy getting down the river by a never-ending variety of methods. Canoes, sailboats, rafts, kayaks, jet-skis, and small motorboats map a tapestry of tracks in the water. Through the indiscriminate labyrinth of wakes float the coolest of customers; the tubists. Effortless and inexpensive, drifting at the river's leisurely flow of 1.5 mph in an inflated oversized inner tube is the supreme expression of aquatic relaxation. However you choose to ride the river, you'll find most any stretch of water accommodating, hospitable and pristine. More...

Scenes you should make

Long lazy days of summer seem like they'll last forever. Don't be fooled, make a splash while you can!

Tomahawk Lake
For 66 years, an immaculate sand bottom sloping gently out to floating rafts has attracted visitors to Tomahawk Lake in Sparta. The park has since added a mountain of water slides. Back ashore you can visit a large refreshment stand, outdoor beer garden (with live weekend entertainment), an ice cream trailer, a novelty trailer, an arcade, an 18 hole miniature golf course, a putting green and a ball field. For information call the lake office at (973) 398-7777 or check their website.

A public access launch for Swartswood Lake on Route 521 is quiet and remote, but leads to boatloads of fun.
The best known feature of the Stillwater area is probably Swartswood Lake State Park, but there are myriad treasures throughout the rolling hills and three villages in that corner of Sussex County. The lake was a major resort in the early 1900s, and readers remember Louis Lakehouse.

Situated half in New Jersey and half in New York, Greenwood Lake is not about political boundaries. It is a state of mind, a Highlands destination in the with the biggest water in the New York area.

Get to know Lake Hopatcong!

Some like it hotter!

The music was hot, but there was no cooler customer than Django Reinhardt! The Some Like It Hot Club brings the guitarist's infectious brand of Gypsy Jazz to the farmhouse lawn at Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse this Sunday, August 12. There is no charge for the music, and you can enjoy delicious foods which are available for purchase, BYOB. 1 - 4pm. Reservations requested. 369 Stamets Rd, Milford (Hunterdon County), 908/86GRASS.

On Saturday evening (August 11), Centenary Stage Company closes out this year's Summer Jamfest series with Yessongs the Concert, a diligently recreated 1972 show from the pioneers of the progressive rock genre, Yes. 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown. Call 908/979-0900 or click for tickets.

Three Hundred Years of Solitude

Now vacant, the Solitude House stands as a testament to our collective history as a new nation, as well as testament to all those who persevered in the face of overwhelming odds to succeed.
The Hunterdon County Borough of High Bridge would on its face appear little different than any of the other many municipalities in New Jersey. However, the sign, “Settled in 1700”, which welcomes those who pass through this sleepy little town, implies a long abiding heritage: a story of the longest continually operating iron and steel company in United States and the workers who helped shape our country's history and destiny. Read about the Union Forge and walk the Taylor Steelworkers Historic Greenway...

Camp Skylands!

Cool it in a park-like setting in the Kittatinny Mountains, minutes from Historic Hope and the Delaware Water Gap at TripleBrook Family Camping Resort. Bring an RV or tent, or stay in a comfortable cabin amidst natural beauty and splendor with all of the modern conveniences of home. There's lots to do with two pools, lake, tennis, farm animals, and scheduled family events. There's also a spacious open air pavilion available for weddings, picnics, retreats, and corporate gatherings! 58 Honey Run Road , Blairstown, 908/459-4079.

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