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New Jersey Family's Ultimate Bucket List - Me Time





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Liberty House Restaurant

When it comes to New Jersey restaurants with amazing ambiance, Liberty House is tough to beat. Situated on the Jersey City waterfront, the popular spot boasts spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Come early for a signature cocktail at the outdoor bar or sit at one of the restaurant’s fire pit tables where you’ll get an incredible view of the Statue of Liberty. The farm-to-table menu is locally sourced and features a raw bar, sushi menu and popular entrees like puffed rice crusted ahi tuna or the Cabernet wine burger. Liberty House is also a fun hangout for drinks with TVs inside and a giant chess board outside.

Runners Up
Melting Pot, Multiple Locations 
Bistro 46, Netcong



Crystal Springs Resort

This Hamburg resort is the perfect spot for a child-free vacay. With an on-site spa for massages and treatments, six golf courses and a host of restaurants featuring fresh farm-to-table options, there’s plenty to keep you relaxed and happy. The year-round resort has two hotels, the Grand Cascade Lodge and Minerals Hotel. Both have pools and daily activities.


Runners Up
Atlantic City
Cape May



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DePasquale The Spa

This Morris Plains haven is the place to be for serious pampering. Considered one of the state’s most luxurious, splurge-worthy day spas, it has high-profile fans like The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Melissa Gorga. The spa offers an array of treatments including facials, massages, exfoliations, waxes and hair and nail services. The spa’s Beauty Bar has an express 15-minute service covering everything from braids to threading. The whole family can get in on some indulgence since the spa offers styling for men and kids, too.

Runners Up
The Fountain Spa, Ramsey & Hackensack
Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg



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Twin Elephant Brewing Company

Twin Elephant Brewing Company’s tasting room in Chatham is only open Friday and Saturday nights because the beer is THAT good. Snag a sampler of four to eight faves.

Runners Up
Kane Brewing Company, Ocean Township
Demented Brewing, Middlesex 



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Laurita Winery

Stop at New Egypt’s Laurita Winery for a tasting of six selections for $7. Head down for a food truck festival, party or to stay the night at the on-site Inn and spa.

Runners Up
Tomasello Winery, Lambertville 
Renault Winery, Egg Harbor


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