Dutch Family Restaurant, Photo Courtesy of Bridgeton Amish Market
New Jersey's Best Towns For Families 2017 Cumberland County
Average Home Price: $176,198
Tucked away in New Jersey’s spacious Heartland, Hopewell is a hidden gem that gives residents both quiet home lives as well as opportunities to visit a handful of hubs in and around the state. Within 60 minutes of Philadelphia, Cape May, Cherry Hill and Atlantic City, there’s no shortage of family drives to go on with the kids.
In town, the pride of Hopewell is definitely its small businesses. The Greater Bridgeton Amish Farm market is a local fave, where fresh food is served and events, such as pig roasts, craft shows and festivals, are held from Thursday to Saturday. Farm culture strongly influences Hopewell’s restaurants, such as the farm-to-table Brick Farm Tavern, which features both Troon Brewing and Sourland Mountain Spirits on the premises.
Hopewell has 130 acres of parks for locals to explore. Naturalists adore the scenic views of the Cohansey River, Bostwick Lake Park and Sunset Lake. You might even spot a bald eagle at the Cohansey River Wildlife Management Area, where many endangered species set up camp. A few more pluses to Cumberland County? Pick-your-own farms, glassblowing and oystering.
– by Taryn Pire