If you’re reading this, welcome to your chance to join an exclusive club – the club of people who choose not to come to shore on summer weekends and instead take day trips to cool towns.
On the shore, on a weekend in June, July or August, you will encounter hordes of bodies and minds all doing the same activities at the same times. You will be charged for any actions you perform in public. And if you happen to make it through all that chaos and make it to the beach, you’ll be baking in the midday sun and writhing in sunburn for the rest of the month.
But in a cool city center on a weekend in June, July or August, you can park without turning in your savings account. You’ll be able to maneuver down the sidewalk without weaving through people like a running back looking for a first down. And you can stay cool, literally and figuratively, by sneaking into restaurants, bars and shops at your leisure.
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Picking cool towns on the coast on summer weekends isn’t just a figuratively cool thing to do. It is also a summer decision while maintaining your sanity and respect for others.
God imbues all humans with dignity according to the Torah and the foundation of our nation. But a summer weekend by the water makes it easy to forget this principle.
Do not forget it. Choose the day trip. Here are some local towns you can visit.
The county seat of Bucks County also boasts its most beautiful and active downtown area. There are countless places to eat, drink and have dessert. Choose an outdoor option so you can eat and take in the scenery at the same time.
Once a typical suburban town with little to do, this Lower Bucks County locality has transformed its downtown into an upscale dining and shopping scene in recent years.
Delaware County’s version of Newtown.
The ever-changing Suburban Square is a destination unto itself, and the shops along Lancaster Avenue are a mix of high-end and quirky.
Phoenixville combines many of the amenities that make a Main Street great: restaurants, bars, history, and beautiful scenery.
Known largely as a college town, there’s more to it than meets the eye, with plenty of restaurants and quaint streets to wander around.
After a brief absence, Narberth’s iconic fireworks are back. Although high-end condos are seemingly springing up everywhere, Narberth remains a quintessential small town in the United States, with a main street featuring three pubs, as well as a park with basketball courts where Wilt Chamberlain and Kobe Bryant once played. play.
Ask anyone who lives near Ambler: it’s back, and you should check it out.
Maple shade, New Jersey
Maple Shade’s main street is small but exciting. You can eat pizza at Tacconelli, have a beer at Dr. Brewlittle’s Beer Co. and save money, if you like that sort of thing.
City of Burlington, New Jersey
A micro-town on the Delaware River frequented by Benjamin Franklin offers plenty of history for local enthusiasts. It also has a thriving scene of restaurants, bars, and shops. Be sure to stop and watch the Delaware for a few minutes halfway through the loop.
City of Bordentown, New Jersey
An Italian restaurant, confectionery and brasserie are among the amenities of this other micro town in South Jersey. And like Burlington, its history comes alive when you walk around and see the old buildings.
Bordentown also displays signs that explain this history. A fun fact is that it was once the home of Thomas Paine, the man whose “Common Sense” pamphlet inspired the American Revolution.
Lambertville, New Jersey
New Hope, across the Delaware River, is the obvious day trip choice for many Philadelphia-area residents. But whereas New Hope once catered to members of the bourgeoisie looking to pass off their hippie for an afternoon, it now only caters to the bourgeoisie, which is why it’s as crowded as the shore. summer Saturdays.
Lambertville, just across the bridge, is now the best and most peaceful place, and with about as many places to eat, drink, and shop.
Stockton, New Jersey
This small borough of Hunterdon County is simply pleasant to walk through. But there is also a farmer’s market and some good restaurants.
Merchantville, New Jersey
This small borough in Camden County is trying to revitalize its downtown core. So far it really only has a heartbeat stretch which includes a brewery, cafe, and tavern. But all three are high quality and, taken together, make the city worth visiting.
Collingwood, New Jersey
Collingswood and Haddonfield are technically separate towns, but together they form a single, bustling stretch of Camden County. Pro tip: don’t pick a place to eat until you get there and start walking around. There are too many options. Another pro tip: if you want to watch a game that day as well, end your walk at PJ Whelihan’s on the edge of North Haddon Avenue in Haddonfield.
Rancocas Woods, New Jersey
Artisans and antique dealers line this small commercial stretch on the edge of a Mount Laurel neighborhood. Not quite a town center and not quite a garage sale, Rancocas Woods is something unique in the area. There are also places to eat along the way.
Medford, New Jersey
Many city centers today have a brewery. Medford has three. It also has antique shops, ice cream and a great BBQ called the Whole Hog Café. It’s a rarity in South Jersey.
Walk the loop and choose your brewery along the way. You cannot miss any of the spots. I